A Couple Nights Ago:
11:30 pm. I'm at a post-show cast party. Brainyboy (v10.05)'s at a friend's house spending the night. Laura's in bed, half-asleep.
Laura: BB? What's wrong?
BB: Um. Nothing. Um, I was wondering...my friend and I were wanting to watch "Men in Black II" but I wanted to check with you to see if it was ok to watch it. It's rated PG-13...
Laura: (fumbling through the fog, at once relieved that there's nothing wrong) Ok, read me what it says on the DVD case about the rating...
BB: Um...mild language and sci-fi violence.
Laura: (thinking it over) Ok, son, it's ok for you to watch it...thanks for checking with us...
How many 10-yr-old kids would call home to ask their mom if they could watch a movie they know we might find questionable?
(Michael poses some related questions having to do with movie ratings...)
Guess we're doing something right.