Funny, but even the wardrobe in "HSM" isn't legally acceptable in some Utah High
Haha! My friend works at this theatre as a projectionist and told me of this
mistake! There were some angry mothers!
I read this article just now, and thought that I might enjoy watching the "Sex
Drive" Film; all that the Moms had to do was just leave the theatre with their
kids; everyone is just to sensative these days. There was really no reason to
Wont somebody think of the children!!!
If I had been there, I would have been ticked. This theatre has made some
mistakes before. It is still one of the best theatres around here.
Those children will never have it out of their minds. Sad.
I think I smell a lawsuit coming... ouch!
T&A has to be better than HSM3.
That is seriously hilarious.
People in Utah need to grow up!
Although it's not what they were looking for, I am sure that ANY movie would be
better than HS Musical.
a big deal. It was a mistake. It should be the end of the story. That would be
really disappointing if it goes any further.
Let he who has made no mistakes in their life throw the first stone. Geeez, the
theater made an honest mistake. Yes it was unfortunate and, yes, I would have
been upset too had I been there. But, the theater has acknowldeged the mistake
and made an attempt to right their wrong with free movie passes and concession
passes. This world is too quick to judge and too slow to forgive. Give them
the benefit of the doubt. Let's get over it and move on. Maybe you can use it
as a teaching moment with your kids that that type of material is unacceptable
by leaving the theater quickly. You could also use it as a moment to teach kids
perspective and that everyone makes honest mistakes....rather than writing in to
all the newspapers and calling your lawyer to get the lawsuit ready!
Dear Anonymous (if that's really your name),Yes, the parents could
have taken their little kids and just left the theater.....except they paid
money expecting to see HSM3 and they didn't get what they paid for. The fact
that they didn't leave doesn't mean they're stupid - it means they want to get
what they paid for.If you paid money to watch Sex Drive and HSM3 was
shown instead, would you just get up and leave? I doubt it.....so give these
parents a break.
"I read this article just now, and thought that I might enjoy watching the "Sex
Drive" Film; all that the Moms had to do was just leave the theatre with their
kids; everyone is just to sensative these days. There was really no reason to
complain."Did you read the article at all? It said that the first
few minutes of the movie showed nudity, and that the parents couldn't get their
children out of the theatre before they were exposed. Do you sit on the edge of
your seat at all times just waiting to rush your children out of the theater?
What a wonderful opportunity for parents to start early at making their children
feel dirty and ashamed about the natural parts of life!
Just boycot the merchants of smut.Why should decent people give
their dollars to business that are polluting our culture?
Those poor children. This is the worst thing that could have possibly happened
to them. I am going to boycott that theater! Thats all we need is the movie
theaters pumping smut into our kids brains.
oh pleasea law suit ? lets clog our courts with tripe, they don't
have anything better to do children are exposed to this type of
stuff daily on TV and magazines, it's what sells everythingapologize, offer refunds and comp the movie tickets and stop being a bunch of
I would have been VERY upset! Popcorn and tickets DO NOT MAKE UP for their
mistake!Normally I am opposed to lawsuits, but for this I would make
If we boycott the merchants of smut... guess what, there wouldn't be anyone
left!! No internet, no cable TV, no Hollywood, modern clothing, perfume, music,
sports, etc... just a bunch of boring, terrified little rabbits huddling around
a candle waiting for the darkness to close in around them. How about starting
with a boycott against corrupt government and biased media and then work our way
What about the option of just asking your children to close their eyes! The
mistake is unfortunate, but it's not the end of the world or the "worst thing
that could have possibly happened to them". There are much worse things in our
world than brief nudity.
This article explains that the opening scene contains nudity. The woman
interviewed in the article says the opening scene was "Sexually Explicit"...
well, that's not exactly the same thing. Sexually Explicit movies aren't very
common in Utah theaters, and when it occasionally gets there, it's NC-17 (or 21+
only, at some Sundance screenings). I haven't seen "Sex Drive" so I can't
comment on the opening scene but I am so dang tired of people getting their fur
up over nudity!! I mean come on, do these people bathe with their clothes on?
They were born, so they must have been nude at least one time in their lives!!!
It must be horrible to have such low self esteem that one considers nudity
This is horriblethe only inappropriate stuff a kid should have to see is what
was left on their dad's computer...or their mom's Victoria Secret magazine. Oh,
and maybe standing in the supermarket line. Oh...also on the I-15 billboards.
If you think it's the first time these kids were "exposed" to this kind of stuff
then your naivety is dominating your life. It's WRONG that it happened...but
CLEARLY was a mistake. But I guess somehow suing them will erase the pictures
from their minds? That's not what I learned in Sunday school last week. Turn
the other "eye" and get over it.
Patrons were immediately aware that something was wrong when they noticed that
the people onscreen could act.
You cannot possibly convince me that these parents sat through the entire series
of trailers which I am SURE were not typical Disney trailers, THEN sat through
the opening credits complete with a movie TITLE, and STILL did not have time to
take their poor, innocent children out of the theater before the nudity showed
up. Sorry, I'm not falling for it. If you couldn't tell within about TEN
seconds (literally) that the movie you were seeing was not HSM3, then you
seriously should not be taking your kids to movies. Unless the nudity was
actually during the opening credits (which I have personally never seen to be
the case), then you have no right whatsoever to complain... Come on...!
What about the previews? Wouldn't the first clue that a more adult film would
be showing be the type of previews that were shown? I know when I've been to
children's movies I've seen children's previews, action movies have action
previews, horror movies and horror previews.Nobody should be filing
a lawsuit over this. This is the kind of junk that makes our legal system
inefficient and corrupt. If people would be honest and less selfish, our
society would funtion much more smoothly. High health care costs? Because of
lawsuits and doctors covering their butts. Paying too much for retail goods?
You are paying for the stuff that other people steal. If you think going to a
movie is expensive now, just file a bunch of lawsuits over a mistake like this
and then watch out. We can't always control what we are exposed to,
but we can control how we react. Living in a bubble doesn't make you a good
person. I've like basketball my whole life. When Magic Johnson got HIV I was
young, and my dad used it as an opportunity to explain to me a little more about
life. Don't overreact, just react constructively!
you go girllets make'em pay for this mistake
Did this particular screening not have trailers? The trailer pack for a film
like Sex Drive would be drastically different from one for High School Musical:
3. Shouldn't that have been a tip off?
Your post is the only intelligent comment I have read so far !
It is sometimes is hard to tell when the trailer's end and the movie begins. And
the trailers are often approved for all audiences, even when the movie is meant
for a more mature viewer. Often a movie will start with a scene, then you sit
through several minutes of credits. So they may not have realized the movie
starting was a different one. Hardly something to get upset about.
It was a simple mistake and the theatre provided vouchers to the audience to
make up for the mistake. They changed their procedure to ensure it wouldn't
happen again. Too bad they couldn't start the movie over - and skip the credits
so the patrons could all see the movie they intended to see. The article didn't
tell us if the people actually got to see the Disney movie at some point.
LOL!!!!!!! I don't care who you are - that's funny - unless you live in
Can someone who has actually seen Sex Drive please tell us what exactly happens
in the opening minute or two? I have a feeling this is much ado about nothing.
I guarantee the trailer pack for Sex Drive was quite different from HSM:3. I
took my sister to HSM:3 last week and it was all bubblegum, not to mention a ton
of Disney marketing (obviously). Sex Drive is more in the vein of
Superbad and American Pie, which, if you've seen the opening sequences of, you
can imagine how this one started out. I bet it was a cold lead in, no opening
credits, just straight into the film. IMDB doesn't have any info
about the first few minutes, but hopefully someone will comment because I am
It's actually illegal to show sexually explicit material to children, which is
why the whole rating system started in the first place. Depending on the nature
of the material (I haven't seen the movie) the theater could have opened itself
up to criminal prosecution.While some of you may think this is
silly, it's actually a very serious mistake.
Yes, Jeffrey, I guess by your logic, children should be fed nothing but porn
from the time they are born. After all, sex is natural. In fact, why have any
age limits? Why stop at just the suggestion of intimacy or even at full nudity?
Give them the hardcore stuff as early as possible so they'll develop healthy
attitudes towards sex.As the father of a young child, I'd be upset
at the mix-up, especially since "Sex" apparently begins with nudity and sex
scenes. Oh, and I'm not embarassed by sex. I've already answered my child's
questions to date and will continue to do so as she matures, but always at an
age appropriate level. I'd rather decide the age at which to discuss
the biological details, not have it foisted upon me by having my children view
material which has, by it's very own rating by the MPAA, been deemed
inappropriate for children. And I'm sorry, you cannot compare billboards or a
scantily clad person in-line at the supermarket to nudity and sex in a movie.Lawsuits are not the answer, but I understand the anger & concern coming
from the parents over the mixup.
The parents could press the issue in the police. Section 76-10 of the Utah Code
specifically spells out penalties for an offense such as this.
I am absolutely appalled at this "mistake". The poor children who were exposed
to this filth will now not be able to take the sacrament for months.Whoever played this disgusting trick, I hope it was worth it for you. I hope
you aren't planning on going on a mission.
Parents have the right and the responsibility to educate their children on this
kind of topic. Dang straight this is a big deal! I would be so mad if it was
me, and I don't even have kids yet!
from the last paragraph, I submit this sentence: "For future
C'MON LARRY MILLER .. HOW COULD YOU SHOW GARBAGE LIKE THIS AT A THEATER YOU
OWN...OH YEA..... THE LOVE OF MONEY
I would have to agree that there was probably some equally "questionable"
material in the trailers before the movie even started. A few months ago, I
took my 3-year-old to see Wall-E, and we accidentally walked in on the beginning
of what I later learned was "Hellboy 2"... we didn't even make it through the
entryway (~10 sec) before I realized we were in the wrong theater! If parents
of kids were still sitting there after 3-4 "general audience" trailers
advertizing PG-13 and R movies, then part of the blame lies on them.
"Dear Anonymous (if that's really your name),"awesome. just
It was a mistake! This world has more important issues to worry about than a
mistake at the movie theater. Ask your kids to close their eyes and tell the
manager it is inappropriate. Or cover the projector with your coat. A
law-suit? Give me a freaking break. You are bankrupting our country by suing
everyone for everything. The only ones getting rich are oil companies and
ambulance chasing lawyers. Get a grip and let it go.
Come on parents! You need to learn how to forget about this mistake that the
theater made. The theater realized quickly that they had made a mistake and
tried to make up for it. You would be making and even BIGGER mistake if you were
to bring this to court. Don't be so hypocritical, unless of course you've never
made a mistake.
So how is it that Larry H will show a movie like "Sex Drive" but boycott "Zach
and Miri make a porno" I think there is a double standard, if he doesn't show
one movie that has the theme of two friends making a porno to earn money then
how could he show a movie about teenagers traveling cross contry to have sex
with someone they met on the internet?
I don't think this is "the worst thing that could have happened." That is a
little extreme. I admit, that parents should have realized that the trailers
were not for a Disney film. The first ten minutes of the film can be viewed on
several sites online. The "Summit Entertainment" logo comes on the screen, then
goes directly into the male actor talking to a female in a chat room. If this
were HSM3, Disney would have appeared. It is obviously not HSM3. Common sense
would have told you to leave. The nudity is a male backside, a brief flash
(about a second long) which occurs after a brief "love scene" under the sheets.
That scene occurs at about 3 minutes, and the brief flash of a butt is at 4
minutes. Plenty of time to have gotten up and left. It was a stupid mistake,
leave it at that.
Ah jeez. Some of you people could become millionares by converting coal into
diamonds using nothing but your own senses of righteous indignation. I am a
parent, and I prefer to use these moments to draw the distiction between what is
acceptable to us, and what is acceptable to the rest of the world, and why that
matters.You might as well just lock your kids in a box so that they
won't be "exposed" to anything you don't approve of. Heaven forbid you try to
equip them with understanding to know the difference between appropriate
entertainment, and media garbage. I want my kids to be able to differentiate
between Michelangelo's "David" and Hollywood's "Sex Drive". Both have nudity;
one is inspiring art, the other is filth. Important to understand the
difference.All that being said, I'd have expected an apology and
I went to see a kids movie at the Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons once and the
previews seemed a bit bizarre. Before the movie could start, an employee came
in and announced that they had the wrong film in the projector. We had to wait
a few minutes and then they got the right movie showing.I took my
kids to another movie at a Cinemark dollar theater and they started showing a
PG-13 movie instead. I had to go out and find an employee and then we had to
watch a bit more of the wrong film before someone got in the booth and started
the correct film.I've also seen trailers loaded upside down and
backwards, with even the sound playing backwards. Mistakes happen. It's got to
be worse when the projector's digital and a mistake can be as simple as a click
of a button.As for "Zach and Miri", I'm sure Megaplex is avoiding it
because of the perception that it's normalizing pornography. There's already
been a lot of controversy just over the title alone. Some people have refused
to display ads for the film.
check the lyrics out on that ipod your son or daughters got ..
Thank you someone for being rational. "the worst thing that could
have happened"? I am sorry, but I can think of MANY things that rank MUCH
higher on my list of bad stuff, and many of them don't stray too far from the
topic. I don't know, but things like being a victim of a pedophile or growing up
to be a rape victim, being sodomized as part of a high-school hazing are recent
headlines that come to mind.Could we possibly tone down the rhetoric
for a moment?
I was logging onto the internet to read about this story and all of a sudden
pornography appeared on my computer for two or ten minutes. Atleast that's what
I told my wife!
Now I am curious as to what happens in the first couple of minutes of "Sex
Drive" (the movie). I now have some plans for tonight. Thanks for the
I'm sure they got in trouble.Larry Miller didn't personally do
anything, and those who are appalled, grow up.The company gave
passes for movies and concessions, they have done enough. Don't blame
someone's individual actions on the entire theater.(or do, because if you
don't go there will be more room for me in the theater).
I was at this showing of HSM3 with my children and a few neices and nephews on
Friday night. Unfortunely we were a little late getting in our seats so we only
caught the last trailer. It was for the movie Twilight; not exactly a disney
flick but not an R-rater either so i really didn't give much thought to it. I
was surprised when i heard today that this was actually in the paper. I was
rather unhappy about the mistake but it was just that, a mistake. The first 5
minutes of the movie were shown during which time there was some profanity,
including the f-word a few times and some "strong sexual content", but there was
no nudity. Several people went out to let the theatre know and they got the
movie stopped. The bottom line is that it was a mistake. i wasn't happy
about it but the manager was very apologetic and did his best to make ammends. I
didn't see the need to run home and fire off an e-mail to the newspaper or ksl.
This just doesn't seem like news to me.
Oh all you lawsuitin seekers! Is it really that big of a deal? To seek for
punishment from a mistake? Have a little understanding. Besides i bet both the
movies sucked anyway!!!
Surely you must be someone who is having some fun disguised as a member of the
LDS church (funny funny), because if you are a member of the church I actively
belong to, I am embarrased for you.
Teaching your children to castigate people and throw a lawsuit at them for
making a mistake is much worse, in my opinion, than anything that happened to
them at the theater. The person who made the mistake was probably a 17 year old
hoping to earn some money for school clothes since the economy doesn't let mom
and dad foot the bill this year. What if it was your child who made the
mistake? Would you be singing the same tune?Oh! Let's teach our kids
to go after those who actually contribute to the economy and the number of jobs
available in the state instead of using it as a lesson is easy forgiveness and
having a sense of humor. Nice. Sheesh.
oh no, these poor children saw a naked person... they will surely grow up to be
horrible people with indellable scars. They will probably turn into child
molesters or even worse, gay people. Whatever people, a little human body never
First, it was a mistake... get over it. It's funny how people freak out over
nudity (which is natural) and sex but don't do the same for violence. Had an
action/thriller movie with an opening scene of gunfire and a shoot out been
accidently shown instead would these mom's be (pardon the pun) up in arms over
it? I doubt it.RE: "Once it's in, it's in" - You do realize that
to think of nudity and sex is natural don't you? Your kids will think about it
no matter how much you sheild them from it in movies & TV.RE: "Mom"
@ 9:47 a.m. 10/28 - I hope you're not serious. A sue the theater because of
forgeting to switch out a movie upon changing theater rooms on short notice??
This is beyond trivial, don't contribute to clogging our court system with such
un-important fluff.RE: "Latter Day Saint" - Huh? Since when can't
you take the sacrement because you saw a nude body or sex act? That would mean
married couples would be doing so weekly.RE: "Grant Smith" - You
don't take your kids to PG-13 movies?
BRIEF NUDITY? You gotta be kidding me. My kid saw brief nudity when the little
mermaid changed into a real woman. A mistake was made, get over it. Be thankful
it wasn't SAW 5 instead. Your child could've seen a razor trap decapitate
someone. Everyone will experience brief nudity at some point in their life. Kids
experience it when they take a bath or a shower, unless your kids don't bathe.
Sounds like a good trade to me. I don't really like musicals anyway.
The reason this is a problem is because when young children (under the age of
12, not just toddlers) are developing, visual exposure to any form of sexuality
- including "under the covers" action - can severely traumatize them. It can
affect their future relationships with members of the opposite sex, it can lead
to personality changes, it can even lead to future addictions and fetishes. This
is studied, proven research that most universities teach with their social
studies/psychology courses. I've had to learn about these studies repeatedly
over the course of my college education, and I'm sure others have as well. Heck,
I've even heard Dr. Drew cite these studies multiple times on Loveline. That's why, in addition to the moral values of the parents, this is a
big issue. Children don't process visual stimuli the same way adults do, it
affects their brains differently, and things like this can lead to a great deal
of future harm.
Do any of these concerned mothers realize that by panicking and freaking out
they are making it so much more dramatic in these kids' heads than it really
needs to be?Of course this is a mistake and if I had taken kids
there I would be upset as well, but I would encourage them not to go frantic
over this. You aren't helping yourself or your kids any by raising a ruckus or
filing a lawsuit.
Sorry, but that is funny.
Didn't anyone notice during the movie trailers? Usually they show kid-friendly
previews before a kid's movie. I doubt they had kid-friendly/Disney previews for
the other movie. Oh well it was a mistake, the theatre apogized and gave
the patrons movie passes and vouchers for snacks. That's more than some places
would have done.
I personally think that was good for the kids. I think they are way to
overprotected in Utah, sheltered kids are no good to society.
Those studies would explain the trauma due to exposure WITHOUT EXPLANATION -
when kids inadvertently see things, don't understand, and are left to
wonder/imagine on their own. These parents are obviously going to do a lot of
talking about what their kids saw. Whether it's to help them understand the
parent's moral perspective or to come to the conclusion that getting all het up
and ranting about someone's mistake is acceptable behavior is left to be
seen.If I were a kid, I'd be excited to see another movie and this
time with snacks from the concession instead of ones smuggled into the theater
in mom's purse.
weekly? That would be nice...
I went to see Mighty Ducks a few years ago but they accidentally started showing
Passenger 57. I realized later that it would have been better if nobody had
noticed the error...In this case it's really a toss up - either way the
audience watches something dreadful that could leave them scarred for life,
although at least with HSM 3 you only have songs stuck in your head.The
real travesty is that either movie was made.Sex Drive The Musical - now
that would be a movie.
Well I have not seen either movie mentioned, but would you not have a clue at
the VERY START that you were not watching a Disney Movie? Do you have to wait
for "sex" to show up on the screen to figure that out?
I love the quality of this article. My favorite sentence was "For future
to sue. That's despicable. This should bring in some good returns in a court
setting. Too bad I wasn't there. Not that I would have gotten past the first few
minutes even if the movie had been HSM. I spent 4 years at East High in SLC and
don't have any desire to see more of it.
re: Later Day SaintI don't think you understand the sacrament like it
should be understood. If the Child was under 8 they are innocent anyway. If
over 8 they are still innocent because it was not in there controle. The
sacrament is there to help us be forgiven and no bishop I know would not let any
of these kids partake of the sacrament because of this kind of mistake. Ask
your bishop if you want ferther advice.
The people on here that think some adults and parents are overreacting to a
small thing, and that it was no big deal, obviously aren't mothers or protective
parents. It may have been a mistake but if a child sees explicit nudity, they
may NEVER be able to get it out of their head or forget. Strange how pornography
is more addictive than any substance in existence. While we're at it, let's take
the kids to a meth house for a day and say it was an accident and no big deal.
anyone with a real college education would know that dr. drew from loveline is
not a credible source.
The high point of hipocrasy. lets not show two friends who in desperate times
have to make an adult film to stay afloat (shows something about how in our
society people would have to do this to live) but show a movie about teens going
acroos country to have sex with someone they meet online. Where is Dateline when
you need it?
Stop letting your kids outside of your house!
I'm sure Sex Drive by far way much more entertaining at least.
If they take their kids to see the overglorified lies of how high school is in
that crap-tacular movie series
The bar is low when folks are defending HSM as child-worthy. The sex film is a
distraction. The larger question is why on earth would parents be fine with the
sexual innuendo and stereotypes in HSM? A few minutes of nudity isn't nearly as
traumatizing as hours and hours of the highly sexualized HSM!
Parents taking their children to see HS3 is the tragedy here. Honestly, just
relax. It wasn't porn or an ax murder. A little levity please, I mean are you
people really crazy upset over this? Don't you have other issues to
obsess over? Something that really matters? Like ,I don't know, maybe the war,
elections, economy, environment? Use your brain people!
Every one of you was born naked. Your children see a naked person every time
they bathe: themselves. Get over YOUR selves already. Scarred for life?
Lawsuits? You people need a serious reality check.
Could we stop from all of the psychobabble here for one moment? I read this
article, then read through most of the comments before I finally stopped and
reread the article. You see I was somewhat confused. Based on the comments, it
sounded as if some of the parents were going to sue, but I didn't recall reading
that in the article. So I went back and reread it and what do you know? Not
one word about anybody suing anybody! So we have a brief, concise article about
the facts, followed by many, many comments arguing over things that were never
said or insinuated in the article, but rather assumed by the poster of the
comments. We have people berating these parents for being whiny, prudes,
law-suit happy, stupid, parentally-challenged, etc. when the ONLY comment
recorded in the article by a parent was that the scenes were disgusting and it
happened too quickly for her to get her children out of the theatre. How does
that one comment deserve any of the snide comments that have followed on here?
Really, you people assume too much, not to mention you think far too highly of
your own opinions.
Wow, it has already been said but it bears repeating. There is NO way the
parents sat through non disney trailers and didn't know it.I mean
seriously...GO to see a Disney flick you get bombarded with Disney propoganda.
What's the chance they ran the correct reel of trailers for HSM3 but forgot to
change the movie out?
Based on all of you FREE-Thinking Liberals" and your anything goes ideology,
this would be considered child abuse. You want to outlaw dodge-ball, because
it's child abuse in your mind, why not have a lawsuit because the children were
exposed to vulgar language and nudity. You all set the standard of suing for the
smallest of things, so based on your standards, the parents should sue. right?
It doesn't matter what the lyrics are on their Ipod. It's all about choice. The
parents did not choose this. The theatres should pay dearly. I'm thinking 100
million dollars minimum. Hey, I'm just trying to be a good liberal.
Get over it. We all have sex. We all have body parts. I think the kids will
I'm a theatre manager and this mistake should have been noticed in the trailers.
There is a definite difference in trailers for a rated R film than a G. Mistakes
happen and this is a common one.
If we lived in a country with Sharia Law, wouldn't the audience and the theater
owners now be stoned to death?
I have been to kid's movies where there were R-rated trailers. It is not that
Give me a break. The movie theatre made an honest mistake. People are acting
like it is the end of the world. OH NO---BOOBIES ON THE MOVIE SCREEN!! THE
HORROR!!!!! Sex Drive is not a sexually explicit movie. If it was, it would be
NC-17 and not R. T&A does not make a movie sexually explicit, it just makes it a
movie containing nudity. I just love the lines like "my kid will be scarred for
life now", etc. Give me a break. I guarrantee you that for a lot of the kids in
that theatre, that was not the first time that they had seen naked breasts.
life long lds'r here...... so someone made a mistake, big deal, lets get the
cops involved!! Sheesh people, and you wonder why people think we're weird!
Yes I've got young uns at home, yes I would be upset, but seriously--you got to
see your movie for free (via the voucher) and you got some free popcorn and
drink (A week's salary for most of us).The manager apologized and steps
have now been put into place to avoid this in the future. Get over it now.
Your kids will soon either forget it, or supress the memory so they wont become
a bain on society until they are at least 45!!
If you google for "Sex Drive" first 10 minutes and you'll be able to see the
first 10 minutes. Um... if you couldn't figure out VERY quickly this
wasn't HSM, then it's genetically likely your kids aren't smart enough to be
'traumatized'. (Though you making a huge deal out of it might scar them).Have fun moralist outragers, prudes and folks that think it's okay to
let your kids watch hundreds of murders in a Chuck Norris film, but freak out
that they might see a boob or two.
They were shown....what REALLY happens in high school musicals.....especially
during senior year....
Mom | 9:47 a.m. Oct. 28, 2008 I would have been VERY upset! Popcorn and
tickets DO NOT MAKE UP for their mistake!Normally I am opposed to
lawsuits, but for this I would make an exceptionYour are an idiot!
I'm sure you have made mistakes too. So the next time I find out you made a
mistake I am taking you to court.
waah waah waaah the theatre made a mistake now im gonna sue because i think i
can make a buck waah waaah waaah im gona go cry some more waaah waaah
You're not a mother: You're wrong. I am a very protective parent of three
children aged 11, 12 and 14. I don't let my kids have cell phones, chat online,
or surf the web without very strict parental controls. They don't 'date', and
won't until college. That said, I would MUCH rather have my kids see nudity than
something like Saw or Hostel. Torture porn movies are disgusting and lead to
kids lacking empathy and value for human life. Talk to your kids and teach them
empathy, honor and compassion, and they'll be fine.
This is inexcusable- I worked for 9 years as a projectionist and NEVER once ran
the wrong movie. I bet this theater runs ads too and has common-width
screens.I'm giving my email address to this site, so if the owner of
the theater would like to hire me to run their booth perfectly, contact me and I
This is not news, people. This is called a MISTAKE, and mistakes happen all the
time by completely innocent (though probably lazy) people. The person in charge
of the projector is at fault. They simply didnt do their job. At
some time in this country's future we are going to have to grow a set, and
replace the set we cut off in the 70's. Mistakes DO NOT have to offend us. We
have been taught as a nation to be offended at just about everything. We have
also been taught that the slightest exposure to negative material somehow going
to corrupt our children and send them into a life of terror. Children are more
resilient that you are giving them credit for. The person in charge of the
projector should be reprimanded and moved to the snack bar, and the idiots who
thought this was worthy of a call to the news desk need to unlearn being
offended so easily.Wow, we are doomed if this is what we are as a
Didnt the girl from HSM pose for dirty pictures. And isnt that movie just one
big sex tease??? I saw sex drive and the opening scene is a wet dream, lol.
The parents should have known by the kinds of previews that were airing that
they were not about to see a kid movie. I can't wait to have kids just so I can
offer some balance to this "wimpy" world that is being created. Big deal, wrong
movie aired, get your free tickets and popcorn and wait 5 minutes before the
real movie plays. Your kid will prob forget anything ever happened. Something
like this happened once to me when i was around 7 and we sat there for 10 mins
before they changed the film...you know what was wrongly aired? couldn't tell
you because it didnt matter. it only matters to idiot parents.
wow, had this happened anywhere in the world, other than the USA, we wouldn't
have seen this article or comments. Some Americans are such terrible prudes
about nakedness.(and yes, I'm a mother of 3 and definitely a
protective parent. Don't let my kids watch films with excessive violence in it,
of course I wouldn't want them to actually watch porn either, but come on! a bit
of moving under covers and a naked male backside, I really don't see what harm
there is in that).
Don't previews match the movie to come? That would mean the previews wouldn't
be family friendly either. Besides, I'm wondering why it took a few minutes for
parents to realize this wasn't the disney flick. I'd be ticked, too, if my kids
were exposed, but I think I would have realized what was going on before too
much damage had been done.
Parents shouldn't have taken their kids to that fake teenager farce of a movie.
Since I live in a different state, and don't have children, I have no stake in
this at at all. I like to read web comments to see social trends, and this has
been interesting.What I see is that (while I'm certain that it was
accidental) when the cinema broke the law by showing an R-rated film to
preadolescent children without the prior permission of the parents, and broke
the implicit contract with the parents since they didn't show the G-rated film
that had been paid for, many of the comment posters are blaming the PARENTS. Why is this?
"The Rock | 9:20 a.m. Oct. 28, 2008 Just boycot the merchants of smut.Why should decent people give their dollars to business that are
polluting our culture?"Yeah.... Like High School Musical 3!!!
What, the human body?! Oh no! How frightening.
In some ways doesn't seem like a big deal, but look at it from the perspective
of a parent that took their young daughter to see a family-oriented movie and
got something else. As parents, it is our responsibility to teach these things
to our kids, but not in a movie theater. But, as always, moral issues get blown
out of proportion by the media because of our society's warped extreme left
views. The only thing I really have to say about the situation is that I hope
that the employees of the movie theater correct their mistake to prevent future
happenings of this sort...Also for the parents of the children who had to see
this stuff, that they can reinforce positive behavior and not dwell on the
You people bashing the parents are a bunch of freakin' morons. You do know that.
This isn't some group of people protesting outside a theater of something. These
are people who were minding their own business and had their afternoon ruined.
These parents have every right to determine what their children should. They
have every right to be upset. I bet that some of you people are the same people
who bash parents for not having parenting skill. GROW UP!!
It is interesting to note that alot of the blame is put on the parents. Think
about what you are saying...the kids go in and sit down before the movie starts
and mom/dad get up to go buy the popcorn, sodas, and whatever else. Now the
movie starts and the kids are sitting there getting their eyes full of this
garbage!!!! What about the kids that are there with just friends to watch it
with no parents present. I would be extremely upset by this if my 5 or 8
yo saw this, but the theater did try to right the wrong and has put new policies
in place to keep this from happening again. Parents should be responsible
for their kids but if you pay for something and do not get what you paid for,
there is a problem.And for the porn lovers, what if they accidently
switched your "Sex Drive" movie for HSM3?????
You folks from Utah are very strange. Right now, we have children dying of
starvation, freezing to death in the street, being sold as sex slaves to fat
men, and being beaten to death by their parents. If you can read that sentence
and still, with a straight face, tell yourself that this is such a devastating
event that it warrants more than just a frank talk with your child about right
and wrong - you need help. A great deal of help. Yeah, what happened
was wrong. The theater made a mistake. They took responsibility for it. But some
of the damage control is up to you - that's part of what you signed up for when
next to "position desired", you wrote 'parent'. They don't have mind erasing
machines at the movies. (This is the part where you come in) Be good
parents. talk to your kids openly and honestly about what happened...and move
on. Calling a lawyer and (this is a BIG maybe) winning some money in a lawsuit
will not save/protect/purify your children. Being a good parent will.
This sounds like an honest mistake which resulted from the theater trying to
accommodate patrons. I find it highly unlikely this event will result in
irreversible psychological trauma. Use it as opportunity to talk with your
children and provide some much needed education.
-just because you perverts are immersed in pornography doesn't me our children
should be subjected to it -lawsuit
Make sure you don't leave Utah for vacation. Your kids might actually get
exposed to the real world.
But I bet the children watch Viagra and Cialis ads all weekend. Just more
Re: You're not a mother... I am a mother who has seen the
devastation that meth and heroine can do to people and to families. Seeing 10
mins of "Sex Drive" is nothing compared to accidentally sticking a kid with
heroine or handing him meth and a lighter. Pornography isn't a
substance and it isn't the most addictive thing we've got. What about Sugar?
Wait never mind, a little Ritalin counteracts that one in children. Too bad we
cant give a pill to counteract parental ignorance. Get off your
righteous high horse... it must be nice to be so perfect and so utterly ignorant
all at the same time.
Re: You're not a mother. Correct. I am not a mother. I am a father. Nudity
is NOT explicit. You do not understand the meaning of that word apparently.
You are demonising nudity in the minds of your kids by treating it like
something heinous. Have your kids seen you/each other/friends naked? That
won't have scarred them. Your over-protective attitude will.Moving
on to the most ridiculous comment you made: Pornography is NOT, in any way,
shape or form, in the same league as addictive substances. Nicotine and alcohol
stats will disagree with you, to name but a few. If you believe that exposing a
child to a few minutes of nudity (which is not pornography) is equal to putting
a child in a drug-filled environment for a whole day then I would argue that you
have some serious mental scarring yourself and should attend counselling before
you pass on your damaging opinions to your kids. The human body is a natural
thing and should be celebrated, not demonised. Would you take your kids to see
the Venus de Milo? She's nude and regarded as a timeless masterpiece and there
is no sexual context.
As a member of the LDS faith, a BYU student, and semi-frequent moviegoer, It's a
shame to see members of the faith so incapable of recognizing a mistake and
moving on. You are whinning. The reason people outside Utah have such a dislike
for Utahns and the LDS faith is because of uptight and self-righteous people
like you. If you don't want to see the movie, don't go see it. If you accidently
see a part of it, get out and move on. Don't drag the reputation of Church
members lower because you can't live in the real world. It's embarrassing. And
this talk of a lawsuit - so unfortunate that so many people are so weak as to
even think that would be a good option. Weak, sheltered people.
Glad to see the Brain Police out in full force here.Your kids are exposed
to worse things in the 30 minutes before school starts every day than was seen
in the first few minutes of this movie.When did we all become so easily
offended ?I'm not sure, but we better get those bonfires stoked up just in
case it happens again. . .
Research has shown a direct link between dysfunctional sexual activity and early
exposure to nudity, sexual activity and the general free and open attitude
toward sex in today's society. The parents in that theater have a right to be
offended at what their kids were exposed to, also they have a right to be angry.
We should not belittle them for being upset. At the same time, the damage
would be very limited as long as the parents turn this even into a teaching
moment about what is and is not appropriate. Exposing nudity to children is NOT
appropriate.And, about the lawsuit comments...for what? It was a
mistake...teach your children well and laugh about it in a few years.
People are outraged at a theater that makes an honest mistake but don't even bat
an eye when it comes to "Gay Day" or "Gender Bender Day" in our schools. How
When I was about 10 years old my parents dropped me off at our small town
theater to see a movie but the schedule had changed because the ownership of the
theater had changed. Instead of watching some Disney movie I got to watch a soft
core biker sex flick. I enjoyed it.
I like how nudity = smut for you folks complaining. No wonder kids become
sex-crazed teenagers because they've never been taught by their parents how to
properly deal with the inevitable exposure they will get to nudity in everyday
life. The theater made a mistake. Get over it.
Something similar happened to us once. We went to see a Disney movie with out
2, 4 and 6 year old. The trailers were a little "off" for a Disney movie, and I
remember thinking that it didn't feel right and was going to complain after the
movie. When the movie was started it was Stigmata which opened with a very
violent scene. We got out as quick as we could, and were given free tickets. I
was upset and felt it was traumatizing to little kids. THere is no excuse to
say that kids see this in mags and tv anyway. Many parents protect their kids
from this. My then 4 and 6 year old still remember the incident almost 10 years
later. Theaters should be held accountable. The corner store selling smut
Uh, John? The mention of suing came from a parent in these very same
comments.Please, let me help you down off your high horse.
"It's actually illegal to show sexually explicit material to children, which is
why the whole rating system started in the first place. Depending on the nature
of the material (I haven't seen the movie) the theater could have opened itself
up to criminal prosecution."Don't be dense. Kids can get in to see R-rated
movies, so long as they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian."...it can even lead to future addictions and fetishes."What's wrong
with a fetish? Lots of normal, healthy people have them."I've had to
learn about these studies repeatedly over the course of my college education"Oh, a college student! You must be very wise."Strange how
pornography is more addictive than any substance in existence."That's even
funnier than the article. Does that mean people have withdrawal symptoms when
coming down off porn? Seriously, that's the dumbest thing I've seen all week,
and I've watched two Sarah Palin speeches!And as for the people who
suggested boycotting smut, please do. Start with theaters and move down to
retailers like Target who sell the DVDs. That way, I should be able to avoid
having contact with people like you.
It is regrettable that it happened, but it was a MISTAKE. Get over it. If you
find out that the theater manager intentionally shown the film knowing what it
contained, then you have a right to make a big deal of it. Since they corrected
the mistake when they were made aware of it, then cut them some slack. Put
yourself in this position... if you made that mistake how would you feel, and
would you want others to react. Find the problem, fix the problem.Be a parent and explain to the kids that it was a mistake. If the parents
don't make a big deal of it neither will the kids. Then again this is the
lawsuit happy generation. The courts don't have enough guts to say that things
have gotten out of hand and that frivalous suits should penalize the lawyer as
well as the people filing it.
its a mistake that shouldn;t have happened & could have long range probs for the
Any parent in that theater that could not figure out the movie they were about
to see was not HSM3 by looking at the previews being shown is to blame. I work
projection, and if prints get moved or are sharing theatres, this can happen.
I've known people to start by mistake an R-rated film instead of a kids movie,
but the parents were smart enough to figure it out during the FIRST preview. The
parents in the case are a bunch of moron/idiots. The projectionist made a
mistake and those of you calling for a lawsuit are fools and should be ashamed
of yourselves. I guess you have never made a mistake in your life.
The theater I go to has a manager or assistant manager watch all new movies a
few days before it opens, after the theater is closed, to be sure there's
nothing wrong with the film, right reels etc.Might have been a prank to
get the election off the front page.
FOR SHAME! If you were a good parent, you would sit down and talk with your
kids about what you just saw, rather than making a fuss over it. No one did
that on purpose to upset you, just get over it and have some family time with
your kids. I'm sure they forgot all about it anyway when HSM 3 came on, unless
you dragged them out first.
Yes, I'm sure all those kids are now completely scarred for life. Whatever will
become of them? In other news: all the complaining mothers returned home and
plopped their kids down in front of late-night TV while they called their
congressman to complain.
This is truely terrible. It is most likely NOT a mistake this happened. The
horrible smut that children are being exposed to these days! The liberals (most
likely the theatre owner and manager are liberals) are trying everything to
sex-up and dumb down our children! I just can't stand for this!
People are you serious? come on one mistke and you are jumping on them like
hyenes to the kill.... The mistake was aviodable but with the refund AND free
poopcorn AND change of procedure you should feel that they have everything in
their power to not allow this mistake to happen again... just recently i took my
younger sister one of the worst movies in have ever seen(HSM3) and what people
said about the trailers was completely true compltely different from even just
some random pg-13 garbage my friends took me too last week besides the fact do
parents now not know what the disney symbol is here? i feel that if the parents
feel so offended live in a cave... i hear some of the nastiest thing in my life
just on my way to school, how will explain that if they can not handle a glimpse
of nudity? Oh and by the way i would be thankful they gave you free movie
tickets once i went to harry potter and had to wtc the hole movie upside down
and got nothuin back
I was there; I took my 8 year old daughter to see High school Musical 3. I would
love to answer a few questions that everyone seems to have.The trailers
did seem to be not of the same content that a Disney movie would have, but the
seemed to have children actors in them and I assumed that they were trying to
hit a high school aged audience which all of these films seemed to hit. No once
did it say that the previews were R or anything. So the preview began me to
wonder but never having heard of such an accident I did not necessarily run out
of the theaters at that time.Then the showed started with no credits and
it appeared to me that it was another preview and if it was not it started with
a high school student IM a girl that he was a football player. Then it went
wrong and at that point I took my 8 year old out of the movie. It portrayed this
high school student having a girl perform sex acts on him then turned to
masturbation and then the title started and the credits thereafter.
hahAHA ha! Boobies!
There is no excuse for exposing a minor to "R-rated" movie material, whether
that material be nudity, profanity, or gore and violence. This theatre is
legally liable for this unfortunate incident; all it takes is for one parent to
contact the local District Attorney, as well as a local, private attorney to get
the ball rolling. Based on my very limited knowledge of how our legal system
works (although this varies based on jurisdiction), the patrons of this theatre
who were exposed to the R-rated movie could possibly have criminal (because of
minors being exposed to R-rated material without the parents' consent), as well
as a civil case (basically for the same reason as the criminal case, but in this
case involving potential psychological damage to the minors involved, with a
possible outcome being a settlement of some sort).I don't condone
abusing the courts with frivolous lawsuits, but if this had happened to me, I
would absolutely pursue legal channels, if anything, to make sure laws haven't
been violated; that's what our court system is here for...to protect us fromt he
negligence and potentially intentional harm by others. Good day all----it's
about time we stop accepting things like this.
I was absolutely upset with management not necessarily that my daughter saw
nudity because I agree with most of you it is everywhere and I can not stop her
from seeing it so any situation with nudity could be a valid teaching point
about it. But this is just not nudity it is sex acts my daughter had a handful
of questions for me like, what are they doing? what is going on? why is he
making those sounds? And she even read the title of the movie and then asked me
what is Sex?
Why doesn't everyone just sue everyone for everything. I mean, there's no such
thing as an honest mistake, right? Any screw up is known to have ill-will at
it's core. Heck, let's go further; make it a crime to make a mistake. There ya
go! No more mistakes. Donna Reed would have nothing on us then. Utopia achieved.
No more thoughts from the devil. No more troublesome questions from our children
as they'll be dutifully protected form anything untoward. Ahhhhhhh,
When I first read this I had to laugh...get over it already!!!
Now I expected to answer all of the questions with my daughter some day but not
that night not a night I expected my daughter to enjoy one of her most
anticipated movie High School Musical 3. Even after the movie was over she asked
the questions again, so you know this made an impression on her and she probably
thought about throughout the entire movie. I am very disappointed in The
district and there should be some laws preventing this mistake, they should be
fined something and have to pay more than popcorn. How is it that a company can
show out rite porn to children and not be fined anything?
I used to be a projectionist. Sometimes two movies share a theater, and if
you're not careful, you can get mixed up. One time I was running late and I
showed a bunch of kids waiting for "Over the Hedge" the first few minutes of a
teen horror movie. Whoops. The kids were cool, and so were the moms. How come I
didn't get in the paper?
Let's hope there is a lawsuit coming. If the theater didn't have such filth in
the building there wouldn't have been a problem.
They should take this to the American Center for Law and Justice and sue. This
was a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate folks who don't want to see trash and
filth. This is why I never go to the movies anymore.If someone showed a
racist film or a film against Islam everyone would be up in arms. But they show
indecent trash instead. It is time to stand up and be counted. Sue them and
make an example to them.
Not seeing the film, I am just going by the story and assuming that it is
accurate. I guess my grasp of language is not too great because the
story said that "nudity was shown". Well I guess to some the nude body is
obscene and it is Utah.Yes it sounds like a mistake which could have
been avoided but perhaps some parents should reconsider their parenting skill
also. Perhaps the mere sight of God's greatest creation, without man's puritan
coverings, should not condemn one to a life of lust and debauchery. Perhaps if
our children would be taught the naked truth about humans and our God given
sexuality, there would not be such demand for smut.There certainly
is a large difference between porn and nudity, just as there is between good
judgment and over reaction. I would suggest that all involved step back and
eith take a deep breath or cold shower.
I find it disturbing that so many think nothing of exposing young children to
sexual situations. Where would they draw the line? Nowhere, they seek
boundless societies where anything goes. They sure encourage the public display
of sexual acts and content without limits. Perhaps they also "see nothing
wrong" with having sex with children?
"These poor children. This is the worst thing that could have possibly happened
to them." Jeez, I'm glad that if these kids had ran out of the
theatre and got hit by a bus it really wouldn't have been all THAT bad. The
worst would have already been over!
People make mistakes - and it happens to us all. Mistake made, acknowledged by
the staff - issued apologies and free stuff? What's next? Sue 'em, I
suppose.Give 'em a break...
thats gr8! As already stated, ANYTHING would be better than another High School
musical movie! haha! thats just super...now if only we can get Obama to lose,
life will be grand
With the way the media is now we really don't have the choice anymore of if we
want to see explicit material or not. Flipping through channels, magazine racks,
and countless other venues on the internet will push the limits of what we are
comfortable viewing or having or children exposed to. Rather our thinking needs
to be changed to how we will respond to it. If you are deeply offended by the
material you need to only hold tight to your beliefs and "touch not the unclean
Wah! Wah! Wah! My child saw nudity!!! Wah! Wah! Wah! I've been bathing my
kids in their clothes to avoid such a discussion and now the theater forces me
to talk about it. Wah! Wah!
GeorgeMThere was nothing wrong with either print. They played the
wrong movie. Very few theatres are reel-to-reel theatres. Just about every
current theatre assembles all of the reels into 1 big movie. They moved HSM3 to
a larger auditorium to get more seats. They forgot to move the actual print. So
instead of threading the projector with HSM3, the projectionist threaded Sex
Drive. Having a manager screen this print would not have prevented the problem.
Also it would be extremely difficult, most likely intentional, for someone to
buildup a print of a movie with Reels from more than 1 movie. Although I do know
from seeing it personally, that mistakes such as putting the reels together in
the wrong order or putting a reel on backwards can happen.
For future movies.
I ran a theater for a friend while he was in the hospital 26 years ago. I
learned three things. One there is really no way to tell one film from another
while they are on the reels unless you run them. The booking distributor sent
the wrong movies on reels twice and I had to run the movies after assembling it
on the big three foot reels to find out. Two there are people who will be
offended regardless of what you do to avoid it. Rocky Horror Picture Show is
Rated R and run at mid-night but people will buy tickets and complain about the
cursing in the film. Three NC-17 is milk toast to some of the most respectable
members of the American population. Their Great Grand mothers were the Miss
Kitty of the old west and their grand mothers Sally Rand.
I live in Indiana, and I thought THIS was a conservative state until I started
reading all these comments from outraged parents. But you people take the cake.
Geez, folks, lighten up. Those of you who think this is the worst thing that
could happen to a child or that they will be scarred forever need to get a life.
Your kids can find -- and are finding -- much worse on the Internet with a click
of a mouse. If they aren't doing it in your home they are doing it in someone
re: Latter Day Saint | 12:10 p.m. Oct. 28, 2008 How do you know? Are
you their Bishop or Stake Pres? If so, Have they even talked to you.I love Utah where common sense & reality are not required or encouraged.
Everyone in here calling for a lawsuit or claiming that this media was forced on
the kids in the theater by 'liberals' as one commenter stated, should not be
allowed to walk the streets, participate in democracy, or for that matter raise
a child. Do you know how they handle problems like this in Europe?
Most of the time these kinds of things AREN'T problems over there because they
actually take a common sense approach to sexuality rather than America's
generally pre-puritan-esque stance on it today.I'm not saying that
we should force feed our children a steady diet of hard core pornography with
their eyes taped open, I'm saying that when a MINOR incident such as this
happens people need to take a chill pill and realize that sexuality cannot just
be magically expunged from their minds, especially for children who need to
UNDERSTAND what they see rather than be 'protected' from it by ignoring the
issue.My guess? A lot of these kids will grow up secretly lamenting
their parents because they are so strict that they keep their children from
doing ANYTHING fun.
Grow up people. It's an honest mistake, and nothing to get upset about or plan
a lawsuit, boycott or anything like that. It's not going to damage anyone's
psyche or anything. It's just a movie!
No Zack and Miri? No Brokeback Mountain? But Sexdrive to 8 year olds is ok for
"Do you know how they handle problems like this in Europe? Most of the time
these kinds of things AREN'T problems over there because they actually take a
common sense approach to sexuality rather than America's generally
pre-puritan-esque stance on it today."I actually just moved back to
the United States after living in Europe, where, over the course of time I lived
there, I had about 30 roommates from five different European countries, and
spent time with people from many others. Do you know what I found out? Most of those people with a "common sense approach to sexuality" had
absolutely zero morals in regards to sexuality. They saw absolutely nothing
wrong with committing the most disgusting sexual acts you could think of, with
watching movies full of full frontal nudity or even pornograhy, or with anything
the Bible actively preaches against - and each of them considered themselves to
be religious people. If that's the kind of common sense attitude
you're talking about, I'll HAPPILY take America's generally pre-puritan-esque
sex drive is hilaaarious!
This is false outrage. A one second flash of a male tush /four minutes/ into
the film? Come on, people. They wanted to see what was coming. A sex scene
under a sheet? Hello? Is that what they thought HSM was going to show? Shame,
shame on them. They had /plenty/ of time to crawl under the seats so they
wouldn't be polluted with this awful, awful smut. I call foul.
Comparison/contrast. "They're bad" ergo, "I'm good/perfect/worthy/cool". The
stupidest thing of it all is that the coming attractions of any movie are keyed
to the movie. They should have known something was up just from the movie
previews. But the previews didn't seem to bother anyone [nota bene]...
maybe they just had to wait until Mommy #1 got offended and then follow suit.
ie, "I don't want to be seen as a prude/intolerant/uncool/square -- but I shore
nuff don't want to be seen as "unworthy" so I'll join the general outrage
It was a mistake! An honest mistake! If free movie and popcorn passes aren't
enough, what would you like them to do? What could they possibly do that would
be considered just restitution? Yes it is sad this happened. But forgive and
move on.My parents were too prude to have a birds and bees
discussion with me so maybe an incident like this will help some parents
actually confront the reality.
There is a difference between sexually charged imagery and nudity. Had the film
only shown nudity without the explicit sexual detail than this would be a
different story completely.
That is interesting, I went to see Sex Drive, but was forced to endure the first
few minutes of High School Musical 3. Can I file a lawsuit also?JK
- Love HS 1&2. Can't wait to take the kids to 3.
Ok, wouldn't the opening credits have been a clue that they weren't at the right
movie??? These people must be complete morons or just too lazy to get up and go
tell the theater personnel that something is not right. I mean, c'mon!!! And
that one post about their kids being scarred for life, give me a break! It's
only sex.....oh wait! That's a dirty word in America. Silly me....
No one was hurt. None died. Not a soul has been converted to some sort of dark
lifestyle. Much ado about nothing.
I think it's a fantastic mistake--I am now going to go see SEX DRIVE. I'm all
about R rated or better.
re: Parents should be punished | 5:04 a.m. Oct. 29, 2008 Disney put
out something not accurate? I'm shocked & hurt.
re: LightenUpFrancis | 6:00 a.m. Oct. 29, 2008 >>Um... if you
couldn't figure out VERY quickly this wasn't HSM, then it's genetically likely
your kids aren't smart enough to be 'traumatized'. (Though you making a huge
deal out of it might scar them).
re: Utah_is_a_weird_place | 6:37 a.m. Oct. 29, 2008 >>Be good
parents. talk to your kids openly and honestly about what happened...and move
re: jon | 7:06 a.m. Oct. 29, 2008 >> "...it can even lead to future
addictions and fetishes."What's wrong with a fetish? Lots of normal,
healthy people have them.
Gotta ask the projection people - was the print in film or in digital? Who was sleeping at the switch when this all happened?
Whether the show was in digital or 35mm film, it doesn't take a rocket scientist
to start the correct show. With the booth-clowns that work in projection booths
these days, I'm not surprised that this hasn't happened before. I'm sure it
has, but hasn't got this much press because of the shows that were involved.
These theatres need to make sure that the people they put in the projection
booths know what they're doing and pay attention as well. They need to know
more than just "press the start button".I agree with the parents
that went to this theatre to see HSM3; which is rated G; and got a very
offensive show rated R. Adults may not be offended by "Sex Drive", but when you
take children to see a G-rated movie and get anything else, you'd be offended
too. Heck I'd be talking to a lawyer too.
...And the Children were Screaming!!!!
hahahaha! hahahahahahahahaha!! STORY OF THE YEAR! I can't stop laughing.
The Megaplexes are digital locations. There have been reports that some digital
management systems have a bug that may actually refer to an incorrect
composition playlist. Because Sex Drive was originally set up to play in this
theatre, it may be possible that the artifact still referred to that feature
even after the move. It could also account for the G slate of trailers playing
because digital playlists are not physically attached as in film. So, it is
entirely possible that the theatre made the correct changes and that the
software bug accounted for G trailers playing but an artifact for the R movie
superceded and was played. If I would Larry Miller's team, I would at least
check into this possibility.
Im an active member of the LDS church and i find this hilarious.. lets face the
facts. Our kids are going to see nudity eventually, why not with their parents?
The most awkward it could get for a kid is seeing sex with their parent... now
that that's over, its smooth sailing from here! :)
People say, its just nudity. Ok, well you people who say that, take your
clothes off right now and go to the mall and shop for a new toaster. All of you liberals, we wear clothes for specific reasons, more than being
sanitary or to hide our hairy backs. Movies and media in general
try to confuse people into thinking that sexual liberality is good, when in
reality it leads to broken homes and families. Who in their right minds wants
their kids exposed to home-wrecking activities and behaviors? Case
Hoolywood Anonymous,What??? They were film prints not digital. The
digital movies at the theatre where I work, while not attached to the digital
movie, were still programmed to run with the movie. Its all one sequence. A
different movie would have a different program set to run with different
trailers. The only way to run a digital print of Sex Drive with HSM3's trailers
would be to physically reprogram the trailer package.Most if not all
theatres will not programs trailers more than 1 rating above the film being
shown. HSM3 is rated G. The fact that someone who was there claimed that
Twilight was being shown should have been a hint. Since one rating above G is
PG. Twilight is not PG. Even without knowing this, parents still
should have been able to figure it out when they saw no kids-related
Only in Utah is this news.
Ahhahahahahahahahahahahaha!That's about the only editorial that
needs to be said about this story.
Parents had every right to complain and be upset. I have one issue
though. Pre movie trailers are always a dead give-a-way to the general content
of the upcoming movie. I think I would have caught on long before the movie
started. But what about those who are running later? Great point! While there
are always instances where being late can't be helped, I've long been annoyed
with the 'Mormon standard selfish come when I darn well please despite the
disturbances it causes' attitude. Perhaps if people had been on time and paid
attention, they would have caught the forth coming wrong movie. All
in all, sounds like an honest mistake and the theater handled it well.
I wonder if these are the same parents who took thier small children dressed in
Batman outfits to the opening night of Dark Knight and then had to carry them
out crying when the movie got real interesting SCARY - it was rated PG 13 -
This was a simple mistake
These children and adults will probably be scarred for life. Now, they'll
probably grow up to be homosexuals!
I'm going to sue you for dumbing down this entire message board. Thank you for
portraying conservative opinions as "liberal". Propoganda at its best!
Seriously...it is actually illegal?! That's funny...the theater I go to
actually has a sign that tells you not to bring kids under age 6 to R rated
movies after 6:00 p.m. Gee....all of those parents bringing underage kids to
matinees isn't getting them thrown into jail...Don't get me wrong. I would
never take an underage child to an R rated movie, but stop fueling the fire for
Was it a bad mistake, of course. Could it affect those kids lives, maybe.
Every parent who is crying lawsuit, or the vouchers aren't enough need to relax.
Do you not know that your sweet precious kids are talking about sex at ages as
early as 6th grade among their friends? Do you not know that your kids are
viewing things on tv, the internet, movies at friends, that they shouldn't see
either? Kids are having to grow up a lot faster these days and there is no way
to control that. If parents really knew what their kids were doing, they would
be appalled. "My sweet little angel wouldn't do something like that!" Um
really? Face the music and get to know your kids! This is a minor bump in the
road on their way to the adult world beginning at age 12. Use it as an
educational tool for them and take it easy on the lawsuits! You people are
really out of touch when it comes to what is really going on in the world today
with kids. Your kids aren't as good as you think they are!
These children will probably grow up normal now.
Too bad, so sad, your child will live...end of story, this is not news.
Imagine my surprise when I finished this article to find that 192 people
commented on it! Regrettable, but WOW, c'mon.
Megaplex is avoiding because it looks like a stupid movie that they would loose
money on and found a way out of showing it. Personally I think it is genius. I
bet there are a lot of movie theatres that wishes they could do the same.
I didn't see either movie. I wouldn't go see Sex Drive, as I don't go see R
movies, most PG13, and some PG movies. My choice. I am really glad I
wasn't there.1. I don't want to see that. 2. If that Megaplex
theater thought I through a fit the last time they made a mistake when I was
there...I am really surprised they didn't call me just to make sure
I wasn't there.The District Megaplex is really the best theater
location in town. It is bad that it happened at all.
This was a mistake by the theater. Not a traumatising effect to the children in
the theater. The parents should have been able to tell by the previews that the
wrong movie was playing. Disney does not permit previews for any movie above PG
on any move with the Disney trademark on the movie. Theaters comply with this
because they do not want to loose Disney's business. There are on average 12-15
minutes of previews as well as up to 30 minutes of pre show advertising in the
theatre and not one of these parents could figure that it was not appropriate
for the movie???Wake up and pay attention!!!
Ahh!!! That would be scary for the parent, don't you people realize that the
crowd for HSM is kids 5+!!!!!! This is really bad pornagraphy. Those parents
might have to give the birds and the bees talk early!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have
simpathy for the parents
it is not the first time and i dont think it will be the last
Makes me ashamed of my state
Bob, that's why it's called a software 'bug'.
I was in attendance with my children when this incident occurred and thought I
would answer a few questions. I agree with many of the comments posted and did
use this experience as an opportunity to teach my 4 and 10 year old that they
should listen to their hearts and leave any situation that makes them feel
uncomfortable. As to the previews...we were shown Twilight, Four
Christmases, The Soloist (about a musically gifted homeless man), and a new
action/adventure with Dakota Fanning. These seemed a little old for the
audience, but not totally alarming. When Sex Drive began it did start "cold"
with no credits or titles. It began with a teenage boy chatting online with a
girl. I think many of us were wondering if he was some new character at first.
The title scrolled across the screen just as the sexual scene started, and just
as I and other parents quickly left exited the theater.
I do believe it was an honest mistake, and would never sue anyone for that.
However, it was upsetting to my children. "Explicit" may have been the wrong
word choice but, as a parent, it felt pretty close. I took this experience as a
lesson that I should be more vigilant in protecting my children in the future.
I would expect the theater staff to be just as careful in fulfilling their
responsibilities to their young audiences. From now on, I will obtain
confirmation that we will be shown the correct movie before I take my children
into any theater.
Mom, was that you standing next to me at the book burning the other day?
Oh please come on accidents happen! Lets remember that forgiveness is just as
important as staying morally clean!
Just thought you might like to know that the nation Fox News Channel ran a story
on this yesterday. So I guess it's not just in Utah that people care.
I think it is sad that it happened to those kids. I would be very upset if I
have my kids there. Pornography stays in the mind especially kids minds. It
destroys adult relationships at a disgustingly high rate. Adults who are
supposed to be mature enough to handle sex. What effect will it have on the
curious minds of children. Yah there is a lot if sex everywhere on tv, the
internet but there is a lot of dog crap in the world too, that doesn't mean
everyone has to play in it if they don't want to.
sad how people think just because you live in utah, you never get out and
"see the real world". My kids have spent more time out of Utah than in it, by
far. We met a lot of great people and saw great things. I would say most of
the people we met with little kids would also not appreciate having their young
kids see what ours started to see. I didn't grow up in Utah either, doesn't
change what I do or don't want my kids to see whether it is my young kids or my
older ones. When you pay for a product, you expect to get what you pay for. If
your IPOD had a glitch, you would take it back. If your new one had another
glitch, you would take it back and try to make sure it didn't happen again.
that is all that happened here. thanks to those who read and understood without
trying to make more of it than it was. The rest of you, relax, this may make it
so you don't spend time on a movie you didn't pay for, whatever it was.
It wasn't just 'tweens' at this showing, it was youngers kids, as well. If you
don't think that sort of thing can affect a child's mind, you really need to
take some classes on human development. Not sure how explicit what they saw was,
but exposure to such things at too early an age can create an unhealthy fixation
or preoccupation with pornography. The theater was negligent in this case. It
has nothing to do with parents who don't talk to their kids about sex.
My 7 year daughters i-pod is quite clean. This is a great mistake and if i was
there i would sue. If nothing else i will get more popcorn. funny stuff i
heard the story made national news!! Congrats Utah
Why does everyone on here think that this was a mistake. I bet someone knew
exactly what was going on. Surely someone there had seen the movie and knew that
it opened with a sex scene. I bet the employees at that theater were laughing
all day long about it!
I cannot get between the lines on this. So I am going to another board with it.
So all I will say here about this is that. It is not the end of the world. The
smart parents just got up and left. Stuff sometimes happens. You use such
incidents as a teaching moment. I have always told my kids if they
show in school anything that offends them, just quietly get up and go outside
till its over. My kids are well grounded little shocks them, however
they keep Church Standards. Their mom and I have thought them to be self
sufficient and to make good choices.Mistakes are made accidents
happen, life goes on. Kids should not be punished for what, they may
have seen. Parents where not at fault. Mr. Whipple was most likely not at fault,
however being the Manger did put him on point. The blame if any
belongs to the guy/gal who was supposed to set up the right movie.In
G or PG Movies, the previews are usually fit for everyone.Dakota
Fanning, who I like as a person and actress. Has done some questionable scenes,
In movies I refused to see.
Get up and leave.
If children had witnessed the Sex Drive scene played out in real life in their
school yard, the people would have been arrested and thrown into jail. What is
so different about seeing REAL PEOPLE on a movie screen? These types
of images are shocking to children. Children are NOT adults who are regularly
involved in sexual experiences. Children are blank slates and are highly
impressionable. I speak openly about sexuality to my children, but
they should not have to see naked people doing anything sexual until they are
old enough to not be traumatized by it. Ideally they wouldn't see it until they
are doing it themselves as married adults. Exposing children or teenagers to
blatant sexuality does not help them see reality. It distorts reality BIG TIME.
That is damaging.
Come on, people. At least it wasn't something like BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. WAAAAAAAY
more people would have been offended if they had seen *certain scenes* of
that.I don't get why either >.>Plus, what parents take their
children to see something like HSM3? I don't like those movies, they are too
picture-perfect for me...I grew up on the old time movies like Chucky. I
That reminds me of another story 2 years ago little kids and there parents went
to see last mimzy instead it was the hills have eyes 2 witch starts with a
graphic birth scene
WOW. There are more than five pages of complaints towards an ACCIDENT that has
been fairly reconciled. Maybe you should just leave it be and possibly FORGIVE?
I mean after all, isn't that what we're taught in our Sunday services? This is
why I believe in "The separation of church and state." The first of the United
States amendments, of which is not exactly favored (or followed) by the
administrative citizens of the State of Utah.