Man’s Story of Crying Baby in Movies Sparks Debate About Theater Etiquette

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Spider-Man: No Coming Home is officially released globally, which means people are flocking to theaters all over the world. A Redditor known as u/thatguybob321 took to the forum’s “Am I the A**hole” subreddit after a less than desirable screening of the Tom Holland-directed film.

“Holy shit. I just saw the new Spider Man movie (no spoilers but it was pretty good) and maybe 6 seats to my left was a mom and dad who came with their baby,” the man wrote. “Throughout each emotional scene and major part of the movie, the baby was crying or screaming and frankly made the movie a lot less enjoyable.”

He explained that the mother finally took the baby out, but only after the crying lasted “5 minutes straight, although it was constantly making noise for about 1/3 of the movie, and once she was came back, it started working again.”

The post garnered over 37,700 upvotes and 2,500 comments in one day. Babies not only disturb other moviegoers, but intense loud noises can cause “irreversible damage to their little ears,” according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH).

The man went on to say, “I don’t understand why you can’t find a babysitter for your baby for the 3 hours you’re going to be at the cinema, but instead you have to bring the baby to the cinema and actively making everyone’s viewing experience worse,” he continued. “I don’t mind babies in other settings, but an af*****g movie??? Not to mention a loud action movie??? Come on! Movie theaters really need to ban babies.”

The complaint sparked outrage in the comments section.

“We had a crying baby for A silent place. Doubly spoils the mood,” cheerchick1944 wrote.

“I couldn’t agree more. We went to see a Hereditary show at 11 p.m. on a weeknight, and there was someone who had a toddler and a baby. The toddler kept running and climbing on the seats, and the baby was screaming nonstop. This lady is just sitting there like she didn’t even notice. I finally said something to her and she gathered them together and left. I’m trying to be polite and non-confrontational, but damn it, come on. And why do you have those babies at midnight in the middle of the week in an R-rated horror movie??” userinms commented.

lexmaster02 said, “I’m my town, there’s a show at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings called the ‘low light show’. They don’t completely darken the theater and kids are encouraged to come and just be kids. You can bring the kids and family. This creates the expectation of a loud show. They are always full! Change: Added “show at”.

“Pre-pandemic. Theaters had rules that babies and young children weren’t allowed in certain movies after the 7 p.m. showing. We’ve seen some crazy stuff – parents bringing in multiple kids under 5 R rated movies for late screening. We even had a woman in front of us open her laptop to work during the movie!!! She got so pissed off when she was told to shut it down. Too many people are too self-centered,” AFlair67 added.

Tom Holland attends the Sony Pictures ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Los Angeles Premiere on December 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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And finally, a piece of advice from someone who knows: “Fun fact from a former AMC employee: if you’re having trouble with a loud/distributive customer (baby cries, disruptive teenagers/people, etc). . Go out, complain and come back. A member of staff will come in and observe to see if it continues. If it does, they need to do something. If it doesn’t and it’s a unique thing, very well” wrote.

They continued: “If the employee goes out and it starts again, wait until the end of the film, ask a manager and explain what happened and you want a refund. Never has a manager argued against a situation like this, especially if the customer was calm and polite about it.They won’t refund your concessions but you will at least get your ticket money back (or more likely a voucher for a free movie).

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