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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:29 PM
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Poll question: Do you think that "O Brother Where Art Thou?" is appropriate for a (bright) 9 and 11 yo to watch?
If your answer is no, could you please elaborate?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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My Good Babushka Donating Member (966 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:30 PM
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1. I vote yes
as long as there is parental guidance.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:33 PM
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2. Well, I see it as an interesting teaching possibility. Husband is concerned about language and
violence.
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My Good Babushka Donating Member (966 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:43 PM
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6.  I watched some of it with my five year old
We left it on as long as he was interested in it, which was mostly to look at the old-fashioned cars. I found I was able to explain most of it to him. Violence and race relations are tough subjects, go with what feels right.
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:34 PM
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3. I'm kind of running through it in my head, and can't think of anything too
bad for kids to see. I'd explain that he no doubt threw a rubber frog against the tree. Other than that, seems fine to me.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:41 PM
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4. Well, the word "Fornicate" came up but I dunno that they know what that means. However there is a
fair amount of swearing. Doesn't bother me but does bother husband. So I told the kids, "Just because you hear it doesn't mean you have to say it." As far as I am concerned that's reasonable.

Husband was also concerned about lynchings and hangings but again, good teaching moment in my book as long as it isn't graphic. And ditto the Bible salesman who is a violent con-man and the "Christian" candidate for governor who is also a KKK grand wizard. Just because a person says he is good or slaps on a certain label doesn't mean you can count on them truly being a decent person, eh? (Heaven knows the last 8 years could have taught them that, but they were too little really to notice much of the ** mis-administration.)
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:43 PM
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5. Oh, yeah, there is a lot to explain here. Still, I think you're right
about using those as teaching moments.

What does it say about me that all I remembered as cringe-worthy was the poor frog?
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:53 PM
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7. LOL You forgot when Baby-faced nelson shot up a cow and caused another to get run over by
the cops. Kids and I discussed how this was just a bit of movie magic.

But yeah, watching Pete the Frog get crunched was sad. :(
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:33 PM
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8. Oh, yeah! The cows! The cows!
:cry:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:35 PM
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9. Yah, pretty harsh. :^(
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:50 PM
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16. Oh yeah!
That made me cringe as well.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:35 PM
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10. I think it's fine if you watch it with them...
Then you can make explanations as necessary.
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:37 PM
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11. so I guess I'm the only one who's unaffiliated
the best line from the whole thing
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:50 PM
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17. LoL
ayup...

At the proverbial crossroads.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNxpDaMJfLU#t=1m50s

:thumbsup:
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:41 PM
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22. And for that you sold your everlastin' soul?
Well, I wasn't usin' it.



LOL
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:05 PM
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20. "I'm with you fellows."
:D
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:42 PM
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12. I would think so
It has religious undertones would be my only thing. That's just me.

Don't forget.. it is based on Homer's Oyssey.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odyssey

If you figure out the significance of the gopher let me know :D

If nothing else, it will spur intelligent conversation amongst you all.

:hi:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 03:20 PM
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23. I went all through the wiki on "O Brother" I didn't see anything about the gopher and I
can't think of any parallels myself. *scratching head*
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Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:42 PM
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13. Don't see why not.
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:48 PM
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14. oh, yeah
nothing i can think of that would be bad.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:49 PM
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15. only the first half
the first half is great stuff; the second half (beginning with the appearance of John Goodman on the screen and from that point on) is boring and stupid and contrived and a waste of time.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:32 PM
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19. Yeah, all us dumbfucks is really stupid for liking it, I spose.
Weze all too redneck and stupid and shit sose we don't knows it's boring and stupid and contrived like smart people does.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:40 PM
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21. it's still better than Big Lebowski
our neighbors showed that last summer and out of 32 people at the beginning, only 4 were left at the end.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:30 PM
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18. My kids have watched it a few times.
My youngest is ten now, but she's seen it often enough. I saw that your hubby was worried about profanity, but that's never been a concern of mine. I've never raised my kids to believe that the world was different than it is.

My youngest has never really gotten it, though, so I don't know how interested yours will be. My teen started appreciating it around the age of 15. She understood a lot of it before then, but half the beauty of the movie--as with most Coen scripts--is in the language and the satire. I don't know how much they'll get.

Just my thoughts. Then again, I let my youngest watch The Big Lebowski. She left after a few minutes, not liking the F word. I've found the best way to get a kid to not do something is to tell them they can. Then they don't want to.
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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 03:35 PM
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24. Sure...and then throw them a copy of...
Homer's..."The Odyssey."...and tell them you expect them to read it
and have a critique...both written and oral to present to you in a week. :)

Tikki
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 03:39 PM
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25. LOL Can't wait to see how that goes.
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