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Moonrise, Mistakes & March of the Penguins!

Ever since I took my boy to see March of the Penguins, in 2005, he’s been “scarred” not to mention very skeptical of me when I say,

We’re going to the movies!

March of the Penguins, produced in part by the National Geographic Society is a French documentary film that depicts the yearly journey of the emperor penguins of Antarctica. It follows penguins of breeding age as they leave their natural habitat to participate in a courtship that will hopefully end in the hatching of an egg.

I was excited! My son was seven. My daughter had recently turned five. The three of us went to a matinee showing. Ten minutes after the movie began and both kids realized this was not a cartoon and there were no actors and no speaking parts, other than the soothing voice of Morgan Freeman’s narration, something extraordinary and completely unexpected happened.

     She fell into a deep sleep and he began to cry.

It was one of those parenting moments that creeps up inside your head and blind-sides you, hitting you at the exact moment of no return.

        What, was I thinking? And what was it again that made me think the 7-year old wearing the Spiderman suit would be interested in a documentary about penguins?

As I looked around the crowded theater, it struck me that not only was I the youngest adult (by about forty years)at this movie but there were no other children in the theater. Not one. Now, my daughter was sleeping and my son, with tear-filled eyes, was frantically begging  mouthing the words:

           I don’t like this! Please, I want to go home! Can we leave?

No, I thought in a panic! We can’t leave. Don’t you understand I’m caught between two generations and paralyzed here? Waking a nearly comatose toddler would be like calling in a storm, a very loud and disruptive, disastrous storm! It wouldn’t be fair to all these, well, elderly people that came to see the movie. I couldn’t carry her out either. At five, she was now too heavy for me.

We had to wait it out.

I spent the next 70-minutes dodging my son’s anger and avoiding his pleading glares, hoping my girl would awaken any minute, gently, quietly, happily, so we could sneak out without incident. She didn’t and he’s never forgiven me.

    How could I have been so wrong? I thought for sure, he would love this movie.

He hated it.

He’s thirteen now & seven years later, history repeats itself — or some people never learn.   I’m a repeat offender. Well, kind of.

This week I announced, “We’re going to the movies!”, the three of us, again, with my mom. He of course was skeptical and rightfully, so. Although, while he hadn’t heard of the movie, Moonrise Kingdom, in this case, it was the theater I was certain he would have a problem with and not-so-much the movie.

With a stellar cast of stars he actually knows and likes, including Bill Murray and Bruce Willis, it had to be good.

The Downing Film Center is a very cool, very small, non-profit theater in Newburgh, NY that shows about 50 independent and/or international films a year. The theater boasts 58 thickly, cushioned seats, most of which recline, all of which come with a pillow. It’s like being in a large living room. Even nicer, the tickets and snacks are affordable! With one showing a day during most week days and two showings of a single movie during the weekends, it’s advised you come at least 30-minutes early to get a real comfy chair. Seating, is first come, first served. Heading the warning, we arrived early and chose mid-center.

As the theater began to fill however, I couldn’t help but notice that the patrons were reminiscent of that day so many years ago. Apparently, so did my son.

Mom, this is “March of the Penguins” all over again!

He said with fear and anxiety in his eyes.

Once again, I found myself to be the youngest adult in the crowd, only this time it was by about thirty years and mine thankfully, were NOT the only children in the audience. There were two other kids there!

It turns out however, I was wrong — again.

It wasn’t the theater that the boy didn’t care for, in fact he later admitted,

It was cool.

No, it wasn’t the theater, it was the movie — again.

Come on mom. Boy, girl first crush  = total chick flick!

Oh, well. He’s thirteen. At least he came! Besides, the girl stayed awake the whole time, this time. She loved the theater and the film and so did my mom and I!

Two thumbs up for Moonrise Kingdom — smartly written, humorous, off-beat and highly recommended. Go see it!

Have you seen any good movies lately?

Photo Credit #1 March of the Penguins

Photo  Credit #2-5 ©2012 Karen Szczuka Teich & Takingtheworldonwithasmile.com

Photo Credit #6 Moonrise Kingdom

  1. singleworkingmomswm
    July 8, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Wow, love the theatre for sure! I have not heard of this movie, but I’m sure it’s right up my alley, too. The cast sounds great. The last movie I saw in the theatre was with Jack-we went and saw The Three Stooges. Ridiculous, but actually hilarious at parts, however, also disturbing, ha! We went to the local old-time theatre that I love in town where the tickets are still “cheap”, and the popcorn only $3.00 instead of $20.00! As for your son’s dislike, at least you got a thumbs up (instead of a Sleepless in Seattle) from Hannah! 🙂 XOXO-SWM Oh, and the pic of the two kiddos…so sweet! 🙂


  2. July 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Kasey! Yes, the theater is awesome& in a great location on the riverfront. Tickets were $29.50 for the four of us & popcorn is under $4!! Go see the movie. It was great — not necessarily a chick-flick either. I haven’t seen The Three Stooges but the trailer looked funny. And yeah, as for Noah’s not loving the movie…at 13, I’m just thrilled he came with us!!! 🙂 Hope all is well. xoxox


  3. July 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

    We went to see ‘Brave’ a few weeks back. Its not your typical Disney flick as the heroine actually plots against her mother. My wife points out that is not unusual for Disney as in Little Mermaid. In the end it was a pretty good movie and especially a good Mother/Daughter picture. We saw Puss In Boots at the Free movies 7/4. We all enjoyed that too. Very creative I thought as it took all the nursery rhymes and rolled them up into one neat story,i.e. Humpty Dumpty and the Puss were brothers in an orphanage.

    Now, have you noticed everything has a 3d version of it? We have seen 3 movies over the past month and twice have had to settle on a 3D version of the movie because of our timing and multiple showings. The theaters way to combat streaming? Have a great week Karen!


  4. July 8, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Andy! I’m looking forward to seeing ‘Brave’. That’s one of the cool things about having kids, you get to see all these great/fun/creative movies! Interesting thought you have on 3D & streaming. You’re probably on to something there. Been meaning to get back to your last post & will re-visit soon. Hope you too have a great week. Thanks so much for reading & commenting. 🙂


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