I'm writing an article about movie ratings. If you are a teenager, how do the ratings affect you? Have you ever snuck into a movie that you weren't old enough for, based on the ratings? What do you think of the ratings? Do you think sex and violence in the movies affect you adversely? Anything else you want to say about ratings?
Parents: Do you monitor what your teenagers see? Do you think the ratings are effective? Anything else you want to add would be appreciated.
I'm 19, for the record ^_^
I sneaked into an R-rated film when I was...let's see, 16. Only time I've done it, and I only barely got away with it too-- we had tickets for another film, but a couple of kids in my group had legit tickets their grandfather bought for them, and they were the ones who got checked for some reason. It was stupid-- my mom had given me permission to see the film, but we forgot to have an adult stay to buy our tickets.
Personally, I'm not a big fan of the ratings. I think it's the parent's responsibility to deal with what their kids are or are not seeing at the movies. Some parents-- mine included --have no problem with their kids seeing R-rated movies occasionally. For them it's just a complete nuisance.
For parents who seriously think that seeing "Romeo Must Die" (yeah, can you believe THAT'S the film I went to such effort for?) is going to be traumatic for their kids-- and nothing happened in that movie that you wouldn't see on MTV by the way --then it's THEIR responsibility to deal with it.
I suspect that if the 17-or-with-a-guardian-only rule was taken away from the rating, many parents would allow their kids to go see the R-rated films eventually. It's really the complications and potential illegality that sets parents off, I suspect.
Sex and violence having an effect on me...well, let's see. I've been an avid Internet user for about eight years now, I've played video games like Mortal Kombat or Doom since I was a wee lass, and I saw my first R-rated film at the age of eight. I went to a youth therapy group once, but I wasn't asked back because I was as mentally healthy as anyone. The worst crime I've ever committed is the ever-present illegal mp3 download. I've never had a traffic ticket, never punched anyone, am not remotely interested in guns or other weapons...so no, I don't think it's had any adverse effects on me. To be honest, I see most complaints from parents that video games/tv/movies are making their kids more violent as simply passing the buck.