But seriously, everyone has been to the movies enough to know that you should turn off your cell phone before the film starts and not talk the entire time. The fact that messages like this are still even displayed is pretty lame, but maybe people just can’t read?
Two of my more recent trips to the local theater were pretty much ruined by dumb ass people. The first was a few months ago when Josh and I went to check out a movie (I can’t even remember which it was because I was so pissed). The show starts and there are a few people behind us just talking it up… not even whispering, just flat out talking in their normal voice, acting a fool. This goes on for several minutes before someone asks them to be quiet. They just laugh it off and carry on, before more people get involved. Josh even spoke up once.
Eventually someone decided to go report them to the manager, which didn’t seem to do much good. After a bit, however, a security guard came into the theater and of course everyone shuts up. Not wanting them to get away, Josh blurts out, asking them to please be quiet or leave. This was enough to trigger the security guard to come up and investigate. Thankfully, they shut up from that point on and I believe they even left the movie before it was over.
Fast-forward to today, when Keith, Airica, Matt and myself went to check out the new Wolverine movie. The theater wasn’t too crowded so I had high hopes for an enjoyable time. NOPE, no such luck.
Not even two minutes into the movie, the guy behind Matt gets a phone call and answers it. WTF! He turned around and asked the guy “did you really just answer that?”. The guy just keeps talking so Matt asks if he is going to hang up and the guy just stares at him. Matt gets mad and is like “hang up the f*ing phone” to which the guy replies something like “I’ll hang you up”. Matt then says he wishes he would, but the guy never does anything. Then some lady a few seats down from the guy pipes up and is all like “You don’t need to be talking like that in front of my children” - or something along those lines. Matt then has words with her too. Then she says something about how the guy on the phone “wasn’t even that loud” and he was being louder than him. At this point I’m bracing for a riot lol.
Things quiet down after this but there was another idiot near the front row that would open his phone every 20 minutes or so which was really bright and distracting. Disaster.
Should Matt have been so vulgar? Probably not. Am I glad he said something? Yes.
This crap happens all the time at our local theater and 99% of the time, people are too scared to stand up and say anything. So, it just goes on and on. Pretty much all of my friends hate going to the movies because of this and I know we aren’t alone.
I don’t really know what can be done, but the theater staff should at least try to limit this kind of activity. It’s sad when the thought of having someone monitor the crowd for behavior is appealing.
Have you ever had a less-than-pleasant experience at the movie theater?