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    Optimus Prime And Time Again

    | ID, USA | Parents & Guardians

    (I am a huge Transformers fan and am familiar with most of the different Transformers cartoons that have come out over the years. It’s a running joke among Transformers fans that Optimus Prime, the main character, has to die at least once in every version of the show. I’m at the theater watching “Revenge of the Fallen” with my mom and brother, and we’ve just reached the point where Megatron kills Optimus Prime.)

    Mom: *gasps* “Oh, no!”

    Me: *groans* “Oh, no, not again!”

    Mom: *weird look*

    Spidey-Senses Are A Little Off

    | NC, USA | Aunts & Uncles

    (When the second Harry Potter movie comes out, I am nine years old and well-known for being terrified of spiders. My aunt sits next to me when we all go to see it, and unbeknownst to me she has a plan for when the giant spiders come on-screen.)

    Aunt: *pulling me onto her lap and covering my face with her jacket* “Oh, my god, don’t look!”

    (As I tried to free myself, she kept gasping and squeezing me tighter whenever something startling happened in the movie. Afterward, I had to explain to her that her reaction, combined with knowing the spiders were there but not being able to see them, had been a lot more scary than the actual scene could ever be.)

    Rhinosaurus

    | ME, USA | Parents & Guardians

    (I am watching ‘Jurassic World,’ and I overhear this conversation between a mom and her kids.)

    Mom: “Look kids, it’s a rhino dinosaur!” *pointing out the triceratops*

    First-Framed Your Argument

    | San Jose, CA, USA | Children, Parents & Guardians

    (I’ve dragged my boyfriend to the movies to see the latest Disney movie. We chose an evening show to try and avoid hordes of children, but there are a few in the theater. As the credits end and the very first frame of the movie appears, a little voice from the row behind us pipes up.)

    Kid: “This is my favorite movie!”

    Kid’s Dad: “You’ve never seen this movie. Shut up.”

    They’re At That Orphan-Age

    | Fort Collins, CO, USA | Parents & Guardians

    (Mom and I are seeing Frozen. We are just watching the scene where they are having the funeral for Elsa and Anna’s parents.)

    Mom: “Oooooh…”

    Me: “I wouldn’t be Disney without dead parents.”

    (Mom had to try very hard not to laugh.)

    Playing The Mothering (Eye) Roll

    | Lexington, KY, USA | Parents & Guardians

    Me: *on the phone* “Hello, Mom? Listen, I’m just calling to let you know that I’m going to be out late. They’re having a special screening over at [Local Theater].”

    Mom: “Oh, really? What’s the name of the movie?”

    Me:It Came From Outer Space in 3D.”

    Mom: “…”

    Me: “I can actually hear you rolling your eyes over the phone right now.”


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