Has it really been 20 years since the release of DIRTY DANCING?
The occasion is being marked with the release of a 20th anniversary DVD on May 8th.
Fans share their love for the film in a fun USA Today article at the subject link. But I had to shake my head when I read in the article about girls seeing the movie for the first time at ages 5, 8, and 12. The movie, which is rated PG-13, has some very adult themes, including abortion. It's an entertaining movie with some great music and dancing, but a kids' movie it's not.
Unfortunately, I don't think the exposure to this kind of film at a young age is unusual -- I am continually amazed when I hear which films certain of my children's acquaintances have seen. This is just one symptom of a trend to blur the line between childhood and adulthood, prematurely exposing children to adult issues, and I don't think the consequences are good for the children or society in general.