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Letters to the Editor

Movie ratings

May 16, 2008

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To the editor:

We think all the movies PG and G, kids should vote to figure out how many stars they get. At Cordley we read the paper. On Friday, we look at the movies and we do not usually agree with how the adults rate them. We see you give really good movies really bad reviews. So we think movies that are G or PG should be decided by kids to see how many stars they get. We don't think that adults should decide about how to rate children's movies. The movies are made for children, so children should rate them. We know best what children like.

Isabelle Ginavan,
with Bev Hyde's second-graders at Cordley School

Comments

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 years, 7 months ago

Isabelle,These ratings aren't whether or not adults like the movies, it's whether or not they think it's appropriate for children to see it. A PG rating just lets a parent know that they should make sure the content won't be disturbing to their child. Some movies might be ok for some kids, but give others nightmares. It's the ultimate decision of your parent to decide which movies are best suited for you. The ratings just give them a guide to help them.

OnlyTheOne 6 years, 7 months ago

Isabelle has a point and makes it quite well.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 years, 7 months ago

Isabelle,These ratings aren't whether or not adults like the movies, it's whether or not they think it's appropriate for children to see it. A PG rating just lets a parent know that they should make sure the content won't be disturbing to their child. Some movies might be ok for some kids, but give others nightmares. It's the ultimate decision of your parent to decide which movies are best suited for you. The ratings just give them a guide to help them.

Gary Sandell 6 years, 7 months ago

dorothyhr (Dorothy Hoyt-Reed) saysThese ratings aren't whether or not adults like the movies, it's whether or not they think it's appropriate for children to see it.____I think that you are confused Dorothy, not Isabelle. Isabelle is wanting to "rate" the movies for quality of the movie, whether or not to reccomend it for someone else to see, not to "rate" it for it's adult content. Please re-read her letter.

danman 6 years, 7 months ago

Isabelle,One word for you, brilliant!

oldvet 6 years, 7 months ago

Since the audience at most R-rated movies, including the most violent, consists of a high percentage of children under the age of 17, we should let the kids give us the stars for all movies...

davidsmom 6 years, 7 months ago

Out of the mouths of babes...well said, Isabelle.

filmguru 6 years, 7 months ago

As a movie critic, I have to disagree with Isabelle. Just because one is an adult does not mean that one is out-of-touch with what it means to be a kid. Some reviewers hate kids movies, but I'm not one of them. The key is to find a reviewer who reflects your tastes and treat that person as a trusted source (as you would a friend). That said, there are good movies and then there are popular movies. Just because a movie is popular doesn't mean it is good. So, even though Isabelle and her classmates believe a movie to be good doesn't make it so. While a film should be partially judged on the basis of how it will appeal to its intended audience, no film should be lauded for popularity alone.

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