The Dark Knight: Too Violent?

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Alright, having read this post at Yahoo I thought I’d make this handy guide for parents that will help them decide whether or not to take their children to see our bat-like neighborhood vigilante (well, not “our” neighborhood, but someone’s):

  1. Does the term “PG-13” cause you to have a fit because it’s just too mature for your thirteen year old? If not, move to step two.
  2. Does the phrase “Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace” act as a good indicator for the type of film you don’t want your children seeing? If not, move to step three.
  3. Did you take your child to the first one? Were they scared or upset by it? If not, move to number four.
  4. Do clowns scare you or your children? If not, move to step five.
  5. Are you one of those overly-sensitive types that sends a letter to your congressman every week demanding that the movie and television industries go back to the the days of Andy Griffith? If not, move to step six.
  6. Take your kids to see the movie.

Basically, if you’re going to get upset about violence and think it may be too much for your kids, then it is too much for your kids. If, however, your thirteen year old has a solid grounding in the reality about movies, then it shouldn’t be a problem. Don’t blame the movie or the producers if the film was too much for you or your kids (or at least what you think is too much for your kids). It’s your fault for not doing the research.

That’s all I have to say about that.

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About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

One thought on “The Dark Knight: Too Violent?

  1. Seeing as how I let my kids watch Kill Bill….. Yah, not too violent.

    Granted, I’m weird and some people out there would probably demand CPS take my kids away from me because I’m obviously damaging their young impressionable minds and creating the worlds’ next generation of serial killers..

    Screw ’em. Very little is too much if you can talk to your kids. If you can’t talk to your kids, then you need help – not the movie industry.

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