The Parent Trip – The Movies

When the Lego movie came out there was no missing it.

  • Mar. 6, 2014 8:00 p.m.

By Shelby Cain

So we went to the movies.

If you happened to catch my column on our obsession with Lego, then you’d understand that when the Lego movie came out there was no missing it.

Not only was everyone talking about it at school, but I think Warner Pictures may have sponsored a commercial every 20 minutes advertising it.  My girls were jumping up and down in front of the TV like they might actually be able to warp through the screen and join their friends every time it came on. Well done marketing team, mission accomplished.

So when the big day arrived we headed down to the theatre, the girls vibrating with anticipation.  Four has been to a couple of movies, but Three usually skips out.  We’ve learned our lesson.  If we tell her there is a slight possibility that something scary might be in it, she bails.  Which is fine, better to bail at home than at the movie in the pitch black with Four wailing that she wants to stay and Three wailing that the scary monster is going to “kill her life.”  Not sure where she got that one.

But this time she was adamant that she was going.  I figured it would probably be okay except for one problem – it was in 3D.

Believe me, I totally get why all the kids movies are in 3D now.  It’s really cool.  But trying to keep big glasses perched on the face of a three year old as they constantly squirm and change seats and lick the lenses is a monumental task.  When you add that to the already challenging juggling act of passing out treats, keeping the seats from folding up on them, distributing the drinks without the lid continuously popping off, and keeping everyone relatively quiet, it can put you over the limit.

And of course this is all done in the dark.  Parenting while blindfolded.  Help.

All this said, the girls loved the movie.  It did have a scary guy, who we’ve talked about incessantly since the second the movie ended. Given that his only real crime was trying to glue the pieces of Lego together, not kill anyone’s life, Three was okay.

To be honest, I could totally relate to the bad guy.  He worked so hard putting all the Lego together, and those instructions really are tricky.  When you see someone tearing all your work apart just to get at your red two-ee, it does sting a little.

We walked out singing the incessantly repetitive but catchy theme song ‘Everything is Awesome’, the girls still wearing their glasses like a pair of mini Roy Orbisons.  Now, of course, Three won’t take the glasses off.  Ironic.