February 9, 2007

Choosing Movies

Filed under: fatherhood, reference — Brian @ 8:17 pm

I don’t remember where I found this today, but I’m making note of it so I can find it again.
It’s called Kids In Mind and it’s a kind of movie-rating site.

It gives moves a numeric score of 0 to 10 in each of “sex and nudity”, “violence and gore” and “profanity.” And it backs up the score in each area with fairly detailed but factual (I assume) descriptions of the scenes that contribute to the score in each area.

It’ll be helpful in picking family movies, but I imagine also fun to play with. Let’s see:

Let’s just get this one out of the way early – Pulp Fiction: 9,10,10 (That first 9 shows some thought in the ratings. Except for a brief flash of Harvey Keitel’s rear, there is no nudity, so it’s not just a skin-or-no-skin number). Quentin Tarantino films were a staple of my college experience – I could give a dissertation on Reservoir Dogs – but not so appealing these days…

Finding Nemo: 0,3,0 – with 943 words to explain that “3”:

A barracuda with very long and pointed teeth snaps viciously at two fish, one fish is knocked unconscious, and the other fish along with many eggs are gone when he comes around (the barracuda apparently ate them although we do not see it). A fish is hit in the nose, her nose bleeds, a shark gets a whiff of the blood and goes into a frenzy…

Good Will Hunting: 3,2,10.

Napoleon Dynamite: 3,4,3

I could spend a lot of time gathering more, but my Internet is slooow tonight…

Much more interesting than the numbers, I think, are the descriptions that go along with them. Gives you an idea of what you’re getting into before you go. And – in the ones that I’ve read – it does a pretty good job of doing it without spoilers.



  1. Thanks for that site. It will come in handy!

    Comment by Rachel — February 9, 2007 @ 11:36 pm

  2. Yes, thanks for that link!

    Comment by Stephen Shores — February 16, 2007 @ 11:04 am

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