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Today there was a new comment added to our previous coverage of the stuff going on in Kansas dealing with Redbox and R-rated movies in the kiosk. I found it interesting enough to warrant its own post, and possibly warranting further discussion.

There has actually been further action regarding this issue recently from other government bodies in the midwest that I had been meaning to post about, but never got around to it. You can read more about it at selfserviceworld.

Anyway, here is the comment made by Jon, as well as my response…

First of all the guy who is bringing up this issue does not own a video store he runs a buying group for independents not some corporate machine. Secondly any child can get a visa/matercard gift card given to them and use it in a redbox. Thirdly video store owners have an extra layer of protection for parents by enforcing the MPAA’s volentary ratings system, they are in ways custodians of the content for children. They ask age, ask for id’s and they don’t rent inappropriate material to children. If you all remember cigarette machines when we were all kids they to had stickers on them saying you had to be 18 to buy, did that stop any of us? NO!!!. Alls that did was made me buy 2 packs in case I couldn’t get back. Go figure that you’d get a one-sided arguement on a site that promotes Red-box. Mcdonalds does market to children with thier happy meals and playlands so why is there box art promoting riske material on it right in the front foyers of the McDonalds? Another thing is alls a child has to do to rent an inappropriate title is press one button that says I am 18yrs old, How hard is that for a child? There is not that extra layer of protection of a human being actually making sure of the age. One last thing is checkcards work in these machines as well and last I checked how old do you have to be to have a checking account 12?

My response to Jon:

“This is not a competition issue,” said VBG president Ted Engen, who also runs the 71-store Total Entertainment Center chain.

@Jon:

The article specifically said that he runs 71 video stores? You don’t think that is a conflict of interest?

Listen, I think it is important to protect our children from things that we don’t find inappropriate, but that is my job as a parent, not someone else’s job to force their silly ideas on me or family.

BTW, this site does not “promote” Redbox, it is “about” Redbox. Personally, I do not watch R-rated movies at all, and I plan to teach my children to do the same. So, I certainly have no agenda here.

Really though, Jon, it seems to me that you are the one with the one-sided argument. Perhaps that stems from you being related to Mr. Ted Engen? Maybe you should disclose this if you are going to come and make an argument on someone else’s website. Nice try, though.

With regards to your “point”, I simply do not think we need the government or any other silly “interest groups” adding more censorship and more regulations to our already over-regulated society.

Let us take responsibility for our own families and our own actions. I simply do not need – or want – you or anyone else doing that for me.

Was my response off-base? Do you have anymore thoughts on this issue?

32 Responses to “R-rated movies in Redbox – The saga continues…”

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    Adam [visitor]

    I agree with your thoughts. We don’t need more policing by limiting RedBox’s offerings. I think about half of what I’ve rented from Redbox in the month or so that I’ve been renting from them has been rated R. What can I say? I enjoy “mature subject matter”… there’s nothing wrong with that and renting at RedBox is cheap and convenient. If I’d have rented the same movies from Blockbuster, they wouldn’t have carded me to make sure I’m 18.

    As a former employee, I can tell you that Blockbuster’s policy is to ask when someone registers for an account if they “WANT to be carded when they rent rated R movies”. They call it “YRV” and it puts a flag on the account that simply means you check to see if they’re the account holder when they rent rater R movies.

    If a parent didn’t check that box when they filled out their form, then a 10-12 yr. old kid with their parents’ membership card (a frequent occurrence) can waltz into the store, rent one of the many rated R or Unrated soft-porn or bloodbath movies that Blockbuster carries, rent it, and walk out without any questions asked.

    That’s no different than a parent giving their credit card to a kid to rent from RedBox. Oh yeah, the difference is, Redbox (as far as I’ve seen in title selection) doesn’t carry all the soft-porn movies that Blockbuster does. It’s true, I saw a young girl, probably 12, rent from RedBox right in front of me just the other day. I don’t remember what she rented, but her parents had to give her a credit card. If parents are letting kids spend their money with the lack of discretion that a credit card offers, then I imagine the occasional rated R movie is the least of their worries.

    Anyway, I think it’s just fine that the small town made R movies at Redbox illegal. I grew up in a decent-sized town that was in a dry county, so no one could by alcohol without driving across the river to the other county (about 5-10 minutes from where we lived). That means even typical restaurants like Chili’s couldn’t serve alcohol. It’s kind of dumb, but it’s what everyone voted on, so oh well, everyone else dealt with it and it was no big deal. But to pass nationwide legislation like that (about RedBox, or all rated R movies, or whatever) would be ridiculous!

    One suggestion though – maybe RedBox could scan your driver’s license to verify your age/membership account. Lots of public schools in our area do the same thing as a screening/tracking process with potential visitors to the school. I suppose some people would feel that would hurt their privacy, but I’d mainly be concerned with the fact that I couldn’t use every redbox promo code twice like I can with my two credit cards right now! ;)

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    Me [visitor]

    I think it’s interesting that Walmart checks ID when you buy an R-rated movie or cold medicine. :)

    I don’t usually rent R-rated movies, but I recently got a Clearplay DVD player that edits movies on the fly (according to your preferences ) as you watch them, so I’ve rented a couple of movies I wouldn’t have watched otherwise. I was a little surprised to see the extra screen warning me that there is probably a good reason for the R-rating. I thought that was a good thing. But it’s true that it won’t keep kids from renting them.

    I do agree that if they are going to be advertising movie covers with scantily clad people on them that I’d prefer it be done in places where my children won’t see them. It’s bad enough having all the magazines out by the checkout stands at stores.

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    Miss Understood [visitor]

    Me- Perhaps you should lock your children in your basement to prevent them from seeing anything as awful as “scantily clad people” on the front of magazines.

    It is typically those overly sheltered kids to run from home into the closest strip club as soon as they turn 18.

    Teach them what is right and wrong, don’t fight to impose your ideals on me and my family.

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    Karie [visitor]

    I am not a huge fan of R movies but it is not redbox’s responsibility to raise your children. If you have a concern about your children seeing inappropriate movies then you be the one to stop them. If a kid is bound and determined to watch an R movie and the parents arent involved the kid will find it through redbox or through something else

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    nklmango [visitor]

    People need to stop giving their kids credit cards. If your so worried about your children, then spend more time with them. Its not that hard to walk into McDonalds or Wal-Mart with them and choose together.

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    Tim [visitor]

    Since a person must be at least 16 years of age to drive a car, we can assume that no child under 16 is very likely to rent an R-rated movie. Even if we assume there is some small percentage of children with the means to get to a Redbox to rent a movie, they would still need a credit card. Any parent that lets their child use a credit card unmonitored (gift card or otherwise) must not care what their kid does with it. Wouldn’t this same child be able to use that credit card to purchase R-rated DVDs or porn online? Where are the parents when the kids are watching these movies? Why do people have kids if they don’t want to be parents?!

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    Adrian [visitor]

    I agree with what the people posted above me. Redbox shouldn’t have to change their entire business model because of some small town full of over-protective parents. Besides, like previous posters have touched on, if a child is old enough to receive a debit/credit card, either their own or a parent’s, then I think they are mature enough to watch an occasional R-rated movie. If parents are so concerned about what their children are renting, why give them the freedom in the first place, and put the responsibility on Redbox?

    Second, I’ve noticed that most of the “adult-themed” DVD covers are only displayed at the top of the Redbox machine, while the children’s movies are at the very bottom. Redbox smartly designed it this way for a reason. Either they wanted to market to younger children whose parents are checking out a movie of their own, or it’s because they don’t want them to see those risque DVD covers! I think that’s all Redbox can/should do in this situation.

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    Bret [visitor]

    The calls for government regulation is crazy. How much government do we really want in our lives? Do you want them to regulate how much sugar intake you feed your kids? Where to you draw the line.

    The solution is easy. Free market works. Don’t complain to government! If you see something inappropriate from your point of view at McDonald’s or where ever, simply complain to management. And complain to Redbox. I assure you that if they start getting complaints they will act!

    No store wants to loose business because of indecency issues.

    If you want to make sure others voices are heard then do the American thing, use your freedoms. Create a petition, create signs, what ever tool you think will help others to participate.

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    ADDias [visitor]

    How about being parents and just making an effort to take an interest in their lives? Pay attention to what they’re watching and listening to.

    Why do they have your credit card anyways?

    You’re accountable for your kids. This is completely ridiculous.

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    Michy [visitor]

    Personally, I don’t care about any of the reasons you guys listed. I don’t even care if they keep rated R’s in there. But it would be nice, since I don’t watch those movies, to be able to see from the pictures if it’s R because i waste a lot of time while other people are in line behind me trying to find the movies that are PG13. So, I say: Redbox, show the rating on the pictures of the movies.

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    Chris Dutey [visitor]

    I am a 19 yr old college student and I am sick and tired of hearing about all the stupid overprotective parents bitching to the world that this and that is the wrong way to do things. Maybe if these so called parents prioritized their families more than work and other things they could gently teach their children that R rated movies are not appropriate for them. However, I will contradict myself and say that anyone who judges the quality or contents of a movie simply from its rating is a sad and lost individual with a warped mind I couldn’t begin to understand. The rating system has dramatically changed from what it used to be years ago. If you want to protect your children from inappropriate materials then fine but don’t censor or remove it from my life.

    Some of the best movies of all time are rated R so anyone who uses that as a deciding factor is ridiculous I do understand if you use this as a factor when picking a family film to watch together. Do people still spend time as a family together because all I ever see in my neighborhood is kids playing unattended in the middle of the streets. Anyone who is bitching and moaning about the ratings of movies allowed in Redbox and lets their kids play unattended when and wherever they damn well please is a fool who deserves the respect and interest of no one.
    Be a positive role model for you kids but let them be free and independent but with certain boundaries that kids today do not seem to have.
    I fear for my future and of the day I have kids because the way things seem now I as an adult may feel like an overprotected child if enough babbling idiots allow something like this to get passed nationwide.

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    Michael [administrator]

    @Michy: That is a great suggestion. I have thought the same thing many times myself.

    What I would love is if we could simply filter out movies of a certain rating from the listing all together.

    Thanks for your comment – hopefully Redbox is listening!

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    Jim [visitor]

    I identify with the impulse but agree with others that we don’t need more government regulation, but more involved parents. I was flipping through the channels a couple months ago and for an inexplicable reason I watched the Disney Channel for about 5 minutes. I was shocked by the mature nature of the content. If I had kids in the range or 4 to 8 years old, I wouldn’t let them watch that channel unsupervised. The message coming from the Disney Channel (10 year-olds dating) is more destructive than Aliens or Patriot Games.

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    Timec [timec]

    Chris – I agree. I also hate it when people assume that an R-rating is somehow an indication that a film is of lower quality. Because, in all reality, some of the greatest movies ever made have that rating – “Raging Bull”, “Cries and Whispers”, “Ran”, etc. – films that are intelligent, enlightening, and also great works of art, in my opinion. Mind you (being from Utah) I can completely understand people deciding not to watch films that receive a certain rating. They know that certain content offends them, and thus they decide to avoid movies with certain ratings. I completely understand and respect that (many members of my family are that way.) Just please – don’t make assumptions about the quality of a film based on its rating. Don’t assume it’s “trash” or “filth” simply because of its rating. The MPAA itself has said that the ratings it gives are in no way meant to be an indicator of quality, but merely a way for people to make decisions about what movies are right for them.

    And that wasn’t really directed at anyone, I just sense that attitude in some people’s comments (not here) and it sort of irritates me. So I decided to rant about it randomly. ;)

    Anyways, I do like the idea of being able to filter your search by rating, even if it doesn’t really apply to me. I am, however, COMPLETELY against the idea of removing all R-rated films from Redbox, since a good percentage of the films I rent do have that rating (and no, I’m not a sick twisted pervert or anything of that sort – or at least I don’t think so. I generally just find that many of the films that I consider to be the most intelligent and artistic nowadays happen to carry that rating.)

    As others have mentioned, the chances of a child being able to get to a location with a Redbox by themselves (without their parents knowing,) and then actually getting a movie from the Redbox (without their parents knowing,) and then watching the film (without their parents knowing…) Are rather slim. And if they can do all of that without their parents knowing, I’d suggest that that’s a pretty good sign that the parents need to be taking more responsibility for their children, not that Redbox is somehow responsible for “corrupting the children” or something of that sort. Besides, there are many R-rated films that I don’t think would have a negative effect if they were “accidentally” viewed by children. “There Will Be Blood” (a lurid and attractive title for some gore-hungry preteen if ever there was one,) for example, is rated-R almost entirely for “thematic elements.” There is very brief violence, but it’s not any worse than what you can see on television and in PG-13 movies. In the end, I imagine the film would go over a child’s head and he or she would just end up being bored stiff.

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    Randall Gooding [visitor]

    REDBOX … are you listening ???

    This is a GREAT idea … let ME filter what I want to see in the list of movies !

    Filter by:

    Catagory ( comedy, sci fi, etc )
    Rating ( PG-13, R, child only, etc. )
    Release date: ( self explanatory )

    BTW, I had my own checking account & one JCPenney’s Credit card @ 14 and since I was able to handle them like a mature adult I was also allowed to rent R movies @ our local video store. Imagine that … parent who made decisions based on their own child … novel concept huh ?

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    MC [visitor]

    It is clearly printed on the kiosk that you have to be 18 to use Redbox, and it’s in the corporate FAQ:

    Do I need to be 18 or older to rent DVD’s from Redbox Automated DVD Rental?
    That is affirmative.

    http://www.redbox.com/Help/Faq.aspx
    (3rd from bottom)

    Anybody breaking this rule is making a fraudulent claim. Simple. How do you stop people from making fraudulent claims? Well, “they” want you to believe that you have to remove the temptation that causes it. Which would actually be access to payment, not Redbox. It’s not “no R movie, no purchase”, it’s “no card, no purchase”…because by the rules kids can’t rent ANY movie. Period.

    Ted Engen is leading the fight because 100% of Redbox customers use credit cards, compared to only about 10% for his VBG group members.

    http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6329513.html?nid=2705

    So, yes, it IS a competition issue.

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    Elizabeth [visitor]

    Before I leave a comment, I would like to state I am a mother of 2 children. I feel that once again, another person is coming out and trying to say what should be available for our use and what shouldn’t. It is time for parents to be responsible for their children. If parents allow children to have access to their credit cards and/or allow the children credit or debit cards in their own names, it is the parents responsibilty to see what the child does with said card. We shouldn’t make companies like RedBox parent our children. It is time that perhaps we look at ourselves as parents and make sure to take an active role in our children’s lives so that they know how to make responsible decisions.

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    Amy Hughes [visitor]

    I definately think that R rated movies should be pulled from the redbox. We do not need to be filling our head with junk. No one should see this, underage or not.

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    GeneO [visitor]

    Well, if they remove all the -R- rated films from RedBox then I guess Ill just start going back to Blockbuster & Hollywood video.

    It will cost more but at least Ill get to watch what I want.

    In America you get to choose what you want without your choices being controlled.

    ………. at least thats what we used to honestly get to say. :(

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    PDH [visitor]

    Whatever your opinion on r-rated movies, as long as there are statutes limiting kids from renting r-rated movies, Red Box management is going to have to address it or the issue will probably be addressed through the legal system. “Laws is laws.”

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    Timec [timec]

    PDH – The MPAA ratings are not enforceable by law. There may be a few counties or cities that have some sort of law saying you can’t rent/sell them to minors (I don’t know one way or the other) – but every establishment (movie theater, rental store) has the option of whether or not to follow the MPAA guidelines and card those who are renting or buying R-rated films. It is absolutely voluntary. There’s nothing illegal about selling or renting them to minors. Anyone can go into Best Buy or Circuit City or Target and buy an R-rated film without having their identification checked, and it’s not in the least bit illegal.

    It’s not in the least like selling cigarettes or alcohol to minors, which is in fact a crime everywhere in the United States.

    Plus it’s just really stupid to compare the harmful effects of cigarettes or alcohol on minors and the harmful effects of most R-rated films on minors – since, in my humble opinion, most children wouldn’t be all that harmed by watching most R-rated films (though there may be a few exceptions, like the torture porn films – but I still imagine that seeing those wouldn’t turn them into homicidal maniacs or anything of that sort.) Mind you, I wouldn’t want to show most of them to children – there are many films that simply aren’t meant for children but which can be worthwhile, and even uplifting for adults. (And then there are other films that aren’t worthwhile for adults or children – but that applies to G-rated films just as much as R-rated films.) But if children do happen to be exposed I don’t think they’re going to be permanently damaged, in most cases. Besides, I know several people who were allowed to watch certain R-rated films starting at the age of 11 or 12 – and they’ve grown up to be pretty decent, normal, functioning, social, sane, moral individuals, believe it or not.

    The point being: It should be up to the parents.

    Amy – Please read my other post in this thread. Please do not assume that all R-rated films are junk and “degrading our souls” or whatnot. While most are indeed junk (most films are junk, regardless of their rating,) there are others that are among the most artistic, enlightening, and edifying of all motion pictures. You may not be interested in seeing them, and I respect that – but don’t assume that those of us who do watch them are just “filling our heads with junk.”

    Now tell me, since you seem to believe that all R-rated films are trashy – what exactly about “There Will Be Blood” fills our head with junk? How does it degrade? Not that I expect you to have seen it – but the film is simply the story of a man’s descent. It is no more trashy than many of the great works of literature, which also depict the darker side of man. A work can contain immorality and still ultimately be moral – and that is the case with many of the greatest R-rated films. To suggest that the R-rating (imposed by a completely arbitrary system that makes absolutely no moral judgments about the films that it rates) somehow automatically makes it trashy and not worthy of being seen by anyone… Well, that seems kind of a silly attitude.

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      Holly [visitor]

      My dad was watching the movie Heavy Metal (a sci-fi rock n roll, I guess you could say porn movie) with a friend when I was 4.. he told his friend, “ahh, she’s too young to even know what the movie is about”.. I still remember the movie.. when I saw it.. I remember really wanting to grow up to be a TAXI driver.. lol.. and now as an adult I can say the only after effect might be that I have a good imagination, and I have the greatest sexual fantasies of any woman alive.. It did not ruin my life.. I am now very aware also that children do know what you are talking about, and get alot more than you may think. So, it has made me a better parent also. And just a note: Since I didn’t remember all of the movie.. I had to check it out.. I really enjoyed it.. love the intro song with the car coming out of the sky!! Maybe my parents movie and music selections caused me to be a dork?? oh well, i really don’t mind… :-)

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    Midori Hargrove [visitor]

    I do not want Redbox removing R-rated movies from their kiosks; I, like many others, prefer to have all selections available.

    To: Ms. Hughes,
    Everyone is allowed their personal opinions on any issue, but dare you dictate to others ‘what you think they should or shouldn’t see’? It comes off utterly disrespectful and small-minded. If you’re that passionate about your opinion, please complete a petition in your city/town or organize a protest to have Redbox banned. Respectfully, I do encourage you to let your passion be your motivation, for it is everyone’s right.

    Thankfully, I live in a large metropolis and am certain that gaining majority consensus to do such a thing would be literally impossible.

    Also, I, am a mother of three and agree with all the statements made on the true essence of ‘parent-ing’.

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    Tony Lee [visitor]

    People should learn how to manage their own affairs and their own children, and stop trying to bend the rest of the world to fit their personal choices. I have two grown children, and it was my responsibility to see they they did not come into material that I felt was not fit for them. I leave it to other adults to determine what isappropriate for them personally and what is not. I will not make that decision for them, and I firmly resent anyone trying to make it for me. In case they did not notice, this is America.

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    linda [visitor]

    YOU MAY NOT LET YOUR KIDS WATCH RATED R MOVIES AT HOME BUT I CAN ALMOST GURANTEE THEY ARE WATCHING THEM AT THERE FREINDS HOUSE UNLESS YOU LOCK YOUR KIDS UP THERE GOING TO WATCH WHAT EVER THEY WANT TO SEE

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    Bradley B. [visitor]

    This “Jon” and whoever follows his beliefs needs to learn how to raise their own children and stop looking for ways to control other peoples children and thier lives. This isn’t a blog for a cult signing Jon, nor does anyone need to follow your poorly worded ways. It is sometimes good to verbalize your opinion in some situations but at least know how your coming off to an audience instead of simply getting online to throw a “hissy fit” with your own biased opinion.

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    theonewon [visitor]

    Well I am a 23 y.o and i know that when i was younger my parents used to always tell me to “not watch raunchy tv.” but did i do it anyway… OF COURSE. now they started to come up with the T.V ratings (TV-Y, TV-G TV-14 ETC) AND THE “V – CHIP”. And not to mention all of the access to all the unmentionables accessable on the internet. But the point still is, if a child really wants to do something, they will. plain and simple. they will find a way around the V-CHIP, channel blocks, internet filter, or even some type of block to not rent to “minors” like so many other people have said, it is what you do as a parent to instill MORALS and VALUES into YOUR OWN CHILDREN (not someone elses). so that they DONT WANT to watch those types of movies. now onto the next subject. maybe one of the things that they could do to hinder minors getting inappropriate movies is have the individual renting the “rated R” movie is have them put their Date Of Birth in the checkout process. once again this will not “stop” kids from doing things, but maybe a D.O.B could be attached to that Credit card thru redbox, so when the minor tries to put in a fake one, it would not allow them to rent it. i’d like to hear some feedback on that idea if possible. thank you much
    - JPM

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    Laurey [visitor]

    I really can’t understand why some people think that just because a movie is rated R that it is junk. My town will not allow the rated R movies to be in RedBox and it is very frustrating. I watch movies with my kids and we talk about things and I don’t think a child will be warped if he sees some nudity or hears a curse word. I’m not saying that kids should see everything, but I think some people go way overboard.

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    Maria [visitor]

    This is utterly ridiculous! I have an 11 year old daughter and I am her parent. Not Redbox, not McDonald’s, but me. I take an active interest in everything that she watches. My daughter would probably be called mis-treated by most other children, she doesn’t have a credit card or a cell phone. I’m just old fashioned enough to believe that she’s too young to need those things. Put the responsibility back on the parents, not redbox! This does seem to be about competition. If Mr. Engen and his relatives don’t like the “r” rated films them pull them from their stores. How ’bout that!

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    What was that amendment about free speech??? [visitor]

    I’m a teacher. Let’s start with that.

    I think there are plenty of parents out there already NOT doing their job parenting – that’s the reason all these people want the movies pulled, right? I mean – we regulate what movies you can watch and then parents don’t actually have to educate their own children.

    You don’t want to watch an R rated movie? FINE. Then don’t. That is completely YOUR choice. BUT – telling the rest of us that we can’t isn’t the way this country works. If you want the government to step in a censor your entertainment possibilities, move to China.

    Most kids who WANT to rent those R rated movies are older anyway – they are most likely already seeing news programs, advertisements, magazines and billboards of a questionable nature. The best way to keep your child moral is to teach them morals.

    It’s a lot like sex ed – you have this bible-belt ideal that if you teach abstinance, kids won’t have sex, yet it’s been proven that they still do – it’s just that the pregnancy rates go up.

    Also – I love how the same people who are trying to censor my movies are the ones who bitch and moan when schools don’t allow religious celebrations. It’s just one more realm of censorship.

    Your kids are going to be exposed to immoral and r rated stuff. It’s not about telling them to avoid it – they can’t. It’s about teaching them how to handle it and how to remain moral peopled even with that influence. THAT’S what makes a good person!

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      Holly [visitor]

      I agree with everything you said. I was surprised that these comments were coming from a teacher though. I do watch rated R movies. I don’t allow my children to watch them.. they are only 6 & 8.. they have snuck a peak a couple of times… I explain to them the difference between reality and fantasy.. I remember when I was pretty young my parents telling me they didn’t want me to watch a movie.. it was Alien.. and of course I just had to see it.. so I kept my door slightly opened.. and the part where the Alien comes out of the woman’s stomach freaked me out so bad that I cried all night. As an adult I like science fiction and scary movies. My parents tried to protect me from everything. What kid would be at a business, even with a gift card renting movies from redbox unsupervised. My parents would’ve never allowed that. My experience in watching the Alien movie didn’t mess me up for life either. Parents just need to be there for their kids. If they see something they shouldn’t have.. explain it to them. When my kids wemt to school last year they actually sent a paper home telling me that I promise to the school that I will not allow my child to watch innappropriate movies or listen to inappropriate music.. especially anything containing fowl language. I listen to rock. My favorite band is Pink Floyd, and they ask me to do that?? I think that the lyrics to the majority of the music I listen to is deep and beautiful.. but yeah.. there are cuss words thrown in here or there. I even like some Green Day.. and there are probably hundreds of curse words on that one CD.. The point isn’t the curse words though.. that’s not why I listen to it.. I don’t find it cool to listen to music with bad language.. sometimes it just comes with the territory.. Sometimes it may even be the “right word” for the situation. I hate when people try to control the way other people live their life.. My children don’t curse.. I signed that stupid note, so I wouldn’t look like a bad parent.. I did not want to get into a huge argument, or have them call child protective services because they think that I have no morals. I got my morality from my parents, society, The Beatles, and Pink Floyd.. People don’t have to understand me.. I just wish they’d leave me be.

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    Holly [visitor]

    I think that it is not appropriate for Redbox to dictate what movies they will allow people to watch. I think parents should pay more attention to their kids..

    I will still use Redbox.. because who can beat renting a dvd for a dollar?? When i want a rated R movie.. I’ll go to Hastings.. Most stores don’t even check to see if you are under 18 to rent rated R movies..?? I have seen kids that were obviously under 18 rent movies that were rated R plenty of times.. Why is there so much fuss with Redbox.. they won’t even give you the option.. it just sounds stupid to me.. Guide your children, but understand that going against your will is very attractive to them.. Meet your childrens’ friends’ parents. Know what is going on with them.. Don’t try to force the world to live within your narrow views of morality, just because you don’t know how to control your childrens’ behavior.