Are parents becoming truly insufferable, or is it simply that the media cannot resist a baby trend story? Or, in some cases, a backlash-against-the-baby-trends story? On the teeny, tiny heels of the Brooklyn Paper's investigative report on babies drinking coffee -- forever to be known in your nightmares as "the rise of babyccinos" -- which was quickly picked up, claimed, and disseminated by The New York Post and The New York Daily News, among others -- we now have "baby screenings." Actual movie theaters have opened their doors to mothers and fathers and their wee offspring so that all can watch movies together the way movies were meant to be seen: surrounded by wailing, spitting up, burping, giggling, adorable creatures who frequently soil their own pants.
Brooklyn mom Bob Bland started "Parents & Babies Movies," and for that, we don't blame her. She explains on her website, "Our mission is to bring the Brooklyn community of parents together around our mutual love of 1st-run movies and excuses to leave the house." All well and good -- why should parents, or babies, be confined to the house, or their own DVRs? Instead, they can go to off-peak screenings of films at the UA Court St. theater in downtown Brooklyn, the Nitehawk in Williamsburg, and BAM in Fort Greene. (This isn't actually a "new" trend -- "Big Movies for Little Kids" has been going on at the Cobble Hill Cinemas for years -- though Bland's effort, and Parents & Babies' focus on all movies rather than just kid fodder, is.)