Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Here's a story...of a mom and daddy
Who were bringing up a lovely boy and girl
One late night this mom and dad...went to the movies
Where mommy wanted to get all Dirty Harry on some stupid parents' assess...
I guess that doesn't really rhyme, does it? I bet you're wondering what could've possibly inspired me to rewrite Brady Bunch theme song lyrics and dig up an old picture of Clint Eastwood slinging a REALLY big gun. This is in fact, a little tale about an annoying trip to the movies...and my personal plea to all of you to NOT be these parents.
Rewind to a night two weekends ago...The Man and I had the rare occasion to go on a late evening movie date to see the latest Transformers flick. It was a 10:00 PM showing...of a PG-13 movie...so imagine my shock when not one, but THREE parents waltz into the theater with kids, who I can guarantee you were no older than my very own, three year old SweetPea. My first thought was, "Why are these kids still up?", quickly followed by "Why are these parents bringing their kids to see THIS movie?" The Man and I looked at each other and just shook our heads. Once the movie started, I got more and more distressed...this Transformers was racier, filled with much more cussing and violence than the first one...and all I could ask myself is why none of these parents were walking out of the theater with their little ones. Sorry, I take that back, about an hour into it, one of the kids fell asleep (big surprise) and Mom finally had some sense to take the kid out. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that one of the offending families decided to sit right behind us...and we got to hear their poor little guy get tired...then cranky...then start to fidget and later whine about wanting to go home. What does mom do? She smacks him, then tells him to be quiet and to sit still. Enter the Dirty Harry thoughts.
I just don't get it. Trust me, The Man and I are movie buffs and yes, it would be nice to be able to hop right out to the theater any time we wanted to, but the reality is...we have kids...and they come first. It's downright rude to other movie goers and completely thoughtless to your kids to drag them out to a 3 hour movie that isn't age appropriate, regardless of the time of day. The sad thing is, it isn't the first time we've seen this happen. Back when we were a young married couple with no kids, we went to see Saving Private Ryan and who did I find sitting next to me in the theater...some Dad and his seven year old. All through the movie I glanced over to the little guy to see the look of complete horror on his face. What kind of bonehead thinks it's OK to bring a first grader to a graphic reenactment of a World War Two military massacre? The movie gave ME nightmares and a migraine. I can only imagine what it did to this poor kid.
From me to you...PLEASE think before you take your kids out to the movies. Think to yourself...is this movie appropriate...will my kid be able to sit through it...is it something maybe I should see first before taking my kid to see it...will the world be better off if I just wait for it to come out on DVD...will Alyssa turn around and strangle me with her bare hands if I bring my kid to see it some late night? Don't say you haven't been warned!