Great movie, just not for kids

Great movie, just not for kids

Yes, we took our children, ages 6 to 13 to see the movie two days after it opened. In hindsight, we regret it. The more we think about it, the more we regret it (at least for our two younger children). My husband and I have mastered parental control of the tv, computer, video games, and, well, really anything the kids can get their hands on. So why did we take them? Big blunder on our part for not doing the research. We were expecting something totally different. It really sank in after my mother-in-law let my husband know that the Dark Knight is not something you take your precious babies to go see.

So even if we did bury our young children’s heads deep in the trenches of our motherly and fatherly embrace, I have a feeling, they knew what was going on. Let me put it this way, remember the scene with the Joker and the pencil disappearing act? Yeah, pretty gruesome. But as the adult crowd bellowed in laughter at the “magic trick”, my 11 year old daughter, after lifting her head from hiding, asked with a sort of wishful uncertainty “Did the pencil roll under the table?”. She knew.

A flurry of parental recommendations stormed throughout the internet immediately after the movie opened. It was just too late for us. So take heed parents, if you haven’t already done so. Even weeks after the opening, the movie managed to break records at the box office. Keep the young ones at home, or you could end up with a lingering afterthought much like ours.

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