Once again, James Lileks has hit the nail on the head.
Today’s column wasn’t his usual light-hearted message board in ink. Today’s column dealt with a three-year-old girl whose parents took her to a Twin Cities movie theater to see Hannibal. Mr. Lileks and some friends were in the audience, and one of them asked the parents if they thought this was truly age-appropriate material. This netted an incredulous look from the parents and a “none of your business” from the girl’s mother. The friend’s wife complained to the theater manager, who told her that his hands were tied; that if the girl’s parents wanted to buy tickets, he had to sell them. To me, this sounds like a cop-out on the manager’s part; an avoidance of conflict at the little girl’s expense.
Which brings me to the question at hand. Do movie theaters have an obligation to prevent children from seeing movies that are obviously inappropriate for children?
I’d love to know what y’all think.