We went last Saturday night to see “Zero Dark Thirty,” and I was surprised to see a small child in the theater. The little girl was probably between 2 and 3 years old. It was an 8 p.m. showing.
I guess the ticket for the child was less expensive than paying a baby sitter. The toddler didn’t make any noises and did fall asleep about an hour into the movie. However, the entire first hour of the movie was torture scenes to get information from terrorist suspects. I wanted to cover the toddler’s eyes and ears. The toddler was in her parent’s lap but was looking at the screen.
So what are your thoughts: If you know your child is going to fall asleep do you bring them to a questionable movie? Do you think it wasn’t a big deal because waterboarding may not register with a child as violent? Or were these parents just totally wrong to bring a small child into that movie at any time of day? Should the theater not allow kids in with their parents to movies like that or does it just have to be up to the parents’ judgment?
Side Note: I really wanted to see this movie because I was interested in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, however I didn’t think it was great. It was good and interesting but it was very violent. I think “Argo” was a better made movie than “Zero Dark Thirty.” And I think Jessica Chastain was better in “The Debt” than in “Zero Dark Thirty.”