WHO WE ARE
We are a small but growing team of reviewers who are not affiliated with any political, social or religious group thus assuring that we'll provide unbiased reviews. By doing so, we allow parents and others to decide whether a movie, video or DVD is appropriate for them and/or their kids based on THEIR values.
We started this service after so many parents asked whether certain movies would be okay for their children. At the time I was attending movies to study them for screenwriting purposes, and paid little attention to that issue. After checking around, however, I found that there wasn't a way for parents to find out about the content in movies or videos (especially in an unbiased way), and that most didn't trust the MPAA ratings (G, PG, etc...).
Thus, Screen It! was created and has been in service since March 1996 and on-line since July 1996.
According to Google Analytics, 162,928 Absolute Unique Visitors have used our site in the past month.
A paid subscriber edition of the site was revealed in 2004 for viewers desiring immediate access -- in an ad-free environment -- to our reviews on the day of movie and DVD releases. Since then, tens of thousands of people have signed up.
Screen It! was created to give parents a way to access the content of popular entertainment their kids are exposed to. It is not intended as censorship. Rather, it is designed to allow Hollywood and independent filmmakers to continue to produce movies, videos and DVDs while informing parents of the content in them. Some people argue over the moral quality of films while others want to ban certain releases that contain material that particularly offends them.
That is censorship, and it's not right for others to decide what you or your children can see. That decision lies with you. Until now, however, there was no way for parents to find out about the content of movies, videos, or DVDs. For movies, the MPAA rating (G, PG, etc...) is a start, but offers just a one line, generalized description of the "offending" material. A few newsletters here and there offer a little more information, but are usually biased or are lacking in detailed content listings.
That's why we created Screen It!. An unbiased, easy to use, yet heavily detailed and complete look at popular entertainment your kids might see, rent, or buy. And this applies to kids from one to seventeen. We offer detailed content listing in many categories for every movie and video we review. Each category is then assigned a rating that summarizes the quantity and degree of the content.
People sometimes disagree with a rating we give a particular title's category. For instance, "Star Wars" received an "extreme" in "Violence." While many would argue that the film isn't that violent, especially compared to say, slasher films, thousands if not millions of people are killed in it. Violence being violence, we gave that category the "extreme" rating, but marked it with an asterisk to note that it's not as severe or explicit as other "extreme" ratings for different films.
categories of content found in the movie/video and how each has been rated rated. Each category heading in the table is linked to the complete scene by scene listing of that category. Clicking on the category headings will toggle you back and forth between the table and the listings. Alternately, you can scroll through the listings as they appear.
Below the table you'll find several helpful listings:
A one line description of the story.
A more detailed look at the plot.
What might draw kids to a film.
The actual stated reasons of the MPAA for giving a title its rating.
This explains whether the main characters would be good or bad role models for kids.
Information made available by the folks at the Internet Movie Database.
What we thought of the movie (without considering the objectionable content).
A summary that highlights the "bad stuff" in the movie/video.
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