Everyone loves Rango! Well, everyone but a group of anti-smoking parents who complain that there’s excessive smoking in the movie that could rub off on kids.
A Sacramento-based anti-smoking organization counted 60 instances of characters smoking in the new animated film, and they expect that kids will start to smoke after seeing it.
"A lot of kids are going to start smoking because of this movie," said Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California-San Francisco.
In defense of the movie, Virginia Lam, a spokeswoman for Paramount (which made Rango) said the title character never smokes. "The images of smoking in the film … are portrayed by supporting characters and are not intended to be celebrated or emulated," she said.
We think the anti-smoking group may have a valid point — maybe Rango should be rated PG-13.
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