Toddler at a Rated R Movie

@Shar19 (8236)
United States
October 8, 2010 9:56am CST
Last night my husband and I went to the movies since it was our anniversary. We went to see the movie called "Taken" that features Matt Dillon and Chris Brown. It was an action packed crime movie about a bunch of bank robbers pulling off heists. So as you can imagine this movie had a bunch of guns, violence and language. There were about 10 people in the whole theater which was great. However, what really upset me was this one couple brought there little boy with them. The child couldn't have been any more than 2 years old. He was running around a little bit and talking, crying here and there. The thing that disturbed me was why in the world would anyone bring a little child to a movie like that? I was worried the whole time I was there that this poor child is going to have terrible nightmares.
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@GardenGerty (128798)
• United States
8 Oct 10
Common sense seems to be very uncommon. Many parents will tell you that the child will not be affected at all. They will say he is not capable of absorbing anything until he is three or older. That is so wrong. I had a mom tell me this once. My kids could read by the time they were three. If they had been exposed to a movie like that, they would have absorbed it as well. Not only that, they deprived people who were out for an adult evening from their child free evening. I am sure if you wanted to be around kids that age you would have chosen a kiddie movie.
• Canada
8 Oct 10
Definitely! When my sister was two tears old, she wandered into the room while Dad was watching Jaws, and he didn't stop the movie, or shoo her away. She had nightmares fir years!!!! Boy was Mom pi$$3d off!!!
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• Indonesia
8 Oct 10
i dont think children would understand the movie at all .. yes maybe they are afraid, but they wont remember it at all .. well it`s the parent problem, and i would say that is so wrong to let the children watch rated R movie .. but back again, they wont understand it ..
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@sender621 (14933)
• United States
8 Oct 10
Toddlers and small children should not be taken to see R rated movies. It is not a good environment for their movie viewing experience.
@SViswan (12065)
• India
17 Jan 11
I wouldn't know about the parents'...but the same thing happened to us too :( 2 months back...one of my husband's friends called up and said he had free passes for a movie's premiere. We don't go out to watch movies and hadn't heard of this movie. I asked my husband to ask his friend if it was 'A' rated and if we could take the kids along. We don't have babysitting options and if we couldn't take the kids, we would have to refuse the offer. We got this call at 8.30 pm for the 9.30pm show! My husband said the friend wouldn't have asked if we couldn't take the kids and we all rushed off to the theatre and just about made it on time....so I didn't even get time to check with someone there....and no one stopped us when we took the kids in. The movie wasn't violent but it did have a lot of content that wasn't appropriate for kids but fine for adults. I was so uncomfortable that I couldn't enjoy the movie (it is the kind of movie I would have enjoyed had I had gone alone with my husband). Since it was a premiere show, there weren't many people there...mostly youngsters. Since most of the inappropriate parts were verbal, my 4 year old didn't understand. But my 10 year old kept asking a lot of questions which I fielded off to his dad (esp. the one about m*sturbation). I'm going to be very very careful the next time I get anything free!
@RawBill1 (8537)
• Gold Coast, Australia
14 Oct 10
That is pretty wrong in my opinion. Surely they could have found a baby sitter if they wanted to see the film that badly! The child was probably too young at that age to be affected by the film, but they could have totally destroyed the movie experience for everyone else in the theatre. It is amazing that the staff let the child in. They would not let them in here, I am sure!
@dorannmwin (36651)
• United States
13 Oct 10
I won't deny that I took my daughter to some movies when she was very small and needed me all the time. However, there was never a time that I would have taken her to an R rated movie with me. That said, I would have been appalled that there were people that had a child at a movie that wasn't appropriate for that age and especially that the child wasn't able to be able to behave while at the movie. I'm sorry that happened to you two.
@paige4evr (118)
• Estonia
9 Oct 10
Wow that is sad that the parents aren't thinking about his welfare. Maybe they couldn't get a nanny. But still it's wrong. He could have nightmares because of this. It's a very impressionable age and they shouldn't be seeing violent things at that age. It scares them and it could traumatize them as well if they watch things like that constantly. Still if it's just one time I'd give the parents a break, but many times is definately harmful.
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
9 Oct 10
at that age most kids dont really pay attntion what is really going on on the screen what I would worry about is the words that he will pick up and parents that take kids to this kind of show will probably think its cute he picked up those words and never correct him.
• China
9 Oct 10
To be frank ,it is a fat chance for a kid to watch movie for more than 10 minutes ,let alone a 2 years- old kid .Thus ,i don't think that the movie you watched may have any influnce to him .There is no denying that the kid's parents didn't take their responsibity for supervising their baby .If by any chance the kid turn into a bad man ,the couple deserve to blame .
• Philippines
9 Oct 10
Little kids should not be allowed inside a movie theater especially when they are still not able to comprehend or appreciate movies. What's worst is that the movie is strictly for adults. The parents and the owner of the movie house should be reprimanded.
@DertyJ (193)
• United States
9 Oct 10
I very much think that no kid under 12 should be taken to rated R movies, let alone a 2 year old! That is just crazy! The kid could have subconscious memories of it and it could haunt him for a long time. Plus it probably annoyed the other people watching the movie. It could also affect his personality and behavior if his parents continue to take him and he could turn into a violent person from having these memories. Overall just not a good idea
@Lore2009 (7386)
• United States
8 Oct 10
Toddlers shouldn't be at any type of theater at that age! They will cry and scream. But other than that, it will affect them psychologically too. That is annoying.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
8 Oct 10
Some people don't use any common sense at all. They'll be wondering why one of these days he might be acting out the movie.
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
8 Oct 10
There are two avenues to look at this. One is, the child is too young and won't remember. Two, is, a child's formative years are when they are in the age bracket of about 2 -5. I still don't think I'd worry about it. The child was too busy whining and crying...
@olisaur (1931)
• United States
8 Oct 10
I really hate when people bring their small children to non-children's movies; it's no good for the kids, because it's either too intesne or too boring, and it's no good for the people in the theater, because the kids run around and cry out a lot.
@bunnybon7 (46766)
• Holiday, Florida
8 Oct 10
OMG! young parents today just dont get it. the theater should not have let them bring the little one in. i remember when you could not even do that. if there was a disturbance, you'd get thrown out. it was not only bad for the rst trying to enjoy the movie but for the child. people are so selfish these days. i would have complained before i left. maybe you should see if you can contact the movie manager by phone and complain. you might even get a free ticket or something as compensation. this is bad business on their part.
@kar295rocks (2119)
• India
8 Oct 10
Hmmm..... Seems interesting. I still do not understand why that toddler did not sit up and enjoy the movie instead of crying.. Oh well, not my problem but definitely so foolish and ignorant of the toddler's parents to bring him to such a place when you have a million better places. And, hey : "HAPPY BELATED ANNIVERSARY" -On behalf of myLot
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
8 Oct 10
They could have gone to a family friendly movie instead. It isn't that the movie they saw would not be available on DVD or that the censors would suddenly remove it from the movie theaters. But I am afraid that the little boy would have nightmares because of the noise even though he was too busy running around, And why weren't the parents watching him? He could have fallen down, could have gotten lost.
• United States
8 Oct 10
Although all parents with small children deserve a nigh out of fun, taking a small child to an adult film is not fair to all others who want to see the film. Yeah that would be my fist thought as a parent as to what am I exposing my child to with this film, s@x, horror and bad language. I too had small children and no baby sitters but never imposed my children onto others entertainments. It may sound cruel but unfortunately we as adult have to forgo entertainment when we do have sitters. I went through this and miss out quite a bit, however there is always movie rentals and maybe planning ahead may be an option for some.