Parents Lacking Theater Movie Common Sense

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This post is a while in the making and I am normally not judgmental especially in how people raise their children.  Raising a child is beyond difficult and there is so many difficult choices and decisions and ways to handle the countless scenario’s that come with child rearing.

That being said, I do seem to think there is a decay of common sense on what parents should and should not do.

Again, here I don’t know if I am being unfairly judgmental but when going to a movie theater to see a rated R film I would think twice about bringing kids between the ages of 2 and 8 years old with me.

My wife and I went to see Horrible Bosses a few weeks ago which is an R rated comedy, while in the theater some family had brought a baby and a little girl maybe 3 years old.  She was uncomfortable and even the preview for “Contagion” scared her so much she visible hid her eyes and said something about it.  When the movie started there was an enormous amount of foul language, and adult content in the film.  The girl was constantly covering her eyes at certain scenes and even asked her parents to leave at some point.

I felt uncomfortable in the theater watching the movie with my wife while a 3 year old little girl was there and clearly miserable while her parents were just laughing and enjoying the film as if her kids weren’t there.  Maybe the baby is too young to know anything, but I would have at least turned the baby so it can’t see the screen.

Regardless, I think if you want to take your companion out to an R rated movie, find the time to have a sitter, or if you can’t wait for the movie to come out on DVD and watch it when the little ones are sleeping.  I may be old fashioned but it seems just purely wrong to subject the youngest of kids to such movies.  I can see 13+ years old, I mean when I was a young teen I snuck into horror movies and we watched Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elmstreet…etc.

Do you think I am just being too picky and judgmental here?

-Justin Germino

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Updated: August 25, 2011 — 5:26 pm