Ted has hit cinema screens in the last two weeks. It is a movie about a foul-mouthed, drug-using teddy bear who has come to life and lives with an aging Mark Wahlberg.
Reports are in though that parents are taking their children to this movie:
"Because it's an R-rated movie in the US, children under 17 seeing Ted have to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. According to CinemaScore, a research group that interviews opening-night moviegoers around the US, the number of under-18 moviegoers for R-rated comedies tends to run somewhere between 10 percent to 13 percent.....
For Ted, it was a whopping 18 percent. And those are just opening-night figures. If the survey included Saturday night and Sunday afternoon moviegoers, the percentage would surely be considerably higher....."
Is crude Ted really a family film?, Article by Patrick Goldstein
It is concerning that parents believe this MA15+ movie is appropriate for anyone under the specific age limit, let alone the reports that suggest children younger than 10 are watching it.
Parents must be prompted to reconsider what is in their children's best interests if this is the case.