Friday, March 13, 2009

Coraline (2009)

A review from author Debra Murphy.
As for the take-your-kid-to-the-movies part, my fifth-grader enjoyed the film, for the most part, but told me outright afterwards that he thought it should have been rated PG-13, not PG. In a few places, he confessed, he was a little creeped out. As for me, I couldn’t agree more, and I’m at a loss to understand how the filmmakers managed to finagle a PG rating. Granted, the market for animated films are child-centered, so I can see why a PG rating was desirable, but Coraline contains a couple of elements that for my money (and I’m a fairly relaxed parent when it comes to these things) crossed the line into scarier and more adult material.
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4 comments:

Lucy said...

Personally, I think it's a desensitizing scheme...and too often we get caught up into it. No wonder everything becomes 'normal' after a while. This is sad for our children- especially when they're not the ones asking for all of the sensationalism to begin with; but once it's there, then it slowly becomes acceptable- the norm. Thanks, Elena.

elena maria vidal said...

I agree, totally.

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen the movie, but I have read the book and in that, at least, the scary elements are not at all the desensitizing sort. From my own experience as a child, if something scares you, it doesn't desensitize, quite the contrary. It's graphic violence that has little or no emotional impact- that's thrown in as a kind of filler or padding- that desensitizes. The movies that scared me most as a child: Watership Down, Neverending Story, etc. are precious to me as having shown me the importance of fighting against evil, even when evil is overwhelmingly terrifying.

"The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon." -G.K. Chesterton

As a side note, Neil Gaiman, the author of the book Coraline, is a big fan of Chesterton and in fact quotes those words in one of his other books.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the heads-up. My fifth grade son saw the previews and said he thought it might be too scary. I told him he was right!