When I was ten or eleven, my mother took my brother and me to see Universal Soldier in the movie theater, at my brother’s request.
For those of you unfamiliar with this specimen of early-90s cinematic glory, here are some fun facts:
- It is rated R.
- It involves a terrorist plot … at the Hoover Dam.
- It stars not only Jean-Claude Van Damme, but also Dolph Lundgren (psst- you should totally check out that link to Mr. Lundgren’s personal site, because it is DELIGHTFUL).
If you are playing along at home, I’ve just given you at least four reasons why you should not let a child see this movie. But let’s not judge my mother, because she really did her best, and (despite being totally desensitized to violence and suffering a crippling fear of most national parks) I turned out okay.
Please consider this the next time you can’t find a babysitter and really want to see a low-budget action flick. Your kid will probably be fine! He or she may even grow up to be an unemployed travel blogger!