Movie Rating Website

Written by dad - 5 Comments

I just ran across a great movie rating website called Kids-In-Mind. Instead of giving you a one-size-fits-all rating (e.g., G, PG, PG-13, etc.), Kids-In-Mind provides you with a 1-10 rating for Sex & Nudity, Violence & Gore, and Profanity. On top of this, they provide an itemized list of possibly offensive scenes such that you can skim through and double-check whether or not a movie is appropriate for your kids.

It’s actually kind of funny to skim through the ratings and see what all they managed to pick out. They’re incredibly thorough! For example, check out what they had to say about Disney/Pixar’s Cars:

SEX/NUDITY 2 A car kisses another car on the cheek.
? A male and female car flirt and drive together. Two female cars flirt with a male car and swoon over him in a couple of scenes. A male car flirts with a female car and asks her out to dinner.
? A male car lifts up its chassis as if to flash its privates at a female car. A male car admires a pin-striping tattoo on a female car’s bumper. A car wife admires her car husband’s new paint job.
? A character talks about two cars “getting cozy.” A car says, “I wanna get a look at that sexy hot rod.” A car sings a children’s song about two cars “kissing.” A car talks about being able to see another car’s “dirty under carriage.”

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 A field cutter with whirring blades, glowing red eyes and smoke billowing from its exhaust chases a truck and a car through fields (they are unharmed but they have a couple of close calls).
? A car drives off a road, breaks through barbed wire, crashes into a statue, wraps it up in the wire and drags it, the statue is caught in telephone cables, it is flung back, and the car hangs upside down from the cables and we see that a road has been completely torn up.
? A car bumps into another car during a race, it then bumps another car causing it to blow a tire, another car runs into a wall, another spins out onto grass, and another one is knocked off the road (we see this car completely crumpled).
? Cars race along a speedway, one car skids off the side of the track, another is pushed against a wall, several others crash and spin out, one flips, another one flips and lands on the roof of another, and one jumps over the others (we see several cars crumpled up after the crashes).
? Cars throw things at another car on a stage. A car has a nightmare about a field cutter chopping up cars. A car races off a road, down a hill and into a cactus patch. A stampede of tractors charges into a town (no one is injured).
? A truck begins to fall asleep while driving, it swerves onto the shoulder, the back hatch of the truck opens, a car (which is asleep inside) rolls out and onto the road and it is nearly hit by oncoming traffic.
? A car speeds toward a railroad track as a train approaches and manages to cross just before the train. A car speeds along a road and is chased by a police car, the police car backfires and the other car thinks he is being shot at. A car blows a tire during a race, sparks fly from the rim, another tire blows and the car is forced to stop.
? A truck drives recklessly in reverse and spins around (no damage). A car and a truck go “tractor tipping,” where they sneak up on sleeping tractors, honk their horns and the tractors tip over from being startled (they also make a flatulent noise when they hit the ground).
? There is a reference to a car product called “Rust-eze” and it is referred to as a medicated bumper ointment. A car has many bugs stuck to its grill. A truck snorts and gets ready to spit on a car. A truck flatulates.
? Two pit crews argue.

PROFANITY 2 1 sexual reference, 5 mild anatomical terms (4 veiled by car references), 2 mild obscenities, 1 exclamation (“dadgum”), name-calling (idiot, hippie, crazy, moron), a car says “holy Porsche!,” a truck says “holy shoot,” 1 religious exclamation.

SUBSTANCE USE There are comments made about a VW minibus having done drugs in its youth, which apparently caused some brain damage.

DISCUSSION TOPICS Family, competition, love, fame, greed, conceit, success, failure, being grateful and appreciative, stardom, celebrity, happiness, modernization.

MESSAGE Happiness cannot be bought, and fame is hollow. There’s a lot more to racing than winning.

More than enough information to decide

Published on February 12th, 2007 - 5 Comments
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  1. Wow, that seems like a good site just to vet whether a movie is worth going to see, let alone if it is appropriate for kids!

    I wonder if they even bother with R rated movies…

    Comment by Blaine Moore — Feb 12th 2007 @ 8:38 am
  2. That’s great! Thanks for passing it along.

    Comment by vw bug — Feb 13th 2007 @ 1:18 pm
  3. Another site I reference is pluggedinonline.com, where they also consider spiritual aspects of movies. They don’t rate them, you have to decided for yourself, but the info is useful.

    Comment by Another pointer — Mar 7th 2007 @ 8:18 pm

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