Babies Do NOT Belong In Movie Theatres!!!

Then you take the duct tape and stick it over their mouth. Problem solved.

Then you take the duct tape and stick it over their mouth. Problem solved.

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing "Monsters University" as a birthday outing with my husband who is not, in general, fond of animated movies.

We decided to catch a matinee hoping that it would be cheaper and less crowded than an evening showing. It still wasn't cheap, but at least the crowd was relatively light. This turned out to be a good thing because even in a sparse crowd and even sitting in the second-to-last row of the theatre we managed to get a screaming baby behind us.

There was ONE goddamn row behind us. One. And we still had the full ear-splitting, chair-kicking obnoxious small child experience.

Babies do not belong in movie theatres. Period. Hire a goddamn babysitter for two hours. No one wants to sit in front of a screaming baby on an airplane and no one wants to sit in front of a screaming baby in the movie theatre. The only difference is that a screaming child on an airplane is an unavoidable annoyance: I remain convinced that this is secretly why TSA confiscates everyones sharp objects before flight. Everyone has to just grin and bear it: You can't leave your baby at home for a weekend and no matter how loudly or often he or she opens his or her fat, screaming milk-hole it would still be frowned upon to open the cabin door and chuck that sucker into oblivion.

By contrast, a movie is only going to last two or three hours: your baby won't suffer life long abandonment issues over two or three hours. Unlike a plane, a theatre has multiple well lit exits that can be opened without a loss of cabin pressure, a comfortable lobby, readily available mouth-filling-cry-supressing-gluten-free-popcorn (is your baby too young for popcorn? Then it shouldn't be in the movie theatre!), and no dead eyed middle aged security guard wearing blue latex gloves ensuring that nobody around you is carrying anything sharper than a tampon. At least not yet.

Now, granted we were in a Pixar movie and it was geared towards a family friendly audience, but still it's a movie about monsters! If your spawn is too young to use words then he or she is too young to understand the difference between pretend movie monsters and reality. If a monster roars on screen then babies are going to cry, your fellow audience members are going to hate you, and the money you save now by not hiring a babysitter is just going to go towards therapy and/or bail later.

I wish I could say that this problem could have been avoided by going to a grown up movie and by going in the evening instead of going to a matinee, but I already know that this isn't true: last year we went to see "Ted" in an evening showing at the same cinema and once again shared the audience with several children young enough to require a bottle.

I can't decide whether I should worry for the future of the human race or feel secretly delighted that with so much stupidity around I look like a friggen genius by comparison.

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    First of all why are you taking a grown man to see a child's movie? Oh wait...is it because you can? Just like others can bring their babies.

    I take it you don't have children, but when you do, if you do, and have more than one you will find that it's not the easiest thing in the world.

    we bring babies in movie theaters for a myriad or reasons.

    -We have no one to watch the baby while we take the kids to the movies.

    - We are single moms

    - They're our babies and we'll goddamned do what we please

    Why is your business to tell strangers what cartoon movie they can bring their own children to?

    When you fund a day care center at every single movie theater in the country that is not only affordable but qualified and perfect, then you can bitch about those who bring babies in.

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    In reply to dlpmoody:

    Gywdhar, (really?) is another Avant Garde artist who is out to claim her turf in shock blogging. She's old enough to swear and belittle people. I find her intellect very dizzying and her style passé. Give it up Gwendle gook it's been done a million times before and by people who are stupider than you....

  • In reply to dlpmoody:

    Quite simply, you're dead wrong. The movie theater is more wrong for ever letting you bring a baby into a theater but your attitude here is fairly repulsive.

  • In reply to dlpmoody:

    It is not the baby. It is the screaming, noisy baby. If you cannot control your brat's noise and activity then you should leave the rug rat at home.

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    In reply to dlpmoody:

    I have to agree with Steve on this one. Why would you bring your screaming kid to a movie? Because you can? That is the stupidest logic I have ever heard. The child, if it is screaming and kicking the whole time, is NOT having fun, neither are you OR your other children....not to mention all of the other people who also paid hard earned money. I am a single mom of 3 kids. If I want to go to a movie and I don't have a babysitter...guess what? I don't fucking go. Simple logic, unless you are too simple for that. Airplanes, grocery stores, gas stations....those things are understandable. You NEED groceries, you NEED gas in your car. You don't NEED to go to a movie if you can't find a sitter for a BABY. Making yourself, your other children and everyone else in the theater miserable is NOT your right. What a selfish bitch.

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    In reply to Mendi Mayfield:

    Mendi- my thoughts EXACTLY!!

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    In reply to Mendi Mayfield:

    <3 <3 <3 Well said Mendi! I am a Mom of 5 and have taken my older children to movies and ended up standing in the lobby because my younger children couldn't be quiet! That is what common courtesy is! I am doing my damndest to teach my kids this such a shame others are teaching theirs to be entitled and rude! Thank you Nikki for posting this I fucking <3 you :-)

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    In reply to Mendi Mayfield:

    This couldn't of been a 'baby' though. My son is 4 and cannot kick the seat in front of him (unless he is up and about which is a no-no). An infant is a different story and in that case the mom should of excused her and the baby to handle it. HOWEVER if you are attending a children's ANIMATED movie do not even expect utter peace and quiet. That is a joke. And if you prefer to be 'BratFree' then its probably in your best interest not to go to a KIDS movie. I understand wanting to see a movie in peace, so when I go to an ADULT themed movie I leave the kids at home. But if its aimed at kids then yup they will be there.

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    In reply to dlpmoody:

    1. If you don't have anyone to watch your crotch-dropping, stay home.
    2. Find a sitter, or STAY THE F HOME.
    3. You're an entitled b1tch mother without consideration for others or any sense of courtesy, vis a vis how your 'parenting' effects others, who've paid money to see the movie. Congrats. GFY.

    Entitled mothers are part of the problem. Please, no one else cares about your sprog, unless it's making noise. Then it is a problem. Your baybee is not novel, not original, and not special. If your crotch-dropping is causing EVERYONE ELSE issues, then YES WE WILL TELL YOU WHERE YOU CAN AND CANNOT TAKE SAID CROTCH DROPPING.

    Some of us aren't parents, and the only thing we'll understand from an experience with a mother like you is HOW NOT TO PARENT. You're doing it wrong.
    We have no responsibility for your child & day care centers, babysitters, etc. BECAUSE IT IS NOT OUR CROTCH DROPPING. it's yours. So YES WE CAN BITCH.
    Do the right thing. Leave your crotch dropping at home please.

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    In reply to Mikey Tipsword:

    Your Mother should have aborted you before you became her "crotch dropping."

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    In reply to Mikey Tipsword:

    Apparently you like the term "crotch dropping" so much you used it five times.
    Yet you couldn't spell out Fuck or Bitch!
    Grow up!!

  • In reply to dlpmoody:

    you are an incredibly selfish and angry person. hope you grow up someday.

  • In reply to dlpmoody:

    Actually, some of us display common courtesy (and good parenting?) and leave our babies at home, or skip the movie if we don't have a sitter, rather than taking them to a theater to watch a movie they can't possibly (and, in many cases, shouldn't) understand.

    Please don't speak for all mothers/parents. You make us look bad.

  • In reply to dlpmoody:

    Wow, entitled much? Your argument is ridiculous. You will god dammed do as you please? Are you teaching that to your kids? Let's hope not because they will grow up selfish like you seem to be by the tone of your post. Guess what? Your kids don't have to go to the movie theater if you can't get or are too poor to hire a sitter. Won't kill them. Nobody, even mothers of six kids like myself, want to listen to your screaming baby while watching movie they paid for. I never took my kids to the movies until they could attend the movie and not disturb others.This is what is wrong with society, everyone only cares about themselves.

  • In reply to dlpmoody:

    "- They're our babies and we'll goddamned do what we please"

    Which might be a factor in

    "- We are single moms"

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    In reply to dlpmoody:

    Not at all surprising that you're single, and have no one to watch the baby for you. I mean, who in their right mind would want to be around a greedy, self-centered bitch like you who doesn't give a flying CRAP about anyone but HERSELF. You don't even care about your own KIDS, who are likely crying because they are upset and the loud movie is hurting their little ears! But no, it's not about the little ones at all, that's not why you had them. It's all about YOU! Birthing little 'get-out-of-everything-free' tokens so you can do whatever you want and not give a fuck about anyone else's feelings, then when people call you on it you hold up the kid and say "Oh, no it's all right because I have a BAAAYYYYBEEEEE!" Plus, if you have kids and get on welfare, you don't have to work so you can just sit on your selfish butt AND have ready-made excuses for putting your own wants and desires above EVERY OTHER PERSON IN THE ENTIRE FREAKING WORLD!! :D So freakin' AWESOME, right? Babies make the PERFECT tools for you to get what YOU want, when YOU want it, and God forbid you actually have to show responsibility for the poor little young ones you made just to get attention for YOURSELF! I'd rather stick my dong in the mouth of a giant lamprey eel than spend any time with someone like you!

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    how can you complain about a child screaming in the movies when it is clear you went and seen a childs movie...secondly if you dont want to here children screaming maybe you need to go see a adult movie next time...problem solved... and far as the movies goes as long as they have children movies their we will continue to bring our children to the movies...may be you should go through netflix or redboxs.. and make it a blockbuster night....at home!!!

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    In reply to laila504:

    typo hear

  • In reply to laila504:

    Also:
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    In reply to laila504:

    She went to see a child's movie and drags her husband (can't even imagine) who hates animated films....lovely couple I'll bet...

  • In reply to Tim Berglund:

    not the issue pal. did you read the whole article? LOL.

  • In reply to laila504:

    or the entitled mombies can stay home with their crotch fruit and wait till the movie comes out on DVD

    The point is - the kicking and screaming kids/children/babies that the parents do nothing to control.

    and you know what, those crotch fruit grow up to be the entitled teens that run around thinking the world owes them something.

  • In reply to laila504:

    you are as selfish and childish as dlpmoody above.

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    In reply to laila504:

    What happens when the children that are being quiet and trying to hear the movie that their parents paid for can't hear it because a mother chose NOT to leave the theater with her noisy child? Is it different for you if the person who is effected is another child? Because my children have complained that another child has prevented them from hearing and enjoying the movie that they were so excited to see! Honestly as far as I'm concerned if you have paid to go see a movie (young or old) regardless of the type of movie you should be able to hear and enjoy the experience. If your child is causing a problem THEY need to be removed from the situation. If they are causing a problem they are most likely as miserable as they people around them. A good parent would recognize that...

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    I agree, keep the kids at home. And don't pull the "Its a kids movie" card, we go to many pictures that are rated "R" and I see young kids there. If you cant get a baby sitter perhaps you should use net flix, or some other service. Just because you can breed doesn't mean we need to see or hear your spawn. And yes I have 3 kids of my own.

  • I love you and that's a fact. Great post and I agree. Babies do not belong in theaters. UGH! Crazy!

  • In reply to Nicole Knepper:

    It's a kids' movie! Kids belong in movie theaters to see KID MOVIES. I'm not a fan of screaming babies anywhere, but if you want a nice quiet, adult experience then cough up the money to see a normal film at a later time. What next? Pissed about the noise at Chuck E. Cheese?

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    In reply to Jenna Karvunidis:

    You go girl!

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    In reply to Jenna Karvunidis:

    She didn't say KIDS. She said BABIES. BABIES don't belong in a movie theater. Is your argument that kids are people too? Because I totally agree! I can't tell you how much it sucks to take my 12 & 14 year olds (after spending about $30 - they're not cheaper because of the type of movie) to a "kids" movie and have the movie ruined for all of us because a baby is crying nonstop. It obviously sucks for the cranky, uncomfortable baby too.

  • In reply to Nicole Knepper:

    Agreed! Gwydhar is merely stating her opinion and quite validly at that. Everyone wants a good movie experience and sadly, babies aren't the best strangers to be next to in a theater.

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    Do you even understand how silly this post is? You were seeing an animated film! Families are the targeted audience and, families include babies!

    You quote:
    "There was ONE goddamn row behind us. One. And we still had the full ear-splitting, chair-kicking obnoxious small child experience."

    - so not just babies? small children as well? That can maybe, oh I don't know, eat popcorn?

    You sound like an uptight yuppie! Stick to adult movies you whiner!

  • In reply to Crystal Burton:

    you are as selfish and thouoghtless as the mom bringing the baby.

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    In reply to catfish4444:

    you're*, thoughtless*

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    In reply to Crystal Burton:

    "You are" is what "you're" is contracted FROM. Please tell me you knew that.

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    In reply to catfish4444:

    You sound illiterate Catfish :/

  • In reply to Crystal Burton:

    you sound illiterate*,* Catfish*.* :(

    There. Fixed it for you.

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    This is a movie for kids and babies. Sometimes moms need to get out. I would understand if this were an adult themed movie, but it's a kids movie. Don't go to see animated pics. Wait until the DVD comes out and enjoy with a glass at wine at home. Problem solved :)

  • In reply to Spacegal:

    there's no movie "for babies". They don't have the capacity to understand the movie.

    and again the point is - the unruly kids that the parents don't control or teach manners. Kids can enjoy a movie and laugh, etc., without acting like complete animals.

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    In reply to Spacegal:

    Exactly! :)

  • Bitch, please. You went to a CHILDREN'S MOVIE in the MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON. It's too bad they didn't kick you with that shitty attitude of yours right square in the head.

    Next you'll be claiming hungry people shouldn't go to restaurants and sick people should stay out of hospitals. It makes about as much sense.

  • She said BABIES. Not KIDS. Babies, who are "too young to use words."

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    In reply to katpen:

    I think "kids" was used because babies aren't big enough to kick the back of seats as she had described the "baby" doing.

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    REALLY???!!! Glad to not be sitting near you! Bringing your husband to a kid's movie?? LOL!!! If you don't like it, wait to rent it, as we who have children, and my two year old grandson doesn't use many words at all, but he loves Monsters Inc., have the right to patronize anywhere we like with our kids and grandkids. Or, let me know where you will be next, and I will gladly volunteer for all the single mom's out there to take their kids at the same time to whatever movie theater you will be at!!!!

  • In reply to Pamela Jarecki:

    Yup, let your kid scream and bother all of the other paying guests, great attitude.

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    Not trying to stir the pot but... I can sympathize with the parents of these screaming babies at the theater; having been a single parent myself, I know first hand how hard it can be. You want to entertain them, take them somewhere fun, have this thing or anything really in common with them. And hiring a babysitter for a night out can be unbelievably expensive. Not everyone has access to free help, or any help, sometimes. However, where I differ with these parents is exactly how I relate: sympathy.
    I have/ would/ will NEVER take a kid smaller than a toddler to a movie theater. All the other parents there found a sitter for their kids so they wouldn't be that person with the screaming baby. Sometimes, people seek out entertainment specifically to avoid screaming babies, and they should be able to do that, without being vilified.
    -Money: Can't afford a sitter for your baby so you and your oldest kid can see the movie? Then you can't afford the movie. Redbone might be Your best option for now.
    -Kid's movie: K-I-D. Not infant. Dark room, strangers within reach, very loud. Why would you even want your baby to experience that?
    -People without children don't get it: No one likes the sound of a crying baby, no matter how many children you have. You aren't on a 14 hour Greyhound trip to Phoenix to start a new life. It's a movie. Be a citizen, a neighbor; have some fucking compassion and don't put other people through that.
    Just because you can come up with excuses for your bad behavior, doesn't make you right.

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    In reply to Casey K:

    Redbox* stupid auto-correct.

  • In reply to Casey K:

    Great post.

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    I'll take my screaming baby where ever the fuck I please!

  • In reply to Barb Laue:

    and then the babies grow up to be entitled brats that you hinder society with. GREAT

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    Great post Gwydhar! I'm fine with kids in a theater as long as they have manners and can behave. The problem is too many people let their kids act like little monsters. If they can't behave then you shouldn't be rewarding them with a movie. As for babies in a theater, I think it's perfectly fine. But if they start crying please be courteous and take your baby out of the theater or hire a babysitter. Can't afford one? Then you probably shouldn't be going to the movies anyway. I absolutely love taking my 4 year old son and nephew to the theater but I make damn sure they behave and don't infringe on other peoples enjoyment of the movie.

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    No babies at major sporting events as well! Great article!

  • In reply to Jimmy Matthews:

    That's just dangerous. I've seen adults get hit by bats and balls............

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    You go see a kids movie, THERE WILL BE SMALL KIDS.

    Get off your high horse. Kids and babies in a movie made for kids? Makes sense.

    You don't like it? Go see an R rated flick and then complain.

  • In reply to JenM:

    KIDS yes. Babies no.

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    If you had made this about someone needing to remove their SCREAMING baby from a movie theater I would fully support you. After all the problem wasn't the quiet babies sitting in row numbers 11 -18 and 27 it was the one who was screaming right behind you. When my son was an infant I took him to movies whenever we could afford one. Which did not include paying a babysitter. Never once did he make more than a small noise. Not even as loud as two people chatting for a second about something interesting they saw in the movie. If he had I would have taken him to the lobby or the car until he calmed down. But I fully support a parents right to take their infant wherever they want to and to not have to pay a baby sitter (rather they can afford one or not) just because some uptight snot thinks they should. Why don't you just solve the problem and buy every seat in the theater? Then you can alone in judgmental bliss. And I have to ask why when you were in a "sparse crowd" didn't you just get your butt up and move to another seat away from the child. I'll tell you why because you are selfish and feel entitled. So entitled feeling that you demand that every one be excluded because a few might be a problem. Wish I knew what movie you were going to see next and where. I'd make sure to borrow a baby and invite all the new moms to come with theirs to protest your idea.

  • Selfish, entitled? This is the pot calling the kettle black if I ever saw one. Your poor baby that wasn't making a sound (yea, right) was probably very unhappy to be in a dark, noisy theater instead of home playing or sleeping in his/her crib. Really, you couldn't wait until the movie came out on DVD? Really, think about who is the selfish one.

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    In reply to wowza:

    Look at you assuming....Ive taken a 1, 2, and 3 year old to the movies before. They sat quietly and enjoyed their CHILDRENS movie. Get over yourself. Tell me 'wowza' how exactly do you know what her baby was doing. Have you even noticed the quiet children and babies in a movie? Or do you just care about the one who bugged you that one time.

  • In reply to Savannah Johnson:

    Oh, sorry I offended you, "Patricia Gibson Williams". I am sure your 1 and 2 year olds loved being contained on your lap for two hours while you watch a movie. Sound fun for him because that is what 1 and 2 year olds love to do!

  • In reply to wowza:

    Sorry, it i meant "savannah Johnson".

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    Yeah!!! Logical and well thought out response!

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    Please do the world a favor and tie your tubes...

  • I enjoyed this article but I am enjoying the string of comments, too. This is one of the most enjoyable articles I have read on ChicagoNow. Thank you everyone.

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    You went to see a kids movie at the MATINEE! you have to be the stupidest person to ever go see a kids movie. Its a matinee you fool! and a kids movie! Although I agree if a kid is crying then obviously he is not enjoying himself and the parent should probably take him out if they cant calm the kid, but you went to see a KIDS movie at the MATINEE! you poor stupid woman.

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    Screaming babies are no fun anywhere and while yes, parents can take their kids where they 'damn well please' for better or worse, isn't it just being courteous towards your fellow patrons to try to make your and their experience pleasant by removing your screaming child from the scenario or not going to an environment that may make them agitated?

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    You know, I think both initial arguments are extreme. I think it all comes down to common sense! Generally you would think that if you're going to a childrens movie [especially a matinee] you should expect children, especially smaller children that would otherwise be in bed for later showings bBUT it is also reasonable to assume that after a certain amount of whining/misbehaving or whatever the parent would take the child out of the theater for at least a few minutes to calm him/her down. As a Mom of four I can see a little of both though my husband & I do find it funny someone was offended there was a child at Monsters University - I mean really, of all the places a child could be ;)

  • I like that some movie theaters have times specifically for families when babies are encouraged and others go at their own risk. I only dislike that those tend to happen during the week, which doesn't help those of us who work.

    We didn't take our kids to movies until they were ready to fully appreciate them. (My 4 year old loved Monsters University. We were able to leave our 2 year old at home because my parents were in town.) Unfortunately, that has meant not seeing many movies. If you add a babysitter to cover both the movie and commuting time on top of the ticket price and possibly some snacks a movie for two becomes a $100+ outing. I understand why people take the risk of bringing their kids.

    I will say, however, that the parents were rude for not leaving when the baby cried. Parents who let their babies cry at movies or don't fold their strollers on public transportation make the rest of us look bad and make people give us the side eye simply for taking a child out in public, which we should all be able to do.

    Of course, if those parents also had an older child who was loving the movie it's harder to leave. Don't judge until you've walked in their shoes, and don't be surprised if there are kids at the matinee of a rated G movie.

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    First of all do the math. You went to a "CHILDREN'S" movie. Secondly you went to the matinee, aka, during the daytime. Expect there to be children, infants, moms who bring both, old people, and anyone else that sleeps early. Your own fault. Secondly you were a child at one point. A crying, annoying, snot faced, pants shitting, annoyance. The difference is when you were growing up people had some fucking manners and accepted you as a part of life. Now that you grow up you think you don't have to pay your dues? There's a reason the bible (no I'm not religious) says "Suffer the little children". It means children are annoying as shit, but fucking deal with it, you entitled piece of ego ridden excrement.

  • In reply to Marcus Camacho:

    Wow... sorry chump- children's movie or not- BABIES DO NOT BELONG IN THEATERS!! They get no enjoyment out of the movie- it stresses the parent out and it pisses other theater goers off!

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    I agree 110%. People are inconsiderate and that's the bottom line. Monsters U is a child's movie but that doesn't mean a child that can't talk or walk belongs in it. Why would you take a child to a movie at all? They certainly get no amusement from it, you certainly get none and the others in the theater gets none so WHY do it?

  • In reply to Crystal Adkins:

    Exactly!! The noise alone is not good for sensitive baby ears- and just the rudeness of it- ugh

  • Cuz they can do what ever "the f " they please and don't care about the enjoyment or comfort of those around them. What is the problem? You were not brought up that way?

  • Dude, this was TOO funny! I'd love to be pissed as we have a 7 month old, but I was once in the same position as "Da Blue Streaker," and I wouldn't want to put others out.

    I'm not afraid by any means to take my daughter out, she's actually well adjusted. We have taken her everywhere. But, to a movie? No. This is still very hard to expect a baby to keep quiet for that long, even a toddler. My daughter LOVES to scream!:) Not because she's crying, but because she's finding her voice and it's NEAT to her.

    This just wouldn't work, and if it did; I would be worried that something was wrong:)

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    First you say "Over the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing "Monsters University" as a birthday outing with my husband who is not, in general, fond of animated movies. We decided to catch a matinee hoping that it would be cheaper and less crowded than an evening showing. It still wasn't cheap, but at least the crowd was relatively light."
    Then you say "Babies do not belong in movie theatres. Period. Hire a goddamn babysitter for two hours."
    Number one - If you take a baby to a theater and it starts crying, GET UP.
    Number two- restrain our other children from putting their feet on/kicking occupied seats and otherwise being obnoxious.
    Number three - if you are trying to save money on a birthday date by seeing a matinee of a children's movie, instead of bitching and suggesting people expend extra money on babysitters when movies are already expensive enough, you MIGHT want to throttle back and take into consideration that maybe she had one chance to take her kid to see the movie, is on a tight budget, and picked a matinee because she figured it's a kid movie and not an adult date movie.
    She definitely could have handled her children better,starting with the obvious "don't sit RIGHT behind someone else in a mostly empty theater", but given these economic times your "no babies in a movie theater PERIOD" stance is bunk when it comes to children's movies.
    A cheap date is a cheap date, and sometimes you get what you pa for.

  • Babies do not belong at the movies! And other movie goers do not enjoy crying babies at the movies!! What is even worse- is when go to see a grown up movie- at say 9 PM at night and somebody is there with their infant! Seriously? The thin hope that the baby will sleep the entire time is usually smashed- when they start screaming about halfway through. I can't tell you how many movies I missed because my kids were infants and I couldn't get a sitter. That is LIFE people. Even bringing babies to a kids movie is selfish. You are missing out on the excitement and fun you should be having with the older children you also (hopefully) brought.

  • I remember when a man told my daughter (4-years-old at the time) to "Shut the f*** up" when she was talking to the movie screen. We were watching "Spirit, Cimarron of the West" and she was wailing, "No, don't hurt the horsy." The woman behind me told him, "No, YOU shut the f*** up." I was momentarily worried that a fight would break out. I kept my daughter in the theatre and tried to comfort her because I wanted to begin socializing her, to help her become a part of the public world in a space meant for her: an animated movie matinee. I wanted her to understand that peril in the movies is resolved. Sadly, I also had to talk with her about the peril provided by those watching the movies, the adults who hurl abuse at each other without trying to learn, without empathy, without the capacity for compromise. These spectacles of "yelling" at each other from a comfortable, anonymous space are depressing.

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    The problem with blogs is anybody can have one,even dumb people with no common sense (like people who go to a kids matinee and expect a mature relaxing time) you shouldn't have one.

  • Comparing movies and plane rides is like comparing apples and oranges. I'm sure you'll be eating your words some day, as most of us who are now parents (and more understanding human beings) have done.

  • We have a 2 year old and wouldnt think of bringing her inside a movie theater. We like to go the movies once in awhile but when we do thankfully we have Grandma to take care of her. We do, however, take our baby to the Drive In theater which is family fun and if she carries on (screams/cries) it doesnt bother anyone but us inside the car. Digital drive ins are few nowadays but there is usually a play area (the one we go to has a merry go round) and there is cotton candy, and plenty of goodies to be had. A good alternative for those who cant find babysitters and really want to see a popular movie.

  • I'm not a parent & I'm not crazy about kids, BUT...I also don't attend matinees for kid-targeted movies, because that is a situation that just screams for kids to attend. As for the responders that keep saying "Just leave your kids at home", you guys sound like Romney telling people to start a business by borrowing $20,000 from their dad. Really? Some people have no resources like that, babysitters, childcare. Does that mean they should suffer or be punished for having kids? I don't think so. If this was an adult-themed film, I could probably agree with the bitching, but sorry, kiddie films attract kiddies. What the hell were you expecting?

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    I can't believe someone is retarded enough to bring with them babies to a movie. It's a cultural thing, where some assume it is OK because they have seen some others do it. In my country it would never have been tolerated. I once even got a new ticket for a movie for a later screening after I walked out because someone had brought three or four mentally disabled individuals that were screaming and shouting every tenth second.
    Then again, I also live in a country where I once saw a woman change diapers on a baby in a McDonalds restaurant.

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