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    Quote Originally Posted by jay santos View Post
    Considering taking my two boys 12 and 16 to They Shall Not Grow Old. Poor parenting decision? Or is it OK?
    Go for it - particularly if your kids are at all interested in history or WWI. Jackson does a short "how it was made" at the end of the film and talks about his interest coming from having relatives that fought in the war. If I was going to do this, I might do a quick search to see what relatives I had who fought and in what areas they served.

    They show some dead bodies. The fact that it is a war isn't sugarcoated. And some of the actual soldiers being interviewed talk about death as well. But I don't recall seeing anything that I'd be afraid of my kids seeing. I guess the difference between it and your basic PG movie is that you know that pile of dead bodies is really a pile of dead bodies and not people faking it for the scene. If you're OK with that, you'll be fine.

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    This past weekend my son picked up the latest Mission Impossible from redbox. After watching it, my wife learned that he's never seen the original, so we rented that on netflix and saw it too.

    The level of sophistication and changes in technology over the last 23 years when that first movie came out is crazy. Seeing Tom Cruise's difference in age was pretty wild too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post

    Swiss Army Man - Fun and not serious, but serious. Loved the way they shot it all and the absurdity of the whole thing wasn't too overplayed. I also laughed quite a bit as they used humor in the right places at hte right time to keep the plot from getting heavy...but they laid off of too much slapstick humor.
    Saw this over the weekend on Netflix. I can't recall another movie that gave more wtfs/minute. A little too strange for my tastes. And I usually like weird movies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jay santos View Post
    Considering taking my two boys 12 and 16 to They Shall Not Grow Old. Poor parenting decision? Or is it OK?
    Go, and take them. I wish I had been able to take my teen aged kids to see it, in part because it provides a lot of fodder for discussion. As long as they go in expecting a documentary and not a Marvel action movie, I think they'll really enjoy it. It's R-rated due to scenes of violence and death, but nothing today's teenagers can't handle.

    It's great from a historical perspective, given its focus on a truly world-changing event with effects that still reverberate in 21st Century policy making.

    It's superb from a technical perspective. Consider that all of the footage was shot using hand-cranked cameras (with the resultant variable shutter-speeds), with no sound and in black and white. Peter Jackson (LOTR) has produced a technical masterpiece.

    It's a fascinating and very discussion-worthy study of war and human nature. Contrast the enthusiasm everyone had at the beginning of WWI with the unspeakable horrors of actual conflict. And yet after enduring those horrors, why do so many comment so favorably on the experience looking back years later, wishing they could go back and relive it?

    You should have a good post-film conversation, but let me know if the ravages of age have caused me to forget what it's like to take teenagers to the movies...

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    Thanks Eddie and PAC, I had decided to take them but then timing didn't work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay santos View Post
    Thanks Eddie and PAC, I had decided to take them but then timing didn't work out.
    Took my oldest and he really enjoyed it. Wished I could have taken my 16 y old
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