'Planet 51' -- A Movie Made Just for Kids? How Novel

Yesterday afternoon I accompanied a party of 25 kids, ages 7-8, to see the movie Planet 51. Like all over-advertised, big-budget children’s movies, I was expecting a flick appropriate for my 5- and 7-year-olds, but with just the right dose of wit and sarcasm to appease my 37-year-old husband. Boy, was I in for a surprise. As the movie progressed, I realized it wasn’t enjoyable at all for adults. Yeah, it was cute, and it had a throwback or two for the older generation, but where was all the innuendo? How about the mature humor meant to appease the admission-paying adults? There was none.

Then I looked at my son and the 24 other 2nd graders, only to find them laughing their butts off. The humor was dumbed down, slapstick, and easy; tailor made for the 8-and-under crowd. Not one kid had to ask what something meant, or awkwardly laugh at a part they didn’t quite get because others were laughing.

At the end of the movie the children were cracking up, grinning and reciting lines while exiting the theater. I’ve become so accustomed to enjoying these G movies, that I always expect them appeal to me. There were times I enjoyed these flicks more than my children did, but is that why I went? Sure it’s nice to spend 90 minutes not having the urge to text or play brick-breaker on my Blackberry, but it’s not a necessity. I actually applaud the writers of Planet 51 for making a kids movie just for kids!

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