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To think that PG films shouldn't have swear words in it

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MonkeyJungleConga Sat 23-Jul-11 16:56:00

just watched Mrs Doubtfire with my two DDs aged 5 & 7. I assumed it would be ok as there is a 5 year old character in the film but it was peppered with words like Jesus, crap, bastard, piss me off, shit.

Maybe they were too young for the film but as above I thought a younger character in a family film would mean it was would be ok.

AIBU? Are they too young for a PG film?

MissPenteuth Sat 23-Jul-11 16:58:56

Well, PG stands for parental guidance. If the film was suitable for all ages it would be a U. I know what you mean though, when you think of a 'family' film you assume it's free of bad language.

activate Sat 23-Jul-11 17:01:25

some families, shock horror, actually swear in front of their kids

that's what PG means - for some it's OK for other's not

NerfHerder Sat 23-Jul-11 17:02:36

Surely PG means the parent checks it's okay first?

Shriek is U and has v dodgy words in first 30mins- now that should make you cross!

pointydog Sat 23-Jul-11 17:03:58

Older films for children seem to have a lot more bad language in them. We watched Ghostbusters last year and there's lots of swearing and smoking in it.

At som epoint, the film people had a crackdown.

AngryChair Sat 23-Jul-11 17:04:10

I was watching a 12 film with my son yesterday and was shocked when I heard "Keep searching for the fucking dog!"

It seems to happen a lot lately.

pointydog Sat 23-Jul-11 17:04:26

What bad words are in Shrek?

pointydog Sat 23-Jul-11 17:04:59

Do you mean the original Mrs Doubtfire, moneky, with robin williams?

ButWhyIsTheGinGone Sat 23-Jul-11 17:07:48

YANBU - at my school we ask parents to sign a form saying they are happy with their children watching PG DVDs. I have never seen Mrs Doubtfire, but would feel a bit uncomfortable if I'd put this on for my class and those words were used. Sure the kids would find it highly amusing, though! :D

MissPenteuth Sat 23-Jul-11 17:09:00

When I was young we used to mostly tape films off the TV. I was quite shocked when I grew up and watched the DVD versions (Back to the Future, for example) and heard them swearing shock

jeckadeck Sat 23-Jul-11 17:09:37

sorry but this seems incredibly uptight to me. Shit and piss are barely swear words in my book. Its not like they aren't going to be exposed to these things at school. If you really worry about things like this what are you going to be like with teenagers? Life's too short...

MrsPlesWearsAFez Sat 23-Jul-11 17:12:01

It's always worth checking the Parental Guidance section of IMDB first.

pointydog Sat 23-Jul-11 17:20:25

It's not uptight, just different standards wink

NerfHerder Sat 23-Jul-11 17:21:39

Pointy I can't remember, as I haven't seen it since it was on in the cinema... but there was a thread about 3 years ago where someone complained about it being shown to an infant class on a school trip being shown it on the bus... and at the time I agreed with the OP that it wasn't suitable... sorry for vagueness

pointydog Sat 23-Jul-11 17:23:59

S'ok. I'll watch it again sometime soon. Dd2 is dvd mad.

allhailtheaubergine Sat 23-Jul-11 17:26:17

I have a friend who got cross with me for saying the word "bum" in front of her 2 yr old. I was saying the word to my 2 yr old at the time grin. Apparently bottom or botty are more appropriate.

Point being, everyone draws their own line. Hence PG.

EightToSixer Sat 23-Jul-11 17:28:32

Pointy- In Shrek the Fairy Godmother says "go to the tallest bloody room in the tallest bloody tower" innocently repeated by my 2yo dd to my father when playing with her tall castle. Never forgotten by him!

DoMeDon Sat 23-Jul-11 17:30:02

I think they are too young for a PG film, others will not - the essence of parental guidance wink

It is not uptight to want DC to have a non-sweary, non-violent atmosphere. Uptight would be cat's bumming in a sweary pub at other adults. I am beyond liberal as a grown up but quite strict when it comes to DC.

youarekidding Sat 23-Jul-11 17:30:16

My friend and I put it on a few months ago for our DC's (then 5/6/7 yo) We use to watch the film as children but were shock at the words used in the film.

We just figured as it hadn't affected us as children it wouldn't affect ours - as in we didn't seem to notice/ remember so hoped they wouldn't focus on the words but on the film as a whole. Having said that we agreed if they did repeat any they would be watching U cert films for a long time. grin

pointydog Sat 23-Jul-11 17:30:34

Shrek 2?

Yes, bloody doesn't seem to be a swear word any more for some people. I winced when it came up in Harry Potter films.

DBennett Sat 23-Jul-11 17:32:03

For r-future reference, International Movie Database gives you a list of all a movies objectionable bits so you can make your own mind up in advance.

Here's the Mrs Doubtfire one.

mumeeee Sat 23-Jul-11 17:32:27

PGs are often recommended for over 8's. U's are more durable for younger children. But it depends. On the child.

allhailtheaubergine - really? I've never considered bum to be an issue, I have to say (although thinking back to my childhood, we weren't really allowed to say it when we were tiny, we were directed to calling it a bottom). DS calls it a bum - hey ho.

PG suggests that you should make yourself aware of the content of the film before deciding whether or not it's appropriate for your own DC by your own standards, IMO. So YABU - you should have checked it first.

pointydog Sat 23-Jul-11 17:36:27

Didn't know about that moveie database.

Angree Sat 23-Jul-11 17:40:16

This is the actual site that you want to look at it gives you the exact reason for the rating. www.bbfc.co.uk/recent/films/

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