Is going to the movies something that is a lot of fun for your family, or something that turns into a big chore? For us it is getting easier as the triplets get older. The first movie we ever took Jack to was Finding Nemo, and we had a wonderful time - during the trailers. By the time the actual movie started Jack was busy scraping the black ju ju bees off the floor and we ended up leaving. Now that we have four, we have found that a mound of popcorn can keep them in their seats for a pretty long time.
Jack (our eight yr. old) really wanted to see the Wimpy Kid movie, and we have really enjoyed those books. We thought the language in that might be a bit salty for our four year-olds. It's not that we thought they would be cursing, but our kids are definitely in the mode of repeating words like "butt" and then laughing for hours. So we thought we didn't need to teach them anything new. We had heard really good things about the How To Train Your Dragon movie, so we decided that we would throw caution to the wind and split up. Colleen took the triplets and I got to go with Jack.
We set the triplets and Colleen up first. We bring in their own water bottles because it seems to be the only way we can get through a movie without them making a total mess. Then we buy one big bag of popcorn and ask for some small plastic cups and just refill for them constantly. Kids turn into goldfish when they are around popcorn, they will just keep eating until their stomach explodes.
The theatre was completely empty. I love an empty theatre. I find it relaxing. Colleen usually finds it a little creepy, but when you've just brought three four year-olds into a theatre I think it's hard not to be happy to find no one else there.
Jack and I went off to our show and everyone had a good time. Wimpy I would give three out of four stars. They didn't seem to follow any particular book in the series, though there were definitely parts from the books. Jack had a good time. Dragon, I only saw the last couple of minutes, but Colleen thought it was a bit intense for four year-olds, and there was not much comedy to lighten the movie up.
The point of telling you about this trip is what was in the lobby. We were at one of those 30 screen places that is huge, and they have a large lobby where they have lots of big cutouts to promote upcoming movies. One movie coming up apparently is called Kick-A@#. Now 10 years ago I'm sure I would have thought this was cool, but I have a third grader who reads this and it seems very acceptable. Now I'm seeing it on taxi cabs and buses as if it were no big deal. At what point do words not matter to us at all anymore and we accept throwing them at people anytime, anywhere?
Really, the Viagra and Cialis ads my kids see every time we watch a ball game are annoying enough. I guess I should be happy to know that my eight year old knows to call a doctor if he has something happen to him for longer than four hours, but I wish we could find a way to hold off on some of this stuff!