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New movie might be too graphic for your teenager

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 8:41 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

In a similar wave of momentum the “Twilight” series of movies has experienced, the new motion picture “Hunger Games” is receiving a buzz that’s filling movie theaters all over the country this week.
While I have not seen the movie nor do I plan to, the details I’ve read about the movie have me concerned for teenagers who can’t wait to see the highly talked about film.
Though there are apparently a lot of good lessons in the film, I still can’t get over the fact that there are several reported shots of lifeless bodies of bloody children. One report says many are shot with their eyes wide open after being killed.
Another report I read is that two of the teenagers consider committing suicide in the film.
Those two reports give me plenty of reasons to discourage parents from letting their teenagers see this film.
I know this might sound crazy but one night I was watching a classic movie where two boys were fighting and one hits his head on a rock and dies. I could tell what was likely going to happen in the scene and turned the movie off before my 7-year-old and 4-year-old might be affected from watching such a tragedy.
You can call it overprotective, you can call it old-fashioned, but I just call it being smart and trying to be the best dad that I can be.
In my opinion, teenagers do not need to watch films of other teenagers getting killed with bodies laying all over the place like it’s no big deal. While some might argue the movie reminds teenagers of the value of life, I think it actually diminishes the view of it.
In a world where it feels like every month there’s a school shooting somewhere, I just don’t think this sort of film is something teenagers should be watching.
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