Another day, another cinema ordeal at Reel Cinemas.
This time we were watching the Thriller “Secret in Their Eyes”. It stars Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Good movie. Would have been better if there wasn’t a 1 year old screaming and laughing the whole time though.
Thanks to my previous blog – The Ordeal of Going to the Cinema – I had the number of the Reel Cinemas manager. After a few of us had glared and tutted at the couple and the noisy kid and ranted on twitter (with no response by Reel Cinema), I finally texted the manager. Nothing happened. The noise continued for the rest of the movie and the mother thought it would be a great idea to use the torch on her iphone to flash in our eyes!
At the end of the movie we saw there were security and attendants waiting to talk to the couple and their kid.
I talked to the staff and advised I had sent the text. I had expected them to come during the movie to escort the noisy couple out. The cinema was full of adults who had paid in full to watch the movie not listen to this kid. The response from one Reel Cinema gentleman was that the movie was PG15. As the baby had come with his parents with their guidance that it was perfectly acceptable for them to be in the cinema.
I was mad listening to this same argument again. The movie is not made for kids or babies. There was violence and adult content. Parental guidance must be given to kids who are 13-14 for a PG15 movie not toddlers!?!?
The Manager who I had dealt with before did have a conversation with me on this a day later. He advised that he told the couple to leave during the movie but they had said no. There are security and they are ruining the movie for over 100 people. Surely they must be escorted out and can’t be given the option!? He has kindly given my friend and I tickets to see another movie which we are thankful for.
Anyway, common sense does not seem to prevail with cinema classification by the looks of it (or dealing with security in the cinema).
So if you want to see an adult movie, this cinema is expecting you to either wait for it to come out to watch at home or accept children and toddlers will ruin the movie for you.
Why can’t they have the movie classification like in the UK which makes sense
U – Universal
PG – Parental Guidance
12A – Cinema release suitable for 12 years and above.
15 – For 15 and above
18 – For 18 and above
No discrepancy, no chance of children in 12A and above movies and no unhappy customers.
Who do we have to talk to, to get the cinema classification changed?
If you know anyone who can listen and try and change this nonsense please let me know! For now if sharing this post use the #StopPG15. Let’s see if we can start a # change.
Update: This was shared on Twitter from @wittertainment. Apt I think!
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2 thoughts on “Stop PG15!”
I thought PG15 meant parents of 15 year olds and over (up to 18 when you are supposed to be capable of making good decisions for yourself….) should decide if its suitable. Its not that parents should decide if any age is acceptable. The thing is the poor security guys have no real power and they just get bullied and management doesn’t back them up,