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To think that these film are not suitable for an 11 year old?

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LavenderBrown Tue 26-Jul-11 09:05:54

AIBU to think that "Psycho" and "The Shawshank Redemption" are not suitable veiwing for an 11 year old?

theredhen Tue 26-Jul-11 09:08:21

YANBU. I wouldn't have let my 11 yr old watch them and probably not until he's 15 at least.

Punkatheart Tue 26-Jul-11 09:08:26

Psycho - good God no. You would never get them to take a shower again. The Shawshank has male rape and is a very very long film. A great film but no, I don't think it's suitable...

squeakytoy Tue 26-Jul-11 09:08:32

I would have watched them at that age.

DaveGrohlsgirl Tue 26-Jul-11 09:08:47

No YANBU at all.............Psycho - bloody scary, Shawshank - boring beyond belief

Kayano Tue 26-Jul-11 09:09:18

I would let them watch shawshank I think
But then I watched dirty dancing at 5 or 6 lol

schomberg Tue 26-Jul-11 09:11:17

YANBU. Who on earth would find them appropriate?

fedupofnamechanging Tue 26-Jul-11 09:15:28

Definitely not suitable for an 11 year old. I wish I hadn't watched either of them tbh.

EuphemiaMcGonagall Tue 26-Jul-11 09:16:50

Both are classified 15. The guidelines are on the BBFC website.

I would say they are unsuitable for an 11 year old.

welshbyrd Tue 26-Jul-11 09:22:38

My 13 yo DD has not watched these films.

Am I right in remembering in the Shaw Shank redemption there is a male rape in it?
I would not allow an 11 yo to watch these films

LavenderBrown Tue 26-Jul-11 09:40:56

Thanks for the replies. Pleased to see it's not just me! I haven't seen either of them as I thought I would find them too disturbing. I was horrified when my mum told me she allowed my brother to watch them. I wasn't allowed to watch Dirty Dancing and Moulin Rouge at 15!

LavenderBrown Tue 26-Jul-11 09:42:12

TV is evil

MummyDoIt Tue 26-Jul-11 09:44:57

Absolutely not suitable! Apart from the question of whether they are suitable or not, why would an 11 year old be interested in subject matter like that? Am I being a bit naive in hoping that my DSs are still interested in football, Harry Potter and cars at age 11?!

gramercy Tue 26-Jul-11 09:50:29

I am quite liberal in what I allow the dcs to watch, however, as others have pointed out, The Shawshank Redemption, although a good story, has that male rape scene in it which is horrible. Psycho is an excellent film but I agree that once viewed one can never get behind a shower curtain in peace again.

BulletWithAName Tue 26-Jul-11 09:52:42

Entirely depends on your 11 year old. I was very mature for my age so I watched films like that, but obviously some 11 year olds wouldn't be mature enough.

LavenderBrown Tue 26-Jul-11 09:54:20

My mum was watching with my brother so I am hoping she skipped the really bad scenes.

TotemPole Tue 26-Jul-11 10:02:04

If you skip the bad scenes then it would spoil the film. The ee ee ee scene is important.

I don't think they are suitable for an 11 year old.

MrsClown Tue 26-Jul-11 10:11:21

I dont think YABU at all. Too many parents allow their children to watch anything these days (God I sound old!). When my children were younger I used to think to myself do I really want to put those images in their minds because once I have I cant take it out again.

Keep to your principles. Children should be allowed to be children.

rainbowtoenails Tue 26-Jul-11 10:32:43

I dont know. Jaws is scarier and it's only a pg.

Why are ppl on this thread emphasising MALE rape? Is it ok for 11yos to watch female rape?

CurlyhairedAssassin Tue 26-Jul-11 10:35:06

Rainbow: hmm

YANBU. I used to baby sit for my cousin when I was a teenager. When he was 7 he threw a strop and complained to his mum that I hadn't let him watch a Lethal Weapon video. My auntie told me off for this until I pointed out that in the first five minutes a half naked, drugged up, prostitute falls to her death and that I didn't consider it suitable viewing! Some people just don't properly think about the content of films and their impact on the viewer (at any age!)

Malcontentinthemiddle Tue 26-Jul-11 10:51:28

I haven't seen Psycho, so don't know. Am inclined to think it's ok for kids to watch 'important' films though, if you talk about them afterwards. I don't think Shawshank is that bad - the rape is implied rather than shown, I think, and it has some good messages at heart.

BulletWithAName Tue 26-Jul-11 10:51:51

I watched The Terminator films when I was about 5. I turned out alright.

Punkatheart Tue 26-Jul-11 11:21:35

Rape is rape of course. There was no emphasis intended. Just a statement. I also would have said said female rape, if that had been relevant.

thatgirlsevil Tue 26-Jul-11 11:45:41

It totally depends on the child and whether they have a passing interest in movies or a genuine appreciation of film.

I would have been 'allowed' to watch both of them at that age. I actually watched Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Clockwork Orange at around the same age, but that was because I was a thoughtful and responsible pre-teen and very passionate about film from a young age...horror and arthouse in particular.

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