Totally 80's. Again.

Red Dawn cast

Original Red Dawn cast

The 80’s are in again. Sort of.  At least the inspiration is there.  The proof is in the movies being made and/or released soon. Yep, Gen Xers are headed towards middle age and now there are all these 80’s remakes in the works.  Clash of the Titans is out now (heard it’s not so good) and Karate Kid, the A-Team, Nightmare on Elm Street and Red Dawn are headed our way.  Really?  Red Dawn?  How can that be good again without the fear of a Russian invasion?  Well, guess what?  This time we are being invaded by the Chinese!  What could go wrong with this premise?  And it’s just not the same now that kids have cell phones and internet.   21 Jump Street is going to be made into a movie as well as Poltergeist.  21 Jump Street without Johnny Depp?  Good luck.  Oh and live action Smurfs. Good God. Neil Patrick Harris, I know I’m going to love you as a guest on Glee but as a Smurf?  Just say no.

The New Karate Kid

Karate Kid 2010

Karate Kid will star Will Smith’s son Jaden.  When you go from Ralph Macchio to Jaden Smith, it’s got to be totally different right?  Also Jackie Chan will replace Pat Morita and it takes place in China.  So why keep the name?  Like we aren’t smart enough to figure it out?  And how could anyone outdo Billy Zabka’s villain in the original?  I’m just sayin.

I’ve been hearing for years that tinsel town wants to redo Adventures in Babysitting.  Does anyone remember that one?  Actresses once considered to reprise Elisabeth  Shue’s role were Miley Cyrus (gag) and Raven Simone (huh?). The latest is that it will be called The Sitter instead and star Jonah Hill from Superbad.  So technically a different movie just paying homage to the original.  I can deal with that. 

Then there’s Hot Tub Time Machine which I just saw and it’s pretty funny .  Thankfully, it’s not a remake, just a movie with lots of 80’s references.  A bit gross and over the top at times (think Farelly Brothers) but all in good fun.  Seems we are not the only ones who like reminiscing about our youths in the 80’s.  What a great decade to make fun of, so distinctive from the others!  For sure.

But please don’t let Hollywood butcher the original John Hughes movies with lousy remakes!

The Librarian

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Rated R and M for Mature for Tweens?

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I have a serious bone to pick with parents of tweens. I am 33 oops I mean 34 years old and have a son that is in the sixth grade (that’s 11 for those that can’t do the math that quick). I had him when I was the ripe old age of 22. You would think that as a younger mom I would be “cooler” than the other older moms of the kids in his class. Instead, I find that I am one of the VERY few parents in his class that actually seem to parent. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying they are neglecting their children, or that they’re bad parents, but I just don’t get them. Not to mention, when my younger child is a tween, will I be so relaxed I wont care either?

Let me give an example. I believe that movies and video games are rated for a REASON. Color me old-fashioned, but when a movie is rated R, as in restricted to those under the age of 17, I usually listen to the rating and don’t let my 11 year old son see it. You would think that’s the norm, right? WRONG! Turns out the majority of my son’s friends are allowed to watch rated R movies. 300, yep they’ve seen it, District 9, that too, SAW 1-5, yes even those! I’m not crazy overprotective either, its not like I’m making him wait until 13 to see PG-13 movies.

Now let me bring up video games. I am literally shocked that parents don’t seem to get what the M for mature rating means. Lets look at what the Entertainment Software Rating Board defines M to be:

MATURE
Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

Why would this be suitable for a pre-teen? Apparently my son is one of the only kids in his class not playing World of Warcraft, Bioshock (in order to view their website you need to put in a birthdate that proves your over 17) and Grand Theft Auto. Lets have a look at Grand Theft Auto:

A document from the UK ratings body, the BBFC (which has given the game an “18” rating) appeared online recently which stated, “the character can pick up prostitutes and pay for three levels of service. What follows is an un-detailed portrayal of masturbation, fellatio, and intercourse. The character can also visit lap-dancing clubs and request a private dance. While the game contains sexualized dancing and the portrayal of sex, there is no sexualized nudity.” So, yes there’s sex, but no you don’t see it.
Courtesy of WhatTheyPlay.com

Are these parents willingly letting their children play these games or are they not doing their research? Do they not understand that video games have moved far past the days of Super Mario Bros and Dig Dug? Am I wrong for not letting my son watch R rated movies? Are we in such a rush to let our children grow up that we just let them watch whatever they want to? Doesn’t anyone else see that we are desensitizing our kids? What’s next? Will we be subscribing to Hustler for them for their 13th birthday?

I would love to hear your thoughts, please comment and let me know if I’m crazy here…

The Photo Addict