If you have seen a film that has been rated R in the last year or two, you are probably wondering if films are going too far these days. From more intense violence scenes to rape scenes, it can be disgusting and make you never want to go to the theater again. Even some thrillers that are rate PG13 can give an adult nightmares, so how far is too far?
I have never really been offended by anything I have seen or heard, but there have been a few movies that have been released lately that have left me extremely offended and have given me nightmares. There is more blood and gore in all popular movies and it seems like if you want to earn big bucks at the box office, the extra blood and violence is required. With all of the technological advancements that enable filmmakers to make practically anything seem realistic, they have decided to show even more blood and all of the brains and guts that they can get onto the screen.
Filmmakers are interested in making money and the people who are spending the money at the box office are the younger crowds. Younger people want to see the special effects that makes the movie seem unbearable to some.
I still enjoy watching horror movies, but every now and then, I will see one that gives me nightmares. To get rid of the nightmares and get past all of the offensive special effects, I watch it again. Watching it more than once helps me desensitize myself so that watching the movie is not so offensive in the future.
Deciding whether today’s films are going too far is a matter of personal opinion, not something that can be decided by an individual. I do not think that there is a way to go “too far” in movies, because they are for entertainment purposes, but I do think that the film rating system should be changed.
There are R rated movies that I would let my elementary school age children watch, but there are PG13 rated movies that I would not. Unless the movie is rated G, I always watch it to make sure there is nothing that I consider to be inappropriate. I let my kids watch movies that contain curse words, but not movies that have bloody violence or drugs or sex in them. These are things that I have not talked to my kids about in detail and I will wait until they are a little older to do so, so letting them watch movies containing it would only bring up questions I am not prepared to answer.
The United States is about having freedoms that some do not agree with, but if it does not harm another person, it should be allowed. If you are offended by something that you see in a movie, do not watch the movie. Just as the filmmakers have the freedom to make the movies, you have the freedom to watch another movie that does not offend you.