There are many good reasons to not show your children the Star Wars prequels. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace has Jar Jar Binks; Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones has more Jar Jar and the comically pointless Petranaki arena scene; and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith has one line from Jar Jar and Darth Vader comically screaming, “Noooooo!” Natalie Portman has yet to screen the films for her 5-year-old son, but it has nothing to do with Jar Jar, or Hayden Christensen’s acting.
“He has not [seen the prequels], but he knows about it, of course,” the Oscar-winning actress told Jimmy Kimmel. “It’s kind of a shame because you know when I made it, I was like, ‘This is going to be the coolest thing, one day when I have kids, I can show them.’ And boys of course are obsessed with it and know all about it before they’ve seen it. Then I realized: I die in the movies. I feel like it’s kind of a scary thing to show your kid.” She’s right. Remember what happened to the Sand People, I mean, Tusken Raiders after Anakin found out they tortured his mother? He slaughtered them. Portman’s son would probably do the same thing to every medical droid he could find.
Wait until he watches Black Swan. That’s a different kind of traumatizing.