I've actually had to turn around and tell the person to shut up and when they wouldn't, I got one of the movie ushers, made a complaint, and the talker was told that they were either quiet or they would be removed from the theater.
No one is ruining my theater experience!
And yeah, trailers are free game because you have to comment on whether the movie will be worth it or not :)
Re trailers, exactly. If I can't shout, "PASS!!!" at a trailer like, say, Cabin Boy then it just isn't worth paying to see movies anymore. = )
I take it a step further, although I'm more outgoing than most people - if it's people my age (early- to mid-20's) I'll basically say, "Hey, come on, shut up." If it's anyone younger or older than said range, they'll generally get a, "Oh. My. God. Shut the fuck up."
Works like a charm. I don't stand for that kind of crap, haha.
Talking during movies (aside from an occasional pertinent comment) drives me nuts. Even at home. This is not good, because my three roommates are all of the chatter-during-movies school, or the come crashing in while somebody else is watching a movie and start talking loudly school. When it's a movie I want to watch, I hold the remote and just pause it when anyone comes in.
I'm more casual at home, but if I've paid to be in that theater, damn.
I've heard lots of people complain about that, but it hasn't yet happened to me. Mind you, I don't go to a lot of movies.
I would say the one exception to that rule is when the movie is so unbelievably awful that the audience joins forces to heckle and make fun of it. Battlefield Earth is the example that springs to mind.
Yes, I have been part of an MST3King - The Musketeer. But that is a different animal entirely.
Wow, we sat in front obvious woman and her husband at Mr. And Mrs. Smith. (They're married! They're trying to kill each other! They're secret agents!) What a coincidence!
This drives me up the wall, and I'm pretty freaking militant about shutting people up. I have a higher tolarance at say a kid's movie or if it's 10:00 opening night and a teen movie, but otherwise, we will have words.
Wierd thing is, apparently people just talk through the whole movie in L.A. We had a couple of groups see various movies while I was on a school trip and it's a common thing. One of the other reasons I'd hate it there.
You must have had some bad experiances...because I haven't heard of that being the norm. Wait, do you mean Los Angeles?
Yes, if I know it is supposed to be a good movie, I will ask stupid people to shut up. If it's something like Battlefield Earth...I'm going to be joining them.
Bad movies are open season, assuming the entire audience believes it's bad.
Rumor has it that you did. I've even witnessed that event on occasion.
I'm so with you there - I'm half convinced that a big part of the reason movie attendance has gone down in the last couple of years is because it seems that people have forgotten that you're not supposed to talk during a movie.
I always seem to be in a theater full of teenagers but that's probably because we go on Friday and Saturday nights to the theater that's attached to the local mall and it is THE hangout for this side of out town's teenagers.
I used to just sit and silently fume but if it gets ridiculous, I'll turn and give the look. If they still won't shut up, I'll try "SHHHHH" and if that doesn't work, I'll get up and go get a theater attendant.
What boggles my mind is that people will pay the outrageous ticket and concession prices to go to a movie and then sit and talk through the whole thing about stuff not even related to the movie! If I want to sit and talk, I'm certainly not going to pay $8.00 to go somewhere and do it.
Yeah, I totally don't get it.
Glad to see you loved The Producers, though!
I went to King Kong..... and then dealt with a small child screaming in the back of the theatre for good chunks of the movie, a few 13-14 year olds gabbing down-left and an older couple behind me being obnoxious ("OMG he's going to DIE!!!111")
I can recall a couple exceptions: during "Serenity," the friend who'd seen the show explained, very quietly, a couple of the details, and another friend and I couldn't keep from making quiet gagging noises at each other during the RotS "romantic" "dialogue." Otherwise--yeah. Not so much with the during-movie talking.
Most memorable was watching "Hero" and having, during the climactic scene, some dumbass behind me go "...they're not really going to kill him, right?"
Got one better for you.
At the sinking of Titanic and when Jack dies, this idiot behind me goes "I wonder if she die too" (sic).
Um. She was the old lady telling the frigging story!
I'm not really shocked by people being rude--it seems to be all that we're about these days, but I get really irked is when they get mad at ME for pointing out their rudeness! I'm sorry, how am *I* the badgirl for telling *them* to STFU in a movie, or not to climb on the historic artifacts in a museum, etc etc.
I've also gotten up in movies and moved because the guy sitting next to me was eating popcorn in the most disgusting manner possible, *crunch*crunch*slobber*smack*dropkernalsallover*crunch*crunch*crunch* EW!
Ew. I'm shuddering just imagining it.
When Adam and I went to go see The Goblet of Fire we were the only people in the theatre. And I STILL SHHH'd him when he said something in a "not a movie theatre tone of voice"!
Thus why I usually prefer to just wait for it to come out on video. More than one occasion I have stood up and asked someone to shut the hell up. I don't have the patience or understanding for talking, screaming babies, ringing cell phones and such. Besides. At home I can pause the movie to go to the bathroom or get more Diet Pepsi. Diet Pepsi that's maybe a dollar a 2 liter and $5 for a cup. And most theaters have Coke products nowdays anyways.
2006-01-01 12:20 am (UTC)
*this* is why I have a 61" Television, a surround-sound theater system, and a DVD player in my home...
I can't stand movie theaters any more.
The 40-something year old man intentionally kicking the back of my seat through the majority of The Two Towers was the death knell for me - yes, when I finally turned around and said "do you mind? would you *please* stop kicking my seat?" and he started up again, his wife whapped him on the shoulder and said "honey, grow up!" but it was the final straw for me.
Thing is, I love going to the movies. I love seeing things in the theater and talking about them with friends. I don't want people to drive me out.
At the moment, I am 18 years old. Back when I was younger, we used to go to movies more frequently, and my mother never allowed me to behave that way in a movie theatre! If I comment, I do it low, and then stfu. If I would've acted the way that I see a lot of ppl (not just kids) acting, I would not have been allowed to venture into a movie theatre for a long time. And I don't act that way. I really don't get it: everyone paid way-too-high prices to go to that movie, so WHY are you gonna' sunder the experience by acting like a jackass? I just don't get it.