Should they be watching that?

It was the moment when Penguin bites off that guy’s nose — and blood rushes down his face — that I wondered if maybe Batman Returns was not a suitable film for our children, who are six and four.

OK, that’s not entirely true. I knew it wasn’t the best choice, but only by modern parenting standards. My sister and I grew up watching the original four Batman movies — two Keatons, a Kilmer and a Clooney. We loved them, and I knew my kids would love them, too.

I remembered the nose-biting scene just in time, and told the kids to close their eyes right before it happened. Other than that, it was a very nice movie night. We went on to watch the other two — “We need to watch them in order,” our very orderly six-year-old insisted — over the next two Fridays …

Continue reading in my weekly parenting column, The Mom Scene …

So what do you think?

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