(With apologies to Willie and Waylon)
If you’re looking for my review of Watchmen, this isn’t it. I’m still working it over in my mind. Instead, I’d like to take this opportunity to address something I saw while sitting in the theater waiting for the movie to start.
I saw two sets of parents who brought their ‘couldn’t be more than six years old’ children into the theater to see Watchmen. I wanted to stand up and yell at them “What the $&**#^ are you thinking?!” Instead, I texted SF Signal’s own Tim about it and got back this reply:
“Some people just need to be slapped.”
Indeed. I can’t even fathom what is going on the heads of those parents (if anything did in fact go on) that led them to conclude that Watchmen would be in any way, shape or form even remotely appropriate for a little kids. The first clue would be the ‘R’ rating. They gave it an ‘R’ for a reason, and in my opinion, anyone who brings young kids into an ‘R’ movie is an idiot. In fact, I don’t think there’s any reason anyone under the age of, say, 15 or 16 has any business being anywhere near Watchmen. No excuses. If you can’t find a babysitter, well then go a different time. By taking your kids to the theater, you’ve just exposed them to:
Extreme violence that crossed over into gratuitousness regularly, what with the repeated cleaver to the head and bodies exploding into bloody mist.
Two sex scenes, one quite explicit and an attempted rape scene with physical harm being perpetrated on the female victim.
And that’s not even mentioning the language (hope you learned something new kids! though you’ve probably already heard these from your parents), or the twisted characters and dark themes, which should go right over their heads, thankfully.
You can’t even use the excuse that you thought the movie was a ‘superhero’ movie and therefor had to be ok for these youngsters. Aside from the ‘R’ rating to the contrary, saying that shows a complete lack of attempting to be a responsible parent. You know, one who tries to find out what a movie is about before subjecting their kids to it. Even a cursory attempt would show that Watchmen is not for kids, or even young teens. If you couldn’t be bothered to find out, or were unable to learn more, then stay the $@%&%^* home until you could see it for yourself first.
Congratulations,you’ve just now stolen some of your child’s innocence and for what? You’re either an idiot or stupid or both for bringing your kids and certainly deserve a slap upside the head. If it were me, kids under 13 wouldn’t even be allowed into ‘R’ movies, so called parents or not. Yes, I’m pissed at these people.
Am I the only one whom this type of thing bothers?