Monday, October 9, 2017

R Rated Films And The Teenager Who Is Not 17

A still from "The Ring"

This past weekend the 15-year-old tried to see an R rated movie and was denied. Seventeen is the threshold. She bought a ticket for the Lego movie, then tried to see the R-rated Stephen King movie "It." She and her friend were observed by management entering the wrong theater by video feed. To the theatre's credit, her money was refunded.

I grew up in a small town where I was able to see R rated movies at an early age in the local movie theatre. I don't know if this was because I lived in pre-history, the independent theatre wanted my cash, or movie ratings were considered suggestions rather than law.

I didn't get mad at the kid, sort of happy she was trying out transgressive behavior -- about time!

As a consolation, she watched "The Ring" at home with her friend. This movie was made in 2005 and might even depict a society many years in the past. Part of the plot revolved around a ringing telephone, a landline, something gone from our house for many years.

I helpfully explained the device, how it operated, why it made noise.

Needless to say, my comments were not appreciated. They grow cynical so fast!


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