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    The thread about Iron Man and folks who read discussions about ANY particular movie and expecting to have "spoilers" hidden brought this subject to mind.

    Do you have a friend, family member or spouse that you go to the movies (or make that NO LONGER go to the movies) with who absolutely drives you NUTS with their behavior in the theater?

    Those who..

    • Gets up to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes.
    • Or the concession stand every 30 minutes.
    • And/or when they do decide to go, it's always during the good part?
    • Loudly ruffles their popcorn, mochi crunch and/or candy packages
    • Talks (loudly) to the characters in dialog on screen
    • Crunch food loudly
    • Slurp drinks loudly
    • Plays screen games with their laser pointer
    • Taps/hits you on the shoulder constantly and says, "Oooh! Oooh! Watch this part! Watch this part!


    My friend said he knew a guy who not only would say, "Oooh! Watch this part!". But would also COUNT DOWN when that "part" was about to happen, like this...
    OK, OK, watch this, watch this! OK.. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 1!!!!!"

    WTF!???

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    I've been known to tell that person going in/out every few minutes to sit down, watch the movie or just leave. I've also been known to insist that the person next to me stop texting on their phone. I usually sit on the end of a row because of a disability and it's really irritating to have to tolerate "AHDD" type movie goers. I'm not very polite to obnoxious folks at the movies! This is why I no longer go to movie theaters and instead, wait for the DVD.

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    No - but when we went to see "Memoirs of a Geisha," I had to request that the AF (who is very knowledgeable in Japanese culture) not point out any issues or discrepancies during the showing of the film, to wait until after.

    I'm under a permanent injunction to follow the same instructions during films that have scenes in broadcast or recording studios, record stores, live concerts, etc. ("High Fidelity" & "Good Night and Good Luck" come to mind.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    No - but when we went to see "Memoirs of a Geisha," I had to request that the AF (who is very knowledgeable in Japanese culture) not point out any issues or discrepancies during the showing of the film, to wait until after.
    Now that you mention that, I'm pretty bad about pointing out how "fake" a movie scene appears due to poor CGI, special FX, cinematography, script, or acting. My girlfriend hates when I do that.

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    Things that I find irritable when attending movies in a theater:

    • Parents who bring crying babies to movies
    • The few parents who don't leave when their baby is crying
    • Latecomers who get in after the movie starts rolling
    • Latecomers who want to sit in the empty seats next to me
    • Having to stand up to make room for the latecomers to get into the same row of seats I'm in
    • Cell phone ringing even after several notices appear on screen asking to turn off the phone
    • Sticky floors at some theaters
    • People in the back rows who throw objects at people in the front rows
    • Smelly homeless people who sit near you at the dollar theater
    • The dollar theater projectionists who turn off the ending credits at the end of the movie
    • Kids who make noise or fidget near you when movie is running
    • Increasing cost of movies
    • Ridiculous cost for concession food
    • Going to see the big blockbuster movie at the big megaplex theater only to find out they moved it to one of the smaller screens in the same building. (I miss my Cinerama theater)


    For these reasons, I don't go to the movies as often as I used to. It is much more convenient to just wait for the DVD release and watch it at home.
    I'm still here. Are you?

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    All of these reasons are why I hate going to the movies. I used to love to go but it seems decorum has gone out the window. Two other reasons keep
    me away, I have physical issues now that prevent me from sitting long and the
    fact I cannot stand the sound of other people eating. Also and I know it
    is a bad thing to say but the smell of rice cracker snacks with whatever
    is on them makes me nauseous. The last movie I was brave enough to see
    in public because I was anxious was Ratatouille not a good choice as I don't do well with children and the one in back of me kicking my seat was really
    trying my patience. Finally the mother yelled at her but it was way too long
    in coming. I even went really early to avoid a crowded place.

    I wait for the DVD to come out since I have great booze here and my own
    bathroom and furniture that's comfortable.

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    Mo Humbug Stuff:
    Creepy guy who sits by you when there's a lot of empty seats in the theater.
    Creepy guy who makes small talk with you before the movie starts.
    A moviegoer who constantly uses obscenities when that's supposed to be said by the actors on screen.
    Don't go to a movie when you're sick and have uncontrollable coughing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mel View Post
    Things that I find irritable when attending movies in a theater:

    • Parents who bring crying babies to movies
    • The few parents who don't leave when their baby is crying
    • Latecomers who get in after the movie starts rolling
    • Latecomers who want to sit in the empty seats next to me
    • Having to stand up to make room for the latecomers to get into the same row of seats I'm in
    • Cell phone ringing even after several notices appear on screen asking to turn off the phone
    • Sticky floors at some theaters
    • People in the back rows who throw objects at people in the front rows
    • Smelly homeless people who sit near you at the dollar theater
    • The dollar theater projectionists who turn off the ending credits at the end of the movie
    • Kids who make noise or fidget near you when movie is running
    • Increasing cost of movies
    • Ridiculous cost for concession food
    • Going to see the big blockbuster movie at the big megaplex theater only to find out they moved it to one of the smaller screens in the same building. (I miss my Cinerama theater)
    For these reasons, I don't go to the movies as often as I used to. It is much more convenient to just wait for the DVD release and watch it at home.
    Hey Mel! reading your gripes too...heres a few additions..

    Do parents think their kid is going to sleep in a darkened movie theater with the volume of the movie BLASTING?!?!?!

    I think you may be referring to Hollywood...howzabout this one...off ALL seats empty around you...the LATE BIRDS decide to SIT in the chair IN FRONT OF YOU BLOCKING YO D*** VIEW!!!!

    You wonder about the street peddlers now...instead of a $1 for a burger....they use it to watch a movie????????????? AUWE!!!!

    Increasing costs of movies? could it be labor to pay the theater workers and costs of equipment and merchandise for the concessions? As for the dollar ones, I kinda soak it in cuz the amt they charge for drinks and pcorn is similar to Consolidated and Regal too...but Hollys only charges $1 for admission.

    BIG GRIPE at concession...MAN O MAN!!!! butter is LAME!!!! Store bought popcorn...at LEAST you can TASTE butter!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    I'm pretty bad about pointing out how "fake" a movie scene appears due to poor CGI, special FX, cinematography, script, or acting. My girlfriend hates when I do that.
    And the worst...when your date or fellow moviegoer announces what is going to happen next.

    We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.

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    When I see one or more people in the big theater room where I watch my movie, I'm already irritated.

    There should be an exclusive elite membership benefit that allows someone like me to watch the movie in the big theater room by myself (or with two dates maximum).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    Now that you mention that, I'm pretty bad about pointing out how "fake" a movie scene appears due to poor CGI, special FX, cinematography, script, or acting. My girlfriend hates when I do that.
    How about the person who points out the "fakes" of a modern day actress in a period piece? That's why Pamela Anderson can't play a Marie Antionette type role in a plunging neckline. But, an actress with "fakes" can be cast in a B-movie 100 Million B.C movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    But, an actress with "fakes" can be cast in a B-movie 100 Million B.C movie.
    My Bad. The correct title is 10,000 BC. "Missed it by this much."

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    Default Re: Irritating Movie Goers

    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    How about the person who points out the "fakes" of a modern day actress in a period piece? That's why Pamela Anderson can't play a Marie Antionette type role in a plunging neckline.
    Trust me, it's not the kind of fake that would stopped her from getting the role.

    Also, "Pamela Anderson" and "actress" are two things that should never go together, except for this statement.

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