Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Convenient Memory and Parental Perspective...

many Many MANY years ago - in the pre-offspring years I was hanging out at my in-laws house and they had picked up a movie to watch. Based on our recommendation. OOOOOPS! We hadn't seen it since its theatrical release and only remembered the funny laugh out loud moments - I'd claim innocence/ignorance but the truth is that "So I Married An Ax Murderer" just didn't set off our "mute button sensor" back in the day... until we tried to watch it with parents in the room.

This keeps happening to us now... a funny movie from our youth that we think the kids will appreciate turns out to be something that should have been rated PG(boiysiitl5ywtpp) - and for those of you not in the motion picture industry and therefor unaware of this particular rating it's Parental Gguidance but only if you've seen it in the last 5 years with the parental perspective...

You see, we've forgotten things... and APPARENTLY have become a little more aware of what is being shown to little eyes.

We pulled out the old standard "Mrs Doubtfire" last night - after a wonderful family night of Karaoke (to get them ready for the reunion)... and I'm just thrilled that we started it late enough that most of the kids fell asleep!

I won't go into detail - but let's just say that I have a copy of this movie if anyone else wants to subject their kids to a little too much of Robin Williams' early humor and give their thumb a good workout on the Mute and FF buttons.

okay... so THAT part was HiLaRiOuS...

HOWEVER - another thing we've recently been allowing them to watch has given them only WONDERFUL lessons in life... that lesson being that "special effects" were a little less special and a little less effective back in the seventies when they filmed the original Land of the Lost Episodes... can anyone remind me WHY I loved that so much as a kid?

Oh wait - I remember... because it was the ONLY thing ON! Yes folks, I'm showing my age because I grew up in the pre-cable era... I actually remember waking up early on Saturday morning and having to WAIT for programming to begin because there was not a channel just for cartoons in my day and age...

you know, way back when before dirt was invented...

14 comments:

Barbaloot said...

That's when you need to bust out the old-school Disney classics. Old Yeller and Swiss Family Robinson are my favorites. Or you've got On Our Own, Red Fury and Where the Red Fern Grows.

Of course, you'll probly have to have a VHS for most of those movies...

T said...

we've actually seen Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys recently - and a few others, but aside from those two the kids made groaning noises the entire time.

We also watched Escape from/Return to Witch Mountain for another lesson in bad FX... they just don't make flying motor homes like that anymore

Homer and Queen said...

I hear you sister!!! Just don't let them watch Young Frankensein!

Kristina P. said...

So I Married an Axe Murderer is one of my favorite movies!

And yes, there are several movies that would be considered R today, that were only rated PG, back in the day.

Alicia said...

lol...i love young frankenstein!! and i love so i married an ave murderer! too funny, but yes, with little ones in the room...not so much!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

I hate that we have to sensor ourselves when the kids are around. Dang. It is true that perspective changes when you become a parent.

Nic said...

Ahh... I remember waking up and having to wait for the station to start its daily broadcasting... :)

Oh, and speaking of Disney movies... Remember Watcher in the Woods? Ahhh!

Merrianne said...

ha ha ha ha! i love those movies, too!!!

valentine said...

i have rewatched some movies from my youth, and it turns out that they are actually kinda dirty. now i know what my parents were complaining about!

Chelsi said...

Ohhh, Watcher in the Woods. Creepy! Not too long ago, we got our hands on Goonies and just had to share it with the kid that would care. I had no recollection of the language and other questionable things that filled that movie. A bit embarrassing as a parent. And, I too remember waiting for programming to start in the morning. All those lovely bold-colored, broad lines on the screen--those were the days.

April said...

Oh my gosh!!! We were just quoting So I Married An Axe Murderer today at work!!! hahahaha!!! And then one of the young ones asked if Footloose had dancing in it. My mouth dropped open....it is official. I am old.

T said...

Goonies was one of the ones that I mistakenly thought would be watchable for my children... oops!

mariann and Tory said...

I actually just watched that tv show!! HAlarious!!
Yeah, I thought 16 candles would be great...uh nakedness!! I also thought Goonies would be awesome, whoops!!

Debbie said...

I think I do that every time I watch a movie with someone other than my husband (which luckily isn't often).

If we watch movies with anyone I let them pick, just so I dont have to worry about it. Haha