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Feb 17, 2002 - Film

Monsters Ball

Okay, I have to tell you about this movie going experience even though I wouldn’t recommend the movie to all but the hard core movie lovers. The movie was “Monster’s Ball” and I saw it on Sunday the 17th of February 2002. This, as some of you may know, is the Sunday before President’s Day. So all the little kiddies and the uncontrolling parents were out and about the Great Mall in Milpitas, California. This movie was only playing at the Century 20 there at the mall, otherwise I would have seen it elsewhere. The movie started on time and was really pretty good except for the audience. I’ve grown to accept people that come in and sit down while the previews are showing, and even to a certain extent people that come in during the opening credits (so long as there aren’t any plot points starting to develop). Tonight, however, people were coming in and out of the theater as if it were some celebrity rehabilitation center. At one point about half of the way through the movie this mother and two fat little kids came sauntering in to the theater, making a ton of noise, and decide to sit directly behind me. A little note here, and pay attention, THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR CHILDREN! Some parents these days allow their children to watch some “R” rated movies because mostly it’s rated that way for violence and language, both of which were contained in this movie. The problem was though that this movie also had a healthy portion of nudity and strong sexual content. About 3 minutes after this degenerate finally settled down and stopped kicking my seat the two lead actors (Billy Bob “It ain’t got no gas” Thornton and Halle “Holy Cow I’m Hot” Berry) had a pretty steamy sex scene. From the sounds the kids and the mother were making you’d think they were desecrating the American Flag on screen (although who knows if they would have found even that as offensive and they made the sex scene out to be). As soon as that scene was over the mother, in a huff trying to make everyone ashamed of watching such filth, stormed out of the theater with her children in tow. Please, please, please if you are going to take your children to the movies, and then decide to theater hop to see what else is playing, don’t bring them into an “R” rated movie that is half way over. I cannot emphasize this enough, but if they had stayed there for one more minute I would have asked them to leave and gone to get the management. That is despicable behavior, and totally uncourteous to your fellow American. I call out to every lover of movies out there, if this happens to you go get the theater management and have them removed from the theater. Then demand a free Coke for the lack of security at the doors. Then again, I’m just one person, what do I know?