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Virginia Postrel

Little Kids in R-Rated Movies Can't Be Good for Business

Theaters should dissuade parents by charging full price for children.
Too much action.

Too much action.

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With its compelling action scenes and incoherent plot, the Charlize Theron spy thriller “Atomic Blonde” received mixed reviews. Even critics who praised it acknowledged its flaws.

No one, however, thought it was kiddie fare. Except, that is, the people sitting next to us at the AMC Century City in Los Angeles. They brought two children who couldn’t have been more than 8 and looked quite a bit younger.