July 18, 2011
How Cheap Can You Be?
Now I will openly admit to not being the most frugal person on the earth. At the same time I can be pretty tight with my money. However there are times when no matter how cheap I may be, even I would break down and pay for a babysitter. So can someone please tell me when the tides turned and it became acceptable to bring babies to the movies????
Once again I have sat in a major block buster movie and have had to endure the cries of a baby. Now if I was watching the latest Disney or DreamWorks hit (and we all know I do go to them) not only do I expect to hear noisy kids I feel cheated if I don’t hear them laughing and reacting throughout the movie. In fact one of my favorite movie experiences was during Disney’s Brother Bear; having seen the commercial a million times all the kids in the audience chimed in when the bear said his name (this is the scene in different languages LOL)
So today we went to see Harry Potter. This is a two and a half hour movie and is rated pg-13. At our theatre you can see any movie Mon – Thurs before 6 pm for $5.oo ~what a bargain!. The movie was getting ready to start, all the previews are done and in walks a couple carrying an infant. No stroller no car seat just them and their baby. I don’t care how well you plan nap time, we all know that baby is going to wake up during the movie and make his presence known. And of course it will be during a subdued emotional moment. Well our baby today did this not one but three times. So in the safety of darkness, and really tall stadium seating, I called out~~ Get a babysitter!! What!?! I’m never going to see these people again, and they don’t know who said it.
But come on, think about it. You’d need a babysitter for what 3 maybe 3.5 hours. Most teens would be happy with $20- $25 for that. If you give up the movie popcorn and drink combo and that’s almost their entire fee right there. You only paid $10 for the movies. Can't afford a babysitter? Then take turns and go with friends...... see simple solutions.
I just don’t understand the whole thought process. Yes it’s Harry Potter. Sure you want to see it the first week. But why do you feel that somehow your personal
needs wants are so important that who cares if your child ruins the movie for others. UGGHH
We were in Orlando when Avatar came out and the kids had to see it in 3D. I think Michael almost died when we shelled out $75 for our 5 tickets. Well just before the movie starts in walks a man with 2 children and a third in a stroller. That’s right a stroller. Now I’ll give him credit he sat down “out of the way” but REALLY?? Avatar, a three hour movie, a PG-13 close to R rated movie, is not the place for little kids. While he did his best to soothe them, walking a stroller back and forth during a movie….not cool. I did complain to the management and we were issued free passes for another movie; which made Michael happy as he felt that he had paid $75 for 2 movies.
And while I'm on the subject if the movie is rated pg-13 or R why do you even have young elementary aged kids in there??? It blows my mind that parents then get upset that their precious kiddies just heard a few F bombs or saw nudity. You may have grown up watching Land of the Lost but I’m guessing the movie version really isn’t what you remembered from Saturday mornings~ Nor is it something your 8 year old needs to see. People do your homework and find out why a movie has a PG-13 rating!
So here’s my royal world view on movies…..
IF you can’t afford a babysitter and the movie isn’t rated G…..STAY HOME with your baby!!!!! We’ve all been there. Sacrifices are simply part of parenting. Let’s be honest, it isn’t rainbows and unicorns all the time. Just be thankful most movies come out on DVD a few months after they’ve hit the theatres so you won’t have to wait long. Plus microwave popcorn is sooo much better.