Sunday, October 16, 2005

Imbeciles at the movies

What are they thinking? This Chicago Sun Times reporter says that at a recent showing of "40 Year Old Virgin," she sat near two women who brought three little girls, about 3, 6, and 8. The American Academy of Pediatrics says (and any person with an IQ over 30 knows) that what children see has an impact on them. And even children know when the adults in their lives do not care enough to protect them from inappropriate material. John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners says that theaters have actually been sued for trying to stop parents from taking their children to movies with mature material. I almost always see underage children at the R-rated movies I attend. Before a screening of "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," I told the woman sitting next to me with her 10 year old daughter that it was a very violent movie. "Oh, she's not going to like that!" the mother said brightly, but made no move to leave. The reporter says that the next time she sees young children at an inappropriate movie she will complain to the management. I hope she does, and writes about the result.

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