Friday, May 18, 2012

It's drive-in season!


Have we recovered from the trauma of last year's drive-in season? The scars are still so fresh, it's hard to tell, and yet I think my children will be undergoing extensive psychological analyzing for years to come.

OK, so maybe they won't. Maybe just me. Me and all the other parents who were there that fateful night, holding their protective hands over the the tiny trusting faces of their innocent offspring while, on the  screen, busty nudes faked hot liquid sex amidst the pastoral pines of the local drive-in. The horror, the popcorn-crusted, hot dog dancing horror.

Before you think I'm a twisted weirdo freak, let me assure you I would never take my children to a porno on purpose. Like, never! I don't even feel comfortable watching the kissing scenes in Lassie Does Dallas. Perhaps Dave and I should have checked the ratings of the movies playing at last year's Dusk to Dawn movie fiesta before packing kids, blankets, pop and pillows into our two cars. But we weren't THINKING. This is a common thing at my house, the not-thinking thing. It can be blamed for a multitude of hoary sins. Any reasonable parent, nay, any THINKING parent, would know enough to check out the ratings and trailers for the four movies playing at the Dusk to Dawn: Planet of the Apes, Cowboys & Aliens, The Change-Up and Bridesmaids. Yeah, well... all I can say is please refer to the not-thinking phase of this diatribe.

So the first two movies were good. Lots of blood and guts and shooting and dying, not too much swearing and no sex – that's pretty much Disney for us. I don't care how much violence is in the flick, as long as nobody's naked.

Then Change-Up started. The language was terrible – there was more swearing than in this blog, and that's a feck of a lot of swearing! Every time somebody said the eff word, I grumbled under my breath saying, "Oh, Sam, you're not listening to that are you?" And, "You better not be talking like that, Angus."  So the actors would swear and I'd waggle my gums and there was so much swearing and waggling that my jaw began to ache. The kids weren't listening to me anyway. They were glommed onto the forbidden fruit unfolding on the screen in front of them, no doubt thinking, "we're not in Kansas anymore."

The movie is about two guys who switch lives. One is a husband and father (Jason Bateman). One is a hot single guy (Ryan Reynolds - yessssssssss) who films soft porn for a living. We see Justin at home with his lovely family. And we see Ryan as he goes to the film set TO HAVE FAKE SEX WITH NAKED PORN STARS. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!

Before I knew it there were doggies on that screen, naked swaying doggies – and I'm not talking about actual DOGS!

Angus yelled, "BOOBIES!" And I screamed as I flung a pillow over his face, almost suffocating the poor lad to death while trying to protect his innocence.

"COVER YOUR EYES!" roared Dave to Sam.

"BOOBIES!" squealed Angus, muffled by the pillow. It sounded like "MRUMPHIES."

What they were SAYING on the screen was just as bad as the flailing plastic breasts. I can't even REPEAT it here – suffice it to say it had something to do with a FINGER and a BUM. I turned off the car stereo, where the movie sound was coming from, as fast as a flash, then realized we could still hear the movie as plain as day through everyone else's vehicles.

"FINGERS!" hollered Angus, laughing his 14-year-old face off from under the pillow.

"GET THAT BLANKET OFF MY FACE," roared 10-year-old Sam, who wanted to know what the fuss was about. "I wanna see BOOBIES!"

"BOOBIES!" said Angus.

I was freaking out. "Don't listen! Don't watch! Hide your ears! Batten the hatches! Every man for himself!" And as the finger was put to incredible use I screamed, "Noooooooooooooooo," and the kids were laughing and Dave was smothering Sam while I practically sat on Angus and the popcorn and soda pop was spilled from one end of the car to the other... I swear, the Pepsi stains still bear sombre witness to the horrifying melee.

Just now I was checking out The Change-Up on the IMBD message boards. There was a big fooferaw because some lady brought a five-year-old to see this R rated movie. One commenter said:


"I know it's more and more common for kids to be seeing adult movies, but I don't know who in their right mind would take a little kid to something this vulgar."

I only have two explanations for this. First and foremost, WE WEREN'T IN OUR RIGHT MINDS!

And secondly, "BOOBIES!"



36 comments:

  1. I'm sure I could top this ... Sofia and I take in Pedro Almodovar movies together ... Eliza's interests are also very sophisticated ... or unsophisticated depending on how you look at it. I try to confine her viewing pleasure to home. When I do take her to something PG13 it doesn't help that my diminutive 13 year old can pass for 9. Her favorite word is feck ... or more correctly the unabridged version of feck ... she thinks its precocious popping out of the mouth of a cute young girl who can pass for 9.

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  2. Oh Cathie. Even though I know this story I STILL laughed so hard I started crying. So funny... :D

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  3. Forget it mom - he's hooked now! Wow that is hilarious.

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  4. OMG that is hilarious...horrifyng but hilarious. So, this year we are googling all the movie titles right?

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  5. This is so funny but I can't keep from thinking there are worse things to see then mammary glands.

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  6. This is soooo funny! And I miss drive-ins. They're aren't any around here but I think I might have heard my first "F" word when my parents thought I was asleep in the backseat during one of those drive-in double features of my youth.

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    1. Johanna! I finished your book on the weekend and it was AWESOME!!!!!! Thanks so much for writing it, you talented thing, you!

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  7. I laughed so hard at this. Oh my, Cathy, you spin a good yarn. That movie was dreck, but since it led to this post I'll forgive it. :)

    I miss the drive in.

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  8. I wish I was in the next car then I would have been howling with laughter. I know it was not funny to you, but when you look back years later, it might be.

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    1. Oh no, Anthony, we were TOTALLY howling with laughter. You see, GOOD parents would be traumatized... we just think of it as a hilarious tale to be told and retold for many years to come. By the way, I LOVE that your avatar is lemon meringue pie. Mmmmmmm... pie.....

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  9. Um... who in the world would put together that kind of line up for a drive-in movie night? It's just asking for parents to bring their kids. Seriously, someone at that theater should have their head thumped.

    I did a review of The Change-Up at some point. It gets lots of search hits for some reason.

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    1. Ooooo, so maybe I'll get lots of search hits!!! You know what my all time biggest hit is? My post about potato chips. Why, I will never know.

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  10. Drive ins have just about disappeared here. My parents refused to take us when they did still exist. The only movie I have ever seen at the drive in was Grizzly (then boy friend's pick) and I wish I had a parent there to cover my eyes. The blood and guts of that film haunt me still.

    PS: My current partner hired The Texas Chain-saw Massacre as an antidote to Christmas schmaltz one year but I knew better than to look at any of it.

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    1. Good for you for not looking!! Geeez, I am STILL afraid of bears because of Grizzly. It scared the crap out of me.
      So sad that there are so few drive-ins still around. I'm lucky to have one so close – only 10 minutes away. It's not glitzy, it's not glam, but it's absolutely perfect. I hope it stays here for many years to come.

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  11. That is a riot Cath. I'm still laughing. Thanks for the memories Loved going to the drive-in with you kids, but no experiences quite like that!!! Keep smiling

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    1. Yup, I remember seeing Bonnie and Clyde at the drive-in! I'm pretty sure we were supposed to be asleep by the time Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were turned into swiss cheese but it is still one of my favourite movies and I can't think of a better way to have seen it than with you and Dad at the drive-in.

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  12. Every life has its misadventures. You (the lot of you) have apparent survived this one.

    Onwards and upwards. Blessings and Bear hugs, too!

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    1. Thanks Rob! And yeah, we need those blessings, the way our lives unfold. Keep 'em coming! :)

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  13. This was hysterical! :)

    When my sister and I were young, my family - parents, aunts, uncles, etc. - went to a drive in. The theory was that we would fall asleep before any "bad" stuff went on (I don't even recall what the movies were now but one was probably PG and the later one was R rated.) The story goes that we woke up and one of us said something like "Why is that man kissing that lady? She's not his wife." Ooops. :)

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    1. Thanks Madeline! Hey, at least that man was only KISSING that lady!

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  14. I wish we had drive-ins in the UK. They are a wonderful idea. Even better if they are populated with parents trying to censor their children. Brilliant. Still catching up with all the bloggers on the A-Z challenge. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks Brian! I think you should open one up - might do extremely well, judging by the comments here! And good luck with A to Z. Your persistence impresses me. And thanks for the follow!

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  15. Hilarious movie review, Cathy! You should moonlight!

    karen

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    1. I was thinking of getting a job at the grocery store... any openings??? ;)

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  16. Great blog:

    This speaks of Religious ethics: violence,killing, mayhem OK - women's tits dirty... Hide the children's eyes... they'll go blind. Now the finger...that's another matter.

    the Ol'Buzzard

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    1. BUZZARD! Great to see ya! (The finger is ALWAYS another matter!!!)

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  17. So, no thumbs up?

    It was worth scarring the lads (who I'm sure know more than they are letting mom in on and likely will survive without psychoanalysis) for this funny piece! Yes, back to the Drive-In and roll the dice, don't check the listings!

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  18. Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!! That's all I can say about that! ;)

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