great white lie

10/10/04 at 6:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Sam watched her first movie inside a theater today at the Shang Cineplex, and she was wonderfully well-behaved considering that she’s not even 3. Too bad “Shark Tale” wasn’t a good movie.

Sam happily stayed in her seat during the first part of the movie, sharing a hotdog bun with me and drinking lemonade, while getting popcorn from her mom. When she got bored, she inspected the other seats and ran to and fro a bit during the remainder of the flick, but not once did she cry, complain or bug us to leave the movie house.

Of course, I explained to her before we bought the tickets (it’s 150 pesos per person and we were also charged the full price for Sam, so yeah, we were worried that we might just be wasting money if we were forced to leave) that the movie house would be dark but that this is OK and she shouldn’t be scared, that unlike the DVD player she couldn’t tell me to fast forward the film if there are parts she doesn’t like, and that we had to stay and finish the movie. Sam nodded and said,”OK,” and she was true to her word.

Unfortunately, while “Shark Tale” had its funny moments, it lacked magic, great characters and an interesting story. Don’t watch it expecting another “Shrek” or “Finding Nemo.” For one, the movie’s story is too complicated for kids and kind of ho-hum for adults — definitely none of the wit of the two blockbusters I mentioned.

Honestly, storytelling has always been DreamWorks SKG’s weakness, “Shrek” and “Shrek 2” being the obvious exceptions, as well as “Sinbad.” Still, Sam, Ellen and I had a lot of fun watching our first movie together inside a theater — enjoying each other’s company and creating our own magic.



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  1. Never knew popcorn could taste so good when shared with your toddler. Choke food, I know, but we were very careful! I just hope nobody gave us the evil eye when Sam started walking about and dancing. 🙂

  2. This is sooo nice…I’ve been wondering actually on how old should my Princess be so that we can bring her to the movie house. She’s 2 years and 3 months, btw. Maybe wait a few more months? =)

  3. hey jojo, thanks 🙂 hehe maybe you should wait a few more months.

    but these theater owners should really stop showing violent trailers if it’s a children’s movie that’s playing in that movie house — kinda defeats the purpose of rating movies when your kid still gets to see the trailer of “the manchurian candidate” or worse — they should only show trailers of other children’s movies.

    my god, before we had sam, i never thought one day i’d sound like a stereotypical parent hehe

  4. hi my dearest wife ellen b a.k.a. anonymous hehe 🙂 i love you!

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