How Young is Too Young for Star Wars?

When one dad couldn't decide if his 7-year-old son was ready, he took to Twitter with his question and ended up getting an answer from Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
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When my kids were little, they watched the movie Jumanji with a babysitter when my husband and I were out, and both of them then proceeded to have nightmares about it for months. Lesson learned. Which is why we now tend to steer pretty clear of any flick we think may even be slightly fear-inducing.

Do the movies in the Star Wars saga fall into that category? That's what one Australian dad of a 7-year-old wanted to know. So he tweeted out his question to pop culture podcast host David Chen.

"With the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi film coming out in December I wanted to ask the question 'When is it appropriate to show these films to kids?'" wrote dad Nathan on Twitter.

It's an interesting question considering so many kids are obsessed with everything Jedi-related. And apparently, Nathan's uncertainty about it first arose after he spied a young child wearing a Darth Vader t-shirt.

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"It got me thinking about who Darth Vader is and how he is a certainly a mass murderer and complicit in mass genocide," Nathan explained. "This is a greatly troubling concept for a young child to be idolizing."

Pretty intense, though he's not wrong. Which is probably why Chen forwarded the inquiry to Rian Johnson, director of the upcoming installment, Last Jedi, in order to get a definitive answer.

"It really depends on the 7-year-old," Johnson wrote in response. "There are intense things in the movie, but I don't think anything worse than in the OT or prequels."

So there you have it, folks.

Of course, other tweeters couldn't wait to weigh in with their own answers to the query:

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The movie opens December 15. And whatever you decide, keep in mind that while The Last Jedi has not yet been officially rated, its predecessor, The Force Awakens, was rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram

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