Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Moms: Why bring small children to 'You're Next'?

Just a handful of questions:


1) Which parts of this R-rated horror film did you think they'd enjoy most? The scenes were people were slain graphically with machetes and arrows from a crossbow? The segment where a grizzled older man rolls off a bored student after grunting through sex, and she walks around with her shirt open for a while? Maybe the ones where people curse like drunken sailors who have just been mugged in an alley?

2) Could you really not afford a caretaker? I know they don't work for pizza any more, but was two hours' worth of babysitting beyond your budget?

3) I realize that, to some degree, your attendance was the distributor's fault: Lionsgate should have insisted that no one under 12 be admitted for any reason, and you should have been sent home or shunted over to another movie. But do you really think no harm was done by exposing your elementary schoolers -- the two kids I saw were little girls -- to savage images of slaughter?

4) Are you this neglectful and inept in all aspects of motherhood? If so, when your kids' moral fiber is as thin as a communion wafer someday, you may wonder how the heck they turned out so badly. The answer will be looking back at you from the mirror.

13 comments:

Wiley Coyote said...

You're just now having a revelation about lousy parents?

The level of what people/parents find acceptable has been lowered so much over the years, the bar has been laying on the ground for years.

This is nothing new.

Dorne said...

sorry you had to sit through that crap, larry- sorry it's even made. next time find out who the heck they are and send DSS to take their kids away- they don't
deserve to be parents

Lawrence Toppman said...

Almost nothing is "new" in popular culture, Wiley. This was an example so obscene I felt compelled to comment, as it exceeded any other bad parenting decision I've seen at a movie theater in a long, long time.

Matt said...

I went to a 10:00 screening of Zack Snyder's remake of Dawn of the Dead a few years ago, and this lady had her kid with her that couldn't have been older than 8 or 9. At one point the kid started crying because he was scared and was simply yelled at and shamed by his mom (point of order: they did not leave the theatre to discuss this). She even made him sit through the entire credits to be sure she didn't miss anything. It was way past midnight by that point, and it was a Thursday during the school year. People are unbelievable!

Willy Loman said...

Good bingo! Drop in any R-rated movie at any time of day or night and you will see kids there...with their parents....or with a babysitter.

I went to see the last James Bond movie (only a few torture and murder and mayhem scenes) and there was a 20 year old with a 9 year old, and a 5 year old, sitting two seats away. The 5 year old cried at several scenes, and then learned to look away really fast when blood and guts and explosions were happening. He kept wincing, and grabbing the girl in charge. He wanted to leave...but they did not. After the movie I asked the girl if she was the mom, a sister, or a babysitter. She said babysitter. I told her she should be ashamed of herself and verbally thrashed her. In hindsight I wish I would've called the police, and then the parents.

Remember the Batman murders in Colorado? There were 6, 7, 8, 9 (etc) year olds shot, AND KILLED. Those that weren't killed got to witness real life mayhem...which is EXACTLY what they would've seen on the screen if they watched the movie. The movie also started AFTER MIDNIGHT. Any parents involved with bringing their kids to that scene should be in jail. And guess what? Fact: Mr. Holmes, and Mr. Lanza (the list goes on and on)....watched VIOLENT movies as kids, and played VIOLENT video games as kids. ANYBODY SURPRISED ABOUT THAT? I'm not.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, the parents that your comments are aimed at....don't read the newspaper. They sit on their porches and ask the mailman: "got my check?"

Anonymous said...

The last comment is totally ignorant.

Anonymous said...

That comment @2:56 nailed it!!!

Anonymous said...

How about all the proud mommies who let their brats scream in the grocery store,run around at the mall,or cry in church and do nothing.They act like it's music to our ears. Learn some discipline mommy,and maybe your child will grow up to respect you AND OTHERS! Of course,the apple doesn't fall far from the tree either!

Anonymous said...

I remember writing JoAnn Rhetts of the Observer something similar a LONG time ago. Our daughter is 11 and I feel guilty for letting her watch a PG movie sometimes for crying out loud. You can look no further than the 3 savages in Oklahoma that casually gunned down the Australian baseball player for the kind of results you get from this kind of attitude from parents or "guardians." I don't care what the ratings system says, any theater that allows a child into an R movie is complicit in this whole thing -- it should be considered another form of child abuse. Of course, just like television networks, they could care less. My heart goes out to these poor kids.

Tina said...

#4- I wish, but I doubt it.

Anonymous said...

Its sad that it takes so little skill and knowledge to have a kid and so much knowledge, skill, and wisdom to raise them- perhaps if it were reversed we would all be spared the horrible behavior of children and the lackluster abilities of many of today's "parents"

Hawaiian Bob said...

"Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers."

- Plato, c. 350 B.C.