We took the kids to see the Pixar movie Monsters VS Aliens last Sunday after church. The good news is, we didn’t end up with any nude children running around the theater (see a previous post of mine; I forget which one, but I think this happened more than once so take your pick – we haven’t been to the movies in months, and now you know why!). The bad news is that I didn’t think this movie lived up to the hype. But I couldn’t be sure; I didn’t get to see much of it. It seemed to me like they showed all the funny parts in the previews, but then again, once you read what I was doing instead of watching the movie, you’ll see why I could be wrong…
Our family now takes up an entire row at the movie theater. Our oldest starting pouting because she was stuck on the inside and complained that she couldn’t see. To her credit, she got over it right away and ended up being the one kid of the four who actually stayed awake for the entire movie. The movie was about to start, and I felt something pelt my back – HARD. I turned to my husband and said, “I think someone just threw something at me, intentionally because it was hard and it hurt!”. He said, “It probably was intentional – turn around and see who it is!” Duh – why didn’t I think of that? I’m not the type to want to draw attention, so I figured it was some poor kid who was going to get in trouble if I turned around or something… so I turned around and saw some game-nighters grinning at us. “Good thing you finally turned around, ” they said, “we were almost out of Junior Mints!” Haha – that was funny, and I learned my lesson, if you get pelted in the back at the movie theater, you should turn around to see who would actually throw candy at the movie theater – you might be surprised to find out it’s NOT kids!
The lights dimmed, the previews came on, and my son dirtied his diaper. By the time I got back from changing him, I had already missed a preview – my husband and I love the previews. Oh well, better than missing the movie, I thought… little did I know we would be missing that too. So my son, who is 8 months old and just starting to crawl, didn’t want to sit still for a movie. He was happy munching on things, but he was pretty rambunctious when I was holding him. So I spent most of the movie trying to calm him down and keep him busy. My 2-year-old daughter, who is usually the problem (and the nudist) at the movies, actually fell asleep. My husband went to put her in her seat to sleep so we could enjoy the movie, and there was a horrible gushing sound followed by gasps from the people behind us. Apparently, my husband’s pop had gotten knocked over, and wouldn’t you know it, it was almost full and of course it poured directly into the lady’s purse who was sitting behind us. OOPS! How can you possibly apologize for something like that, especially while trying to be quiet so others can watch the movie? All the commotion of course woke up my daughter, so now we had her to deal with again. Not more than 20 minutes later, my son made a lightening-fast grab for my drink, and I didn’t catch him in time, so SPLOSH – another one bites the dust. At least this time it was in MY diaper bag and not the woman’s behind me again – that would have been lawsuit-worthy! But now we were drinkless, had 2 rambunctious kids, and were only about halfway through the movie!
Well, we made it through, my 2 youngest daughters fell asleep before the movie was over, and my son was out about 10 minutes before it ended – he waited long enough to keep me from seeing the movie, and long enough to wake up when we left and screw up his nap cycle. But I guess I learned yet again that my kids are too little to go to the movies – at least all 4 at one time. And the lady behind us didn’t say anything when she left, thank goodness. But I wouldn’t take my word for it that Monsters VS Aliens isn’t anything special – I didn’t see most of it!