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Beware: Film Remakes Have Changed Ratings

By JoAnn Hamilton
December 2, 2005

Do you ever lose anything? For about a month now I have been hunting for a reference and I just can't find it. I think it was a Parents Television Council reference, but I am not sure. Because I feel this article includes an issue you would want to consider, I decided to write it anyway.


Know that a lot of moviemakers are going back and remaking old films. When you see an old film advertised, remember that it was wholesome when you saw it, so let your children attend. What you need to realize is that these remakes usually add sex, violence, vulgarity or nudity to the film. They might not add all of these elements, but usually there are some.


To add credibility to this article, I checked a local newspaer's movie section. This is what I found:  


"Batman Begins" is listed as a PG-13 movie. It includes violence, drugs and profanity.  


"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory": This remake, as stated in the paper, says, "In many respects Tim Burton's inventive, visually rich fantasy about a tour of a mysterious candy factory is faithful to Roald Dahl's source material. Johnny Depp stars. PG (slapstick violence, vulgarity, mild profanity). It was given three and a half stars.


"The Legend of Zorro," a remake, includes violence, profanity, vulgarity, racial epithets and brief partial nudity.


"War of the Worlds": Steven Spielberg's remake of the classic alien invasion tale may be a bit much for very young audiences; includes violence, profanity, brief gore, vulgarity.


It was good to see "The Living Sea" listed as a G and labeled "nothing offensive." Why, oh why does "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" have to have slapstick violence, vulgarity and mild profanity?  


It bothered me that "Chicken Little " is referred to in a newspaper as an update of the popular children's tale, and then later in the article the vivid truth that I want to illustrate today: "Also, as expected with most kids' films these days, there are unfortunate vulgar moments (bodily function humor), and the alien sequences – some of which recall the recent ‘War of the World' remake – are a little intense."  


We all have to decide for ourself what is good for our family. As Pam Woody points out in her November 2005 Focus on the Family article, "The Soft-Porn Slide," what is considered normal and right has had a definite slide down, which, I might add, some people don't notice because they have also encompassed the downward slide. She points out that what was once taboo is culturally very acceptable.  


By the way, when you paid to go to "The Passion of Christ," you sent a strong message for Christian themes in movies and the producers heard it, therefore you will be seeing more Christian themes emerging, some of which may be excellent. Being the conservative person that I am, I would suggest that you still monitor content and be selective in what you expose your children to.



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