Everyone is buzzing about the release of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra this weekend. Rated PG-13, it promises to be action-packed and full of big battles and violent scenes.

Like Transformers, G.I. Joe is based on a classic kids’ toy. Although older generations who grew up with Transformers and G.I. Joe action figures will undoubtedly flock to the theater to relive a bit of that childhood magic, but what about the little ones who idolize these toys today?

Do you think violent movies based on kids’ toys are a bad idea? Would you take your children to see G.I. Joe or Transformers? Are you concerned that they turn innocent playtime pals into something ominous?

What do you think about violent movies based on kids toys? You tell us!


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  1. Gladys says:

    These movies are just clever gimmicks to attract both kids and parents. Kids because of the action; parents because they may have some sort of familiarity with the GI Joe character. Unfortunately, many parents don’t see the direct connection between the toy and the movie violence. It’s bad enough that GI Joe already comes with a series of weapons designed to harm others, but parents really should be careful before taking their younger children to movies like this.

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  3. Geek says:

    Before the G.I. Joe action figure was the G.I. Joe comic books, before Transformers action figures were Transformers cartoons. The G.I. Joe, or Government Issue Joe, was a comic book based on a group of soldiers who fought to protect the world. No, they didn’t use diplomacy, but they did save the world. Little boys looked up to these fictional characters and so the logical step for the G.I. Joe franchise was to create action figures so that those same little boys could act out their own fights to save mankind. There is nothing wrong with toy men who have guns, or the movies that may, or may not, come from them.

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