By Jackie Burrell
Monday, July 21st, 2008 at 10:30 am in Movies.
“The Dark Knight,” the latest, hottest entry in the Batman franchise, hit the cineplex this weekend, raking in $155 million and garnering considerable controversy for its PG-13 rating. In this morning’s USA Today, Scott Bowles describes parents aghast over the movie’s violence, which includes, among other things, torture and an impalement. Some parents who brought their 11- and 12-year-olds to see the Batman flick, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, questioned why a movie this dark and this violent would be rated PG-13, instead of R. Others said blaming Hollywood was no excuse for not vetting what their kids see in the first place. “You have to do your homework,” parent Larry Olmstead told Bowles. “Did anyone not know this was a violent movie about a homicidal maniac in makeup?”
Click “comments” and tell us, what are your thoughts on the PG-13 debate? Is “Dark Knight” too dark for kids? How do you decide what is and is not appropriate?