Connections: Film Ratings And What Kids See On Screen

Aug 5, 2016

Comedian Mike Birbiglia tweeted his frustration that his new movie, which is about improv comedy, is rated R thanks to a scene in which adults smoke marijuana, while films that feature machine-gun murder scenes are PG-13. And that has us wondering: are we failing in how we determine what is detrimental for kids to see on screen? How do we determine priorities? Our guests come with a range of perspectives, both parenting and professional. In studio:

  • Melissa Sturge-Apple, parent and psychology professor at the University of Rochester
  • Deb Rosen, managing director of strategic partnerships at Hillside Family of Agencies
  • Tom Proietti, resident scholar in media at St. John Fisher College
  • Adam Lubitow, film critic for City Newspaper
  • Makana Chock, interim director of media studies and associate professor of communications at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications