Help Picking Your Next Flick: Kids Movie Ratings that Work

AGTraditional movie ratings haven’t quite done it for me when it comes to choosing a movie for my kids. Even some G-rated movies can have upsetting scenes – for instance, I’ve heard lots of complaints about the demise of Nemo’s mom in Finding Nemo.

So I was thrilled to discover Kids In Mind, which rates movies in three categories – Sex/Nudity, Violence/Gore, and Profanity. Finding Nemo, although G-rated by the MPAA, gets a Kids In Mind violence rating of 3 (out of 10). In contrast, Ferngully, the Last Rainforest gets a Kids in Mind violence rating of 1, indicating substantially less violence and gore. The ratings are equally useful for PG and R movies, which can also vary in content.

Even better than the ratings, Kids In Mind provides a blow by blow of every objectionable scene in each category. For example, for Finding Nemo, Kids In Mind reports that:

“A barracuda with very long and pointed teeth snaps viciously at two fish, one fish is knocked unconscious, and the other fish along with many eggs are gone when he comes around (the barracuda apparently ate them although we do not see it).”

With this kind of information, it’s much easier to walk into a movie theatre or video store with your eyes open.

Note: If you don’t pay for a Kids In Mind membership, the site is full of annoying pop-ups

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