Jake is fascinated with movie ratings right now. He is astounded and appalled that some parents let their kids watch PG-13 movies before they are 13. This is one of those cases when I am glad my kid is a rigid rule follower. Definitely helps with movie and video game monitoring.
He is pretty curious about what earns films their ratings and has a good idea about PG-13, but is less clear on R and the other one (that I am afraid to type here b/c I don't want to come up on anyone's weird Google searches).
He couldn’t understand why mom and dad might even want to watch an R movie, so I explained to him that although there might be some foul language and violence in a movie, the rating is probably because the themes presented relate more to an adult’s life than a child’s. In fact, a child would probably find it boring. Whew.
I have no idea how he learned that the other rating exists-- probably at the lunch table-- but he is equally curious.
“Mom, what is in a (letter after W) movie?”
“I’m not quite sure, honey, because I’ve never seen one.”
“Well, is it violent?”
“I guess so.”
“Is there a lot of cussing?”
“I bet there is.”
“So mom, those movies have people running around killing each other and cussing?”
“Yes, Jake, I think you’ve got it.”
“Um, Jake, I think there might also be some nudity.”
“So it’s naked people running around cussing and killing each other?”
“Yes, Jake, I believe it is.”