postlet #13

Attention parents!

I don't care if it's a kids' movie.... if your kid can't stay quiet and pay attention, or if he can't follow the movie without asking numerous loud questions, you have no business bringing him to a public theater.
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14 Response to "postlet #13"

  1. David Bishop says:
    June 9, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    This is really the only reason I'm reluctant to see family movies in theaters. My most memorable "Kid shut up!" experience came when I saw Batman Begins in the theater. It's rated PG-13, and the ads didn't hide the fact that his would be a darker more realistic batman, so there's no reason a parent should be taking their 6 year old if they're gonna cry every time a bat pops out suddenly.

  2. David Bishop says:
    June 9, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Also, what's this bringing 'him' nonsense? All women are sexist.

  3. Fox says:
    June 9, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Hee hee! Nayana, I like your the militant respect you have for movie etiquette. Truly, I do. If I ever open a theater I would like to hire you as a monitor.

    However, I gotta disagree on this area. Kids movies are movies when I give talking people a break. Maybe it's b/c I take my niece to see things and I understand it's hard to keep saying "shh!" to the kid, but I also am a pushover and want to help my niece fully enjoy the film.

    That said... if I ever bring my niece to a theater near you, I will respectfully move 5 rows back from the center seat. :)

  4. Nayana Anthony says:
    June 10, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    David... this particular kid was male. All men make rash assumptions.

    Fox... I totally get where you're coming from. But when I was a kid, after the third loud question, I would have been carried out of the theater, and my dad would have explained (again) about why we stay quiet in the movie theater. When I was calm, and understood, I would have been brought back in. The kid's enjoyment is not more important than the enjoyment of others. This lady was being half-hearted at best.

    But you and your niece have to sit right next to me! I'm sure she's much more well-behaved.

  5. ReelNinja.com says:
    June 10, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    I agree with Nayana on that one.

  6. Dad Says:
    June 11, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    heh heh.....and you always wondered why I waited to see the new Star Wars movies when they came out on DVD instead of seeing them on the Big Screen? It's because in the tranquility of my nice digs, I don't have the ten year old narrator who's already seen the flick seven times spoiling each scene just before it pops up, complete with detailed zoological commentary on Naboo sea monsters.

    You go, little girl! While you're at it, let's come out against the Pepsi Spillers who make my feet stick to the floor in most every movie house I've ever been in. Except, of course, your art theater where we saw Juno. btw I saw it a second time with Stepmommy and it wasn't as ordinary.

  7. Nayana Anthony says:
    June 11, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    I love my dad.

  8. Rachel says:
    June 12, 2008 at 12:03 AM

    I agree Nayana. When I saw Prince Caspian at 9:30 p.m. with my husband, I assumed we were missing the kiddie crowd. I was WRONG! The row in front of us was full of kids with maybe 3 adults supervising 15 kids. And this was on a Sunday night before school was out for summer. The first half of the film they all misbehaved. Peace finally came when they all fell asleep about halfway through.

    When we went to Happy Feet, we had the awful surprise of not the children misbehaving, but their adult chaperones talking through the entire movie. You just can't win in a family movie audience.

  9. Nayana Anthony says:
    June 12, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    People can be very disrespectful. And then if you dare to even turn your head to look at them, not saying a word, you are suddenly the jerk.

    I wish theaters would spend more energy enforcing, instead of merely suggesting, common respect.

  10. David Bishop says:
    June 12, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    During my Prince Caspian viewing experience I had a couple teenagers who were compelled to mock every single thing about the movie. I can assure you that if it wasn't for my Christian faith, there would have been blood. Fortunately, there was no mention of the Vulcan Death Grip in the Bible.

  11. Nayana Anthony says:
    June 12, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    David... seriously, dude. You just made me laugh out loud. I'm sitting in my office... at work... people are staring.

    It's funny because I can so picture you nonchalantly reaching out...

  12. Anonymous Says:
    June 15, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Maybe if any of you morons actually had YOUR OWN children you would realize that DISNEY is making ANIMATED movies for KIDS. I know who would have guessed that that was the target audience, but it is. If you dont like it stop going to CHILDRENS movies. I bring my small children to only animated movies with the expectation that other CHILDREN will be there and that PARENTS get the fact that asking questions is part of the growth and development of THEIR BRAINS.

  13. Nayana Anthony says:
    June 16, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Dearest Anonymous Poster,

    Please refrain from flaming on my blog. I absolutely respect your right to have a different opinion, but I maintain that the child's enjoyment of the movie is no more important than the other moviegoers (including the other, well-behaved children).

    You are welcome to disagree, but please do so in a civilized manner. Your angry use of ALL CAPS, as well as your refusal to identify yourself, reveals more about you than your comment.

  14. Nayana Anthony says:
    June 16, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Fair warning: future anonymous flames will be summarily deleted.

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