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to think this isn't an appropriate film for children?

(21 Posts)
ByeByeLilSebastian Tue 29-Nov-16 09:42:38

Dh thinks I'm being over the top about not letting Ds1 (6 ) watch Men in Black.
We both remember watching and loving it as children but I've just tried watching the first 10 minutes of it and can't believe I was allowed to watch it! They put it on in school too confused

So anyway aibu for saying he won't be allowed to watch it?

Primaryteach87 Tue 29-Nov-16 09:43:29


CookieLady Tue 29-Nov-16 09:44:39


ShowMeTheElf Tue 29-Nov-16 09:46:12

YABU. It is cartoonish violence.
The bits they don't understand just wash over them.

PerspicaciaTick Tue 29-Nov-16 09:48:03

You mean the bit where the alien kills the farmer and inhabits his dead skin, so the rest of the film is about some sort of decomposing, zombie type entity.
YANBU to be cautious, it is strong stuff for a 6yo. TBH it still gives me the willies.

ByeByeLilSebastian Tue 29-Nov-16 09:48:50

It's rated PG but within the first 5 minutes someone says "oh shit, oh crap." And then gets called Nick the dick. Lots of use of the word ass too.

I think that is really inappropriate for a children's film.

ByeByeLilSebastian Tue 29-Nov-16 09:49:48

And that PerspicaciaTick. That's a bit scary but I do appreciate I'm a bit of a wuss.

BarbarianMum Tue 29-Nov-16 09:50:56

YABU I wouldn't show it to a 6 year old - mine were 8 and 9 when they saw it though and that was fine.

SeaweedSa1ad Tue 29-Nov-16 09:53:00

Even my 12 year old wouldn't watch it - they managed 5 minutes and walked out before the farmer died... they thought it was too scary. (Watching lots of vampire /demon stuff now though, a few years later...)

atticusclaw2 Tue 29-Nov-16 09:55:13

We started it when DS2 was about 7 but quickly turned it off. He enjoyed it at age 9 though.

ByeByeLilSebastian Tue 29-Nov-16 09:59:30

Hmm I might give it a couple more years then. I would just hate him to start repeating some of the words in it.

Trifleorbust Tue 29-Nov-16 10:03:06

I think it's one of those films where, other than the language, it would be fine for children, but YANBU to not want your 6 year old watching "shit" and "crap". Great film though!

Aworldofmyown Tue 29-Nov-16 10:08:21

I think your right but I'm funny about stuff like that.

I'm surprised that they can watch it at school, ours can only watch U rated films.

mrsmortis Tue 29-Nov-16 10:14:58

It depends on the child. My DD1 who is nearly 8 wouldn't manage the levels of threat in it. My DD2 who is 5 would be fine. I wouldn't be happy about the language for either of them. But that's why it's PG.

The BBFC have a brilliant site which describes exactly what is in the film to help parents make their choice: www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/men-black-1997-3

If you open the insight section you can see loads of detail. It's also interesting to note that they say that a PG film ought to be OK for an 8 year old.

Manumission Tue 29-Nov-16 10:17:02

YANBU. I think I held off until 9/10ish on that one.

glitterazi Tue 29-Nov-16 10:34:43

We love the Men in Black trilogy. 6 though? No. bit too young. My 9 year old loves it though!

TheInternetIsForPorn Tue 29-Nov-16 11:34:51

Probably not at six. Not because she'd be scared, she wouldn't, but as you say, there's language in there I'd prefer her not to hear just yet!

Dahlietta Tue 29-Nov-16 13:55:15

I don't think there are many PG films I'd let a 6 year old watch, to be honest, but I'm a dreadful prude about this sort of thing. My 4yo's friends are all into Spiderman and Star Wars and I tut behind their backs.

Colby43443 Tue 29-Nov-16 14:06:31

Depends on the child really. My 5 year old neice isn't allowed to read or watch Gangsta Granny or Lion King/Bambi etc as she doesn't react well to deaths of parent figures.

StefCWS Tue 29-Nov-16 14:09:00

Hmm, I think its wrong for a school to put it on. My daughter loves scary stuff (she is only 4) and watched frankenweenie the other day and loves monster house, her cousin is the same age and a boy, he cried his eyes out and was terrified at monsterhouse. I think its down to the child so a school probably shouldn't show this film , its parental guidance, meaning the parent knows if the child will be ok with this film, the teachers are not the parent

amusedbush Tue 29-Nov-16 14:09:48

My brother was obsessed with MIB when he was about that age or maybe a tiny bit older. He would watch it on a daily basis!

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