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How the boys made me a basketcase.

Posted: August 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Misc. | 5 Comments »

Or: Why I can’t watch movies anymore.

And it’s not because I’m so tired I can’t keep my lids propped open long enough to get through the opening scenes.

I can’t watch movies where anything bad is happening to a baby or a child. Not that I went around watching movies with lots of bad things happening to kids, but I really notice and am bothered by little things now. I think before I’d just kind of shrug it off as part of the story but now, NOW, the TV is off within a matter of seconds. I can’t watch.

When the crying baby is given the bottle of whiskey in There Will Be Blood? TV off.

When the kids are getting mutilated (I don’t know the details) in Slumdog Millionaire? TV off.

Anything that has a neglected kid or a crying baby just makes me freak the fuck out. This is totally new since I had the boys. If I hear what sounds like torture of someone (anyone) coming from the “creature features” my husband likes to watch in the other room I ask him to turn it down or turn the channel. It freaks me out.

So, here’s my dilemma:
I’ve got a movie I’ve had from Netflix for probably 3 months. I really really want to watch it. I know it’s going to be tough to watch, I know I’m going to cry my eyes out. I think it’s probably an important film to see because of the content. But it would be tough to watch whether I had babies or not.

The movie is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

I need to watch this movie (or not watch it) and get it back in the mail within the next few weeks. It can’t just sit there collecting dust. If I decide later on I want to watch it, I can order it again.

So- am I alone in freaking out seeing bad things happen to kids in movies? Do you ever get over this? I mean, Slumdog Millionaire!- I wanted to watch this movie so freaking bad but we got 20 minutes in and I was too upset.

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5 Comments on “How the boys made me a basketcase.”

  1. 1 Mr. Wonderful said at 7:07 am on August 14th, 2009:

    I just notice graphic violence and other inappropriate things a lot more than I used to. There are some things I still watch like Family Guy but I have resigned myself to watching a lot more animated kiddie fair. Things could be worse

  2. 2 Mandie, Daniel and Dawson said at 7:08 am on August 14th, 2009:

    This happens to me now too! The curious case of Benjamin button left me upset for days, literally.

  3. 3 Anonymous said at 11:06 am on August 14th, 2009:

    Hey ERin,
    I will watch The Boy in the Striped Pajamas with you when I get back from K.C. You really shouldn't watch it alone.

    I know what you meant though. I have a hard time with violence against children too.

    Love ya,


  4. 4 Nicole said at 7:13 pm on August 14th, 2009:

    It's not just movies… it's books too. I'm an avid reader and I just got $60 in Barnes and Nobles GC's for my birthday. I was reading the book descriptions (I like suspense books) and as soon as I read "her daughter was kidnapped" or "every mothers worst fear" or "her child passed away" I wanted to throw the book across the room. Before giving birth I could read all of that stuff and not think twice about it.

  5. 5 Minnesota Matron said at 9:22 pm on August 20th, 2009:

    I'm with you – but the book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is just terrific. Stupendously sad, but terrific. Read the book?

    Your comment on my blog made my day! That Matron. She loves readers! Bless you! And the big secret? She adores even some of those students who write the Actual Emails! Some. You would totally have been one of them.

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