>Raising an even more inconsiderate generation

>Tim and I went to the movies on Sunday. We saw “Superman Returns”, in its third week of release, so maybe it won’t be too crowded. Eh-n-n-n-n, try again.

The good thing was, we didn’t notice anyone make or receive a cell phone call during the movie. That’s a first for the Rave Theatre. Unfortunately, a couple of people brought small children, I’m talking like 3 years old, to see this PG-13 movie. This long PG-13 movie. The one directly in front of us talked almost continuously.

If I went to see a movie aimed at little kids, I would expect to see little kids in the theatre. But come on, people! The least you could do is get up and take the child outside. The family in front of us, the dad completely ignored the child. The mom shushed him a few times.

You have to understand, your life is different once you have children. Every generation, people develop a deeper belief that they can always do the things they want to do, and if they annoy you, well that’s your problem. Sorry, that’s not the way it works.

It is not my problem that I forked over $14 in the expectation of actually being able to hear the dialogue, music, and sound effects in the film. I expect to be able to watch the movie and think about the movie, not watch the movie while simultaneously wondering why idiot parents brought a 3-year-old to a movie designed for teens and adults.

You need to have consideration for other people around you. If your child is typically quiet and you decide to take him or her to a totally inappropriate movie, and the child starts making noise, take it outside. Ask for your money back if you’re not that far into the movie. Heck, if the movie’s just about over, it won’t hurt to ask. The theatre folks may be impressed enough at your consideration of others, they’ll still give you free passes.

If you lose yor money, maybe you’ll think twice next time. Teach your kids to be quiet while watching a DVD at home. Train them to appreciate the movie and be considerate of others. Then maybe when they’re parents, they’ll teach their own children to have common sense.

About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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