It is amazing how much you take being able to go out on a whim for granted until you have a child. Once the baby comes, going out for an evening becomes a multi-step project with many moving parts. This being the case, you have to be VERY careful when selecting the movie or restaurant you want to go to.
This evening was our date night for the month of March. Don't get me wrong, we will probably have several more at home date nights, but this one was out on the town so to speak. We opted for a movie then dinner, a risky proposition as the last time we went to a movie at the theater we ended up walking out - "The Santa Clause 3", bad choice. This time we got smart. We bought our tickets online so we could be sure we got seats for the movie we wanted to see. The only issue, not many movies we wanted to see. Yes, we want to see "The 300" but it is a bit bloody and I just wasn't in the mood for blood tonight. "The Pursuit of Happyness" is not in theaters around us anymore and almost everything else just didn't look like it was worth our precious evening let alone our $20+. This led us to "The Last Mimzy" a rather grown up family movie that has everything from messages about our environment to Homeland Security to thousand year old mandalas. (The Last Mimzy officially opens on March 23rd.)
I am not sure how much the children who go to this movie will understand other than the rather obvious message of "Clean up the environment," but the adults will clearly get all the nuiances from a parent's fear for their child to the Patriot Act. It felt a little like Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth" but geared towards the younger set and was perfect for our date night. I will leave most of the story for you to learn, just be prepared to see more sub-plots and allusions to ancient art and literature than you may have thought possible in a family film.
Go, enjoy, have a date. "The Last Mimzy" is worth it.