Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 1356 - Practice Run

Although Cars 2 has been reviewed harshly by critics, children are going to careless.  After all, if a toddler can walk around the house for hours with crap in their pants, they can surely enjoy a movie that received less than 40% from Rotten Tomatoes.

Since Andrew is a Cars fiend, he has been very excited about this new Cars movie.  Emma is pretty excited too, but I think she is more interested in annoying Andrew by stealing his new Cars toys.

Lisa and I are thinking about taking the kids to see Cars 2 in the theaters, but we have never taken the kids to see a movie.  We once tried to take them to the fairy tale movie Pan's Labyrinth, but for some reason they didn't care for it at all.  I even tried to prepare them for the movie by drawing large eyes on the palms of my hands.

So we've been trying to prepare the kids for their possible introduction to the movie theater experience.  A few times at night, we've sat them in front of the television with all of the lights off, pumped up the volume, and let them watch a little bit of the first Cars movie.

I think between simulating the movie experience at home and explaining movie etiquette, the kids might be ready to see Cars 2 this weekend.  For those of you who are going through the same situation as us, here is a checklist of things to do to prepare your kids for their first movie:

1)  Explain to them that the movie theater is going to be dark, but safe...unlike their bedroom closet.
2)  Prepare them for loud, unexpected noises.  I find feeding the entire family beans for dinner does this pretty well.
3)  Let them know this is going to be a communal experience, much like an orgy without the messy clean-up.
4)  If they see something scary, then they should close their eyes and cover their ears.  Singing around the house without my shirt on made my kids an expert with this one.
5)  And most importantly, if any one asks, the kids are under two years old.  Hey!  That's $12 you can put towards a small popcorn and soda.

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