Dwight Garner says he errs on the permissive side. His own parents banned Judy Blume.
"I think you have to be aware of your kids and what they are capable of and not capable of."
"Not all classic movies are good for kids. I slapped on King Kong and it was an intense movie." His kids are still freaked out by it.
Ty Burr sat down and watched The Godfather with his daughter when she was 11. The intensity and the adultness "rocked her world" and she had never seen a movie that prompted her to see the world that way.
Marie, a caller:
When she was 12, her mother took her to Rent and that after seeing it she became an AIDS educator for the Red Cross and traveled to Tanzania to do the same. All because of a musical.
"Great art can influence kids in unexpected ways."
Kids are ahead of where you think in their knowledge of the adult world. "We tend to have safe houses where we don't talk about what kids see."
How old were you?
Ty Burr's kids love Stanley Kubrick. They are teens. He says that Clockwork Orange "was rough" for her but that she was ready. They spent weeks discussing it afterwards.
Ty Burr saw The Last Picture Show with his mom as a teen. The Cloris Leachman's sex scene wie th Timothy Bottom "made him wish the floor would open up and swallow him." He says he and his mom did not discuss the movie on the ride home.
It's the book that you carry in your back pocket that makes you a reader. - Dwight Garner on the horror novels he read as a child.
Connor, a caller from Bloomington:
His dad let him watch Braveheart. It didn't affect him but that Titanic scarred him because of the injustice of the poor people dying.
Ty Burr says emotional trauma can be more scarring to kids than physical violence. "We can contextualize violence in a movie."