When did the 16-age restriction become porn?

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I’m not a prune.  I have used the f-bomb before.  Yes, even on this site.  I use shit often, at least once a day.  It’s a regular thing.  I’ll giggle at a dirty joke and if it’s really dark, I might even burst out of laughter and then cover my mouth in shame, especially if Wife’s around.  As a rule I tend to avoid r-rated stuff when I’m around my kids, because they’re a… you know, my kids.

Weekend winter nights in our house are synonymous with a fire place, pop corn, blankets and a movie.  The only obstacle to cross is the actual selection of the movie because our tastes are varied, to say the least.  We like superhero movies and they like real life drama.  The only thing we have in common is the fear of horror movies because life is bad enough already. We prefer comedies but here is where it becomes difficult.

We usually take note of the age restriction because few things are more embarrassing than viewing an explicit sex scene with your teenage kids.  And we’ve had the talk, so we know that they know, how babies are made.  And with what.

The age-restriction thing is becoming rather confusing.  Back in the day one would assume that a move rated 16 would imply that audiences under the age of 16 are prohibited from viewing the film, as it might contain scenes, featuring moderate violence, strong language, nudity or sex.

What one doesn’t expect from a 16-rated movie is full frontal nudity and a lot more than the mere suggestion of sex.  We’ve tried this twice, where we rented a movie, and both times it backfired completely.   In the one they showed way too much of the male anatomy in a toilet scene, whilst the other had a title sequence with larger than life ladies dancing, wearing nothing but firelighters, pom-poms and a hat.  And none of those were held in strategic places.  And yes, both times it added NOTHING to the actual plot of the movie…

I’m the first to take responsibility for renting both of these movies because I assumed incorrectly, that a 16-age restriction would be safe to watch with my kids.  And it was as safe as a punctured condom.

At what point did a 16-rated movie become porn?

Parents be warned.  If you opt for the 16-age restriction, you’ll end up grabbing the remote, attempting to forward the scene, only to mute the sound and pause the image so that it is burned into the memory of the whole family for the rest of their lives.  You will turn to your Wife with a redness brought on by the uncomfortable silence, whilst Princess covers her eyes and Dude sits on the couch with the biggest grin in the world.

And Wife will look back at you, utterly disgusted, wearing the age-old expression of “I told you so.”

Because she did.

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18 thoughts on “When did the 16-age restriction become porn?

  1. Seems like it is just common these days, both in movies & on tv. I am sure both Princess & Dude have seen much worse, it’s only awkward because you & your wife are watching it with them.

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  2. I have to agree. Looking forward to two great actors, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in “Nice Guys” which looked funny, accompanied my seventeen yr old to the theater. We were both embarrassed and I wanted to leave. These actors must be near destitute to make a piece of junk like that! We didn’t leave till it was over. I think mainly because he would have been more embarrassed by that😳🙄😉. One scene zoomed in a woman’s naked torso, actual closeup, for more than a few seconds. Talk about squirming in your chair….Very disappointed.

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  3. I have a post with some mega appropriate family movies 😉. I have a toddler. Totally not in your ball game yet. I watched a movie the hubs had recorded the other night, Bridge of Spies. Nothing spectacular but no nudity that I can remember.

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  4. oh yeah…now throw in my 89 year old mother along with my kids 3 aged 20 and one married (27) and surely knows everything by now. Well all of them do. Still, there are moments, Lord help us, when you just make nervous laughter and say something stupid like, “Well, I didn’t expect THAT.”

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