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With few adults still in the house at RIOC, the beleaguered state agency’s summer movies series rolled out a line up of mostly R-Rated films kids shouldn’t see.

By David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

RIOC’s 2021 Summer Movies Kids Should Not See

In years past, RIOC enhanced community relations, welcoming families to Southpoint Park with movie watching fun for all ages.

But Southpoint’s been sacrificed in a Brooklyn Bridge Park North remodeling that may never end. And the films are now violent and profane, 4 out of 7 R-Rated. There’s plentiful nudity and a man executed by a shot through the back of his head…

Here’s what Common Sense Media says about one, Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop:

“Violence is not pervasive, but when it appears, it’s rendered realistically — fistfights leave marks and gunshots produce blood and/or death. A man is shot and killed in the back of the head at close range. There’s a strip club scene featuring female nudity.”

Ready to bring out the gang for family entertainment?

In 2019, When Grownups Still Managed RIOC

For the record, here’s the poster from 2019 before the pandemic interrupted the series.

Family oriented movies and not an R in the bunch.

This year, RIOC’s overstaffed Communications Team posted a bulleted list, numbingly unaware that packing it with Rs cut off much of the community.

Conclusion

RIOC’s loss of internal control or, more accurately, turning authority over to unqualified amateurs, is serious.

From the brutal mishandling of scarce 4th of July Fireworks tickets to taking over Blackwell House for office space, the state agency, almost daily, confirms itself as the worst group ever overseeing Roosevelt Island.

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