Essay on Restricted Teens

936 Words Apr 16th, 2011 4 Pages
When speaking about teenagers attending rated R movies, past president Bill Clinton said, “One can value the 1st amendment right to free speech and at the same time care for and act with restraint”. Clinton was the one who proposed that all people under 17 would have to be accompanied by an adult to a rated R (Restricted) movie. Although some people believe that teens should be able to go to see these movies alone, they do not have enough maturity and good judgment to have this right. Kids and teenagers should not be allowed to go to a rated R movie without a parent or guardian. Restricted movies have a direct link with violence, smoking, and drinking in teens. Also, content in rated R movies is not appropriate for kids and young …show more content…
First of all, many teens go to movies just because their friends do, and the movie may not be appropriate. Teens are very likely to listen to what their friends say or tell them what to do, and this is called peer pressure. If the movie is inaccessible then the problem of being pressured to see an inappropriate movie reduces greatly. Also, many teens pick movies according to their favorite actor with no thought put into the content. Many people would go to a rated R film about drug dealing if it had Will Smith in it, and large portions of the patrons would be teenagers. And if it were a hassle to get into the movie, teens would be less likely to see the inappropriate film. On the other side, people say that teens are mature enough to see watch restricted films. “He has a friend, he says, who has a computer program to make fake Ids”(Munoz). If teens are mature enough to respect guidelines, they aren’t mature enough to see a movie with explicit content or topics. All in all, most teenagers are not mature enough to have the right to see restricted movies alone. Last but not least, restricted movies are rated R for a reason, and they are not appropriate for kids and teens. First of all, many movies have explicit language and content. When mother Rhonni Hoeg rented an R rated movie to watch with her daughter, “she regularly found herself blindsided by language

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