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to be pissed off last night as the cinema cos someone took their little boy to a film rated 12 which didn't finish til gone 11pm?

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juicychops Sun 22-Feb-09 13:48:07

went to cinema last night to see He's just not that into you (which i thought was very good). its rated 12 and started after 8.30pm and didn't finish until after 11pm. i sat at the end next to the aisle. in the seat next to me but the other side of the aisle was a boy aged no more than 7 with his mum.

he was so bored and kept talking, moaning, getting up, jumping around, etc he was really really bored. i felt so sorry for him and his mum just kept pulling him back into his chair and moaning at him to be quiet. i was going to offer his mum the rest of my sweets for him but thought she might have a go at me for interfering.

it really pissed me off that she could be selfish like that and make the poor boy watch a film too old for him, that he would clearly not find interesting in the slightest, and have to stay up so late as well. AIBU?

LauriefairycakeeatsCupid Sun 22-Feb-09 13:49:30

No, he should have been in bed not made to watch a film too old for him


Nabster Sun 22-Feb-09 13:49:57

I am thinking she probably had no one to watch her child so she could go out and probably didn't enjoy the film much with having to sort him out and sensing disapproval from people.

giantkatestacks Sun 22-Feb-09 13:50:13

yeah you are being a bit u - did you drag your poor old dp along who would have had the same reaction?

belgo Sun 22-Feb-09 13:50:26


StealthPolarBear Sun 22-Feb-09 13:50:53

Was it a 12a or a 12? or is there nodifference?
(I don't get out much!)

belgo Sun 22-Feb-09 13:52:04

if she had no one to babysit then she needs to wait until it comes out on dvd or is on the tv. Or go to a sunday afternoon showing.

compo Sun 22-Feb-09 13:52:10


compo Sun 22-Feb-09 13:52:46

agree with belgo, she should do what the rest of us do and not ruin her son's and everyone else's sat night

giantkatestacks Sun 22-Feb-09 13:53:00

In all seriousness the age thing is a problem but it is advisory.

The judgemental stuff about his bedtime is a bit off though - they might just do things different in their house and it wasnt a school night.

LauriefairycakeeatsCupid Sun 22-Feb-09 13:54:22

DP's jump around, talk and moan through films kate? grin

giantkatestacks Sun 22-Feb-09 13:56:08

True Laurie - mine would just tut and shift in his seat a lot then eventually fall asleep and then moan all the way home about how shite it was.

belgo Sun 22-Feb-09 13:56:53

let's hope he doesn't snore then kate!

juicychops Sun 22-Feb-09 13:57:28

didn't drag dp there, went with a friend

CherryChoc Sun 22-Feb-09 19:20:02

Stealth 12A is in cinema, 12 is just for DVDs now. So they are the same thing.

ellingwoman Sun 22-Feb-09 19:23:42

She might have been locked out?

TinkerBellesMumandFiFi2 Sun 22-Feb-09 19:23:46

Not the same. 12A means under 12s have to have an adult with them.

violethill Sun 22-Feb-09 19:29:51


Very selfish of this other woman to drag a kid along to something unsuitable and cause annoyance to other people.

nooka Sun 22-Feb-09 19:35:01

When we went to see The Return of the Sith, at about the same time in the evening, there was a dad with two small children (they looked about 4 and 6 at most). They both grizzled a bit and then fell asleep. I cannot see the point in taking children to unsuitable films after their bedtime. They don't enjoy it, the parent doesn't enjoy it and no one else likes it either. There are many many films dh and I have missed over the last ten years, but we chose to have children, and IMO having to find babysitters in order to go and see adult films is par for the course. I think we have managed to see about five films, where we used to go most weeks. I feel that there will be time enough to catch up on our cinematography in a couple of years when the children are OK on their own, or their social life is such that we will have plenty of night alone!

PersephoneSnape Sun 22-Feb-09 21:05:13

I'm annoyed at people taking lairy toddlers to bolt yesterday, so I'm not really in a happy enough place to comment.

yanbu. children shouldn't go to the cinema until they are of an age to appreciate that there are other people there, who have paid a bloody fortune to see a film. it's a big dark room. toddlers are scared, bigger children shouldn't be seeing something age inmappropriate and may well be bored rigid or scarred for life and grown ups should wait until it comes out on dvd.

i don't get to go the cinema half as much as i would like to - when i do get to go, it's a big outing for us. I don't like it spoiled by other peoples lack of manners

Simplysally Sun 22-Feb-09 21:11:46

Yanbu - it drives me mad when people take tiny children to see films that aren't designed for them. I still take dd to afternoon showings for 'her' films and she is 8. When I do go out, I don't want kids there.

(I also hate popcorn rustlers, mobile phone chatters, and seat-kickers/fidgeters but that is beside the point....)

staffylover Sun 22-Feb-09 21:46:43

It makes me wonder why some people go to the cinema...........they talk, make noise when they eat and despite being asked to turn off the mobile they continually use it. If you want to eat, go before you enter the cinema, its probably cheaper by the way! If you find you don`t like the film, feck off!

lollipopmother Sun 22-Feb-09 21:50:42

You're being unreasonable to be pissed at just the age issue, it's got nothing to do with you how late the child is up. However, you're not being unreasonable to be pissed at someone (anyone) ruining the film, that would piss me off too.

Simplysally Mon 23-Feb-09 09:49:03

Surely if the film is a 12, the cinema has broken the law by letting in an 8yr old?

FAQinglovely Mon 23-Feb-09 09:59:22

He's just not that into You is a 12A rating which

according to the BBFC means

"12A – Suitable for 12 years and over. No-one younger than 12 may see a ‘12A’ film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a ‘12’ rated video or DVD. Responsibility for allowing under-12s to view lies with the accompanying or supervising adult."

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