X2 and Reloaded - for kids???

  1. My 13-yr-old wants to see X2 and Reloaded. I don't think he's quite mature enuf to see either (have looked up reviews on both). Would like input from those who have seen 'em. (Just because a film is rated PG-13 doesn't mean it's appropriate for 13-yr-olds, IMHO.) Would you let your kid see them?

    BTW, while at the theater to see Holes with my 12 and 13yo, I saw a man in line at the snack counter w/three 5yo's, who were cutting up, as they do - all excited to be going to the movies! I asked them what they were going to see. "X-men!!" they shouted. HUH???? I couldn't believe it!! They were TOO, TOO young to be taken to that!! Or am I TOO conservative?? Opinions expressed here are solicited for curiosity's sake only. Thanks! -- D
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Flynurse
    I saw Reloaded and I don't think I would have brought kids to it. Though there were children in the theater.

  4. by   Rustyhammer
    I let my kids see the first matrix and the first x-men.
    They are 10 and 12.
  5. by   dianah
    My eldest actually saw both the firsts too, Rusty. I'm unsure of letting him see LOTS of nudity and graphic sexual scenes.
  6. by   karenG
    I took my 11yr old to see x-men 2 last saturday. its rated 12a here. I acutually think I was more scared than him! it does have a fair amount of violence, no sex and some bad language....but 'die another day' was worse! so yes- I would let my 13 yr old see it! LOTR had much more graphic violence in it!

  7. by   Tweety
    XMan and Reloaded are no worse than your average video game IMHO. Star Wars had as much fighting as XMen. There's a lot of fight scene and bullets flying in Reloaded, and a mildly graphic sex scene.

    Depends on your history with your kids. I would think today's sophisticated kids would be o.k. with it. But if they are a little more sheltered then no.
    Last edit by Tweety on May 29, '03
  8. by   sphinx
    I took my 14 yr old and my 8 (yes, 8) year old step son to see X-2. They did fine, even the younger of the 2. I was uneasy about taking him, but he was fine, and like 3rd shift guy said, no worse than video games.

    As for Reloaded-we took my 14 yr old with no qualms.
    *note small spoilers if you haven't seen the movie*
    I was uncomfortable with the sex scene though-a rather lengthy scene with some *intense* dancing, while Neo and Trinity had a swell time being nekkid together doing the nasty (yes, we saw his butt, whoopie). There was also an scene where a character was er, given, er pleasure, and we got to see her...um reaction "digitally", I guess you'd say. Now, I'm sure it's nothing my healthy normal 14 yr old hasn't seen somewhere on today's television, etc-, but I personally felt really funny sitting there next to him. The fight scenes alone didn't phase me, again, no worse than most video games.
  9. by   dianah
    I'm sure my kids have been exposed to violence in movies to the same degree as X2, lol! We don't watch much network TV movies/shows (don't have cable either), tho'. BUT, the sex scenes, as I said before, are - well, I just feel like I'd be basically giving him porn video stuff, know what I mean?
    Anyway, thanks A LOT for everyone's responses. As with any parenting adventure, each of us must weigh pros and cons, consider each child's maturity level (and our comfort level!!!) and make (hopefully) informed decisions. Yes, I know I will need to "let go" and let him grow SOME time. In this case, later.
  10. by   neelyt
    My son is 8 and he will be allowed to watch X-2 and reloaded. Although the ratings say one thing I have seen far worse things on TV and as said earlier especially on video games. There are some games out there that promote killing and raping people for points so please be sure and know what your kid is buying it is not like the old games like atari or nintendo where you didn't have to worry about these things, they are a lot more graphic now and violent. I have seen both movies and feel my child has already seen much worse and it will not scare him or hurt him in any way. signed //Stuck in Afghanistan//
  11. by   SandyBeach
    I saw Matrix Reloaded and there are some parts that are definitely not appropriate for children. There is a sex scene between Neo and Trinity that is rather provocative. I wouldn't take my children to see it.
  12. by   CVnurse08
    Thought you might like the viewpoint of a 15 year old. I went to see X-2 and in my group was a 12 year old girl. Now, I am not usually the type to, you know, worry about whether the little kids in my group should see a movie or not because that is up to their parents, but in this one I was kinda worried about all the violence in it and whether it was bothering the 12 year old girl. So I don't know, I think it just depends on how well your kids realize that it is just a movie. JMO
  13. by   dianah
    Appreciate everyone's thoughts and taking the time to comment. Interesting range of responses. You all are great!