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How the hell is this rated G and not PG?


Really, a 2 or 3 year old could watch this movie? That's what "G" means. Some sequences are super freaky and scary and would give any young child nightmares. This should have been rated PG, with a minimum age of 7 and up.

Also, it's 2.5 hours long! What preschooler can sit through that?!!

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I was five when I first saw this, didn't bother me a bit. It must have scared you though.

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It totally did! It has a darkness to it and some really freaky imagery that would give young kids nightmares. Good flick...just not G material, especially since it's live action (and not animated). Like, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are rated G.

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I guess they rated movies different back then. "Claudine" had a lot of cussing and brief nudity and it only got a PG rating.

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PG 13 didn't exist until 1983.

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Actually its was 1984, with Red Dawn being the first official PG-13 rating. The Flamingo Kid would have been the first one but it was delayed in its release actually being the fifth film to receive a PG-13 behind The Woman in Red, Dreamscape and Dune. However, you were pretty close.

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Actually its was 1984, with Red Dawn being the first official PG-13 rating. The Flamingo Kid would have been the first one but it was delayed in its release actually being the fifth film to receive a PG-13 behind The Woman in Red, Dreamscape and Dune. However, you were pretty close.

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Every kid is different. Maybe some kids would be scared by some of the images, but that doesn't mean kids shouldn't see it. Consider this: if you check out some of the classic Sesame Street sketches/cartoons on YouTube--a show made for and geared toward very young children--you will see some people comment on ones that used to scare them as kids. Me personally, I'm sure there were a few things on Sesame Street or the Electric Company that used to freak me out as a kid, but I certainly wasn't scarred for life or anything because of it, lol. Think of all the monsters and vampires and such that were featured as characters on those shows. It is what it is. I used to watch horror movies with my mom by the time I was eight or nine. Some of them scared me, but she was cool and let me watch them and even if they did freak me out for awhile it wasn't a big thing.

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Ratings were a bit more lenient then. Plus, while there's some nightmare fuel with the subway scene, the winged Monkey chase, Evilene throwing a slave into a machine, and the tortures she inflicts on Dorothy's friends, there's no blood or any real-life injuries depicted, nor overtly violent moments. It's the type of scary a kid might be able to deal with, and if not, they can come back to it later in life and try again.

As for length, that would be a different rating entirely...

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That's nothing. What about the half naked people during "Brand New Day?"

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Good point, but that won't SCARE a child. May be a bit inappropriate, but it won't give a kid nightmares like those subway trash cans coming alive!!

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I was thinking the same thing! lol IF, my 9 yr old grandson was allowed to watch it, which he isn't because of the scary stuff and partial nudity, he would have yelled Eww and asked why those men wearing diapers up their butts? lol I couldn't help but look and the first thought in my mind was that they were on backwards. :-)

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Yeah, this is a kid's film, but it does have some disturbing moments in it(when the chimney-like things start to move and come alive.) However,TBH, you see a hell of a lot more disturbing things in movies today, with all this computerized CGI and everything else. So THE WIZ'S creepy moments are pretty tame, considering what kids can see in today's films.

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G rating on the past is now PG, today's PG-13 was PG back in the day, etc, etc, etc.

Also, many kids grew up watching the Wizard of Oz and weren't scared.

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G just means "General" audiences, while PG is Parental Guidance. PG has never stopped a "child" from seeing one at the theater.

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Yes.....but to me "G" means a 3 year old can see it. PG seems like 7 or 8 and up, like Shrek (PG) or Star Wars (PG).

G is such an innocent rating....The Wiz has many scary images that I can't imagine a 3 year old not being freaked out by it. Therefore, PG seems more appropriate, to keep out those under 7 years old.

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This is hard for me to say, as I didn't see this movie before I was fourteen years old. But I don't think "The Wiz" is any scarier than a lot of Disney movies, which get around with a G-rating. Then again, I would never show this movie to my three-year-old niece. Because she wouldn't understand it. Just like most movies in the Disney canon also will have to wait a few more years.

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