Last weekend, Scott and I took the kids to see Tangled.
I looked up movie times online and selected the 12:05 showing. We stuffed the kids in their winter coats, piled into Scott's truck and headed out to the theater down the road. Then I realized I forgot to feed them lunch. But no matter! I had a pack of twizzlers and gummy worms stuffed in my purse. That would tie them over.
We parked and herded them into the movie theater lobby. Nobody else was around, so it must have been a slow day for movies. Scott walked up to the ticket counter and requested two adult and three childrens' tickets for Tangled.
The ticket lady replied, "Sure, two adults and one child for Tangled."
And Scott said, "No, two adults and three children." He is so honest, isn't he? I do not know if I am as morally upstanding as he is, although I suppose it's more difficult to sneak two puffy-coated children past the ticket taker than a pack of twizzlers.
Then the ticket lady said, "Oh, are any of them two or under?"
And Scott said, "No." Dang, he is really honest! I really married a stand-up a guy.
And then the ticket lady said, "That will be $47.00." And I might have shrieked "WHAT!?!?!?" Forty-seven dollars!! For a movie!?! For a kid movie that I didn't even want to see and that (god love my kids) they wouldn't even appreciate anyway!?!?
I almost passed out. Apparently I hadn't noticed that the 12:05 showing was for the 3D version of Tangled. And 3D movies cost extra. A lot extra, particularly if you're buying tickets for a family of five.
I looked to see when the next showing of non-3D Tangled was scheduled. It wasn't until 1:00. Now, some people might try to explain to their three non-lunch-fed aged five and under children that they need to wait for an hour before they can see the movie that their mom got them super-hyped up to see on the drive over. Those people are crazy. So we forked over the $47.00 and got our tickets and our fancy 3D glasses.
(I saw the recycle bin for the 3D glasses as we walked into our theater and I actually said "HA!" out loud. We were soooooo keeping our glasses.)
Anyway, the movie was cute. I did have an awkward moment when Ashley whispered to me that Rapunzel was not being a good girl because she didn't listen to her mommy. I tried to quietly explain that the "mommy" was a bad guy and you don't have to listen if your mommy is a bad guy, and well...let's just say that now she might try sneaking out of the house a lot earlier than one would normally anticipate. Dang Disney.
But the 3D was cool. In fact, there was this one scene with lanterns where I said "Ooh, Aidan put your glasses back on so you can see this!" Yeah. So when is this 3D craze going to be over again? I have enough to think about without having to check both the time and the viewing format of my movies. But the good news is, when it's time for the next movie my kids probably won't say "OH, can we see it in 3D, mommy pleeeeease!?!?", because they think 3D movies are just super fuzzy movies.
Super fuzzy expensive movies. Grumble.