The Passion

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As Mid-Michigan flocks to the theaters for the opening of the movie The Passion of the Christ, many questions remain about the film content.

Not only is its religious account under heavy scrutiny, but so is the graphic nature.

Parents that have gone to the movie with their 13 and 14-year-olds say it helps if the kids know and understand the story. They also stress letting a child see an "R" rated movie is a movie by movie, child by child, case by case decision.

MSU Law Professor Kevin Saunders has not seen the movie, but says the movie deserves an "R" rating because it brings parents into the decision making process. He also says the story of the last 12 hours of Jesus' life has great value.

Parents say they don't know if the movie is appropriate for kids under the age of 12. It all depends on the maturity level of each child.