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We SHOULD have just gone to see Friday the 13th

There was this one time we were visiting friends and we walked into the living room to find my 9 yo, her 10 and 11 yo’s sitting completely captivated by “Resident Evil”…the scene where zombie Doberman’s attack?…yeah, that one.

After a long talk about how we were never going to tell daddy about this particular incident (HEH), we had a long talk about how to understand when a movie isn’t appropriate.

General rules were:

1. If they use words that cause mommy’s head to implode

2. If anyone’s internal organs are yanked through their nostrils

3. If anyone…ANYONE…is nekkid.

It’s simple.  It isn’t even really all THAT strict.

And then?

I took them to see a movie that had THIS in it.

*I’ll be waiting here while you watch it several times to make sure you actually saw what you think you saw. By the way? You DID*

This is a movie for kids…and while I KNOW that Tim Burton isn’t anyones idea of Dr. Seuss, I sort of figured it was more “James and the Giant Peach” than a 3-D flick with a character jumping up and down in a thong and pasties.

MY mistake.

Just FYI, if you go up to the customer service desk with death in your eyes, the poor guy will actually fumble around so much trying to give you a speedy refund that he will drop most of his drawer on the floor.

**I was NOT illegally videoing the entire movie, just in case you were wondering…you missed the WORST part of the boob scene because I was fumbling to get the camera out of my purse**

**PS…Just got corrected that this flick is NOT a Burton flick…same director as “James and the Giant Peach” and “Nightmare Before Christmas”…but not Burton…don’t want to get sued or anything. HEH*

30 Comments on “We SHOULD have just gone to see Friday the 13th”

  1. #1 Dave2
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    This film is not Tim Burton… it’s based on a story by Neil Gaiman. Though director Henry Selick did this film and The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach.

    Dave2s last blog post..Venereal

  2. #2 AnissaM
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 1:19 am


    Thanks for letting me know it’s not Tim Burton, I love him and was going to have to be really unhappy with him for a long time. He would just take that so personally, you know.

    My kids and I really want to go see “9” and I know that IS Burton and I was concerned it wouldn’t be appropriate!

  3. #3 Awesome Mom
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 3:25 am

    My eyes they are burning! I would have been ticked too!

  4. #4 Jen W
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 8:43 am

    I was thinking about taking my daughter to see this movie and then I saw your update about how you walked out. I also heard that the movie is actually quite scary for younger kids so I think we are going to take a pass on it.

    Jen Ws last blog post..I wouldn’t eat those apples if you paid me (optionally titled: I think my children’s biological mother may be Elaine Benes)

  5. #5 Megan
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 9:11 am

    We had friends go and see it this weekend while we watched their son. They came back and told us definitely NOT a children’s movie. She used the word “creepy” many times in describing it. I can’t wait to see it myself-leaving Rowan with them.

  6. #6 Susan
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    We took our 4, 7 and 9 year olds to see Coraline in 3D yesterday. It actually wasn’t as scary as I thought it might be. Creepy is a good way to describe it. My husband and I were more than a bit surprised by the pasties ourselves! I don’t think the kids realized that it wasn’t a bikini though. That poor woman’s back must’ve been aching, huh?

    In terms of 9, we saw the preview for that and you should note that Burton is the producer but NOT the director, so you might want to wait until someone else pre-screens it for you.

  7. #7 Amo
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Dude. That is just pathetic.

    I sooo would have had the look of death. (And made him give me chocolate to help my kids forget.)

    Amos last blog post..Ode to a Redneck Shower

  8. #8 Normal to Natalie
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    i am offended already! my daughter has been asking to see it but i vowed when i saw the creepy preview that they showed when i went to see twilight that we would not be seeing that one! now i am very thankful i decided that!!! what a horrible scene and i am glad you got your money back!

    Normal to Natalies last blog post..Movie Time Monday

  9. #9 Brittany
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Um yeah. That won’t be a movie I take my kids to so they could throw popcorn at eachother, scream, kick the seats in front of them, and then finally look up at the screen and see gigantic boobs.

    I’ll save my money.

    Brittanys last blog post..Sweet Cheeks

  10. #10 Kyla
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Oh GEEZ! I’d have died if my kiddos were with me.

  11. #11 Jennifer
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    4 posts and a movie later, still no verse. I feel the fires lickin’ at your doorstep.

  12. #12 Janna
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Ugh… thank heavens Andrew has not even mentioned this movie (not that he would get to see it).
    Honestly, I think the fat suits with the skinny minnies underneath bothered me as much as the pasties!
    I just checked http://www.pluggedinonline.com – they have THREE paragraphs under sexual content for a PG movie!!!

    Jannas last blog post..Planning (AGAIN) for another Disney trip

  13. #13 Queen of the Mayhem
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I don’t blame you for leaving….that is a BIT much!

    Good for you….getting your money back!

  14. #14 Cathy
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    OMG – I don’t even HAVE kids, and I’m offended (of course, I’m part penguin {nun}) — but that is just WRONG on so many levels.

    I got the impression from the commercials it was a fantasy/escape/kids cartoon from the preview commercials on television — but OBVIOUSLY, they couldn’t show clips like THAT on commercial television. UGH.

  15. #15 AnissaM
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    @Awesome Mom,

    I know, right? Twas truly awful

  16. #16 AnissaM
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    @Jen W,

    Neither of the girls was particularly scared (although Rachael was “creeped out” by certain parts). I just couldn’t handle the nekkid.

  17. #17 AnissaM
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:32 pm


    It was a VERY cool movie…if it had just been me, I could have dug it…but for my kids? NO WAY!

  18. #18 AnissaM
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:36 pm


    No kidding! Paul Blart, Mall Cop, here we come. LOL

  19. #19 AnissaM
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:36 pm


    So wrong, I’m surprised I hadn’t heard more parent’s protesting it or at least a word of warning.

  20. #20 AnissaM
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    @Normal to Natalie,

    Poor kid thought I was going to rip his throat out…which I might have, I don’t know. I’m scary like that.

  21. #21 AnissaM
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:41 pm


    dude, they could do that at home!

  22. #22 AnissaM
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:46 pm


    My son was “oh, mom, this is a bad movie isn’t it?” LOL, he has more common sense than the MPAA board!

  23. #23 AnissaM
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:49 pm


    But should there BE sexual content for a PG movie? I am becoming old fuddy-duddy, i know.

  24. #24 AnissaM
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    @Queen of the Mayhem,

    You’d be surprised what you can get your money back from…I am queen of “I demand a refund!”

  25. #25 AnissaM
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:54 pm


    I’m even pretty liberal about what I let my kids watch as far as “real vs fantasy”. I let them watch Lord of the Rings, Series of Unfortunate Events, Nightmare Before Christmas…but I guess I draw the line at huge bouncy boobs in pasties…good to know I have limits, right?

  26. #26 Janna
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:56 pm


    Welcome to the club – I have been an old fuddy-duddy for a LONG time now (before I was “old”)!

    Jannas last blog post..Planning (AGAIN) for another Disney trip

  27. #27 AnissaM
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 5:59 pm


    I always thought I’d be the “cool” mom…I FAIL! I will apparently duct tape your eyes closed if necessary.

  28. #28 Jamie
    on Feb 18th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    The HELL!?

    We’ll just wait for Monsters vs. Aliens (plus I think Coraline would be too much for my almost 4-year-old.)

    Those boobs are kinda SCARY! 😉

    Jamies last blog post..My iPhone Brings All The Geeks To The Yard

  29. #29 Amanda
    on Feb 20th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Juliette has been talking non-stop about this movie, and i am glad you posted about it. I wasn’t sure, and was really leaning towards a No with the preview where it looks like bugs fall on her head from the shower. I would have never, ever gotten Juliette to take a shower again.

    But … I just could NOT imagine the conversation Juliette and I would have after that. It’s bad enough that at four she’s asked “Is it ok when girls kiss other girls?” I don’t need to have the speechless look on my face.

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