I used to love going to the movie theater. There was nothing like sinking into those comfy chairs and watching my favorite stars on the big screen. Lately, though, it seems like every single time I go to see something in the theater (which is probably only about 5 times a year lately) I always seem to sit next to this girl:
Seriously, like every single time. My husband and I finally went to go see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug about a week ago and there was a teenage girl sitting with her boyfriend 2 rows up that didn't watch even a second of the movie. She alternated between checking her phone and making out with her boyfriend. For almost 3 solid hours. AND she was in one of those chairs that squeaked like you wouldn't believe every time she moved. Which was every 10 seconds. I just...why even go to the theater?! I don't get it. How can you be that inconsiderate? After the movie I wanted to be all:
If it was just that one incident I would be annoyed, but it's not. When we went to see the Spiderman remake we sat next to a couple that both checked their phones throughout the movie. When we went to see the latest Star Trek a couple brought their 2 and 5 year-olds with them--and didn't take the 2 year-old out when she started fussing. When we went to see Superman a woman sitting directly in my line of vision checked for phone--and I am not exaggerating here--no less than 100 times. At least once a minute she would hit her screen. If you are waiting on something that important, or have that short of an attention span, why are you at the movie? When I go to a movie I turn my phone off completely and put it in my bag. Sometimes I even leave it in the car. There is no reason why I can't take a 2 hour break from my phone, especially if I am with my husband or with one of my girlfriends. I feel that way about restaurants, too. If I am out to dinner with somebody, I keep my phone in my bag. Also, listen, I don't have children, but if I did, I wouldn't take them to a movie that isn't aimed at them. They don't give a shit about Star Trek, of course they are going to get fussy and bored. Do 2 year-olds even care about children's movies that young? If you HAVE to see a movie, like, that night and don't have a sitter, at least take their ass outside the theater if they start to cry. I cannot stand people who don't have even this smallest bit of common courtesy. It makes me feel so stabby.
I love movies and I love to watch them on the big screen, but lately I feel like it just makes sense to wait until they come out on video. I have a pretty decent sized screen at home and movies come out on video so quickly nowadays that my need to see them on the big screen has diminished. I get Entertainment Weekly and they are often talking about numbers and how people are going to the theater less and less. This is why: Other people suck! Movie theater prices are ridiculous. The movie I want to see will be out on DVD in, like, 2 months and I can wait that long to see it in the comfort of my own home.
Did you hear that Madonna got kicked out of a theater a couple of months ago for texting? That's what I'm talking about. They need to have somebody in the theater who puts his/her foot down about this type of behavior so that those of us who know how to act in public can actually enjoy what we spent money to see.
What about you? How often do you go to the movies? Do you have the same complaints as me or do you always have good experiences? I want to hear from you!