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May 18, 2008



I have heard from many students that it's a great movie. However, I don't always trust what the teenagers say!


How old is Pete? My husband and I saw Iron Man last week - we loved it, but we decided that my stepson (age 8) shouldn't see it yet, for the same reasons you mentioned. However, he took my 13-year-old stepdaughter to see it yesterday. (He and the boy saw Speed Racer today. Better them than me.)


I won't go. I don't think anyone - child or adult - should find entertainment in "torture and terrorism and mass murder, all perpetrated by real humans, not fantasy superheroes".


I should have made myself clearer: The "real" violence was not at all gratuitous. It was all perpetrated by very obvious "bad guys" -- terrorists in Afghanistan who had gotten their hands on American weapons. Downey, who plays the owner of the weapons manufacturing company, sees the error of his ways and vows to stop producing weapons that will end up killing the very people he imagined he'd been protecting all this years (innocent civilians, American soldiers). The message is made very clear in the movie -- I just didn't relay it well!

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