Banff Film Festival. . .with kids?

This past Saturday night was our once-a-year date night. . . .We aren’t big on going out without the kids much – we take them with us pretty much everywhere.  Each year we go to the Central PA showing of the Banff Film Festival.  This year’s movies were great – perfect outdoor fodder – and Saturday was the night showing The Asgard Project chronicling the epic big wall send of Leo Holding and his team.  

What’s great about attending events like the Banff Film Festival World Tour is that you find yourself surrounded by the types of people you see out climbing, skiing, and adventuring.   So there we sat surrounded by folks wearing down vests and performance pants from Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, and more. Weird. Kind of like Philly flew in a bunch of people from Boulder.  As I started to enjoy the movie, I realized that behind me sat a child.  A boy, about 10-11.  I told my TALL husband to watch his position (so that he didn’t block the child’s view) and forgot about him for a while.  

As The Asgard Project (such an amazing project) progressed, I noted the use of a curse-word.  Then another.   Cringing, I thought of the boy behind me and wondered “Does Banff have ratings?”.  Never before had I even thought to check.  As the climber climbed up a particularly challenging portion of the route (due mainly to the fact that his hands were freezing), he let loose with a stream of f-bombs that left me wanting to say “EARMUFFS” to the kid behind me.  I’m no prude.  I don’t really have a problem with belting out a major curse when taking a big fall, or working a hard piece – and the guy on the film clearly deserved to use whatever words he wanted.  From an editing standpoint, this is a key sequence and/or event in the movie, illustrating the difficulties and frustrations of the experience.  So I’m not saying it should have been edited out either.  I’m just wondering if I’ll bring my kids to Banff next year, or wait until some predetermined “acceptable” age for all things adult.

These are the best outdoor adventure films in the world, as determined by Banff.  Any child is lucky to be able to experience them – and hopefully be influenced by them.  So what’s my point?  I guess I’m asking, was the 2 minutes of hardcore cursing (estimate here) something that parents should consider the price of taking a child to such a great experience or should the kids stay home?   

I’m in favor of bringing them.  But they may have to wait a few years. 

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About Laura Boniello Miller

Laura Miller is a internet marketing professional and a mother of two. Her interests include sport climbing, bouldering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She believes that playing outdoors is integral to health and well being, and that if your kids aren't dirty, they haven't had enough fun.