Mum defends decision to take kids to cinema after she’s shamed over film choice
Heading to the cinema to see a new film can be an exciting day out for many adults and children alike.
But one mum has been left fuming after she took her two children to the cinema recently and was approached by another woman who questioned the choice of film she’d bought tickets to see.
Shona Hendley explained she took her two daughters – aged eight and nine – to see Jurassic World Dominion earlier this month, which in the UK is rated a 12A – meaning those under the age of 12 are permitted to see it if they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
The film classification gives parents or guardians the ability to decide whether they think the film is appropriate for their child, and after Shona and her husband decided that their kids would be okay with the “action violence” depicted in the film, they went ahead with their cinema trip.
But when Shona – who is from Australia, where the film is rated M for Mature, meaning parental discretion is advised for children under the age of 15 – went to buy the tickets, the woman behind her in the line questioned whether it was right for her to take her kids to see “such a violent film”.
Writing on the Kidspot blog, Shona said: “I spoke with my husband and we decided that they should be okay with such content. The woman next to me in the ticket line was not, and she was very certain to share this opinion with me.
“[She said] ‘You surely can’t be taking those two young children to see such a violent film?’ after hearing our movie choice.
“I stood there for a moment, shocked that she had said this, but then [said] ‘Thank you for your concern but this is our decision and we are fine with it.’ “
The mum claimed the woman then shook her head “disapprovingly” at her before taking her turn in the queue, leaving the family to continue on into the cinema screen.
And although she handled the situation with grace, Shona said she spent the entire length of the film wondering if she had made a mistake, or if she was a “bad parent” for her decision.
But when the lights came up at the end of the film, she noticed that most of the audience were children – some of whom were even younger than her daughters, and all of whom looked to have enjoyed themselves.
She added: “I soon realised the cinema was filled with kids. In fact, many of the other kids were far younger than mine and none of them appeared to be crying, screaming, rocking or showing any other signs of trauma.
“I understand that [the woman] was probably just trying to do what she thought was morally and ethically correct, but it wasn’t her place to do this and well, she was ultimately the most terrifying part of the whole Jurassic World experience.”