I can remember it was in 1970, I was 13 years old. I was an avid reader and if a book I’d read was ever made into a movie, my mom and I would go see it. I had read Love Story the year before the movie. It was rated PG. I loved that movie. The phrase “Love means never having to say your sorry” came from this movie. It was so sad. I just bawled when it ended. We were both pretty quiet on the way home. I knew how it would end since I read the book but seeing it was different to me somehow. I read an average of 3 books a week and though I may get sad, I hardly ever cry. I just don’t seem to cry when reading. There was one sex scene in this movie but nothing was shown but Ali MacGraw’s back.
I had gone to bed and I heard my parents start to yell at each other and being the nosy person I am, I got up and listened at my bedroom door. My mom wanted to take me to Ryan’s Daughter and my dad said I wasn’t old enough and he “forbid” me to see that movie. I never did see it until this past year. I came upon it quite by accident when I was ordering a book for my mom and it was just “there” and I was dying to see what I couldn’t see back then. I almost hated it. It was so s-l-o-w moving and I thought, very boring. There was a small sex scene, same as Love Story, you couldn’t “see” anything but it was all done with innuendo’s. But, it was about an adulterous affair and maybe that was why my dad didn’t want me to see it. I’m not sure and he probably won’t remember.
My point is how times have changed and how movies and ratings have changed. There is more on TV now in prime time, at 7:00 PM than I was allowed to see in a movie theater at 13. I’m left to wonder why? Do you think all the sex and all the violence and innuendo’s that are on now so early at night is okay? Were we to sheltered back then about this kind of stuff because remember, we were all riding our bikes with no protective gear, climbing and falling out of tree’s, taking off and being gone all day left to do whatever we wanted and we drank water from the hose, we didn’t use seat-belts……..I think you get the point. I know Toby and Sue have stopped watching some of the shows they like if the kids are up just because they said they have just gotten to suggestive.
So do you think we are better off? Were we shielded to much or are the kids of today bubble wrapped in one way but treated much older in others?