I grew up in a very strict family when it came to moral issues. I am sure a lot of kids who grew up in the 70s were raised the same way. I think that is one of the reasons I will never forget my first “PG” and “R” rated movies. It was one more step of being more like an adult.
There are only three genres of movies that I was (and still) really into. My favorites are:
1. Fantasy (The sword and sorcery type movies)
2. Science Fiction
My first “PG” movie that I was allowed to go see was “Star Wars”. And I didn’t get to see it the first time around. It was the year after it’s initial release that my parents let me go see it. (That was after they asked others if it was okay for me to view.)
My first “R” rated movie, (and my parents would have never allowed it if they had known) was “Friday the 13th”. I wasn’t scared one bit. Oh, I jumped when there was sudden noise but other than that I loved seeing horror on the big screen.
There were several movies that I went to later that had a special meaning to me and it had nothing to do with the movie itself. I still chuckle when I think about the 2nd “R” rated movie I went to. It was “Outland”, a science fiction movie starring Sean Connery. I still remember going to the ticket booth and they wouldn’t let me buy a ticket because of my age. So I had to go next door to where my mom was shopping and bring her over to the ticket counter. Her words still crack me up today. She said “His father said he could go.” Rofl, I don’t think mom wanted me going to that movie.
Another great memory I have is going to see “Flash Gordon” in 1980. That movie has become one of my favorite movies of all time and it has nothing to do with the movie itself. It’s because my father went to see it with me. You would have to know my dad, movies were not his thing. With that movie, being as cheesy as it was, he probably hated watching 75 percent of it. But if he did hate it, he never said a word.
What where your first “PG” and “R” rated movies? Are there any movies in your childhood that meant a lot to you?