We picked up the Indiana Jones trilogy a while back. The boys had seen some YouTube clips, it was on sale, yadda yadda.
We watched the first one together a few weeks ago. Pretty intense, some scary parts, some bits above the boys' heads, but overall they liked it very much. I was left thinking "maybe we should have waited another year or two, but it didn't seem to do them any harm and they liked it".
Then we got around to the second movie, which I hadn't ever seen.
First time I've ever stopped a movie. (About halfway in, just before the big temple scene.) The boys weren't scared -- yet -- but I could see where it was going. And they'd already spent a lot of time being either bored or baffled.
Wow, what a bad movie. Just... awful in all sorts of ways. (Including some distinctive George Lucas badness: crappy pacing and mistaking slapstick for humor.) The screenwriters were the folks who gave us Howard the Duck and Radioland Murders. The one female character is a protracted exercise in directorial misogyny: she's a relentlessly stupid, shrill, shallow, annoying, useless little tramp. (In which context, it's worth noting that both Speilberg and Lucas were just coming off of ugly divorces.) The scary bits aren't scary; they're just yuck-outs. The dinner scene is stupid. The seduction scene is awful beyond belief and stupid. And, yeah, the depiction of India is, if not "racist" -- can you use that term on a subcontinent? -- just an ugly collection of bad stereotypes.
The hell of it is, because it's a 1984 movie based on 1930s pulp I'd be willing to cut them a huge amount of slack. It's running on a classic "what these people need is a honky" plot? No problem, let's run with it. Cute kid sidekick with comically bad English? Sure, why not. British Empire troops to the rescue at the end? Heck yeah.
But this was just... bad. It's like the difference between The Empire Strikes Back and The Phantom Menace. Except that Menace at least had one pretty good fight scene.
But anyway: mistake on our part. If the boys cry for more Indiana Jones, I'll rerun the first one. But more care from here on out.