Some moms wonder if the movie is too violent.
Although The Dark Knight broke the all-time weekend box office record with $155 million (beating out Spider-Man 3's previous record of $151.1 million), reviews were decidedly mixed among moms who wondered if the movie was too violent for their kids.
Mom of two Dani Klein Modisett said, "If there was profanity in Dark Knight, I have no memory of it. Or nudity. Whatever there may be is completely overshadowed for me by the violence. PG-13, my ass!"
Time magazine also questioned the PG-13 rating: "The mayhem and torture wreaked here, by saint or scum, are so vivid and persistent that it's a wonder, and a puzzle, why The Dark Knight snagged a PG-13 rating. (Don't take your 9-year-old son unless you think he'd enjoy seeing a kid just like him tremble in fear while a gun is held to his head by a previously sympathetic character.) But kids would have trouble following the movie, let alone understanding it."
The MPAA's reasons for Knight's PG-13: "intense sequences of violence and some menace" -- but they aren't required to detail the intensely violent scenes (such as a man being impaled with a pencil).
Mom of three Samantha Bailey says all the ratings hoopla is much ado about nothing: "My kids loved it. It was no more violent than any other superhero movie in my opinion. My 8-year-old wants to see it again!"
We'd love to hear from moms who saw the movie. Do you think The Dark Knight is appropriate for kids?