10 things parents should know about ‘Iron Man 2′

If you have a boy and he’s over the age of 8, you’re going to be asked if he can see “Iron Man 2.” So to save you some fret or maybe even having to see the movie beforehand, here is GeekDad’s descriptive review for parents. He tells you exactly what you need to know when deciding if it is appropriate for your child.

And let me just add that there’s no way in heck any of my kids will be going – but Michael and I will be! (By the way, “Iron Man 2″ rocketed past the first movie it’s opening weekend. Here’s the full story.)

So to make your life easier: 10 Things Parents Should Know about “Iron Man 2.”

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boots

May 9th, 2010
10:18 pm

I took my 10 and 12 year old sons to the movie this weekend, and they are both big Marvel fans. They loved the movie and felt the sequel was better than the original. As a dad, I tend to be careful about which movies we go to and don’t go to, and I don’t think this one was even questionable for sons their age. It was great, and I am glad we went.

Doug

May 9th, 2010
10:27 pm

I’d say it’s near perfect for kids. There’s nothing remotely vulgar, unless you object to a character with as massive an ego as Tony Stark’s. I’d have been foaming at the mouth to see this at 10. Considered how many parents stupidly let their kids see The Dark Knight, Iron Man 2 is an easy option.

Clay

May 9th, 2010
10:35 pm

My 9 & 11 year old sons saw the first one; and, yes, we’ll see the second.

Cammi317

May 9th, 2010
11:00 pm

Did I miss something? I just read the review and it basically described a typical superhero movie…blood, but NO gore and skimpy = tight leather outfits. It’s your basicl “add superhero and stir” recipe. My daughter and I will definitely see it before the week is over.

Superdad

May 10th, 2010
12:01 am

Well, I thought the movie was less violent than Batman. I took my kids 6 and 9 and they actually watched the whole movie. There is nothing gory, bloody, and in a since…. exciting about the movie. If your kids like Marvels. This movie compares to Spiderman 2.

Superdad

May 10th, 2010
12:02 am

If there was any blood in the movie it was when he cut his finger!

Ross

May 10th, 2010
12:06 am

About the worst thing you will see is Tony Stark getting drunk. It’s perfectly fine for an 8 year old to see, without a doubt. I’ve seen more objectionable content in Pixar movies.

Dad-in-D-ville

May 10th, 2010
5:45 am

http://www.kids-in-mind.com/ I always check this site out, if there is any question on if my 11 year old should see a movie.

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May 10th, 2010
6:55 am

Kids should be subjected to any of the dreck Hollywood is putting out these days.

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May 10th, 2010
6:55 am

shouldn’t*

Matt

May 10th, 2010
7:34 am

All I know is that there were two or three kids aged 2 and under in the theater when I went to see it on Friday night, and all of them got bored and started crying and fussing and various points in the movie. The parents didn’t have the common courtesy to take the kids outside the theater so that the rest of us could enjoy the movie. If your kid is going to cry and whine, don’t bring them to a movie geared towards the adult crowd. We pay our money and would actually like to hear the movie.

motherjanegoose

May 10th, 2010
8:08 am

Not really a topic for me today….but I do want to thank Matt for his comment:

If your kid is going to cry and whine, don’t bring them to a movie geared towards the adult crowd. We pay our money and would actually like to hear the movie.

Why would 2 year olds be in this type of movie…at night?

@ Matt…ditto for going out to eat at a nice restaurant…I am not talking about Cracker Barrel…which I do like. We would like to enjoy our DINNER too….many folks say their kids are well behaved but that ratio ( to me) is about 20% or less. My own kids were not **always*** well behaved in restaurants ( when they were under 10 and even over) if we went somewhere nicer, we left them home ( out of respect and courtesy to other diners) with a babysitter….oh my goodness!

Y’all have a great day!

Saul Good

May 10th, 2010
8:14 am

No… have your kids read all the “good” stuff in the bible instead…you know like rape, murder and forcing people into slavery… it’s all there in the “good” book brought to you by your cult leaders each and everyday:

(Deuteronomy 20:10-14)

“As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor. But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.”

What kind of God approves of murder, rape, and slavery?! Why of course YOURS does!

Do your kids a favor and stop brainwashing them…. let them see the movie, it’s certainly less violent then your cult.

Lee

May 10th, 2010
8:21 am

Kinda funny debating what’s appropriate for kids nowadays. When Alien V. Predator Requiem came out both my boys (6-8) wanted to see it. Of course if was rated R for gory sci-fi violence and some language. Gory alien violence does not bother my kids; they actually think “it’s cool”. As far as language goes, I talk to my children about not using “adult” words. But with anything you have to look at it as a whole. Alien V. Predator is one thing but under no circumstances would I have taken my boys to see the new Halloween or Friday the 13th movies as they contained excessive language, sexual situations, nudity and realistic (not alien) gory violence.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 10th, 2010
8:54 am

MJG — there is another topic on top of it that is way up your ally — it’s about 20-somethings and first job and privacy!!

motherjanegoose

May 10th, 2010
9:19 am

T, thanks for thinking of me but since I am not a Facebook nor Twitter person…this is not up my alley. I have never been on Facebook nor Twitter.

My daughter honestly does not do anything crazy…I know folks say I am naive but my friends tell me, “those people on MOMANIA do NOT know your daughter…” I KNOW this could all change next year when she is in college. I do not think she would not have anything crazy/embarrassing to post now. Her brother has discussed this with us.

My son knows what kooky things are out there and he has told me that he is fully aware of things that can haunt you! He is a sensible kid who passed his 1st year of Pharmacy School….whoo hoo!

I am off to lunch with Kathy today and perhaps Michelle this week, DB later this month.

I hope you had a productive week last week…I am off most of the next 3 weeks….HOORAH.

boots

May 10th, 2010
9:43 am

If you have not already seen the movie, wait around for the credits to completely end, and you will get a bonus few minutes of extra film.

JATL

May 10th, 2010
10:13 am

OK -my FOUR year old (who is a bit beyond his young years) is DYING to see this. I told him I would either have to see it first or do a lot of research because it really is geared toward older kids and grown-ups, but after reading this guy’s review I don’t see a reason he shouldn’t see it. Geek Dad says small children shouldn’t see it, but doesn’t really say why. For all I know he’s one of the over-protective helicopter parents who also freak out over their kid ever eating candy or putting their mouths on the monkey bars at the playground. Anyone else out there seen it who can offer more info? My child sits through 2 hour movies and is great at theaters, so if we’re just talking about some violence, gore and a slutty cat suit -he sees that on Cartoon Network! He LOVES Marvel comics and superheroes and completely gets that it’s all pretend and violence like that is not okay in real life -and that’s why the superheroes are fighting the bad guys in the movies -to keep them from doing bad things.

Curious Theresa -what about the review made you adamant about NOT taking any of your kids -even your oldest?

The only reason I’m seeing to not take him is that it’s loud. He really doesn’t like terribly loud things and will plug his ears.

@Matt -I hear you! One of my top pet peeves is people who bring babies and toddlers to movies -ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT WHEN THEY SHOULD BE IN BED!!!! Like I said -my 4 year old is well-behaved in movies but up until now has only gone to kids shows. He watches the Star Wars movies at home and E.T., etc. If I take him to “Iron Man” it will have to be a matinee because his bedtime is 8 or 8:30. For those of you who just don’t understand what the hoopla is about over taking infants and toddlers to night movies -NO ONE wants to hear or have to ANTICIPATE hearing your kid. IF you can’t afford to get a sitter -stay at HOME -Netflix and on demand will bring the movie to you in a few months.

I appreciate your concern, Saul, but..

May 10th, 2010
10:19 am

…God loves you, His church loves you and believes that Jesus died so that you can live for eternity in God’s kingdom. Many (particularly Old Testament) Bible verses are best understood when read in their full context and not all can be universally applied to paint a true picture of God or someone’s else faith.

Ok, back to movies. Liked the first one. Will see the new one. If you worry about the effect of a movie’s content on your kids it’s always a good idea to do research. If you see a movie with your kids that you feel has questionable content then make sure you have a follow up conversation with them to make sure they understand why what they see is not an example for real-life behavior. If they know where you stand on certain things then it will affect they way they think about them too.

lks

May 10th, 2010
10:33 am

Just had to comment on what Matt said:
All I know is that there were two or three kids aged 2 and under in the theater when I went to see it on Friday night, and all of them got bored and started crying and fussing and various points in the movie. The parents didn’t have the common courtesy to take the kids outside the theater so that the rest of us could enjoy the movie. If your kid is going to cry and whine, don’t bring them to a movie geared towards the adult crowd. We pay our money and would actually like to hear the movie.

I too wonder about what adults are thinking when they take young children to adult movies. I have never forgotten the time when I saw Bad Santa at the movie theater. I was amazed to see two couples with young children attend that movie. The four kids at the movie ranged in age from five down to two. I mean Bad Santa was so coarse it offended me and my dad was a sailor. Parents, please use some thread of common sense before you head out with your kids to the movies.

Saul Good

May 10th, 2010
10:33 am

I think the verse speaks pretty well on it’s own… and there ya go…that “live for eternity” BS you all brainwash your kids with… it’s the actual similarity that ALL “man created” religions share…that you get to live forever and ever and be surrounded ONLY by others who were members of the same country club…oops…I mean cult. I’d sooner take my children to see every rated R movie that comes out before I’ll let them get brainwashed by “man made” religion and read books penned in their entirety by “humans” as well…

motherjanegoose

May 10th, 2010
10:34 am

@ JATL…hoorah…kids DO need a bedtime and some parents and non parents ( even here) do not get it.

Mo's Mom

May 10th, 2010
11:25 am

I took my 7 yr old son to see Irom Man 2 yesterday afternoon. There wasn’t anything vulgur, gory, or inappropriate in the movie at all. He LOVED it but I think I loved it more. Scarlett Johanssen was fantastic.

The Dark Knight was far more graphic than IM2.

JATL

May 10th, 2010
12:33 pm

@ Mo’s Mom -thanks for the input. Like I said, my 4 year old is older beyond his years in many respects (certainly not all), and we haven’t consciously done that to him. We don’t let him watch a bunch of t.v.,but I’ve always pushed Thomas and the Sprout shows and Curious George. He likes a lot of those, but superheroes, sci fi stuff (and Scooby Doo thank goodness) are what really get him going! I’m still thinking he would love “Iron Man 2.”

JATL

May 10th, 2010
12:34 pm

Thanks MJG -how do people who let their kids stay up until 10 or 11 (as small children -not talking about teenagers here) keep from going nuts? Not only do the kids need a decent amount of sleep at that age, but I need some time to myself!

Ninga

May 10th, 2010
1:28 pm

All three of my kids (11,8,6) saw it yesterday. They loved it. It was loud, but that is to be expected of that type movie. I didn’t think it was inappropriate at all.

LWA

May 10th, 2010
2:49 pm

I am from MD and at least 15 years ago the movie theaters had a rule that “children under 4 are not allowed in R rated movies after 6pm.”

Some people complained and others did not. I wonder if that is still a rule today.

JATL

May 10th, 2010
2:59 pm

@LWA -you have no idea how much I’ve suggested that to theater owners! I honestly think it should be a law that no children under 5 are allowed at ANY movie other than G-rated ones after 6 PM and that no child under 12 is allowed in an R rated movie at any time. I’ve been to matinees of R movies before and had 3 year olds around me. I think most theater owners think they might lose revenue, but they may be surprised that more people would go if they knew they wouldn’t be dealing with kids.

HB

May 10th, 2010
4:42 pm

Toddlers do usually need to go to bed earlier, but I’ve known several families who chose to put down infants under a year old who were only up to sleeping 8-9 hours at night, between 10 and 11, partly so the babies wouldn’t wake up until at least 7 and partly because they worked somewhat late hours (until at least 6 or 7) and wanted time together as a family in the evening. Others I’ve known didn’t mind early mornings and preferred JATL’s way, putting baby down as early as 7pm so Mom and Dad could enjoy quiet evenings, especially if both parents were home by 5 or 6. Both ways seem fine to me — each family has to figure out what works best for them. Good friends of mine often went out to dinner (casual kid-friendly spots like diners) with their infant as late as 8:30-9 and were shocked at how many people would chastise them because the baby wasn’t in bed. Why does an infant need to go to bed early? He got a good 8-9 hour stretch of nighttime sleep, wasn’t up at the crack of dawn, and napped a couple of times during the day as babies that age usually do, easily getting the recommended daily amount of sleep. As he got older and needed more night sleep, his parents set earlier bedtimes. Now that he’s 3, he’s in bed by 8-8:30. It’s worked well for them.

While I don’t think older babies and toddlers should be in non-kid movies, I personally don’t have a problem with tiny babies being in theaters, so long as it’s not a high volume (action) film that could hurt their little ears. If new parents need to take a break and get out of the house, bring in babies in carriers that sleep most of the day anyway, and sit where they can quickly take them out if they start to fuss, that’s fine with me.

motherjanegoose

May 10th, 2010
8:02 pm

How Much Sleep Should My Child Get?

Age

Hours Of Sleep
0 – 2 months

10.5 – 18
2 – 12 months

14 – 15
1 – 3 years
12 – 14
3 – 5 years
11 – 13
5 – 12 years

10 – 11

The #1 tip for good sleeping habits in children is to follow a nightly routine. A bedtime ritual makes it easier for your child to relax, fall asleep and sleep through the night.

Typical Bedtime Routine

1. Have a light snack
2. Take a bath.
3. Put on pajamas.
4. Brush teeth.
5. Read a story.
6. Make sure the room is quiet and at a comfortable temperature.
7. Put your child to bed.
8. Say goodnight and leave.

THIS ( TO ME) DOES NOT INCLUDE A MOVIE AT 9:00 P.M. or following the routine at 10:00.

I am not the expert here. Check out this link, it has some great tips:

http://www.sleepforkids.org

Ima

May 10th, 2010
11:15 pm

We took my sons 7 & 9, and my nephew 5 to see the movie this weekend. I can’t quite figure out why people would be barring there kids from seeing it. We’re all huge movie buffs, and it was FANTASTIC! The graphics were AMAZING, and it was much better than the 1st, even though that one was pretty fab as well. Granted the kids are MAJOR Marvel Comic fans, but I think any “boy” would love it. My boys’ Spanish tutor said she was going to make them watch it in Spanish and translate, and they had no complaints <===== and she NEVER gets that response out of them! :)

HB

May 11th, 2010
12:02 am

From MJG’s source: “This chart presents recommended hours of sleep that includes naps for children up to five years of age.”

Tiny babies, who often sleep 3-4 hours in a stretch at best, get much of their sleep on the go and don’t usually spend up to 18 hours sleeping in a crib — most I’ve taken care of slept several hours a day in a carrier, car seat, or stroller. Seeing as that’s the case, I don’t think the rare couple of hours sleep in a theater will hurt them, and it may help new parents keep their sanity.

And while I agree they shouldn’t be in movies, slightly older babies who “sleep through the night” can go to bed at 10 or 11 and get enough night sleep, depending on what time the baby gets up in the morning, and then get the rest in naps. If you need to leave home by 7am, then the baby should be asleep early enough the night before to sleep as long as she can and wake up on her own in the morning in time to get her ready to go, but if your schedules allows, then later can work just fine. I knew one mom who put her baby down late and the little girl would sleep 10+ hours until 8 or 9. Mom would get up early and get a couple of hours of work done before the baby woke up, then get the child ready, have a some play time with her, and drop her off with me in time to get to her office on campus by 11 — perfect for them. My friends’ little boy that I mentioned before usually went down around 10:30 and woke up on his own around 7:30, then took two long naps during the day. Both families had bedtime routines; they just ended at 10 or 11. Those babies’ schedules worked well for both the parents and children, and their pediatricians (you know, the experts?) assured them that the babies’ sleep patterns with one long night stretch and naps adding up to the recommended cumulative amount were normal and healthy.

As the site you shared points out, total daily sleep is very important, and babies need enough time to fall asleep and wake up on their own, but within those guidelines, there’s a pretty good range of bedtimes that parents can choose from depending on the family schedule and how long the baby sleeps through the night.

motherjanegoose

May 11th, 2010
5:23 am

HB..we have had this spat before.

I have been a teacher way too long and do think like a teacher. Pediatricians are not in the classroom each day. Teachers have long known that they make medical recommendations based on a child they are seeing for 10 minutes in an office and not in a classroom each day. Yes, they are very knowledgeable but they are only with a child for a snippet of time and not dealing with sleep deprived children every day, as many teachers are doing.

Most teachers I know, think young children need to be in bed, no later than 9:00 ( due to having to be up early) . I do not know all teachers, of course. We see way too many children who are not getting enough sleep and this is sometimes caused by parents who put their own needs ( movies and dinner) ahead of their children’s needs.

Many parents, who work, need to be out the door by 7:00 or 7:30 and thus the children would need to be up no later than 6:30 or so. Not many kids, I know, sleep several hours per day in day care.
Yes, those who are at home might! Babies might be able to sleep in day care but 2-4 year olds typically do not ( with all of the stimuli in the room) and naps are phased out around 4, when they still need 11-12 hours of sleep. Yes, some kids are exhausted when they are picked up by their parents and perhaps sleep in the car on the way home! This is a vicious ( sp?) cycle.

To get 12 hours per day, many children would need 10 hours at night and a 2 hour nap, if my math is correct. This would put them sleeping at 8:30 or so, if they got up at 6;30 and if they had the luxury of a nice nap.

There certainly may be children who are able to sleep in until 9:00 and I will agree that these kids could be up until 10:00 and have 11 hours of sleep. Not many fall into this category and many kids I see out this late at night are cranky and need to be in bed.

As I said, I just go by what thousands of teachers have told me and I am not the expert here. I put mine to bed when they were small and they put themselves to bed, or not, now…LOL.

I am not the only one ( here) who thinks some parents need to leave their children home with a babysitter and let the rest of us enjoy a quiet adult evening.

HB

May 11th, 2010
8:25 am

MJG, yes we have had this spat before, and as last time, teachers have nothing to do with it as I have NEVER said children in school should be up late (not sure who you’re arguing that point with, but enjoy yourself). I’m disputing the idea that BABIES need early bedtimes, not the fact that they need ample sleep. Did you read where I said that as children get older (the ones teachers deal with) they need earlier bedtimes? Or where I said parents need to give babies enough time to sleep and wake up on their own, so if they need to be up earlier they should go to bed earlier? I think I was pretty clear in distinguishing between young children and babies, and I specifically said the parents I know who kept babies up later established ealier bedtimes as the children got older. As for teachers and daycare workers seeing the children all day and knowing more than pediatricians, in the case of the little girl I wrote about, I was her daycare provider! She was well-rested and happy.

Families have different schedules and need to find what works best for them, and only they can know what that is. In our increasingly service-based industry, many people start and end their workdays a few hours later than the traditional office workers (or schoolteachers), and it doesn’t make sense for them to plan their home around a another family’s early start.

motherjanegoose

May 11th, 2010
1:30 pm

Yes HB I must be losing my mind.

I thought Matt mentioned 2 year olds and JATL mentioned babies and toddlers ( who appeared cranky and disruptive).

YOU may know several families that are able to give their children and adequate sleep schedule ( which is wonderful) but there are far more out there who have no idea how much sleep children need. Why, pray tell, are many children bawling their heads off ( maybe they are tired) at 10:00 p.m. and the parents are ignoring them or even worse, punishing them for acting out…when they need to be in bed.

It is fairly easy to figure out why a child is cranky at this late hour. If the child is content and not bothering anyone, perhaps he/she would not be noticed…this is probably the children you knew.
You were a Nanny for many families and have experience in that arena: I do not. I am a mother of two ( nearly grown) and educator of thousands of children and teachers, so my experience and perspective differs.

I so many more children who simply need to be in bed than those who are adequately rested at a late hour and enjoying the evening with their parents. I simply agree to disagree on this topic and as I said…my own kids can stay up however late they want to now. Even I am not a night owl and it is rare for me to be up past 10:00 p.m.

HB

May 11th, 2010
2:25 pm

Yup, they did mention toddlers and I agreed with them that toddlers need earlier bedtimes (very first thing I wrote actually). I also said older babies and toddlers should not be in grown-up movies, but that I personally don’t have a problem with tiny sleeping babies being there — what’s wrong with my saying that? I shouldn’t offer up my opinion if it differs from others? I went on to point out that different schedules can be successful for different babies, shared what I’ve seen (that’s what we do here), and said families need to find what works well for them, whether that’s an earlier or later bedtime. I’m not sure why that bothers you so. Of course, if a child is tired and cranky and needs to be in bed by 10, then a later schedule isn’t working well for them and they need to adjust. I do object, though, to the idea that all infants need early bedtimes and to people criticizing parents for merely being out and about with their babies at night even when there is no indication they are tired, like my friends experienced many, many times at late-ish dinners and while running evening errands (I witnessed that myself — strangers scolding them for the baby not being in bed when he was wide awake, well-behaved, and perfectly happy). I’m sorry, but I fail to see the logic in that.

motherjanegoose

May 11th, 2010
2:45 pm

HB…because, while you seem like an intelligent person and most likely worked with intelligent parents…they are the exception to the rule. Many parents today do not have a clue and this is why many teachers ( preschool through HS) are pulling their hair out: working with parents who have no common sense. Methinks the strangers ( like myself) have seen too many babies, who perhaps would need sleep and it has not occurred to the parents ( of those babies) at all.

HB

May 11th, 2010
2:59 pm

Well, the strangers, having absolutely no knowledge of the situation, should mind their own business and not assume that the parents are doing something wrong. We all know what happens when you assume…

motherjanegoose

May 11th, 2010
3:24 pm

Some folks have faulty radar and make poor assumptions…I have been guilty. Some assumptions, I have made, were perfectly accurate and I should have said something, at the time but zipped my mouth. One never knows.

Gigi

May 12th, 2010
9:07 pm

Ok, my almost 4 yr. old boy who loves Spiderman, Batman and Iron man, wants to see Iron Man 2. Based on geekdad’s review, we will be taking him tonight. He loves his superheroes and loves to pretend play at home, he is not a violent or aggressive child, just enjoys his superheroes! He has not seen any of the Batman movies, I think they are a bit too much for him, but he watches the cartoons, the same goes for Spiderman, We even got him the 1960’s spiderman shows on dvd! He has seen Iron man 1 with us, remote control at hand.

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July 29th, 2010
2:39 am

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