Parents complain about movie mix-up at Augusta theater

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 5:53 PM
Last updated Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:13 AM
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Regal Entertainment Group said Tuesday the company is evaluating complaints that its Augusta theater showed scenes from the R-rated Sex Tape instead of a PG children’s movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, in its $1 Summer Movie Express program for youngsters.

“We experienced a programming issue during one of our morning features at Augusta Exchange,” Russ Nunley, the vice president of marketing and communications for Regal Entertainment Group, said in an e-mail. “The issue was quickly identified and corrected and we are evaluating the nature of the problem to ensure it is not repeated.

“Management also addressed all of our guests’ concerns and sincerely apologized for this unfortunate isolated event.”

One concerned mother said on Facebook that children in the theater heard curses and saw suggestive images, including nudity, from the new Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel film.

Ellen Hotchkiss, a Greenbrier High School teacher, said she was late for the children’s movie but walked in with several youngsters in time to see Diaz removing clothing. She immediately turned around and alerted staffers. She said she was unsure whether the sequence was a trailer for the film or the actual movie.

She and other adults said they were met with a brusque “We’re working on it” from theater employees.

Hotchkiss said she wasn’t as concerned for the children in her group, who are near middle school age, as for some of the day-care groups with much younger children.

“I feel bad for all those ladies in charge of the day cares,” she said. “They’re going to have to send letters home or let the parents know (what their children might have seen).”

Staff members handed out tickets for a later showing at the end of the children’s film.

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Pops
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Pops 07/29/14 - 05:59 pm
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Move on folks

move on......

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/29/14 - 05:59 pm
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This is more humorous than

This is more humorous than anything else. Not exactly an earth shattering event. If this happened in Atlanta, it wouldn't even make the news.

gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 07/29/14 - 06:33 pm
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Glad you see humor GAD

And you're right, it's not "earth shattering, but this is NOT funny.

triscuit
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triscuit 07/29/14 - 09:51 pm
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It was an honest mistake.

It was an honest mistake. I'm sure no kids were traumatized.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/30/14 - 06:06 am
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crap on tv

I would bet they see more on tv everyday.

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nocnoc 07/30/14 - 06:09 am
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Not sure about Regal but

A lot of these Movie Houses stop using manual loaded 35mm film a good while back.

If that be the case then the blame lays with the operator programing the computer to load the wrong item at the wrong time.

Stuff HAPPENS.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/30/14 - 06:28 am
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Honestly, now everybody

Honestly, now everybody freaks out over everything.

As if children never hear any curse words, ever.

gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 07/30/14 - 07:05 am
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seenitB4

"crap on tv

I would bet they see more on tv everyday."

You're right about crap on TV, but you'd lose that bet at my grand-children's home.

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Marinerman1 07/30/14 - 07:39 am
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Are You Kidding Me ??!!

Okay people, hit me with all the "thumbs down" that you want. I saw the Facebook posts last night. One woman wanted to know who she could sue, before she left the theater !! Are you kidding me ??!! A mistake was made. An honest mistake. What a stupid woman. People like her are why society is so screwed up. Everybody thinks they should be paid. Really ??!! And the lawyers all grin, all the way to the bank. As a parent, I understand the concern, but really ?? If this is the worst "mess up" you have to deal with, until your kid is an adult, count your blessings. Move on.

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JRC2024 07/30/14 - 08:49 am
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Amen, Marinerman1. You see

Amen, Marinerman1. You see more than that walking down the street and on TV. The new TV program night before last was talking about sex in the courtroom and all the things that go along with it. Who am I going to sue-what a stupid statement. I just wonder if people just say that and think it will make owners pony up to them and give them something so they will shut up.

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AFjoe 07/30/14 - 09:14 am
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Unlucky Kid

Nothing good like that ever happened when I was a kid.

Itsallnew11
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Itsallnew11 07/30/14 - 09:42 am
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This is not the first time...

during the premier showing of "Grace Unplugged" ( a Christian film) there was a trailer playing that was REPULSIVE and it seemed to go on forever. I was alone at the time but felt really embarrassed for those parents who were there with their children. The theaters response was...the management on duty did not know if the trailers were sent from the movie house already set to be shown before the movie OR if someone locally added the trailers. It was inappropriate to say the least but not a travesty because the kids do hear and see this stuff even at our local Christian schools. I do believe the theater should have a preview policy in place and show age/movie appropriate trailers for all movies. Someone should be held accountable for this policy before any movie shows.

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dlabbe 07/30/14 - 10:20 am
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sue happy

people are so quick to say *sue*. if you didnt like the movie scenes get up and leave. people have choices. you are not kept there against your will and can leave when you want too.

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jesslgrdn 07/30/14 - 11:49 am
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As a parent

I would be highly upset. We don't have cable at my house for that very reason. I would leave and in the least expect the theater to refund our tickets and comp a pair for future use. I agree a lawsuit is ridiculous and shows just how desperate some folks are for money these days! for all those saying no big deal perhaps you should consider some parents are passionate about protecting the innocence of their children in a society that grows increasingly tolerant to the sexualization of our youth from a very young age.

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burninater 07/30/14 - 01:39 pm
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Secret revealed, lives ruined

Oh no! Now there are a few children that have seen that humans have bodies! UNDER THEIR CLOTHES!!!

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raul 07/30/14 - 02:13 pm
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I wonder what the European

I wonder what the European "take" on this incident would be? It would be like the joke nobody gets.

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carolouk 07/30/14 - 02:45 pm
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Not suing anyone!

Actually, the mother was not asking about suing anyone. She was wanting to know what needed to be done for the kids who were exposed to the inappropriate content. She was specifically concerned about the kids who were there without parents. She wanted to know who was going to address their needs, since they had no parents there to explain to them. You should actually read from the real person's view and explanation instead of jumping to conclusions all the time. I will bet that some of you would get no exercise at all if you stopped jumping to conclusions! Stop ASSuming that you know what people are thinking and actually try to listen to the source of the conversation.

I also agree with another commenter in another location who mentioned that if they had been caught showing this crap to any ONE child, they would have gone to jail. Excellent point. Someone at the Regal needs to get their act together.

burninater
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burninater 07/30/14 - 02:54 pm
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We must gird our loins for the dark times ahead

"She was wanting to know what needed to be done for the kids who were exposed to the inappropriate content."
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Can't do anything for them now, unfortunately. They've been stained. They have heard the words, and they have seen the flesh. The best thing to do is leave them in the woods for the lions, or they will destroy America.

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Bizkit 07/30/14 - 03:25 pm
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They say children need to

They say children need to start sex education earlier than now so this is nothing to worry about as it will taught at school before you know it. Course it won't be funny like the movie and will use scientific terms and explore all forms of sexuality.

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Bizkit 07/30/14 - 03:29 pm
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I don't understand the

I don't understand the problem the kids are watching "Mr. Peabody and She-Man", so it is obviously a story about a transgendered boy and his brainy dog.

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Dixieman 07/31/14 - 09:52 am
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Address their needs?

Do this by laughing it off and giving the lil' precious their Barbies, GI Joes, and Nintendo DSI's to play with. They will forget the bare nekkid lady quicker than you can say "knife". (Anybody still upset about Janet Jackson's breast exposure a couple of Superbowls ago?)

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