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July 14, 2012


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 The Divine (though blogless) Elizabeth

I thought they did have that in place. That you could put limits on kids library cards...But maybe I'm thinking of Blockbuster.

Requiem for a Dream is, without a doubt, an incredibly depressing movie. However, it's also beautifully made and an excellent film. I'm also willing to bet no one who watches it would ever make the decision to take drugs. ;)

I'm curious. Did the child in question switch it off because of the parental scrutiny or because she objected to something in the film?


As a librarian, here's what I think their policy probably is: it's up to you, as the parent, to be aware of what your children are reading and watching. This is the policy behind NOT banning books. It's not up to them to decide what is suitable for your child. And I know you're going to say "But movies have ratings!" But it's a slippery slope and if the library isn't already on that slope by policing movies, they won't find themselves being shoved into policing books. What if an R or NC-17-rated movie is based on a book? Should access to the book be controlled, too? Where do you draw that line? By not having a line at all, that parent who doesn't want their child reading The Great Gatsby isn't going to be restricting your child, too. (http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics)


There are good arguments on both sides. I have seen that movie -- watched it with Elder Son, iirc, but he was in college at the time. Mostly I remember the music because I have it in my iTunes library -- good stuff. But that is neither here nor there.

You are doing the good job of parenting by keeping an eye on what kiddo is watching. Should the library do more it? Like I said, good arguments on both sides. If pressed, I guess I'd come down on the side of leaving the policing to the parent. The potential harm to a kid seems less to me than the potential harm to society of more censorship.

Just my 2 cents.

Bill Moore

What you're doing is being a little bit lazy. Depressing or not, your child is interested in it and the only way to really know if it's appropriate or not is to watch it yourself first so you can make an informed decision. It's not the librarian's job, it's the parents. Teens are often no fun to parent, but it's part of the deal.

She'll watch it with or without your blessing (remember when you were 15?); you might as well get your opinion in there and to do that you'll need to screen it. Banning her from watching it is, of course, the surest way to ensure she will.


I've been wondering about another piece of the puzzle; the friend who recommended it. Did the friend not know about the orgy? IS that why the friend recommended it? (Of course, I would have)

And as far as not seeing the movie in the theaters-I think that's an incorrect assumption. That never made a difference while I was growing up.

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