The articles about the overnight shooting spree at the midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises included reports that there was a 3 month old and 6 year old kid in the crowd. Sure it’s a PG-13 rated movie but it was also being shown at midnight and it’s close to 3 hours long.
I’m fairly big movie buff and go to the movies about 3-4 times a month. I regularly see people bring small kids into R rated movies. I remember seeing Saw III at a 10:00 pm showing and this family strolls in with 4 kids ranging in ages from 3-10. The 5 year old would scream “mommy mommy” everytime anything dark or violent would appear on the screen.
I also remember when seeing The 40 Year Old Virgin, that a middle aged couple brought their 9 year old daughter and 12 year old son with them.
I know it’s not illegal for underage kids to see R rated movies with someone over the age of 17 with them, but I seriously question these parent’s judgment.
I suspect that it’s most likely they couldn’t get a baby sitter or couldn’t afford one and they wanted to see the movie so they just brought them along. They also likely let their kids watch all kinds of stuff at home…so taking them to the theater in their mind is no big deal.
What do you think?