Earlier today I read an article at Twitchfilm.com that posed an argument regarding the practicality of the PG-13 movie rating.
In this article, author Todd Brown argued against the PG-13 rating, citing that he felt that these days, 26 years removed from it’s inception; Hollywood rarely produces films targeting the 10-13 year old age group, instead opting to focus on the more profitable age groups a few years North and South of it.
Said article can be found HERE.
Truth be told, I found that I agreed with pretty much everything Mr. Brown had to say.
While I can’t say I pay that much attention to the PG and PG-13 releases these days, I’ve always felt that; in general, there seems to be a distinct lack of films targeted at young people that don’t succumb to the “low” tactic of talking down to their audience.
Even as a kid, I always loved Hayao Miyazaki’s Tonari No Totoro for exactly this reason, as despite it’s inherently childish elements; there were also genuinely scary moments from time to time, as well as some seriously complex and realistic events unfolding in the stories’ periphery.
The movie was by no means a PG-13 film, but it was the first movie that came to mind on the subject of “not talking down to kids,” so I decided to run with it.
… Sorry about that, been a long day.
Anyway, the real reason for this post, was simply that I wanted to share this article with all of you, as I found it quite interesting.