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Dumb people at the movies

By Tony Hicks
Friday, May 23rd, 2008 at 12:38 pm in Uncategorized.

I went to see the new “Indiana Jones” movie yesterday. It was a fun movie — not as good as the third, certainly not as good as the first, but easily better than the second. Have low expectations and just enjoy seeing these people again. And don’t get all weird about the Tarzan-swinging scene, like some critics. You’re supposed to suspend most of your disbelief.

But one thing I wasn’t particualrly happy about — besides the idea that Indiana’s father is dead, even though he drank from the Holy Grail in the last movie and is supposed to have eternal life — was, as usual, people in the theater. We can rant on forever about the stupid things people do in movies, like the guy yesterday who actually left his cell phone on, then ANSWERED IT and started talking to somebody during the movie. I also hated the fact that I thought I could avoid kids by going in the middle of a weekday. It was great — barely anyone was there — until right before the movie. Then something like three bus loads of kids on field trips came charging in.

No, the worst was this awful woman behind me and over a couple seats, who actually took her shoes off and put her feet up on the seat next to me.

It’s one thing if no one else is around … maybe. And it’s one thing to have no social graces because you’re a teenager. But this was an adult woman. She even folded a little towel or something on top of the seat, for her wretched bare stink-nubs to rest upon. She had kids with her, so I wasn’t going to tell her what a foul beast she is. I did try looking at her a couple times with a “you’ve got to be joking” look, which she apprently didn’t decipher. Or didn’t care to.

Ask me next week about men on packed BART trains who don’t get up for an 8-months-pregnant woman.

Photo of multiplex theater rows by Flickr user ajay_g used under Creative Commons license

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4 Responses to “Dumb people at the movies”

  1. Sue Says:

    I’ve been that 8-months pregnant woman on Bart (many years ago – my youngest will be 11 in June), and almost nobody ever got up for me unless I shoved my huge belly into their newspaper and forced the paper against the reader’s nose.

    But people are selfish and deliberately clueless everywhere. We took our boys to a matinee recently, and didn’t mind the kids in the row behind us asking questions of their mother, but it would have been really considerate of her to stop talking ocassionally – like maybe when her kids weren’t asking questions. They weren’t asking continuously during the whole two hours, but she was talking pretty much nonstop. Even my autistic kid was better behaved.

  2. Sonia Says:

    I have almost given up completely on seeing movies on Friday or Saturday nights, because of the constant talking, call taking (and making!) and texting. For $10 a ticket, I want to see the movie.

    I think that years of watching movies at home on DVD has made people feel too comfortable in the theater. The movie starts and they think they are on their couch at home.

  3. Sonia Says:

    Also, did you think the new Indiana Jones movie was a long ad for Scientology? The aliens …

  4. Marian Says:

    Tony, you hit the nail on the head with this one. It doesn’t take long these days for a movie to come out on DVD and people are so ghastly in movie theaters, I just don’t want to put up with it. Plus I think I counted 15 previews the last time I went. Don’t get me started on how filthy the theaters are either…people can be so inconsiderate and “Stuck on Stupid” so give me my recliner, a nice glass of wine and the DVD and I’m good!