The PC Patrol

Last night, after a long weekend of rain and yucky weather, I decided to miss the first few innings of the World Series and go to the local theater to catch a movie. As usual I visited the theater’s website to peruse the particulars. The movie was Amelia starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere.

To get the specifics on the movie itself the site has a link to Fandango, a national site providing a brief description of the actors, director, plotline, rating, etc. Alongside the rating was included the following: Some sensuality, language, thematic elements, and smoking. Oh my gosh, a movie that takes place in the 20’s and 30’s has people smoking…horrors! And worse, I need to be warned about it! Can secondhand smoke now affect us from the movie screen or TV set ? Are children who view the movie going to start smoking ? What about the inventory of other crap shown in movies that doesn’t quite set the right example ? Am I going to want to go out and walk a mile for a camel ? Does this mean we need a warning on the hundreds of wonderful classic movies that include smoking ?

And smoking is legal.


  1. On the other hand, if you were a parent wanting to preview a movie, you might welcome the information about content. You might then have the discussion about smoking having been ubiquitous before people knew about the ill effects. (Kids don’t know that everyone smoked in the 30’s.) And if you operated a movie information site like Fandango, you might be trying to compete with sites like Common Sense Media that do provide that sort of information for parents–along with details on the inventory you mentioned.

  2. Randy in Richmond says:

    I don’t consider smoking to be content.