Last week I went to see the new Transformers: Dark of the Moon film with two of my friends. We braved the theatres in the middle of the afternoon, a theatre full of young kids– literally toddlers and elementary school kids.
What a disappointment.
The film was upsetting on several levels.
First, it was just plain boring. The film was 2 and a half hours long, and had about 20 to 30 minutes of entertaining story. The rest was robots fighting. Yawn. (Seriously. I wish I brought a book!)
Second, it was just inappropriate for kids. Sure, I’d be the first to tell you that parents should probably not let their 7-year-old see a film rated “Rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo.” But the film’s opening credits revealed that Hasbro (the toy company) was a producer. Who is this film being marketed to? The age of the audience in my theatre said it all.
Should little Billy be watching…
– a girl in her underwear walking up the stairs (camera following her butt) to get in bed with Sam
– two robots making jokes about Sam “getting lucky”
– the same two robots calling each other “d**khead”
– Sam’s mom suggesting that the only reason Sam got two beautiful girlfriends was because of a large… Sam cuts her off by saying, “What the f…” and never finishes the sentence.
– When Sam receives an award from the president, he mouths, “What the f**k!”
Should your 14-year-old watch that? The movie just wasn’t made for kids.