Movie etiquette for kids' flicks -- should there be any?
How well behaved do you expect kids to be at G or PG rated kid flick like the Tooth Fairy or Shrek? Those movies are popular with people of all ages, with kids or without, so chances are you are going to have some scold judging the mother who can't keep her toddler in his seat. And then there are the mothers who think a kids' movie is the equivalent of a playground, let them have fun and run around if they like, because no one should expect solace while watching Iron Man 2.
I will side with the scold only in the sense that I do think even at a kids movie you should be telling them to sit down, use a whisper if they have to say something, respect the other people there, etc. I don't think just because it's a kids movie they should be loud or obnoxious. Other kids want to see the movie too. And no one wants to be picking Goobers out of their hair.
But I think you should expect it to be a little rowdier at a kids movie as their parents are still in the process of trying to teach them movie etiquette. "No honey, we do not throw Goobers. Apologize to that nice lady before she kicks Mommy in the shins." I expect my kids to stay seated and be quiet, but I know that it's something I will have to spend many movies repeatedly teaching them before it sinks in.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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