When we watch a PG-rated family-focused movie, we do not expect to find topics and dialogue that are not appropriate for the mindset of the under 12-year-old child. We are not expecting to hear children in the audience express general confusion and uncomfortable surprise at the teen and older topics. Here is the music video for Wreck-it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, that summarizes our overall feel for the movie:
We had high expectations for this movie, as the sequel to our beloved “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012). We couldn’t wait to see the next chapter with our favorite game characters, Ralph and Vanellope, as they take on the ‘Public World of the Internet’ and the adventure that it entails.
We were surprised to watch our Disney friends experience a different kind of dilemma. Vanellope is entranced with the rougher, more dangerous and less predictable world of the violent-Grand Theft Auto-type ‘Slaughter Race’ game. Instead of Ralph being concerned for her as a friend, he becomes vilified as a ‘needy guy who just needs to let go’ and ‘allow her to be happy in a new potentially destructive life’.
For another example of our discomfort, google the video about the ‘bunny eats pancake’ and the girl’s reaction. As an adult, I have a dark-streak to my humor. But as a mom, I don’t appreciate pre-maturing exposing my impressionable child to topics she cannot process yet.
My 14-year-old daughter was conflicted with the movie as well. We wanted to enjoy the movie without being sympathetically uncomfortable for all the confused families.
According to Stella Rating: Family Viewing Disclaimer (1/low – 5/high scale)
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” is rated PG, but slightly mature themes take it closer to a PG-12, primarily due to the Grand Theft Auto-type ‘Slaughter Race’.
3 – SEX/NUDITY – Scenes include detailed discussion and close-ups on a hairy man’s waxing habits, and sexual comments like “going right up the back alley”.
3 – VIOLENCE/GORE – Scenes include a scary centipede, the ‘dark net’ with a disfigured blobby character, and a violent car racing game: crashed cars in flames, scary sharp-teethed animals (shark, dog), gang-type group/family and creepy clowns.
1 – PROFANITY – Name calling (stupid, fat and ugly, idiot, cyst face).
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