Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fun Family Afternoon?

Matt, Alex, Josh and Zach ready for the movie to begin

So, yesterday afternoon Matt and I thought it would be fun to take the boys to a movie. Matt left work a couple of hours early, we picked the boys up from preschool, and went to a 3:40 movie. We decided to see Where the Wild Things Are. We have the book at home and have read it quite a few times. It isn't their favorite book, but I would say they like it. When they saw the preview for the movie they made the connection to their book and were excited to see it. Matt had read mixed reviews about the movie but we decided to try it out. We thought it would be something fun for our family to do. At first they were really excited.

Josh with ticket stub

But then the movie started. The reviews that said this movie isn't for little kids was right on. It wasn't like it was inappropriate, it was just really boring for them. It was also a heavy movie. The subject matter was WAY over their heads. So then Matt and I needed to bribe them to stay sitting and quiet with candy, popcorn, and pop.

Zach drinking all the pop

Zach got his love of diet Pepsi from Matt and I. We don't let the boys drink pop often, but when Zach gets the opportunity, he will CHUG it down. We probably should have left. Just when I was ready to, some kid was into the movie. Matt and I did a lot of yell whispering :)- if you know what I mean. Like- "SIT DOWN" and "SHHHHHH!" etc. I honestly can't give a great review of the movie, as I was trying to make sure my kids didn't disturb the people around us. What I can tell you is, the mother behind us was crying her eyes out when the movie ended. Which made me wonder how much of the story line I missed! :) Sure it was sad, but I didn't think it was THAT sad. But then again I am not really a crier so that might make a difference too. Who knows?!? Needless to say, the five of us were a little grumpy when we left the theater. :) Alex said he never wants to go to that movie again. Josh and Zach never want to see the "loud big TV" again. We had a discussion that not all movies are good ones, the enjoyment is being with the family doing something fun. Don't know if they bought that or not, but by the time we got home we were all happy. Except Zach, as he had a stomach ache from chugging the pop and eating a ton of candy and popcorn! :) Sigh....oh well we tried. Can't win them all right? :)


  1. LOL Sounds like if the movie was better for them you would have been ok. You were brave to try!!!! Was this their first movie?

  2. Bummer that the movie was so unenjoyable to them. Personally, I'm so sick of being bombarded with WtWTA promos and trailers for the past few months that I don't care if I ever see that movie. I'm burned out on it before I ever saw it!

    May I recommend Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, though? I had very low expectations of the movie, I wasn't really familiar with the book (though I'm sure I've read it before), and took Annalie just for something to do one weekend. And it was AWESOME. Very funny and enjoyable, for kids and adults. We actually went to see it again in the theater with friends who had not seen it before, and I enjoyed it just as much, if not more, the second time.