This past weekend I watched The Simpsons Movie with my 11-year-old son, Samuel. This was kind of a big deal for him. We monitor the shows and movies he watches and try to stay away from anything with swearing, violence, nudity, etc.
Now that he’s getting older, the nudity and swearing isn’t really as big a deal as violence for us. For example, we watched Forrest Gump with our son a few weeks ago and allowed him to watch most of the scenes with swearing and nudity (“Her dream had come true. She was a folk singer.”), but we skipped over the violent scenes.
The Simpsons has some humor which borders on risque, so we’ve never allowed Sam to watch it. He’s the sort of kid who might find something funny and then use it over and over, especially at times when he really shouldn’t. It’s really funny but it tends to tick my wife off.
But I decided he was old enough to watch The Simpsons Movie. Then I checked with my wife to see if my decision could stand. She hesitated but said it was okay, giving us the green light. Not only was this a big deal for my son, but also for me. I haven’t been able to watch the show for years because my son tended to be in the room when I wanted to watch it. And now we don’t have cable, so I really can’t watch it.
The movie was very funny. My son laughed hardest at all the inappropriate parts, of course. The part we both laughed hardest at was when Homer was rescued by a medicine woman with large breasts and said, “Thank you, Boob Lady.” It was funny, but to watch my son’s eyes grow wide and hear how hard he laughed – well, it becomes a whole lot funnier when seen through the eyes of an 11-year-old.
My son is getting older and I can’t wait until he’s ready to see all the movies I love – Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, Caddyshack, 10, Spinal Tap, and many others. Not yet, but in a few years. In the meantime, we’ve been watching movies he’s never seen, like the original Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day (also one of my favorites). I was happy to hear that he’d put Groundhog Day in his top 3 movies of all time.
I think Hulu might have episodes of The Simpsons. If so, I may sign up for a trial membership. After years of kids’ shows, my son getting older is opening up a world of shows and movies I haven’t watched in a long time.