2011-08-19 / On Second Thought

Should babies be allowed in movie theaters?

A motion picture rating system is designated to classify films with regard to suitability for audiences in terms of issues such as sex, violence, substance abuse, profanity, impudence, or other types of mature content. A particular issued rating can be called a certification, classification, certificate or rating.

This is designed to help parents decide whether a movie is suitable for their children. Yet, the effectiveness of these designations is widely disputed. Also, in some jurisdictions a rating may impose on movie theaters the legal obligation of refusing the entrance of children or minors to the movie. Furthermore, where movie theaters do not have this legal obligation, they may enforce restrictions on their own. Ratings are often given in lieu of censorship.

My question: why are babies and young children allowed in any movie? This is not only abusive to the child but shows absolutely no regard for others. How many times have you gone to a movie to relax, paid good money, and there is a screaming baby in it or a toddler running up and down the aisles, his so-called parent taking him back and forth to the snack bar or bathroom. If a parent can’t afford a babysitter, stay home. When are we adults going to get our time?

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