Over the weekend my husband and my cousin and a friend and I all went to see The Five-Year Engagement. It lagged a little but it was very funny and a bit over-the-top gross! But in a good way! To say the least it was a very adult movie! When we walked into the theater we actually thought we had entered the wrong room because all along the front row were 13-15 year old kids as well as two kids under the age of 7 or 8. So we are talking about jr. high and elementary school age children. We went into this movie knowing that it was going to be a little raunchy because we saw that it was written by Jason Segel and had heard it compared to another movie he was in as well as wrote called Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

We reassured ourselves we were in-fact in the correct theater and then spent the entire previews trying to figure out why these kids were all sitting in the same movie we were about to see. I whipped out my handy-dandy smart phone and went to IMDB.com and checked the Parents Guide provided by the website about the movie rating and what exactly is in the movie that caused it to get the rating it got. R is the rating by the way.

Here is what is written in the Parents Guide on IMDB.com about The Five-Year Engagement:

Sex & Nudity

Several graphic sex scenes also several implied sex scenes

One scene involving male rear nudity ( non sexual )

Two references to condoms/safe sex

Several running jokes involving sex

Violence & Gore

A man shoots a dear execution style while hunting

A woman gets shot with a crossbow accidentally


Nonstop graphic language including sexual jokes and terms


One characters admits to being an alcoholic

Several scenes take place at bars and parties

Frightening/Intense Scenes

A little child accidentally shoots her aunt with a crossbow and the entire event and aftermath is shown onscreen which may be disturbing for some viewers. It is later joked about in a  funny manner.


Honestly, for me as a parent even if none of the things listed above were not in the movie I still wouldn’t let my kids watch it because it deals with adult relationships and they are just kids and don’t need to start thinking in such an adult manner when it comes to their relationships with their peers. However, even just the first item in the list keeps them from being allowed to see the movie until they are well into high school (like I’m talking senior year here!)!

What I haven’t told you yet is that at the beginning of the line of kids in the theater was a woman that I would put somewhere in her late 30’s early 40’s. She was clearly the mother of the two younger kids and I would assume the mother of at least on of the teenie-boppers. It took everything in me, as well as some reminders from my cousin that they aren’t my kids, to not confront this woman about her obvious mistake in chaperoning these kids and bringing her little ones to see this movie. But my cousin was right, they aren’t my kids. The thing that really scares me is that there are parents like this all over the place that don’t care what their children are watching or think that because they are present for it that its ok. And those kids are in school everyday interacting with my kids! Even in my sorted childhood I did not watch things that were inappropriate until I was of an age of understanding. I knew every word to the soundtracks for both Animal House and The Blues Brothers for easily a decade before I was allowed to see the movies!

I, of course, cannot stress enough how important parenting is. Bringing children into the world and feeding and clothing them is not nearly enough and that is certainly not parenting as far as I’m concerned. Thefreedictionary.com defines parenting as “The rearing of a child or children, especially the care, love, and guidance given by a parent.” I believe this is an accurate definition and I think the word guidance should be bold and underlined!

Just this morning I found a picture posted by a friend on facebook that was perfect:

This picture says so much! If your 13 year old comes to you asking to see a movie check the rating and make use of the resources at our fingertips today. It took me 30 seconds to find a list of reasons why anyone under 17 or 18 should never see The Five-Year Engagement!

Be a parent not a friend. Say no!