There is a time and a place for children at the movie theater. My husband and I get to see a movie when we can afford the time and the constantly rising price, which is not all that often. I wrote before when ill-behaving parents brought their preschooler to an R-rated film.
Last weekend, it did not involve a graphic film with sexual undertones or terrible language It involved a 9:30 p.m. viewing of The Avengers. Fifteen minutes in, mom was shushing her crying infant. Every few minutes thereafter came the squeal of the tired, irritable child and the mom restraining her. Nevermind that she ruined the movie for everyone there. Nevermind that she allowed her child to play in the aisle. Nevermind that it was a packed house and other viewers decided to leave and get a refund. What about that little girl? The movie ended at just after midnight. The kid was tired and grouchy and should have been home in bed. I don't care that she seemed to think "parenting" involves carting her child with her everywhere she wants to go. Next time, she should either hire a sitter or wait for the DVD.
DEBBIE STACEY, Richland