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I Walked Out of a Bad Movie and It Felt Great!

Sitting in a bad movie? Get up. Get out. Get your money back! Let’s show our kids that doing the right thing matters more than what people think!

You’re at the theater with your kids excited to see the much anticipated movie with popcorn in hand. You did your research. The trailer looked awesome. The ratings were good. But what do you do when things go south FAST!

Well, this past week we were in this very predicament. The movie “The Secret Life of Pets” looked so cute and fun and innocent. We actually waited a week to see it so that Luke’s parents could watch it with us when they visited from Florida.

The first 45 minutes had some hilarious scenes of what pets do when their owners are away for the day. But then things went down hill fast.Duke and Max escape while at the park and find themselves locked in a van by animal control. They are rescued by a cute looking psychotic rabbit and agree to start working for him and his underground gang who live in the sewer. Freaky looking cats get in fights and even the characters’ screechy high pitched voices and nasty laughs bother me. I started thinking, “What are my kids learning at this very moment? How are these behaviors influencing my children?” It was then that I started to feel very uneasy.

So what do you do when you’re in the midst of feeling uncomfortable especially when you’re in public or with your group of friends? I weighed in on my thoughts regarding the movie.

Hopefully it will get better soon.

Hopefully my kids won’t know what’s happening.

Hopefully they will forget what they’ve seen and heard once the movie ends.

What will people think if we get up and leave?

I had an internal conversation going on here. I could wait until the “bad scene” was over or leave so we no longer had to be subject to these negative messages. If this is the conversation you are having with yourself, there’s a good chance you should remove yourself from your environment. Minutes later when the rabbit asked Max and Duke several times to describe to his gang in detail how they killed their owner, my husband and I simultaneously looked at each other and we knew it was time to leave. To our surprise, several other families joined us!

So the lesson I’ve learned this week was that it’s pertinent we protect our children’s minds no matter it takes to do so.

Yes, we got our money back. I explained to the kids why we left early and NONE of them complained!

The challenge this week is to always do what’s right and realize that others might feel the same way you do and join in!

Question: What has helped you get out of a uncomfortable situation? Share your answer by clicking here.

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  • Rachel
    Posted at 15:51h, 01 August Reply

    Hi, Tina,
    Thank you for sharing from your very relate-able personal experience,
    and thank you for the encouragement to always do what’s right. It was
    pretty cool to hear that there were others who also decided to walk
    out of that theater. I want you to know, that having people like you
    helping keep us up-to-date and on our toes helps us stay alert and
    remember not to just let things happen around us. It reminds us to
    take action, do our part and BE the light in the world. May God
    continue using you to speak into the lives of others!

    • Tina
      Posted at 15:57h, 01 August Reply


      Thank you for your encouragement 😉 It makes me want to keep plugging away in research and time to get you the latest info to keep your kids safe! Is there anything I can answer for you in a future blog or video? THANK YOU again for your encouragement!


    • Sandy Griffin
      Posted at 06:36h, 02 August Reply

      Proud of you guys, never hesitate when you feel something is inappropriate for your kids, and you got your money back! Win win situation. Love you Aunt Sandy

      • Tina
        Posted at 14:01h, 02 August Reply

        Thank you! Parents who teach their kids the way of the Lord helps a ton!! Sometimes we feel nervous because we are afraid of what others might think, but having Luke’s parents in the crowd helped us do the right thing too!

  • Arleen
    Posted at 14:52h, 02 August Reply

    WORST MOVIE EVER, TINA. I saw it yesterday. Wish I had seen your email first, lol.

    • Tina
      Posted at 19:58h, 25 September Reply

      Hey Arleen!
      No worries! If you see anything insane out there, shoot me a text, VM, fax, FB message, etc 🙂 I know our minds think alike! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for you and your future girl! You remind me so much of myself a decade ago!

  • Kirk Rogers
    Posted at 06:18h, 11 August Reply

    I think the most important aspect of this incident is what you were modeling for your kids. They don’t have to sit through a movie with unhealthy messages and/or images. They don’t have to hang out with friends who are doing things they know they shouldn’t be involved in. Leaving is a good option. Don’t worry about what other people think, just about what Jesus thinks. Being a party pooper is better than wallowing in the poop with the undiscerning.

    • Tina
      Posted at 21:38h, 14 August Reply

      Kirk! Well said 🙂 Made me laugh out loud, but so true!

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