I 100% support this policy. In fact, I think it should be implemented at all times for R-rated movies. No, I don't have kids, yes I'm selfish. I understand that you want some time out of the house, but take that noisy kid to the Dreamworks Animation movie, not the Coen Brothers movie, please.
I think they should take it up a notch and make it no kids at all. Not just 6 and under and it should be for any movie marketed towards just adults. But then again, I'll still end up in front of the really old guy with oxygen who doesn't know what is going on and keeps asking during the movie. I like that Alamo Drafthouse with no talking or texting policy.
Yeah, I'm not trying to tell anyone how to be a parent, but if you bring your 10-year-old kid to see Hangover Part 2, I won't judge you on how irresponsible it may or may not be, that's none of my business (I saw Natural Born Killers on VHS when I was 10, nice job mom & dad). I mostly care that you bringing your kid in the theater is horribly annoying to ME.
Plus, why do you want to have these conversations with your children?
Kid - "Why is Ed Helms crying, daddy?"
Dad - "Because... uhhhhh... oh man, this is going to be a long car ride home..."
My parents took me to see Gremlins, which was a sneak preview double feature with Police Academy. I was in 6th grade, and did not have too many questions for them - the eye-opening parts were self-explanatory!
There were several kiddies at Avatar when I saw it - perhaps moms and dads assumed "if it's 3D it must be a kid's movie."
Cowboys and Aliens last weekend was mostly adults, but oddly there was a row of tween girls - not really the demographic, but maybe they think Harisson Ford is dreamy.
I'd rather ban candy wrappers and straws than kids. Nothing worse that eating/drinking noises during a movie.
[Mike Cohen]"I'd rather ban candy wrappers and straws than kids. Nothing worse that eating/drinking noises during a movie."
The worst is when people close their popcorn bag, and shake it violently to better distribute salt and/or butter. Maybe next time I go to the movies I'll bring a tambourine, since apparently noise doesn't matter to some people at the theater.
Also I distinctly remember there being what appeared to be an elementary school kid with his parents when I saw Inglorious Basterds. He didn't make any noise, but well, I guess he learned about another use for a baseball bat that day.
ALSO, I don't know if any of you have been following this story:
But basically a woman paid a $260 fine for "assaulting" a 220 lb man for tapping him on the shoulder and telling him to turn off his phone at the theater! The bad guys are winning! This may be the scumbag story of the year (relating to movie theaters).
That jerk texting said, "I got a text, and I responded to it because it was something important." If this was so important that it could not wait two hours he should not be at the theater. Also, as she said, if he was not texting he would have never be bothered in the first place. I can't think of any reason I would take his side. What a punk. Last note on theaters comment, if I get up to tell someone at the theater someone is texting I'll miss probably 5 minutes of the movie which could be key and they may not be texting by the time I get back with an employee. This stuff just makes me want to have a sweat home theater instead of my small SD TV.
In USA, R rating means a kid under 17 can only be in the theater if he is accompanied by an adult. Though, I didn't have much trouble getting into R rated movies with my friends when I was 15...
NC-17 means NO kid under 17 is allowed in the theater no matter what. But, rarely does a NC-17 movie ever make it into the theaters. Which is stupid, because if R rated movies can make good money, I don't see why NC-17 movies couldn't as well. This is one of those MPAA "holier than thou" power trip ratings that they threaten films with that don't share the same values as the small committee of jerks who run the MPAA. It's BS. They chop out parts of the artist's (director's) vision to get it to a stupid rating that the studios crave for marketing and money making purposes. Sorry, I'm sure I could go on about this, but I won't.
And then PG-13 means 13-year-olds and higher can see the movie without supervision.
Does that mean kids under 13 are not admitted to PG-13 movies unless they have an adult with them?"
Yes, but I think the theater would have trouble IDing an 11-year-old, so I imagine anyone slightly resembling a teenager could get into a PG-13 movie without supervision no problem. PG = Parental Guidance.
[Alex Hawkins]"And how old does one have to be to qualify as an adult?"
Legally it's 18 for most things. But to see the newest Rambo movie, 17.
Ok, so I'm a father of 3 and that sign is crazy. I don't even bother to bring my kids to the movies because I can be certain that they will be a disruption (they take after their dad). But to casually put an age limit of 6 on a R rated movie? And because of the time!
I'll admit, I'm a bit conservative, but I'm amazed what parents will let their kids watch. I'm not saying you have to protect them from everything forever, but when Hollywood has higher standards for what's appropriate for kids than their own parents there's a real problem.