'Musical' switched for 'Sex' in Megaplex mix-up

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  • ???
    July 6, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    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.

  • sup
    March 2, 2009 7:17 a.m.

    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

  • Mistral <(^o^)>
    Nov. 27, 2008 12:44 a.m.

    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 hate HSM3.

  • Reality Check
    Nov. 1, 2008 1:14 p.m.

    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.

  • Are Your Legs Broken?
    Nov. 1, 2008 6:35 a.m.

    Get up and leave.

  • awesomeron
    Oct. 31, 2008 3:57 p.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 31, 2008 10:08 a.m.

    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!

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 31, 2008 9:39 a.m.

    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

  • FYI
    Oct. 31, 2008 8:18 a.m.

    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.

  • TJ - the dad
    Oct. 31, 2008 6:49 a.m.

    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.

  • Derek
    Oct. 31, 2008 2:46 a.m.

    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.

  • not only UT news
    Oct. 31, 2008 12:37 a.m.

    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.

  • John
    Oct. 31, 2008 12:24 a.m.

    Oh please come on accidents happen! Lets remember that forgiveness is just as important as staying morally clean!

  • Well doggone
    Oct. 31, 2008 12:17 a.m.

    Mom, was that you standing next to me at the book burning the other day?

  • I was there (continued)
    Oct. 30, 2008 11:51 p.m.

    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.

  • I was there...
    Oct. 30, 2008 11:47 p.m.

    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.

  • Hollywood Anonymous
    Oct. 30, 2008 9:59 p.m.

    Bob, that's why it's called a software 'bug'.

  • does it matter
    Oct. 30, 2008 9:12 p.m.

    Makes me ashamed of my state

  • machelle
    Oct. 30, 2008 7:05 p.m.

    it is not the first time and i dont think it will be the last

  • freaked out
    Oct. 30, 2008 5:32 p.m.

    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

  • Locutus
    Oct. 30, 2008 4:24 p.m.

    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!!!

  • Red
    Oct. 30, 2008 3:41 p.m.

    That's awesome!!

  • arc
    Oct. 30, 2008 2:53 p.m.

    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.

  • wallofvoodoo
    Oct. 30, 2008 12:18 p.m.

    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.

  • ER
    Oct. 30, 2008 12:15 p.m.

    Imagine my surprise when I finished this article to find that 192 people commented on it! Regrettable, but WOW, c'mon.

    Oct. 30, 2008 11:55 a.m.

    Too bad, so sad, your child will live...end of story, this is not news.

  • Normal
    Oct. 30, 2008 11:07 a.m.

    These children will probably grow up normal now.

  • Easy Mom and Dad
    Oct. 30, 2008 9:09 a.m.

    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!

  • RE: JR
    Oct. 30, 2008 9:07 a.m.

    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 a lawsuit.

  • SS
    Oct. 30, 2008 8:49 a.m.

    Too funny!

  • RE: Martin
    Oct. 30, 2008 8:38 a.m.

    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!

  • Gordon Hill
    Oct. 30, 2008 8:38 a.m.

    These children and adults will probably be scarred for life. Now, they'll probably grow up to be homosexuals!

  • Dutch
    Oct. 30, 2008 8:03 a.m.

    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

  • wordzee
    Oct. 30, 2008 7:34 a.m.

    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.

  • My take
    Oct. 30, 2008 7:30 a.m.


    That's about the only editorial that needs to be said about this story.

  • Utah is wound too tight
    Oct. 30, 2008 6:35 a.m.

    Only in Utah is this news.

  • Bob
    Oct. 30, 2008 4:19 a.m.

    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 previews.

  • don't look
    Oct. 30, 2008 2:30 a.m.

    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 closed.

  • DC
    Oct. 29, 2008 11:28 p.m.

    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! :)

  • Hollywood Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2008 10:52 p.m.

    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.

  • n8
    Oct. 29, 2008 10:31 p.m.

    hahahaha! hahahahahahahahaha!! STORY OF THE YEAR! I can't stop laughing. HAHAHAHA!

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2008 10:12 p.m.

    ...And the Children were Screaming!!!!

  • Old Projectionist
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:56 p.m.

    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.

  • DSM1G90
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:36 p.m.

    Gotta ask the projection people - was the print in film or in digital?

    Who was sleeping at the switch when this all happened?

  • Bender Rodriguez
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:52 p.m.

    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.

  • Bender Rodriguez
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:49 p.m.

    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 on.

  • John Winger
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:44 p.m.

    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).

  • bite your tongue
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:39 p.m.

    re: Parents should be punished | 5:04 a.m. Oct. 29, 2008

    Disney put out something not accurate? I'm shocked & hurt.

  • Jaybee
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:18 p.m.

    I think it's a fantastic mistake--I am now going to go see SEX DRIVE. I'm all about R rated or better.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:16 p.m.

    No one was hurt. None died. Not a soul has been converted to some sort of dark lifestyle. Much ado about nothing.

  • Deb
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:12 p.m.

    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....

  • Bob McBeverhousen
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:56 p.m.

    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.

  • Nude Man
    Oct. 29, 2008 4:29 p.m.

    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.

  • John
    Oct. 29, 2008 3:52 p.m.

    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.

  • no one
    Oct. 29, 2008 12:41 p.m.

    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 club."

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2008 12:37 p.m.

    sex drive is hilaaarious!

  • Re: Common Sense
    Oct. 29, 2008 12:13 p.m.

    "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 stance.

  • Oh the irony
    Oct. 29, 2008 12:04 p.m.

    No Zack and Miri? No Brokeback Mountain? But Sexdrive to 8 year olds is ok for LHM.

  • what a bunch of whiners
    Oct. 29, 2008 11:01 a.m.

    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!

  • Common Sense
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:47 a.m.

    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.

  • good advice
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:38 a.m.

    Philippians 2:12

  • Roddy Piper
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:32 a.m.

    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.

  • Phred
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:19 a.m.

    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 else's.

  • G Franke
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:17 a.m.

    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.

  • Is that a sentence?
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:17 a.m.

    For future movies.

  • Steve
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:11 a.m.


    There 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.

  • Get Real
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:09 a.m.

    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!

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:09 a.m.

    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 thing".

  • Provoite
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:00 a.m.

    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

  • HD
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:55 a.m.

    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...

  • Kayne
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:38 a.m.

    "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!

  • LK
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:26 a.m.

    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?

  • Dave
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Macon Hardy
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Dr. Botkin
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:11 a.m.

    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.

  • This is news?
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:10 a.m.

    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?

  • I was there cont . . .
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:10 a.m.

    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?

  • Brian
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:08 a.m.

    When I first read this I had to laugh...get over it already!!!

  • The Zoo
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:06 a.m.

    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, yes.

  • I was there cont. . .
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:05 a.m.

    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?

  • Cornhusker Father
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:05 a.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:01 a.m.

    hahAHA ha! Boobies!

  • I was there
    Oct. 29, 2008 8:00 a.m.

    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.

  • Ima 15 yr old kid
    Oct. 29, 2008 7:57 a.m.

    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

  • James R. Maynard III (Tron Guy)
    Oct. 29, 2008 7:57 a.m.

    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!

  • KW-37
    Oct. 29, 2008 7:55 a.m.

    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.

  • Brian Fellow
    Oct. 29, 2008 7:55 a.m.

    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.

  • GeorgeM
    Oct. 29, 2008 7:52 a.m.

    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.

  • Steve
    Oct. 29, 2008 7:51 a.m.

    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.

  • alex
    Oct. 29, 2008 7:45 a.m.

    its a mistake that shouldn;t have happened & could have long range probs for the kids

  • Parent of 3
    Oct. 29, 2008 7:13 a.m.

    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.

  • jon
    Oct. 29, 2008 7:06 a.m.

    "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.

  • Parent with sense
    Oct. 29, 2008 7:00 a.m.

    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.

  • MIchelle
    Oct. 29, 2008 7:00 a.m.

    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 would be.

  • Get over it
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:56 a.m.

    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.

  • Adam
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:55 a.m.

    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.

  • SandMan
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:54 a.m.

    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 pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!

  • No one important
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:54 a.m.

    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.

  • The Grand Wazoo
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:53 a.m.

    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. . .

  • uuu
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:46 a.m.

    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.

  • Parent with sense
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:44 a.m.

    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.

  • Whoa
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:43 a.m.

    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.

  • Will
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:43 a.m.

    But I bet the children watch Viagra and Cialis ads all weekend. Just more American hypocrisy.

  • Foreigner
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:41 a.m.

    Make sure you don't leave Utah for vacation. Your kids might actually get exposed to the real world.

  • Hiram
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:41 a.m.

    -just because you perverts are immersed in pornography doesn't me our children should be subjected to it -lawsuit

  • Derek
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:39 a.m.

    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.

  • Utah_is_a_weird_place
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:37 a.m.

    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.

  • wow
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:36 a.m.

    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?????

  • Justy
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:36 a.m.

    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's pretty sad...
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:35 a.m.

    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 negative experience.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:33 a.m.

    What, the human body?! Oh no! How frightening.

  • Forrest
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:30 a.m.

    "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!!!

  • These comments are interesting
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:30 a.m.

    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?

  • Whatever
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:26 a.m.

    Parents shouldn't have taken their kids to that fake teenager farce of a movie.

  • kitty
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:25 a.m.

    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.

  • non American
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:20 a.m.

    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).

  • some guy
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:20 a.m.

    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.

  • Sean Loughry
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:18 a.m.

    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 society.

  • DeathToRegalCinemas
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:15 a.m.

    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 will relocate.

  • LightenUpFrancis
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:15 a.m.

    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.

  • jerk
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:09 a.m.

    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 waaaaahhh!!!!

  • Badgerfan
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:03 a.m.

    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 exception

    Your 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.

  • shdwsclan
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:01 a.m.

    They were shown....what REALLY happens in high school musicals.....especially during senior year....

  • LightenUpFrancis
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:00 a.m.

    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.

  • azrebinga
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:58 a.m.

    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!!

  • ChrisDG1974
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:56 a.m.

    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.

  • Rick
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:53 a.m.


  • grs
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:50 a.m.

    I have been to kid's movies where there were R-rated trailers. It is not that uncommon.

  • Future America
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:45 a.m.

    If we lived in a country with Sharia Law, wouldn't the audience and the theater owners now be stoned to death?

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:44 a.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:32 a.m.

    Get over it. We all have sex. We all have body parts. I think the kids will survive.

  • martin
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:31 a.m.

    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.

  • Jeremy
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:31 a.m.

    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?

  • John
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:29 a.m.

    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.

  • Whoopty do
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:28 a.m.

    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.

  • Austin T
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:25 a.m.

    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!

  • Argh
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:22 a.m.

    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 should be punished
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:04 a.m.

    If they take their kids to see the overglorified lies of how high school is in that crap-tacular movie series

  • Tony
    Oct. 29, 2008 4:59 a.m.

    I'm sure Sex Drive by far way much more entertaining at least.

  • GoodGuyGary
    Oct. 29, 2008 1:51 a.m.

    Stop letting your kids outside of your house!

  • Larry H
    Oct. 29, 2008 1:49 a.m.

    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?

  • boring
    Oct. 29, 2008 12:42 a.m.

    anyone with a real college education would know that dr. drew from loveline is not a credible source.

  • You're not a mother...
    Oct. 28, 2008 11:48 p.m.

    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.

  • idaho reader
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:00 p.m.

    re: Later Day Saint
    I 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.

  • Sounds like a good reason
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:12 p.m.

    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.

  • Hi
    Oct. 28, 2008 7:56 p.m.

    I love the quality of this article. My favorite sentence was "For future movies."

  • Confused
    Oct. 28, 2008 7:42 p.m.

    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?

  • Been there
    Oct. 28, 2008 6:55 p.m.

    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.

  • re: Steve-Re: Everyone OVER-reac
    Oct. 28, 2008 6:46 p.m.

    weekly? That would be nice...

  • to Um, guys @4:38
    Oct. 28, 2008 6:32 p.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 28, 2008 6:32 p.m.

    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.

  • D & K's Mom
    Oct. 28, 2008 5:48 p.m.

    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.

  • Funny
    Oct. 28, 2008 5:19 p.m.

    Sorry, but that is funny.

  • Kyle
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:48 p.m.

    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.

  • Um, guys?
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:38 p.m.

    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.

  • I like the title.
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:25 p.m.

    Sounds like a good trade to me. I don't really like musicals anyway.

  • Jigsaw
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:17 p.m.

    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.

  • Steve-Re: Everyone OVER-reacting
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:53 p.m.

    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?

  • Mike
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:38 p.m.

    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 hurt anyone.

  • to Mom @ 9:47 am
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:24 p.m.

    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.


  • re: Latter Day Saint 12:10 p.m
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:17 p.m.

    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.

  • Seekers Beware
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:14 p.m.

    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!!!

  • was there
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:04 p.m.

    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.

  • A mistake by a HS student
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:47 p.m.

    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).

  • Hung the Carrot
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:24 p.m.

    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 article.

  • JR
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:22 p.m.

    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!

  • re: Hatuletoh
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:14 p.m.

    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?

  • hey Moms I got news 4 U
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:13 p.m.

    check the lyrics out on that ipod your son or daughters got ..

  • Grant Smith
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:05 p.m.

    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.

  • Hatuletoh
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:45 p.m.

    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 some popcorn.

  • RJ
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:45 p.m.

    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.

  • LHM
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:35 p.m.

    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?

  • Forgive and Forget
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:08 p.m.

    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.

  • Lighten up!
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:53 p.m.

    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.

  • re: for 8:21
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:46 p.m.

    "Dear Anonymous (if that's really your name),"

    awesome. just awesome.

  • Re: Trailers
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:32 p.m.

    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.

    Oct. 28, 2008 12:27 p.m.



  • Badly written
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:18 p.m.

    from the last paragraph, I submit this sentence:

    "For future movies."

    /slow clap

  • ashtrash
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:15 p.m.

    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!

  • Latter Day Saint
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:10 p.m.

    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.

  • Utah Code
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:07 p.m.

    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.

  • Hollywood
    Oct. 28, 2008 11:53 a.m.

    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.

  • JR
    Oct. 28, 2008 11:50 a.m.

    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.

  • k
    Oct. 28, 2008 11:49 a.m.

    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 curious.

  • Opening Scene
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:56 a.m.

    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.

  • SLC gal
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:55 a.m.

    LOL!!!!!!! I don't care who you are - that's funny - unless you live in Provo....

  • K
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:51 a.m.

    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.

  • re: Paul Gibbs
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:40 a.m.

    Your post is the only intelligent comment I have read so far !

  • k
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:37 a.m.

    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?

  • re :Mom
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:37 a.m.

    you go girl

    lets make'em pay for this mistake

  • Previews, Lawsuits, and Magic
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:30 a.m.

    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!

  • Stupid Parents!
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:28 a.m.

    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...!

  • Paul Gibbs
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:17 a.m.

    Patrons were immediately aware that something was wrong when they noticed that the people onscreen could act.

  • Legal Advice
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:13 a.m.

    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.

  • Explicit?
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:10 a.m.

    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 morally offensive.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:10 a.m.

    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.

  • Hey Rock..
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:50 a.m.

    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 to smut?

  • Mom
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:47 a.m.

    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 exception.

  • please
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:28 a.m.

    oh please

    a 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 everything

    apologize, offer refunds and comp the movie tickets and stop being a bunch of whiney babies

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:22 a.m.

    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.

  • The Rock
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:20 a.m.

    Just boycot the merchants of smut.

    Why should decent people give their dollars to business that are polluting our culture?

  • Jeffrey
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:19 a.m.

    What a wonderful opportunity for parents to start early at making their children feel dirty and ashamed about the natural parts of life!

  • a Mom
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:16 a.m.

    "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? Duh.

  • For 8:21
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Mistakes
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:15 a.m.

    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!

  • Shouldn't be...
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:13 a.m.

    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.

  • James
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:13 a.m.

    Although it's not what they were looking for, I am sure that ANY movie would be better than HS Musical.

  • Utah
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:03 a.m.

    People in Utah need to grow up!

  • Amber
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:01 a.m.

    That is seriously hilarious.

  • What?
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:00 a.m.

    T&A has to be better than HSM3.

  • DCH
    Oct. 28, 2008 8:51 a.m.

    I think I smell a lawsuit coming... ouch!

  • Once it's in, it's in.
    Oct. 28, 2008 8:47 a.m.

    Those children will never have it out of their minds. Sad.

  • arc
    Oct. 28, 2008 8:45 a.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 28, 2008 8:25 a.m.

    Wont somebody think of the children!!!

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 28, 2008 8:21 a.m.

    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.

  • Andy
    Oct. 28, 2008 7:36 a.m.

    Haha! My friend works at this theatre as a projectionist and told me of this mistake! There were some angry mothers!

  • kenglish
    Oct. 28, 2008 6:14 a.m.

    Funny, but even the wardrobe in "HSM" isn't legally acceptable in some Utah High Schools.