How Young Is Too Young For A Midnight Movie?

Zacharie's First Ever Movie, March 29, 2010

My oldest son was nearly 3 before he saw a movie in a theatre. I took him to How To Train Your Dragon, and it was a big deal (picture above).

My youngest son, however, has been going to movies since he wasn’t yet 2. I was stuck to emcee a movie for the radio station one night and decided to test out his stamina to see if he could sit through Kung Fu Panda 2. He enjoyed it, and we’ve enjoyed taking him to movies ever since.

Last night, when a gunman opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado movie plex, it was the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Amongst the more than 70 people that were shot were a 9 yr old, 6 yr old, and 3 month old.

Some have asked that we not blame the victims in a time like this. Fine, I appreciate that we don’t want to pile on the tragedy, but shooting or not, I’d have the exact same reaction.

Why the heck are kids at the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises?

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Buzz

Buzz is married to Jennifer and has 2 sons. Zacharie was born in May 2007 and Charles in January 2010. Buzz is a radio guy who enjoys building bridges between old and new media. Follow buzz on Twitter @buzzbishop and check out DadCAMP on Google+

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  1. I agree with you. I would also like to add that we should stop exposing our children to violence so they don’t become numb to it or find it acceptable. Heck Disney movies even bother me sometimes.

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