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I love going to the movies with my kids. Movie time is such a special
time for us. We love to get all comfy with popcorn and kick our feet up,
lose ourselves in the story and then discuss it afterwards.
But some movies—and we're talking kids movies!—are just too tough for me to watch. I head into them thinking, "Great! I love Disney animation!" and I leave with my heart ripped to shreds.
Sometimes I wonder afterwards, "Damn, was that worth it?"
Here are four movies that, now that I'm a mom, with those weird deep mom feelings, I really shouldn't have subjected myself to.
So, it was bad enough we had to see the terrifying flood which took
the life of Arlo's dad. It was a long, drawn-out death scene that could have
been shorter, given the intended audience for the movie.
Then Arlo went on
his hero's journey. I sighed. We were in the clear.
Oh dear, halfway
though, we had to re-visit the flood AGAIN! As if it wasn't scary enough
and nightmare-inducing the first time? This is one that will NOT be going onto
my Netflix queue.
2. Inside Out
Now, I'd been warned. Of course, I'd been warned. "Inside Out" is a movie about
feelings, so I knew that I'd have some, um, feelings. It started out rough for
me—when Riley cried on her first day at a new school, I cried right along with
her. I tried to keep my cool, wipe my tears away, but it was tough. I was
wrecked. Riley would be scarred for life. I mean, I was scarred for life!
But my kids?
They were watching happily, enjoying the movie. So, I thought I was safe. The
sad part was over.
[T]hose toys, just holding hands, waiting to fall into the incinerator and DIE? That was a little too much for me.
Oh boy, here comes Bing Bong. And he was pretty much the cutest thing
ever. I should have known it couldn't last, but I really wasn't prepared for
what would come next: Bing Bong sacrificing himself for Riley. Um, isn't this a
kids' movie? A character sacrifices his own life for another character?!
Flood gates officially opened. I cried—buckets.
Now, when my kids want
to watch "Inside Out" on demand, I make sure I've got chores to do so that I
don't have to watch it again. My heart just can't take it.
3. Finding Nemo
I thought, oh, it's a cute fish movie. This will be perfect for my
kids! No more than five minutes in, a terrifying barrarcuda attacks, killing
Nemo's mother and his 400 siblings. I turned to my son, and he sat, eyes frozen
on the screen, mouth wide open, which pretty much illustrates how I felt, too.
Needless to say, "Finding Nemo" did not make its
way into our loop of go-to movies, the ones we watch over and over again.
attack still gives me nightmares.)
Now, I love the Toy Story movies. I think they are smart and funny and
clever and very deserving of all those Academy Award nominations and wins.
maybe someone wasn't thinking about the kids who adore Woody and Buzz Lightyear
in that last movie? Because those toys, just holding hands, waiting to fall
into the incinerator and DIE? That was a little too much for me.
We watch the
movie a lot in my house, and when we get to that part, I just hit fast forward.
I'm all for explaining lots of things to my kids, but a bunch of characters
accepting death and then holding hands as they prepare to die? I think that
discussion can wait until they're a bit older.