And the Battle Wages On

by LJ Dovichi

As a mother of a three-year-old who likes to go to the movies, I have a rant. My husband and I took Three-feet-of-fun to see Pixar’s new movie, Wall-E. My rant isn’t about the film, which was excellent by the way, but rather the amount of time it took for the movie to actually start.

If you’ve followed this blog at all, you’ll see that I’d cracked the code on taking our son to the movies. This movie blew the code out of the water. Luckily for us, Three-feet was so excited about seeing the movie, and is closer to four years old as opposed to three, he was able to weather the kink in our otherwise perfect plans.

The movie was supposed to start at 11:20 am. True to our schedule we found our seats at 11:15 and then we did the last potty break before the movie started. We were back in our seats at 11:19. Precisely at 11:20 the screen came alive with film but to our surprise the lights didn’t go down. They called it Children’s Play Time or something equally vague and started showing children’s previews and commercials. They rolled this for TWENTY MINUTES! Then the lights finally went down and then began the REAL PREVIEWS.

The movie didn’t start until NOON!!! Three-feet-of-fun was such a trooper he sat patiently through all the other stuff for the movie to start and was able to sit for the entirety of Wall-E, which by the way, was excellent. Other parents were not so lucky and several had to escort their screaming and impatient children out of the theater while others whispered frantically that the movie was going to start any second — it would be just a moment longer.

So I’m needless to say, miffed. I had broken the code. It had worked perfectly for only, let’s count them, two movies and now I’m back at square one. I have no idea what the “genius” who invented the FORTY MINUTE trailers into an actual children’s movie was thinking. Obviously said idiot doesn’t actually have a child of their own.

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This entry was posted on Saturday, June 28th, 2008 at 3:20 pm and is filed under Uncategorized, Humor. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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