Friday, January 2, 2009

One Mom To Another


You know, it's been a while since I've got on and ranted about something that really ticks me off. So..... Yay! Rant time!

People:

....or rather,

Parents:

I don't care if a movie is rated PG. I don't care if it's dark in the theater. I don't care if you paid $8 to see this movie. I don't care if you're sitting in the front 3 rows. I don't care if it's a Tuesday night. IF YOUR BABY IS CRYING DURING THE MOVIE, TAKE HIM OUT!!!! For Pete's sake, no one else wants to hear your baby fuss and cry. WE all paid $8 to see the movie, too. In fact, why not GET A FREAKING BABYSITTER?! WE all paid for babysitters. Do you think I am paying my babysitter $5/hour so I can come to the movie and listen to YOUR baby cry? Well, I'm not. And yes, we CAN hear your baby (in case you are somehow deluding yourself into thinking that the movie is drowning little Johnny out). And yes, he IS disturbing us and ruining our evening out (in case you are somehow deluding yourself into thinking that everyone else LIKES the sound of Johnny's cries). I do realize that paying a babysitter is expensive. But it is just plain discourteous to everyone else to think that the hard earned money they spend for a peaceful night out is less valuable than the hard-earned money you spend for a night out (which isn't even a peaceful one because of precious Little Johnny). so let me make a few suggestions to you: 1) Rent a movie. Put your kids to bed and enjoy it in peace and quiet. Cost - $5. 2) Swap babysitting nights with a friend or neighbor so no money need be paid out. Cost - free. 3) Go to a matinee when everyone else there has little kids too. Cost - less than an evening show. 4) If your baby is fussing and crying and bugging everyone, take him out to the lobby. If this means missing too much of the movie, get rain checks and come back to see the movie another time. Without the baby. Cost - only the cost of gas to drive back another day. 5) Save up for another week so you can afford the movie AND the babysitter. Cost - yes, more than not paying for a babysitter. But the appreciation of everyone around you at the movie will be.... priceless.




This narrative was inspired by real events, involving real people and real movie theaters. Any similarity to people real or fictional is intended. Incidentally, Bedtime Stories is really cute. The part that I could hear, at least.

14 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Amen, amen, amen!

I once almost lost a friendship over this subject. I feel the same way you do, and I had a friend who didn't have kids, but had a lot of nieces and nephews who said that parents need to get out too. That's fine, but it's not fair to subject me to your crying child. I know a lot of people who manage to see movies without their children.

I was in a movie once where some parents happened to have to sit in the middle of the row because it was sold out. They took the baby out the first two time, but the third time, they decided to just let the baby cry it out. It was probably only 45 seconds, but it felt like an eternity! Someone finally yelled from the top of the theater, "Take the baby out!!"

The mom hurried out after that. I did feel sort of bad for her, but really.

Melissa said...

Well said and I couldn't agree more!! We never even ventured to movies until the boys were old enough to sit quietly and respectfully. Until then, Hollywood video and us, well, let's just say I think I own stock.

Karyn said...

i tagged you on a little tag.


i want to see bedtime stories... eventually.

L. said...

Amen and Amen! How true! Tell it like it is, girl!

L.

Holly said...

AMEN! We took Chayce to movies when he was young, but he never cried, and I would NEVER take him now that he doesnt sleep all the time. I cannot for the life of me understand why people do that!

Get a life people!

tammy said...

Totally agree. We saw that movie yesterday. Luckily there were no crying babies or I'd be posting about the same thing.

Chelsea said...

I could not agree more with this. And I have to say, of all the places I've been to movies, Utah is the only one where I've seen this happen regularly. Maybe there's such a thing as *too* "family friendly"?

Kenny and Kelli Ray said...

One of us should have said, "take your baby out." I was so close. I think the only thing worse than a crying child in the theater is the man and woman who talk during the whole movie..."what did he just say?" "I don't know...I couldn't hear either." and the person who consistently kicks your chair the entire movie, although you've turned around and glared several times, and even slammed your back into the back of your chair in hopes that it would move their foot enough for them to realize, hey, maybe I shouldn't kick the back of their chair. It also really bothers me when I can hear people unwrapping a million pieces of candy, chomping on their ice, or loudly rustling their popcorn bag...maybe I should watch movies at home! But then I would miss out on that HUGE screen, the delicious buttery popcorn, and a 32oz. diet coke.

tiburon said...

Couldn't agree with you more. In fact once I actually yelled "GET A FREAKING BABYSITTER NEXT TIME!!!"

Really chaps my hide!

jennie w. said...

Oh Utah, how I don't miss you.

Jeanette said...

I totally agree! John and I go and see movies as often as we can and we always get a babysitter. I am proud to say that I have NEVER taken a baby to the movies. Taking a baby breaks a major movie rule!

MiaKatia said...

I can honestly say this has never happened to me... because we never go to the theater. But I can assure you it would bother me if it did happen.

Sara said...

I'm totally with you Ari, the movie theatre is no place for a baby!

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