“Iron Man” a Family Man?

Iron Man Kneeling  Iron Man 3 promises to be a mega blockbuster, possibly because it was purposely marketed by Paramount Studios as a “family film”. With its box office at $175 million, it is fairly certain that more than a few families have watched it already. Having gone opening weekend, I did see several families in line, some with kids as young as 6 years old. But is the movie a family film as the studio claims? Well, there is a cute, precocious kid in a major role, but that is where the “family film” aspect ends, because it also has intense violence, swearing, drinking, smoking, and implied drug use, not to mention nearly nude women and many adult themes. Robert Downey Jr.’s character lives and sleeps with Gwenyth Paltrow, though they are clearly not married. In multiple scenes, women wear skimpy lingerie, occasionally while high on drugs. In addition, numerous characters burn to death from the inside out, exploding so violently that they kill everyone around them, leaving only the shadows of the victims seared onto nearby walls. Now, don’t get me wrong, the film does feature witty dialogue, great acting, and incredible action scenes, which I can appreciate as an adult. It does NOT make this film appropriate for young teens or children.  In my opinion, Iron Man 3 needs some parenting classes before he can be deemed family friendly – don’t let cute kid actors of Hollywood labels fool you.  If you are struggling as parents to find out if a film is appropriate, try finding reviewers you trust, like http://www.catholicnews.com/data/movies/13mv048.htm  (which also rated this movie as “for adults”).  Other times, your best bet is to watch the media your kids want to see first and decide from there. Either way, your diligence is worth it. God bless and happy viewing!