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Chasing Mavericks - How A PG Rated Movie Caused A Late Night Discussion With My Tween Girl
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Chasing Mavericks  -  How A PG Rated Movie Caused A Late Night Discussion With My Tween Girl

Last night after we put the baby to bed, we decided to grab some much needed time with "The Tween" and watch a movie. After a few minutes of looking we chose Chasing Mavericks. Partly because Gerard Butler was in it, partly because I was sick of searching, but mostly because it was rated PG.

As a disclaimer, I have a very sensitive 12 year old girl. I try to go with movies that aren't too deep or overwhelming, especially before bedtime! I figured this PG movie was going to be a "hole in one". Should have done my research!

The movie was pretty good as far as PG movies go. Had some themes that we could all related to; peer pressure, love, family issues, some death of a loved one (but not too dramatic). It was feel good and empowering. Until, the end......I think it should be a rule that PG rated movies always have a happy ending. I know, some people at this point are screaming, "life isn't always about happy endings". I agree, but when I am watching a movie with my 12 year old, I need to know ahead of time whether I need to allot extra time in the evening for "conversations" regarding new lessons. PG movies must have singing, dancing and kissing at the end to be fair to parents!

Back to the part where I should have done my research. Chasing Mavericks is a movie about the very short life of Jay Moriarity. A fact I somehow missed when choosing. At the very end of the movie, they have a blip that mentions his name....it was at this point that I got that sinking feeling in my stomach. "Sh*t, I'm pretty sure that man died before he hit 25."

So, now I have to choose:

1) Shut the movie off now while the going is good...or

2) Just let her finish it and hope for the best.

I go with the latter because I know she will question why I am shutting it off and I don't want to have to pull the "mama" card and have the whole night end with me "being mean."

As I am sitting there on pins and needles the movie finishes and I look over and I can see it all over her face. "That was a terrible ending...why would they make a movie about that." She has tears threatening to overflow at this point.

"I have to make this stop now!" I'm thinking to myself

Ergo....time to come up with the most positive spin I can find......I rack my brain.

Here's what I know, Jay Moriarity was an amazing surfer. From the movie it seemed that he channeled the emotions and disappointments he faced through his love of the ocean. His link to nature and his respect for it was what got him through life. I also know that he drowned at the age of 22 while deep sea diving.

Needless to say, I spent the next 25 minutes (it's 11pm) comforting my distraught daughter. I explained to her that although he died young and didn't get to experience the joys of being a father or grandfather, he died doing what he loved and what gave him comfort and joy in the life he was living. How we must remember that we never know when our time will come and that our lives will be over. That it is so important to live without regret for things we have done or for the things we never tried, that we must live as if everyday were our last. Try our hardest each day and be able to fall asleep each night with a clear conscience and happy heart.

In the end, I will say that Chasing Mavericks was a movie that I feel betrayed me as a parent with its PG rating. However, it was a movie that helped me to teach my child a concept that I would not have been able to explain. She had to view it in order to understand the magnitude of how precious each day of our life is.


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Ivy Glenn  

Love this. Like turning lemons into lemonade!

Reply
  about 7 years ago

Hey, I`m 22! I still don`t feel like my life has been worthwhile either. IMO everyone's life is different. Being shorter than average doesn`t make it sad. I`d hate to have to explain that to my(maybe one day) daughter though...

Reply
  about 7 years ago
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