Trauma Theatre

15 Oct

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Pop historian Sarah Vowell slips in this little anecdote:

My friend and I went to see The Informant the other night at Union Square. And this mother brought these two kids—both of them were well under eleven. I would say they were seven and ten. At one point, the little girl said, “This isn’t a real movie!” They ended up leaving when the little girl said, “This is SO boring!” really loudly. That’s when the mother got up to leave. And when the little girl got up to leave, she actually came down the aisle riding a scooter. So it was sort of the greatest mid-movie exit of a little girl on a scooter who for some reason was not enjoying a comedy about price-fixing.

Three things:

A) That girl has mad mojo.

B) Her mother clearly doesn’t pinch her arm when she acts out in public.

C) I’m so glad I wasn’t sitting in the audience with them because this would have been a really inconvenient time to go to jail for hissing at a stranger’s child.

Not that there’s ever a convenient time, but…

That mom must have been a huge fan of Matt Damon and/or Steven Soderbergh if she thought she could sneak her kids in for that movie and get away with it. I feel bad for her now.


Posted by on October 15, 2009 in Life, Personal


9 responses to “Trauma Theatre

  1. Kokonad

    October 15, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Ha ha ha ha! 😀
    I think your reasoning in the last section is perfect.
    I loved the movie, by the way. I felt sorry for the poor thing… he was a nice man! And his line about prison time for the two kinds of fraud committed was priceless.

  2. Piyush

    October 15, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    “B) Her mother clearly doesn’t pinch her arm when she acts out in public.”

    I remember those.

  3. Ink-red-ible

    October 15, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I have yet to see The Informant, but SJ Vowell did an informative short (about her nerdilicious dream-come-true) that was part of the DVD extras of The Incredibles — the oh-so-awesome movie with Vowell as Violet’s voice — that I *finally* saw this summer.

    Btw, I like that she (too) likes dead people (don’t you?)! 😀

    And what’s with folks sneaking in kids under ten?? (especially to R-rated movies like End of Days — I remember squirming in my seat back in ’99 when Satan started squeezing a woman’s boob in an upscale NY restaurant in scene 2 before blowing the whole place straight to hell, and there were a coupla under-tens seated two seats from me. Idiot parent/guardian!!)

    • Ramsu

      October 16, 2009 at 1:17 am

      There seem to be a lot of those idiots around. I saw one trying to convince the guy at the ticket counter to sell him tickets to Wanted with a four year old under his arm. Thankfully, the guy at the counter had more sense than to agree.

      I really do need to see The Informant! though — the only Soderbergh movies that seem to make it to the multiplexes here are Ocean’s 11+x (x>= 0).


  4. DewdropDream

    October 16, 2009 at 4:57 am

    “B) Her mother clearly doesn’t pinch her arm when she acts out in public.”

    OR give her The Glare.

    Of course, it could always backfire if the kid piped up “Why are you looking at me like that? What did I do?” 😀

  5. sachita

    October 16, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Yes, the glare! I remember that as well as the lecture that would follow later about etiquettes after scene is over.

    Sigh… Without all this, how is the young america going to learn to think about “what will four people say

    “This isn’t a real movie!” – did she say coz there was no animation?

  6. memsaab

    October 17, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    People really should have to pass some strict exams before being allowed to have children (or pets).

  7. Amrita

    October 18, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Koke – remember when Ben Affleck was supposed to be the big deal partner? It’s almost impossible to believe now isnt it?

    Piyush – sadly, so do I! (ouch!)

    Ink – hahahah, but then otoh, we all went to watch Bollywood movies when we were little and god only know what we saw and why we didn’t retain it.

    Ramsu – it’s really good, I thought. Really clever.

    3D – OMG, did you really do that? *slow clap*

    Sachita – well, to be fair to the kid, I know a number of adults who said that about The Informant! :d

    Memsaab – did you hear about the chihuahua? What a good daddy!

    • memsaab

      October 21, 2009 at 9:12 pm

      OMG, I had not heard about them. The people who left them by the side of the road would be given the chair in MY country. No mercy! Glad their daddy was much smarter.

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