Post # 1
This is just a rant…
Darling Husband and I went to the movies yesterday to watch Avengers: Infinity War. We purposedly waited almost a week after the movies hit the theaters and choose an “uncomfortable” time to avoid little kids and/or babies ruining our movie experience. Yet, we failed…for we were stuf yesterday for the long of the movie with two of the most noisy toddlers ever and their even more annoying parents.
I mean, who in their sane’s mind takes a 3 years old to a PG-13 movie? Of course your kid is going to cry! He/she is going to get bored, annoyed by the loud noises and probably hungry. And why the hell don’t you leave the room when your kid starts crying non-stop? And I am not talking once or twice during the movie…I am talking constant outbursts of crying all through the whole movie! The parents simply refused to leave the room because -I pressume- they wanted to watch the movie that badly? But, my gosh was it annoying for the rest of us.
At some point I had enough and asked them to please try to keep their kids down or leave the room (the kid had been crying for 30 minutes straight at this point). They completely ignored me and because no one else said anything to them they remained on the theater until the credits rolled. The poor child! I was also disgusted to find out they had changed the baby’s diaper during the movies -Yuck!
Don’t get me wrong, I know there are well behaved kids out there and parents with excelent parent skills, but in this case I was baffled by these parents rudeness -towards the people around them AND their own kids. There is a difference between small crying and almost an hour of constant tears. Makes me seriously believe some people are not suit to have kids, and theaters should enforce a stronger policy on not letting toddlers into PG-13 or above rated movies. What irks me the most is that family is such a big thing here, and most people think “kids are just being kids” which I hate because the problem is not the kids: the problem is those parents who are rude to other people and have no consideration over their kids feelings/well being. Like I said, OF COURSE the kid is going to cry…but it is YOUR JOB as a parent to be responsible of him and his actions, and if he can’t stop crying and disturbing those around you, it is you who has to remove him from the situation. After all, you choose to have kids and kids come with sacrifices -such as, not being able to watch Avengers: Infinity Wars on the movies if you can’t find a babysitter (which are not really a thing here either).
Anyway, rant over. Bye.
Post # 2
We pay extra to have the comfy reclining seats and usually hit a 9:30pm movie to avoid these situations.
I agree it was rude but I’m not sure what else you could have done, maybe complain to the theatre?
Technically you can go see a PG-13 movie at any age as long as you have parental guidance no?
Either way that sucks but I thought that movie was awesome!
Post # 3
Shockingly I have never encountered crying kids in a movie, but I would be livid.
Post # 4
Ugh, I am so sorry your late night movie was ruined by garbage parenting. Movie tickets aren’t cheap!
I’m a parent of a toddler and I totally agree with you! We are waiting for the Avengers movie to come out on DVD or streaming to watch after our little one goes to sleep because it’s not developmentally appropriate or considerate of other moviegoers to watch any movie with her yet, let alone a PG-13 superhero movie.
Post # 5
funnyfox : that sucks bee. I’d have left and demanded a refund from the manager. 30+ minutes is at least a quarter of the movie, may as well just see it again and hope the other audience members arent so disruptive next time.
Also, once the manager has to start refunding she/he may start to consider enforcing some sort of civility rules….
ETA: This made me look up how long the movie is. Holy cow movies are getting long. Ok so 30 min is about 20% of the movie. Still.. long enough to say screw it.
Post # 6
Yikes! I also have never encountered this, but I would have been really bothered! I’d recommend asking an employee to speak with them next time. At the very least, they should refund your ticket.
Post # 7
funnyfox : preach. it baffles me sometimes what people think is acceptable in a public setting (and i even mean adults without kids!) honestly, i think there should be cut-off hours for kids at theaters. after 8pm? adults-only showings.
Post # 8
tobeornottobe7 : technically you can even take your toddler to R rated movie if you want. 0_0
Post # 9
funnyfox : this bothers me too. I understand crying babies can’t be avoided at the grocery store and other communal places but at the movies? That is definitely bad parenting and just disrespectful. Even hearing a 30 second cell phone ring is disrespecful in a movie. Next time grab an usher and get those parents and their screaming baby out of the movie.
Post # 10
i know AMC has no restrictions on children. a child of any age can attend any showing.
if you did not enjoy your experience, you should have left sooner and asked for your money back. had some drinks or dinner and gone to the next showing.
Post # 11
amanda1988 : That is crazy! As a toddler I could barely sit through a tv show let alone a long ass movie, never mind a scary overstimulating one at that!
Post # 12
Definitely some irresponsible parenting, sorry your movie was not relaxing bee. Not much to do about it now, but sucks that you had such an experience!
Post # 13
Movie theatres have been a shit show since the late 90’s. Wait for it to come out on demand.
Post # 14
We have a theater chain here called Alamo Drafthouse that is extremely strict on noise/talking during movies. If someone is talking at all, even whispering, you write it on a little card and the waitstaff/manager will ask them once to please be quiet. If they continue they are ejected with no refund (seen it happen a few times).
I wish they would pick this model up at more theaters. We’re big movie goers, we usually go at least once a week. But once our baby comes we’ll either find a sitter or go to the drive-in theater where we can make sure she isn’t disrupting anyone else. Plus I figure the drive in is good practice for the “real” theater to get her used to seeing movies and knowing she can’t rowdy or unruly.
Post # 15
tobeornottobe7 : We paid extra to have the comfy seats in the adults only theatre and ended up sitting next to a breastfeeding woman who brought her baby and young toddler with her to the last Avengers movie. Baby cried and mom left the theater at one point, with the toddler there by herself to make noise and crawl around the seats. Also, when she was breastfeeding right next to me and I could hear the baby doing the slurping sounds. It was very distracting. Baby crying. Toddler crawling all over the reclining seats. It was an “adults only” theatre that served alcohol & meals. I complained at one point to staff (which is why the lady finally went out with her crying baby but left her toddler behind)