Friday, April 15, 2011

Is the Atlas Shrugged Movie Suitable for Children? A Review

Just back from seeing Atlas Shrugged Part 1 and, as promised, I am going to attempt to “review” it from the perspective of a couple of my favorite sites that review movies for content and appropriateness for children.  I hope and will review the movie; they will do a more thorough review.  But until then, here is my review for appropriateness.  
First, it is a PG-13 movie so for parents who absolutely refuse to take any child under 13 to a PG-13 movie, this movie is not for you.  However, if you are a parent who allows your 11 or 12 year old to watch PG-13 movies or even watch many prime time TV shows, this movie is probably acceptable.   
So how does it rate on violence, profanity and sexual content?
Violence: Virtually no physical violence.  I am guessing would probably give it a 2 on a 10 scale for violence.  Of course there is violence against the entrepreneurs by the looters who use the power of government to take their property.
Profanity:  Some mild obscenities.  While I didn’t count the instances of profanity, I am guessing there were fewer than ten instances.  Kids-in-Mind would probably give a 3 on a 10 scale for profanity.
Sexual content: No nudity though there are two bed scenes, both involving Hank Rearden.  The scene with his wife ends humorously.  The scene with Dagny is more passionate.  Kids-in-Mind would probably give it a 6 of a 10 scale for sexual content.
Spiritual content: There is no religious content to speak of which might surprise some given that Ayn Rand was a vocal atheist.
In the next couple of days I hope to post a few more observations about the movie.

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