That is to say, have you ever taken someone to the movies only to find out –too late- that this is the absolute wrong picture for them.
Case in point.
My then-girlfriend / now-wife and I went to see **Leaving Las Vegas ** with her mother. The film had gotten good reviews and everyone likes Nicholas Cage. What could go wrong?
At this time, I need to point out that my now-mother-in-law is a devote Catholic who is very particular about the content of the movies she sees. If watching a movie at her home, she not only averts her eyes if there is any form of nudity but will insist that those scene are fast forwarded.
Anyway, while **Leaving Las Vegas ** isn’t particularly graphic or disturbing, I cringed at some of the dialogue which I wouldn’t give a second thought to but with the present company, I was mortified. She never said anything about it to me personally but I vowed from then on to be a bit more selective when planning a group movie outing.
On a related noted, I remember a former colleague of mine describing his first date with the woman he eventually married. It was a casual affair and on the spur of the moment, they decided to take in a movie. They saw a poster for the movie Cruising and since it starred Al Pacino, then they figured it had to be good.
For those not in the know, the film is about Al Pacino’s cop character trying to track down a bad guy in the gay community and includes several very realistic S & M scenes.
Despite the unsettling beginning to their courtship all’s well that ended well.