i haven't even read the article yet, just the posts here and I DEFINITELY agree there is a ratings creep going on. My son will be 13 next year and I am dreading it b/c I don't think a lot of PG-13 movies are child appropriate.
For that matter, a lot of PG movies aren't child appropriate! My dad is the DVD buyer for my kids. He bought them Cat in the Hat when it came out. I never IMAGINED that it would be something that I wouldn't want my boys watching. They watched it at my parents house long before I ever saw it.
The Cat in the Hat was one of my FAVORITE Dr Seuss books (I can recite the whole thing from memory even though I haven't read it in probably more than 6 years now...) so I was excited to see the movie. I. Was. HORRIFIED. It was crude and rude and just plain awful. It should have been rated PG-13 AT LEAST (but then who would have gone to see a PG-13 Dr. Seuss movie?)
The other movies I think should have been rated PG-13 and not PG were the Shrek movies. Both of them, though # 2 was worse. I took my boys to see Shrek in the theater, and I was shocked at some of the jokes but b/c my kids were 2 and 4 they didn't get those so it wasn't a big deal. I was cringing at the 8 and 10 year olds in there though.
When Shrek 2 came out my kids were old enough to understand the inappropriate humor, so I wouldn't let them watch it. I STILL won't let them watch it. Maybe my oldest can watch it last year. But I mean, Pinocchio should NOT be wearing a woman's thong in a PG-rated movie. COME ON!!!
On the other hand, there are a few rated R movies from when I was a kid that I have no problems letting my boys watch. It's the difference in ratings between then and now.
It also gets me that I seem to be the ONLY parent who cares about ratings and what my kids are mature enough to watch.They come home from school talking about all these movies they are not allowed to see, describing scenes that their friends told them about.
I've seen some of the movies that these kids are talking about and there is NO WAY that 9, 10, 12, 13 year old kids should be watching these movies.