Posted October 08 2006 - 12:44 AM
Well, I saw this yesterday in the Halloween spirit, but I can't begin to properly relay the experience.
No, not because the movie was particularly bad or good (it just kinda was what it was), but because of the number of children at this screening. And when I say children, I'm talking about wee little children.
The problem, of course, started with a babbling baby down front. After one of my friends got an usher to ask the mother to take the baby out (she didn't), and the baby continued to babble so loud it often drowned out the dialogue (not that it was important anyway) another one of my friends ungraciously asked from his seat rather high up the stadium incline to, "take the f***ing baby out."
He had to do this several times.
But, that's not the worst of it. After the movie was over, and the lights came up, we could see that the theater was almost half full with parents and their children. Ages ranging from baby to eight years old! Mind you, this is for "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"!
In the lobby, there was this adorable little girl, no older than eight years old ,dressed in a precious little pink dress sobbing uncontrollably; sobbing to the point that she was close to hyperventillating.
However, instead of consoling his child or possibly apologizing to her for what was obviously one of the worst parental decisions of his life, he approaches us and asks if we were the ones yelling at the children.
"You must not remember what it's like to be a kid," he informs us.
Now, one of my friends is a father of two children, neither of which accompanied us to "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." But, this gentleman before us was actually accusing US, of being insensitive to his children because we felt we should be able to see a movie with extreme violence, language and sex without screaming crying children.
Honestly, I'm a patient person and wasn't all that bothered by the baby. Like I said, the movie wasn't some masterpiece with an intriciate plot where I needed to hear every minute detail. I was far more horrified at the types of parents that would subject their children to it. This movie is an assault on all of your senses, and is actually quite disturbing for me at 33 years old.
To answer that man's question, I replied that I did remember what it was like to be a child, and that my parents would never have taken me to see a film like that at that age.
It's parents like this that made me quit teaching.