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pippop1 Sat 29-Dec-12 01:19:31

I went to see Life of Pi in 3D my local cinema. The film started at 5.45pm and is rate PG which, according to the official website of cinema classification mean that the content is unlikely to disturb a child aged 8 or over.

There was a couple in the cinema with a child of about 4 and a younger one of I guess a little less than two. They sat to my left with an aisle between us. The younger DC (without 3D glasses) spent most of the film being shushed by the parents, not in a seat and walking about in front of the parents being passed around between them. Also there was constant rustling with bags of food to try and keep the child quiet.

The parents made no attempt to take this kid out. I found it v annoying and the film was beyond the understanding of a child of this age (espcially without the glasses - it's all fuzzy without them).

I'm not blaming the child at all but am I wrong to think the parents are crazy to take this little child to this film? It might be PG but it's hardly Disney.

Sorry, just need to moan as this outing cost DH and I over £21 and I felt anoyed the whole time!

I know, I know I should have complained to the staff but it was a tiny cinema, I would have had to go outside and then come back in and they'd know it was me!

pippop1 Thu 03-Jan-13 13:10:49

Unless DD's age is in double figures you are right ripsishere. It's really for adults and older children.

Their marketing of this film is so misleading.

ripsishere Thu 03-Jan-13 06:44:44

DD asked me to take her to see it based on the posters alone. I've read the book and decided she wouldn't like it.

misterwife Thu 03-Jan-13 06:14:37

Absolutely unacceptable to take a kid between the age of 1 and 2 to see the Life of Pi, unless there were extenuating circumstances of some kind. Inconsiderate to both the kid and the other cinema users.

MoetEtPantsOn Thu 03-Jan-13 05:55:48

I am just back from seeing this film and agree that the trailer made it look much more 4 year old friendly. I am very surprised that the family with the small kids made it through. I nearly didn't. Without the 3D I definitely wouldn't have lasted until the end.

Does anyone really just go by the certificate though? Don't you do some research before taking DCs to any movie? Maybe mine are scaredy cats but I always read reviews/ watch trailers/ check with friends.

I stand by my original post that I bet the offending parents wont take the kids to a what was actually an adult movie again!

Wallison Wed 02-Jan-13 18:11:06

I have a friend who does this (takes her kids to the theatre/cinema and not to films/plays aimed at children either). When I asked her how on earth she gets them not to talk, she says she always takes along a big bag of food. So, not only restless kids, but loads of rustling and passing things around to boot. Lovely.

Nancy66 Wed 02-Jan-13 16:35:49

they're just thoughtless twats. Plenty of them about though.

Time and time again I read, on MN, how people seem to think it's perfectly acceptable to take babies and toddlers to the cinema and theatre and fuck everyone else.

maisiejoe123 Wed 02-Jan-13 16:32:41

I have noticed as well that a 18 when I was growing up is now a 15 so please parents dont take a 5 year old to a film marked a 12.

Softlysoftly Wed 02-Jan-13 16:24:12

We were in The Hobbit on Sunday with 2 women, a squeaky baby and 2 boys about 3 or 4. Totally in appropriate viewing.

Didn't disrupt our viewing tbh but I admit I was a bit judgemental especially as I heard one of them crying in a scary bit.

maisiejoe123 Wed 02-Jan-13 16:17:13

Madey, you are so right! Why do some stupid parents take their 4-5 yr olds to a film marked a 12! So many times I have sat around kids who are clearly out of the depth in films that are so wrong for them. I saw Batman a few months ago and I was sitting next to a 5 year old who was clearly terrified. he asked his mother a couple of times if they could go and she said no......

Madeyemoodysmum Sun 30-Dec-12 23:56:52

Yanbu! I hate this. I was considering taking 7 yo animal lover dd to life of pi but after asking advise on here I have decided not to, as it is too mature from what others on here have said. I was not considering taking younger ds under any circumstances. I know he would be bored.

Just got back from the hobbit baby sitter at home, and I insisted dh and I went to a late show as I did not want my night spoilt by little kids brought in by parents that think a 12a is appropriate for a 4 yo.

I feel cinemas/film people of late have there ratings stupidly low I assume to bring in more money but it puts me of going as so any parents seem to think its ok to take little kids to adult themed films. The women in black is a 12a for crying out loud, would give a child nightmares for weeks! A mumsnet campaign would be most welcome.

MrsKeithRichards Sun 30-Dec-12 23:32:49

I've taken my 6m old to the cinema about five times now, he hasn't cried once. I would leave instantly.

I've taken him with my older ds to kids films.

Onezerozero Sun 30-Dec-12 22:39:18

Why would anyone take a baby? Cinemas are so loud!

flow4 Sun 30-Dec-12 22:37:17

Actually, I think I'm with Freudians here. It's the school hols, it was an afternoon showing, and it's a PG - and I've just watched the trailer and reckon that based on that (rather than the book) the film looks great for four year-olds - not just tigers, but loads of other wild animals, including those old favourites, meerkat and dolphins!

I'm not at all surprised there were children there OP... And though I do sympathise (because it's really frustrating to have a film disrupted, any time) I reckon the parents might also have felt miffed and misled.

HappyNewSkyebluesapphire Sun 30-Dec-12 22:32:05

My DD is 4yo and has not been to the cinema yet as I know she would get bored and be disruptive. It's just common sense...

A few years ago I went to London to see The Sound Of Music, paid a fortune for the tickets and had a young child kicking my seat for half of it because she was bored.


simplesusan Sun 30-Dec-12 21:51:39

There are some stupid people out there.
I always give them the hard stare, then the pointed look.
Next my dh has been known to approach the trouble makers and tell them to shut the fuck up. Or words to that effect.

FreudiansSlipper Sun 30-Dec-12 21:45:35

yes I do know the story wasted my time reading the book

it's an adventure story the posters make it look inviting for children a tiger on a boat maybe it should be a 12

LadyMargolotta Sun 30-Dec-12 21:36:33

FS - if you know anything about the film, you would know that it is not suitable for small children. I am not selfish enough to take my children to the cinema and make them watch a film that I know they would not appreciate or enjoy.

In fact I had already taken my 7 and 8 year old to the cinema this morning ( the fou year old would not have sat through it) to see a children's animation.

I was just hoping to enjoy an adult film without listening to a baby crying. Especially paying 22 pounds for the privilage.

FreudiansSlipper Sun 30-Dec-12 21:32:21

you are talking about a screaming baby not fidgety young children

maybe you should have taken advantage of going to the eary showings have been a few times no one seems bothered by fidgety and talkative children as they know they are going to be there

LadyMargolotta Sun 30-Dec-12 21:26:37

No I do not expect children to sit through a film like this - which is why I had the consideration to organise a babysitter.

I did not go to the cinema for 4 years when I didn't have a babysitter available.

Fortunately the management agreed with me and the people were asked to leave, but nearly have the film was ruined, and I missed several minutes finding someone to complain to.

FreudiansSlipper Sun 30-Dec-12 21:24:41

I was replying to the op, toddler and child

not to your post

FreudiansSlipper Sun 30-Dec-12 21:23:14

it's also school holidays you really would not expect children to be in a cinema at this time

8pm showing I doubt many would be there but 545 why not I would not go at that time as I am sure children would be there and do not expect children to be able to sit through a film without making some noise

LadyMargolotta Sun 30-Dec-12 21:22:41

The film may be PG but the recommendation is 8 years.

Do you really think a screaming baby will be enjoying the film? Do you really think cinema is an appropiate place for a screaming baby or a running toddler? Do you really think anyone enjoys the film with a screaming baby in the cinema?

LadyMargolotta Sun 30-Dec-12 21:17:45

The cinema is the last place I would take bored and excitable children. Let alone a baby.

FreudiansSlipper Sun 30-Dec-12 21:17:23

Film with a tiger in ...

stupid autocorrect

FreudiansSlipper Sun 30-Dec-12 21:15:49

holidays many are at a lost end what to do with excited and bored children it's a 545 showing of a pg film with a tig i would expect children the be there

and how stupid and nasty to bring up the shootings in the states he could have gone to any showing and done the same has the recent news not told you that ffs

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