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Rude movie prompts senior walkout

IT FEATURES a hooker who specialises in golden showers and Jennifer Aniston as a nymphomaniac dentist: Grandma’s going to love it.

Eighty seniors were left perplexed last Friday after seeing Horrible Bosses at a free Seniors at the Movies screening at Gladstone Cinemas.

Up to half the audience walked out in the first 15 minutes, a few with “wheelie walker” mobility aids spending more time descending and then re-ascending the cinema stairs than they did watching the film.

“Every second word was ‘F’,” moviegoer Dianne Gibb said, delicately refusing to drop the f-bomb.

“There was raunchy phone sex, one character said he was going to ‘slap his girlfriend in the face with his dick’. It was not a seniors’ movie,” she said.

Rated MA15+, Horrible Bosses is considered suitable for anyone over 15 but moviegoers say censors might want to consider an upper age limit.

At 62, Mrs Gibb is one of the younger generation.

“I stayed, though I did not like the language. I’m no prude,” she said.

“I’ve worked on construction sites and I had four brothers, I just block it out.”

Jenny Johnston, 55, loved the movie.

Her husband, Noel Johnston, laughed from start to finish but he wouldn’t dream of taking his mum, aged 84.

“It’s the difference between the young elderly and the elderly, isn’t it?” Noel said.

All three say they think it was Hobson’s choice for council, which put on the screening.

“They were offered a choice between this one, Cowboys and Aliens and Friends With Benefits,” Jenny said.

Mayor Gail Sellers response was contrite.

“We put on this movie on the understanding that it was a comedy appealing to people over the age of 15,” she said.

“We humbly apologise for hosting a movie that obviously offended some of our valued residents.”

Topics:  baby boomers, seniors week



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