Foul Mr. Fox
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Fantastic Mr. Fox, a PG rated film, is designed for children. However, further review prompts more investigation into its suitability to children because of its adult-level violence and crafty banter. The number of parents who do not let their children watch this movie is substantial. The beginning of the movie is much like a love story, or so one would think. Mr. and Mrs. Fox prepare to steal chickens from a nearby farmer. To a parent, this scene would make it appear to a child that stealing is okay. Whatever age the child is at, he or she is always learning. Using the simplest swear word, mistake or character flaw could potentially translate in that child’s behavior. In child psychology, children often repeat behaviors or word patterns that are most appealing to them. If this movie is appealing to a child, he or she uses the implications that are unsatisfactory to the parent. The movie focuses on an impoverished Mr. Fox, who visits a banker in order to afford buying a new tree. While the characters are arguing, they use the word “cuss “instead of swearing. All movies are given a rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, however, the rating “PG” means parental guidance. This means that children who watch this film need to have parental guidance to explain nuances that occur. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The fact that they use “cuss “words in Fantastic Mr. Fox to prove a point is inappropriate. The rating “PG” should be because of a bad scene or two, but definitely not cuss words, stealing and fighting.
This is why Fantastic Mr. Fox is not appropriate for children. A good wholesome children’s movie is one that has a good meaning, an age appropriate story line and does not have the need to swear or “cuss”. Any child that watches this movie may start saying “cuss” when they get angry, because they learned it from this movie when Fox was angry. If...
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