I go to the movies a lot. I like to go with a friend or two when I can find them. Sometimes I go by myself. Sometimes I go just for the popcorn.
My favorite local theaters in the area sell a plastic bucket that you bring to the theater anytime and fill it up with popcorn. I’ve done that a few times. It’s good for about 6 months, and I get my money’s worth. The same theaters’ concessions include a butter-flavoring pump so you can apply your own “butter,” salt, and other flavors – like white cheddar, or cinnamon.
Today, was the last day for my most recent bucket – so I’ll need to buy another one soon. Today I also saw several occurrences of a phenomena that makes my blood pressure rise like the foil on a pan of Jiffy Pop.
Parents – a note for those of you who take your kids to movies rated above their age. (if you don’t do this, feel free to share my rage) I’m staggered, outraged an appalled. Do you honestly think that when people, especially young people, are exposed to the unsavory elements of our culture that they are unaffected? Seriously? I’m amazed at how many parents bring children (age 4-12) and young teens (13-16) (group the whole age range into “kids”) into R rated movies. What are you thinking?
Now, I’m not a parent, so of course I get to make these comments without the consequences of following my own advice. So – feel free to take my thoughts with a dash of popcorn salt.
The MPAA provides ratings to help moviegoers understand what’s in the movie before they go. There are also a ton of resources out there to help you pick appropriate movies. Once someone is over 18 or over 21 – they need to be cultural discerners and make their own decisions. However, if you don’t teach them how to make decisions, they won’t learn, and we’ll all be one gladiator fight away from showing actual death in our media.
Some of my recommended movie review sites:
1) Rotten Tomatoes – if it’s less than 60% fresh, I think twice, or thrice before I spend money on it – not for everyone.
2) Past The Popcorn – the films, the people who make the films.
3) Hollywood Jesus – get the spiritual perspective.
4) Preview – for family-friendly ratings.
Please, please, please don’t bring kids to see R-rated movies. Please don’t bring children to see PG-13 movies. Don’t show the movies to them at your home. Think about the potential long term effects of what your children experience. I know our culture is all about instant gratification. I know this isn’t popular. I know it’s going to be hard to do this. Your kids will be better people for it in the long run.
… maybe it’s just me.