WACO (July 15, 2010)—Young Expressions Childcare in Bellmead has contacted licensing officials and has put its own investigation in “the hands of…God almighty,” after a worker took a group of young children to see an expletive-laced R-rated film on Tuesday, according to a man who identified himself as the husband of the daycare’s owner.
Lawyer Neal III said Thursday the fate of the daycare worker who made the decision to take the children to see "Death at a Funeral” is “in God’s hands, as well.”
Earlier this week, the daycare said it had informed parents and launched an investigation after learning that the children, all of whom were around the age of 6, were taken to see the film after tickets sold out for the movie they were supposed to see Tuesday at the Starplex Cinema Six on North Valley Mills Drive in Waco.
In response to other questions about the incident, Neal said Thursday he would no longer help with what he called a “witch hunt.”
In a phone interview Thursday, Starplex Cinema spokesman Todd Hanna called the situation “frustrating.”
“The tickets were purchased by adults with the kids, and there is no law preventing the theater from selling them,” he said.
“We don't necessarily approve of it, but not something we have control over. We advise people, but they have their rights," Hanna said.
The Motion Picture Association of America, which rates movies, gave the movie an R-rating for language, drug content, and some sexual humor including limited nudity and frequent references to sexual activity.
The film produced by and starring Chris Rock is a remake of a 2007 British film