No ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Indiana Jones’: Where are the tween action/adventure movies for this generation?

When I was growing up in the late 1970 and 1980s there was a bonanza of action/adventure movies that kids could go to with their parents. Think about it: “Superman,” “Indiana Jones,” “ET,” “Ghostbusters,” “Goonies,” “Gremlins,” “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “Jaws” and all of their sequels.

At 10 and 8 our kids are ready to see some movies that aren’t cartoons or merely cartoons mixed with live action a la “Chipmunks” or “The Smurfs”. (Boy I hope they don’t want to see that one.) However, the studios don’t seem to be making them anymore. It is rare to find an action movie that isn’t too intense or violent. But why is that? Why did they used to be produced but not anymore? What has changed in the industry or in the consumer?

Let’s look at this summer’s offerings:

“Thor” – Michael was dying to take Walsh to see this movie but after reading parent reviews online I felt like it wasn’t going to be appropriate.  I would love to hear from parents who have seen it. Could you take an 8-year-old who likes comics and superheroes but is not exposed too much violence to it?

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ” — My kids aren’t particularly interested in this movie or the three before. I saw the first three and didn’t’ think they were appropriate for my kids at the ages they were when they came out. What did parents think of this one? What age kids did you take?

“Green Lantern” and “Captain America”– While I am super excited to see both of them, I suspect they will also be too intense and too violent for my older kids similar to “Thor.”

“Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2”  – While Walsh has finished reading the series, I think it’s pretty intense and don’t think I would take him to see it on the big screen. I might change my mind after I see it but I think the end battle is going to be pretty fierce.

“The Three Musketters” – It doesn’t actually look good but this like the superhero movies is a type of movie that could be dialed back just a little bit and be appropriate for kids.

“X-Men First Class” – Thinking too violent and looks like some sexiness going on with Mystique.

“Super 8” – Directed by J.J. Abrams (of ‘Lost’) and produced by Steven Spielberg, “Super 8” looks like a classic summer action/adventure movie. I am so excited to see it but again I think it will be too intense for my kids. This I another one that I think if they dialed back just a little bit, parents could bring their kids to enjoy it with them.

So what are left with for summer movie viewing? Cartoons and movies about animals – “The Smurfs,” “The Muppets: Fuzzy Pack,” “The Zookeeper,” “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” and “Cars 2.” While I am sure they will be cute and enjoyable (except for “The Smurfs”), there is no “Indiana Jones” or “Ghostbuster” in this group!

“The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn” will probably come the closest to providing action and adventure and be kid-appropriate but it isn’t scheduled for release until December! (Bummer!) It is directed by Steven Spielberg. It is a cartoon like “The Polar Express.”

So we are left watching a whole bunch of older movies off of Netflix and borrowing from the library. (Dear Netflix, please also acquire the real “Ghostbusters” for streaming instead of just No. 2) The kids like the “Harry Potter” movies and  the first “Percy Jackson” movie. (The second Percy Jackson is scheduled for 2012.) We did borrow Disney’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (version with Nicolas Cage) from the library. Michael found it unwatchable but the kids liked it and it wasn’t too violent or bad.

Would it not be worthwhile for movie studios to cut back a little on the intensity and violence of some summer movies and pick up all the kids in the U.S. seeing it over and over again? Would it be worth their time to shoot less violent sections and to run in theaters a kid-friendly version?

Or is everyone else taking their kids to see “Thor” and I’m the only person that thinks those movies are too intense for kids?

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Louis Gonzales

May 31st, 2011
1:35 am

Hello, My name is Louis Gonzales!
While I do not have children or a spouse, I do read online parental reviews of movies. I at 21, went to go see Thor, and I would probably sort of wait for your 8 year old child. While, the movie is pretty tame (similar to Spider man 2 or Iron Man), with excessive bad language or excessive graphic violence. It does have fantasy violence. The violence usually revolves around the ice giants, and the ice giants do have there heads taken off and a giant ice monster does get flown through (making a hole in the monster). I would wait till at least the age of 10 or 12 to see this movie. Other, than the violence I didn’t really find anything else that would keep a child of 8 from seeing it. Overall, I would expect the same for Captain America. Yet, with Captain..it will probably be much more graphic since it takes place during WW2.

Louis Gonzales

May 31st, 2011
1:40 am

I meant to say “with NO excessive bad language or excessive graphic violence” … Sorry for the typo!

Johnny Dufrane

May 31st, 2011
4:11 am

While “Ghostbusters” may have been rated PG(this was before PG-13 was created), I don’t think it is as family friendly as you remember:
Venkman says Peck has “no d**k,” Zeddemore has “seen s**t that will turn your a** white,” a possessed Dana wants Venkman inside of her. There is plenty of violence and scary imagery in Ghostbusters, Jaws and the Indiana Jones series, however I was allowed to watch these movies at a very young age(I don’t recall a time when Ghostbusters wasn’t my favorite movie). Perhaps as opposed to “protecting” your kids from violence, sex, and bad language in films, let them see the movies they wanna see. Afterwards explain what words they aren’t allowed to say if they quote the movie, discipline them if they act violently towards each other or their friends, and if they have any questions about the birds and the bees, they’re 10 and 8, its time they stopped believing in the stork. :)

Kevin

May 31st, 2011
4:20 am

I think you’re looking back on the films through a hefty pair of rose-colored glasses. I was born in 1984 and I very much remember Jaws and Gremlins to be scary as HELL when I first watched them. You’re worried about taking your kids to something like Thor, but the language in Ghostbusters is okay? Your child has read the entire Harry Potter series but you don’t have confidence in his ability to handle the same story told on-screen? I think you’re drawing fears and biases from all corners. Walsh is 8 so I probably wouldn’t be worried about the atmosphere of a film (dark scenes, loud noises, startling stuff) and get ready to deal with how he is interpreting content in the years ahead.

Give Walsh some credit, here.

Kevin

May 31st, 2011
4:22 am

Conversely, while those movies were dark and scary for me as a child, I was still exposed to them and still loved them. What I am saying is that just because you don’t see current films as amazing pieces of entertainment doesn’t mean your children won’t look back at Green Lantern and Harry Potter with the same (maybe misguided) nostalgia that we feel when we think of Close Encounters or The Last Crusade.

DB

May 31st, 2011
6:17 am

I think you have a point, in that the language in films these days is a LOT more casual – heck, the language on TV is a lot more casual!

However, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” was plenty scary, with priests snatching beating hearts out of the chests of their victims. And “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was pretty scary with the spirits rising out of the Ark at the end and melting the flesh off of the bad guys, don’t you think? You have to be the best judge of what your kids’ threshold for scary is — my daughter HATED the first 20 minutes of “Lord of the Rings” – I had to leave with her because it was too scary for her. My son, on the other hand, was completely enthralled. But, when he was younger, he had a couple of nights of nightmares after seeing “Hercules” — the Fates cutting the Threads of Life really got under his skin. I wouldn’t let him watch “Titanic” until he was older, because I knew those frozen bodies in the sea at the end would upset him. Plus, I felt like he was too young for the nudity scene, where DiCaprio is sketching Winslet.

If Walsh was able to read HP, I think he should be able to see HP. Yes, it will be visually intense, but I’ve always felt that our imaginations while we are reading are often far more intense than anything we see on the screen.

My major objection to movies these days is the gratuitous use of vulgar language. I went with my daughter to see “Bridesmaids” this weekend, and was completely shocked at two instances: One, a step child telling their step mother to “f**k off” and another (supposed) adult calling a teenage customer in a jewelry store a “c**t” HELLO?! The addition of these words didn’t make the scenes funny.

So, T, don’t overthink this generation of action movies too much — let’s face it, Harrison Ford is a little past the action hero stage :-) I’m sure Rose and Walsh will enjoy them as as much as you enjoyed Indiana Jones.

IG2BAFG

May 31st, 2011
7:23 am

Hollywood has sucked for a good 15-20 years now. It’s just sequel after sequel and comic book movie after comic book movie. “Action” films are nothing more than predictable computer generated garbage lacking a plot. They have been dumbing down scripts to pander to the Walmart crowd to the point where they’re probably going to start adding pauses so people know when to laugh.

The last movie I watched when it was “new” (i.e. just came out on DVD) was Idiocracy, and that was so damn close to predicting the future that it scared me.

Cammi317

May 31st, 2011
7:54 am

With a 13 y/o it’s not nearly as much as an issue for me, however she will NOT be seeing Bridesmaids or Hangover II. That being said, I wasn’t nearly as “scary” about movies as you are when she was 10. I did avoid movies with excessive nudity/sexual content and over-the-top language, but unless it was gory, violence was the least of my concerns. The news is violent and she has been getting up daily and turning on the news since she was six. That being said, I did introduce her to all of the movies that I loved growing up when she was younger and to this day, Goonies is still one of her favorite movies. FYI, although it has great memories, Goonies has some terrible language, as does Stand By Me and many of my other favorite childhood movies. It is what it is. I saw them all and did not grow up to be violent, a whore or cuss like a sailor, and with continued good parenting, neither will my daughter…

Cammi317

May 31st, 2011
7:56 am

My comment got lost somewhere in cyberspace….

motherjanegoose

May 31st, 2011
8:28 am

Hubby went with our son to Thor yesterday, he is 23…LOL. I am in Boston with our daughter ( 19) and we enjoyed Plymouth on this trip. Perfect time as it was not crowded. Fascinating stuff and I wish we had gone before. We still enjoy our adult kids! I am not a movie person, so I cannot comment there. Have a great day all..we are off to breakfast and the airport.

mom2alex&max

May 31st, 2011
8:41 am

I seem to remember Goonies having some questionable moments. I think you may be looking at those movies through the haze of happy memories. I don’t remember them being as innocent as you may think!

But it doesn’t make them any less cool of course!

Fred

May 31st, 2011
8:41 am

My daughter (9) can see any movie she wants to see. I’ll show her the previews and she will decide if it’s too “scary” for her. She’s pretty wimpy and usually decides they are too scary. We watched Pirates (the first one) and when it got “scary” she changed the channel. She had no interest in any of the others since then. She thought the Harry Potter movie would be “too scary.” Yet she watched every second of Band of Brothers with me.

LOL she pays more attention to the movie ratings than I do. “That’s PG 13 daddy, I can’t watch that.” And I ask her, “Why not?”

What’s wrong with Kung Fu Panda and Rio Theresa? There are a few more coming out as well that we saw in previews at the last movie we went to, I just forget their names. There’s one on the Judy Moody books, and Hood Winked Too is coming out as well.

JoeV

May 31st, 2011
8:47 am

Ghostbuster was not (and still isn’t) kid friendly. Not even close.

JJ

May 31st, 2011
8:50 am

Since you are on Netflex anyway, why don’t you have “Movie Night” and invite other kids over. Have popcorn and sodas and watch it all together. MUCH CHEAPER than going to the theater.

Since you are in Arizona, try stretching a white sheet up on your garage, and rent a movie projector, and have a movie on the driveway. We did that one year at a friend’s house. We even rented a popcorn machine. We sat on the grass and watched the movie on a white sheet taped up on the front porch. That way, neighbors, and families will gather, and everyone gets to know one another.

JJ

May 31st, 2011
9:13 am

Because the nights are cooler…..

Brandon Zyma

May 31st, 2011
9:19 am

I hope the write of this article reads this because I agree a lot with others when it comes to older films like ghostbusters which if you do think about it is definately not kid friendly. Jaws was pretty intense and the Goonies was not as kid friendly as you think either. As for which movie is appropriate, I think you should read up on a lot of these movies you are saying is too scary, one in particular SUPER 8, which was actually pitched as the Goonies meets Cloverfield. and the point of the movie is because JJ Abrams, director, wanted to make those classic movies of Spielberg that he loved so much, which is exactly which you seem to be looking for. So I just think you’re looking a little to hard and need to read up on some of these movies before you pick at them. Especially since SUPER 8 is pretty much the type of movie you say your missing. How old were you when you watched these movies? I was like 8 and 9 when I watched them. So I am just saying maybe its more adventurous then you think. Anyways, as for the other Super hero movies, I agree they are strictly action and made for an older audience. All of the movies you pointed out besides Tin Tin and Super 8 look too much for some kids. Anyways, I just felt like writing about this article when you mentioned Super 8.

80's baby

May 31st, 2011
9:31 am

T, with all the sheltering you’re doing to your children they might end up being wild children waiting to break free. there are movies that are definitely not age appropriate but it seems like your children are mature and they may be able to handle Thor. I wouldn’t go off of other parents reviews…go see the movie yourself. besides, there are worse things on TV that your children see for FREE!

Lee

May 31st, 2011
9:32 am

“becaue the nights are cooler . . . ”

Not cooler than Vermont’s!

80's baby

May 31st, 2011
9:37 am

judy moody is coming out as well, looks like the gril version of diary of a wimpy kid

JJ

May 31st, 2011
9:51 am

OMG – just get a sheet and play a movie on it. Sorry about the Arizona comment. Geesh…..

motherjanegoose

May 31st, 2011
9:57 am

TWG…someone else is posting as me….8:45…what is that about?

motherjanegoose

May 31st, 2011
10:05 am

@ single…please put your sweater on if you are going to be in the DESSERT at night…would that be an ice cream sundae? Made me laugh, after you picked on JJ. I am not cracking myself up…you are doing a good job for me :0.

Here’s any idea…it would be easier to watch an outside movie at night, on a sheet, after it is dark. Probably not so much the temperature but the fact that it is DARK. JJ…I think it is a fun idea. They do this at our clubhouse a few times each summer and it is a good way to get to know the neighbors. Did you hear back from the craigslist link I posted?

jarvis

May 31st, 2011
10:15 am

Raiders of the Lost Ark was fairly violent. Remember the scene where the man gets hit by the airplane prop? Or the scene at the end with all of the melting faces?

Green Latern or Captain America seem like they’ll be OK to me. My kids have both watched all six Star Wars movies. It took a little explaining around Anakin killing all of the children, but neither seemed scarred by it.

Cammi317

May 31st, 2011
10:21 am

Some of my favorites, like Goonies and Stand By Me were FULL of bad language. Of course, I did not remember that when I bought them for my daughter when she was 8. So you can imagine my initial reaction as we were watching them. That being said, she is 13 and Goonies is still one of her favorite movies. We have a tendacy to look through “rose colored glasses” at the movies that we watched and the music that we listened to growing up. I learned that lesson one day when I was in the car with my daughter belting out Madonna’s Like a Prayer when all of the sudden I “had a moment” and realized what the lyrics were actually about. Let’s just say, I changed the station. We cannot shield them from everything, as our parents could not shield us. When she was younger, I censored based upon sexual content and bad language. I still do not allow her to watch movies with strong sexual content and extensive nudity, but as for the rest….

catlady

May 31st, 2011
10:30 am

I would err on the side of caution, Theresa. You can’t unring the bell. Michael wants to see it–send him on! I think kids are exposed to waayyy too much, too soon via tv, movies, and video games!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 31st, 2011
11:17 am

Apex — You can’t pretend to be other people and keep your comments on the site. You can use any name you want just not someone else’s who regularly writes on this blog.

Cease and desist using MJG’s or any other regular’s name as your own, or you pay the consequences.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 31st, 2011
11:27 am

Cammi– your comment should be there now.

I guess because we know where a lot of the bad stuff is I tell them to look away – they’ve never seen the melting on the face at the end. They haven’t seen Jaws or Goonies or Gremlins yet.

JATL

May 31st, 2011
11:27 am

Seriously? Jaws and Raiders would be fine but not Thor? I wouldn’t hesitate to take my boys if they were 8 and 10! What are your thoughts on the Jurrasic Parks? My oldest saw the first one at 4 and was scared but loved it! It’’s okay for your kids to get scared at a movie! It’s called “good scared” like you get at a haunted house. I pay very little attention to parental review sites since they all seem to be from those who want to continue the wussification of our kids. Quite honestly if I had a 10 year old who would freak out at Thor or Captain America or Jaws or Raiders, I would be horrified myself! Give your kids some credit (and treat them their ages -not 4 years younger).

Apex Seal

May 31st, 2011
11:30 am

And I don’t see guidelines posted that restrict name usage.

Further, if we just got here…Found this blog and chose to post, how are we to know who are regulars? Unless the names are trademarked, there is no ownership to that name. I can contact your editor to adjudicate if you wish.

Apex Seal

May 31st, 2011
11:35 am

And the comment that was removed:

Your kids could always read.

Thank you.

Lady Strange

May 31st, 2011
11:37 am

I think you’re sheltering a bit much. Watch the movie by yourself and then decide if you’re that concerned about it. TV has some pretty graphic stuff on it on a daily basis, watch the news much?

Sam

May 31st, 2011
11:40 am

Thor was fine. I would take my six year old. Also, what a teachable moment for learning about myths! Jaws scared me as a child and I hated to go into the ocean for years. I wouldn’t show that to any kid that is still in the “imagination” phase of child development, probably no child under 12.

JJ

May 31st, 2011
11:42 am

Jaws scared me so bad, to this day I cannot get in the ocean past my knees……If I can’t see my feet, I won’t go any further……..I’m much happier at a pool!!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 31st, 2011
11:43 am

Apex — I can look in our software and see that you are on all the time as different folks. I think you know that MJG is on regularly if you are mocking her. Also if you didn’t know now I am telling you that you can impersonate regulars on the blog. I have already contacted my bosses about you.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 31st, 2011
11:44 am

Sam– they love mythology. they are constantly reading about greek myths and part of the reason they love Percy Jackson so much.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 31st, 2011
11:45 am

Oddly JJ the movie Jaws didnt’ scare me as much as the book did. I picked it up at Michael’s dad’s house in Florida and I wouldn’t go in the water that trip. It scared me much worse than the movie.

also in the book some weird sex liason between Brody’s wife and the Dryfus character.

Mom of 1 name

May 31st, 2011
11:59 am

So Mom of 1000 names is a regular? I’m sorry, but I did not know that.

abc

May 31st, 2011
12:00 pm

While watching the latest Pirates movie yesterday and the preceding trailers for most of the movies you note here as being this summer’s action/adventure offerings, I noted that there was so much CGI that one could accurately describe every one of them as animations with live action inserted here and there.

I suppose in a video game culture such as ours I can understand why people go for animation over live action, but my preferences still lean toward live action, maybe with some special effects, and genre that isn’t action/adventure. I like the old Indiana Jones movies well enough. I even liked the last one a few years ago. But the last few years, all the CGI animation gets a little old, for me.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 31st, 2011
12:06 pm

Apex — if you are going to play nice and stay on topic and not be regulars then I will let your comments appear.

PHR

May 31st, 2011
12:13 pm

Theresa, our son has seen all of those old movies and loved them. His favorite was Goonies. I have never seen any of the Jaws movies and still don’t want to. HA! My husband took our son to see Thor the other day and they loved it. He’s also seen all of the Harry Potter and Pirates of the Carribean movies. I agree with others that those older movies were just as scary and violent but they just didn’t have any CGI effects so maybe they looked a bit more fake. I think as long as you guys go with the kids they will be fine.

JATL

May 31st, 2011
1:36 pm

@PHR -you seem to feel similarly to me about this topic, so let me ask -how old is your son? My 5 year old wants to see Thor, and I’m torn. He was scared but liked Jurrasic Park, and he’s seen and lived E.T. and several of the Star Wars films. Normally we would just wait for Netflix so we could just stop it, but it looks like it would be amazing on the big screen or at the drive-in!

Becky

May 31st, 2011
1:57 pm

The boy has seen most all of the Pirates movies and all of the Indiana Jones movies..He has seen Lord of the Rings 2-3 times..None of these seem to scare him..

@DB..What age was your son, when you wouldn’t let him watch Titanic? Mine is 8 and ahs seen that movie about 15 (or more) times..It is one of his favorite movies of all time..Right behind Old Yeller..

I usually tell them that I think this movie might be a little scary for them and they decide rather to watch it or not..The girl still tends to watch the “kiddy” movies, where as the boy wants to watch anything that looks creepy or scary..

Kat

May 31st, 2011
2:00 pm

Most kids feel they can handle a movie that their parents think they can’t. It’s called growing up. My mom would not let me see “Jaws” with my brothers when I was little. Seeing it years later, I’m glad she didn’t as I wouldn’t have gone into the ocean, lake, river, stream, creek, puddle, etc. after that! But, as I got older and more mature, she let me make my own decisions and reap the rewards/downfalls. Again, it’s called growing up. Give them the opportunity to do well or fail (or some of each). You will be teaching them to make good decisions and when to reach out and ask for help.

jarvis

May 31st, 2011
2:02 pm

Hah! Now that you mention in TWG, I had my little one look away at the melting faces on Sunday night.

penguinmom

May 31st, 2011
2:11 pm

If you let them watch the older action movies but just tell them to look away at the ’scary’ parts, then go preview the current action movie, find the scary parts, then take them and tell them when to look away.

My main issue with some of today’s movies is the language. Some of the characters have such a limited vocabulary that the only descriptive word they know is either s***y or f***ing. However, I will say that having just rewatched a bunch of older movies with my kids, I was surprised at how much language they had. Definitely tamer than movies today have but there was more than I remembered from having watched them 25 years ago. I think some of that is that I’ve re-watched them since on regular/cable TV where the language is cleaned up somewhat. Even Back to the Future (1 and 2) had more foul language than I would have preferred. Back to the Future 2 we even had to skip several scenes because of heavily sexualized content.

My 15 year old saw Thor and thought it was good and that it didn’t have a lot of inappropriate parts. Previewonline.org mentions a few minor expletives but nothing major. There is violence but his main comment was that the movie’s violence was accompanied by jarring, loud audio effects that might be disturbing to some.

JJ

May 31st, 2011
2:30 pm

My mom wouldn’t let me see “The Exorcist” when it first came out.

Becky

May 31st, 2011
2:36 pm

@JJ..My 2 older sisters took me to see The Exorcist when I was 12..I thought it was a pretty stupid movie..I started reading scary books when I was about 7, so it took a lot to scare me..

homeschooler

May 31st, 2011
3:45 pm

“I pay very little attention to parental review sites since they all seem to be from those who want to continue the wussification of our kids. Quite honestly if I had a 10 year old who would freak out at Thor or Captain America or Jaws or Raiders, I would be horrified myself!”
Amen, JATL! Kids, especially boys, need some action and fear and blood and guts. I’m all for limiting the violent video games that I think desensitize kids but an occasional scary or violent movie never hurt anyone. I think most of us are shocked when we see those old movies and realize that the language and violence is so much more prevelent that what we remember. Still we all survived and very few of us shot up a school or abuse our spouses or children. I let my kids (7 and 10) watch anything that is rated less than R. They have even seen a few R rated movies (Terminator comes to mind) but that was their father’s doing. Mosty we just avoid the sex stuff. So far, the only one I regret is letting my 7 yr old watch Jaws (what is it about that movie? Still scares the crap out of me).

Jasmine

May 31st, 2011
4:17 pm

If a child is capable of reading the Harry Potter series then he deserves to see the movies. I will take my boys, 8 and 9 to see Thor, Harry Potter, and Transformers 3. I don’t see a problem with the violence matching the comic book or book.

Charlie

May 31st, 2011
4:50 pm

Plenty of of people have said it but I’ll just add to it. I think you’re letting your fond memories of movies from your childhood distort your opinions on movies of today. Jaws, Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, even Superman to a certain extent aren’t the happy go lucky appropriate for all ages films you’re making them out to be. Granted, there a little more tame today’s movies.

Jaws had the nude swimmer at the beginning. The guy missing an eyeball underwater, The bitten off leg that falls to the ocean floor. Quint getting eaten and spitting up blood. Plus some swearing throughout the film.

Indiana Jones has some language. Some sexual situations. Temple of Doom was a pretty dark movie. Guy gets his heart ripped from his chest. People’s faces melt off in Raiders. In Last Crusade both Indy and Papa Jones boinked the German girl and at the end the dude who drinks from the wrong grail and ages rapidly. Pretty scary stuff.

Ghostbusters has a some swearing in it for sure. The terror dogs are pretty damn scary even today. The “Gate Keeper” and “Key Master” wink, wink ;-) Dana wants Peter inside her. All that good stuff.

And yes, Superman to a lesser degree. Specifically Superman II where Superman gives up his powers and sleeps with Lois in the fortress of solitude.

Granted, none of this stuff in these films is the worst smut you’ll ever see in films. I’d have no problem showing those films to and 8 year old son or daughter if I had one. However, I can’t imagine things in today’s films being much worse then some of the things listed above. Especially when you’re talking about Thor, Green Lantern, or Captain America. They’re superheros! They’re meant to inspire people to stand up for what’s good and do what’s right. Granted these characters aren’t all cut and dry anymore and they have layers to their characters now, but overall they’re heros and every kid needs a hero to look up to.