As a former film critic, I was desperate to go to the movies after my first daughter was born. I was thrilled when a local theater dedicated one morning a week to new moms and their babies (new dads were out of luck). It was a treat to see a film without worrying about my daughter fussing and disturbing other moviegoers.
She was too young to eat popcorn or understand the movie at all, but I was just happy to be out of the house. Though we had a fun time, neither of us really liked “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
If only I could have taken her to “Babies,” the new documentary featuring babies from four far-flung locations around the globe.
According to the Associated Press, babies are flocking to see “Babies.”
“Around the country, parents and their babies are popping up at viewing parties or in small groups for the feel-good movie, rated PG for “cultural and maternal nudity,” writes AP’s Leanne Italie.
The babies in the audience poop, cry, squeal, and nurse just like the babies onscreen.
“He sat in my lap and pointed and said ‘baby,'” said Lara Miller of her 15-month old son who she took to see “Babies.” “He loved the close-ups when they were a little older and they started to make sounds like him. It was lots of fun.”
Without any dialogue, loud explosions, or complicated plot to follow, “Babies” seems like the perfect film for babies. And parents are enjoying the experience too.
As Strollerderby’s Madeline Holler recently wrote, some parents are looking to the movie for parenting lessons.
“The lesson, perhaps shocking to those who have expended much energy and resources into figuring out the best way to parent, is that there is no “right” way to rear children,” writes Madeline.
At 8 and 5, my daughters are older than the key “baby” demographic, but I plan to take them to see “Babies” too. Even though it’s rated PG, “Babies” seems a lot gentler than most of the G-rated movies these days.
Will you take your babies to see “Babies?”