My students laugh at me about this, but this was the most terrified I’ve ever been of a movie theater. I was five. My parents thought this would be a good family movie, comedy, a little sci-fi, probably rated PG. LILY TOMLIN plays a housewife who, due to exposure to common chemicals, begins to shrink… and shrink.
And then there was the garbage disposal scene. She falls down the garbage disposal, and the housekeeper, who’s supposed to be watching her, doesn’t notice. The housekeeper has on a Walkman and can’t hear the screams. She goes to turn on the switch… and the doorbell rings. My mother relates how I ran screaming out of the theater about then.
It was years before I could even watch TOMLIN do her funny telephone operator shtick again.