If You’re Taking Your Kids to Watch “Incredibles 2,” You Might Be Disappointed
My family and I have had one goal going into this summer vacation: to go watch the Incredibles 2 at the movie theater.
For our family of six, going to the movie theater is kind of a big deal. There's the expense of the movie theater tickets, the inevitable giant tub of popcorn, the many different slushies my husband insists on purchasing because he refuses to share with our backwashing children (can't blame him there), and the stress of paying for all that plus the movie and hoping that all four children will actually make it through so 1) it will be worth the money and 2) we can actually enjoy the movie too.
All that to say, we don't choose the movie we go to as a family lightly. And once we settled on watching the Incredibles 2 together as a first official summer bucket list item, we were all really excited about it. To be honest, my husband and I were almost more excited than the kids. The big day finally came two days ago and we raced to the theater, only 20 minutes later, so essentially early in our family time, and settled in with our tubs of popcorn and my husband's slushie that he didn't have to share.
But as much as I was looking forward to seeing the movie, I have to admit, I was more than a little disappointed in the final result.
Just why did the Incredibles 2 end up not so incredible in my mind? Well, there were a few reasons that really stood out for me:
The swear words
There are two swear words in the movie, one when a character says, “What the hell?” and another when a character remarks, “Well, I'll be damned,” or something along those lines. Both words are clear as day in clear dialogue parts with pauses, so all of my kids picked up on them and asked me about them after the movie. My oldest especially had a very guilty look on her face because she knew they were “bad” words and she didn't know if it was OK that she had noticed. But of course, it wasn't her fault that they were in the movie!
The swear words upset me because it just felt like they were completely unnecessary; it's not like they added anything essential to the dialogue and it was a kids' movie, for crying out loud. Clearly, these types of movies are meant for the whole family to enjoy, but I don't need a “damn” and a “hell” thrown in for good measure to make it enjoyable for me.
I'm not saying that my kids have never heard a swear word in real life; I'm sure my husband and I have let one fly a frustrated time or two and I know without a doubt other adults in their lives have sworn in front of them, but in my mind, there is a difference between those things and me paying good money to entertain them with a cartoon meant for children. I don't know, maybe I'm being too uptight, but knowing that those words were chosen deliberately by the movie team knowing that tons of young, young kids (we had a 3-year-old there, for example) would watch it left a bad taste in my mouth.
I definitely wasn't the only parent who noticed the swear words and other adult content. Many viewers left comments on the official Incredibles 2 Facebook page wondering why the creators felt the need to put swear words in the movie. “Enjoyed the movie but several words were unnecessary for young ears and the alcoholic drinks could've been left out,” one concerned viewer noted.
I don't want to spoil the movie for you, but there are some rather intense parts in this movie. Some of the scenes are pretty violent and my youngest kids, at 3 and 6, couldn't handle the movie at all. My husband had to take at least two trips for “refills” just to give them a break. Again, it just didn't feel totally necessary in a movie for kids.
The strobe lights
You might have heard warnings about the movie's strobe light part already and I will just tell you: it's not exaggerated. It was hard to watch and I don't have any sort of medical disorder. But the lights definitely gave me a headache that lasted the rest of the afternoon.
But I will say that, some of the downsides aside, the movie was awesome. And I really did appreciate that the movie did not follow very typical, boring gendered stereotypes. Without ruining the plot of the movie for you, I can assure you that the movie packs plenty of girl power, which I loved that my own daughters got to see.
I just wish they could have seen it without the creepiness and swear words.
Did you watch the movie? Are you in agreement with me or think I'm way overreacting?