LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Parents, please observe movie ratings

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 05:01 PM.

Dear editor,

R stands for restricted. Children under 17 require an accompanying parent or adult guardian.

An R-rated motion picture, in the view of the Motion Picture Association of America, contains some adult material.

An R-rated motion picture may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously.

Generally, it is inappropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.

Just because children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian, it doesn't mean they should if accompanied by one.

I saw at least six under 5-year-olds at the Marquis this weekend at one showing of "300."

Very bloody, very gory — complete with sex scene.

I'm sure they were taken to learn the history instead of being with a sitter.

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