But you keep burying your head in the sand so you can cry "children's literature!" and continue to complain about it.
or...if you really cared and wanted to enjoy it with your kids, you wouldn't ditch them at home with your wife and go see it by yourself
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He doesn't seem interested in making a G-rated movie, no, but he's been making movies that appeal to kids for quite some time. (Depending on the kind of parent, perhaps from the beginning.)
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Was watching Shaun of the Dead (again) over the weekend with my step-daughter and was surprised to see Martin Freeman; she has a huge crush on him and just about jumped off of the couch when he was on the screen. I now return you to your regularly scheduled thread.
I don't see how the rating makes a real difference. To me, it doesn't matter. I'm seeing it no matter what.
Jackson's been clear that he's entertained by kids getting a thrill out of King Kong or laughing at The Frighteners.
The moment you sell toys in Toys R Us, or toys that are divided into for older kids and toddler versions, as happened with Rings and King Kong, you're explicitly bucking for a child audience. Not just Jackson/or purely Jackson, but the director isn't the progenitor of the movie, he's just the fall guy, to paraphrase John Carpenter.
Nudity and gore sells to many kids. The promise of nudity and gore appeals to many kids. And, really, King Kong nor any Rings movie had either of those. It did, however, have sword fights, big monsters, and elves, which also appeal to kids. And, pretty men swinging the swords and being elves and stuff, which, judging by folders I saw kids with, appeals to a lot of them, too.
You can gauge those, for yourself, and for those under your control, as being not child appropriate, but others don't have to share that belief until the point it's mandated by local law. Otherwise, we're just arguing whether they're "only for children" movies, and really, I think in a world where they're trying to sell Transformers to adults and made that oh very po-faced Where the Wild Things Are, "only for children" movies are pretty much a myth.
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I watched a LOT of movies when I was a kid and enjoyed almost all of them, but that doesn't make any of them a children's movie.
The term "kid's movie" becomes much clearer when you have kids. You become much more aware of movies that you would've never paid attention to otherwise.
Moreover, a kid's movie that has a reference for adults is still a kid's movie. A few references do not mean the movie is "appropriate" for me; it just means the movie is trying to make my life easier.
I think references that are meant for you, as an adult, do mean the movie is appropriate, or at least aimed, at you as well as the kids. Whether it appeals to you, personally, is something different, but such references, such moments are meant for a generic adult, not a kid.
I can think of one, and really, only one movie that definitely qualifies, in years and years of watching movies with kids and as a former kid.