Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dark Knight for one little girl

My husband and I went to see Dark Knight last weekend, and just as we were settling in, a family walked in and sat down behind us. Mom, Dad, little girl-- maybe 6 or 7. I was stunned. I had a really hard time enjoying the movie, because every time I winced at the gore and violence on the screen (disappearing pencil, anyone??) I turned around in disbelief that there was a little girl behind me and her parents were sanctioning her viewing it.

What were you thinking?? You should be ashamed of yourselves. If you cannot afford a babysitter, either go see a G rated movie or rent from Netflix and wait until the kids go to bed. How selfish are you that you take your child to a movie like that? Nightmares, night terrors, anxiety, bedwetting, clingy behavior, that's what you can expect. Your child's brain is still forming, still developing, still thinking the world revolves around them at that age. They are immersed in the fantasy world, and cannot differentiate fantasy from reality. The Joker is as real to them as the librarian.

Be a parent. Do what's best for your child, not what makes your life easier.


class factotum said...

Amen! I had nightmares from Oliver Twist.

My parents took us to see Papillon when I was about 8. After three minutes, they grabbed our hands and yanked us out of the theater. I guess they hadn't done the research before we went, but it didn't take them long to realize that this was not a children's movie.

Contrast that to the seven kids sitting behind my former boyfriend and me when we saw Kill Bill. The oldest was 12. No adult. The youngest two were five. They were fidgeting and talking and I finally told them to shush, which was when the oldest, with considerable attitude, told me that they had just as much right to be there as we did.

Oh no you don't missy, I told her. Then I got the manager and had them removed from the auditorium. I guess their mother had given them $50 and dropped them off at the ticket desk. That's great parenting.

Anonymous said...

My friends make fun of me.... But this is the same reason that to this day I am afraid of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. .... Bad children who "get what's coming to them".... Nightmares for years and I still can't hear the oompah loompah song without getting a knot in my stomach.

MeanMommyDoc said...

It took me years to be able to watch Wizard of Oz without cringing!

Anonymous said...

I felt the same way when a whole family came in to see "Saving Private Ryan." That beginning sequence was really hard for me. The 4-year-old sitting next to me? I have no idea what was going through her head.

MeanMommyDoc said...

I'm sure that 4 year old had nightmares for a long time after that. That is just selfish, selfish behavior.