I rarely watch movies at the theater anymore.
And the other day I was reminded why.
We got there just as the previews were starting and took two seats on the right side of the theater, which was pretty empty.
By the time the movie started, a group of older — and I mean older than me and old enough to know better — friends chatted their way into the theater and then spotted open seats directly behind us. (Never mind that the entire side of the theater was open.)
That wouldn’t have been so bad had the group been courteous and, well, not so self-absorbed.
They proceeded to talk to each other during the movie, laughing at odd times and discussing the movie as it went on.
Then the guy behind me wouldn’t stop kicking the back of my chair, despite my repeated glares at him and his friends.
Yes, I should have turned around and said something. (Though what would have come out of my mouth would have likely gotten me banned for all movie theaters in the state.) To be honest, the movie wasn’t worth the fight, and I decided to just suck it up and bear it.
This is why I stopped going to movie theaters. I got tired of kids screaming, people talking, cell phones ringing and irritating teenagers who think laser pointers aimed at crotches on the big screen is funny.
Why would I pay upwards of $20 to endure a two-hour movie with strangers who often ruin my experience — and the experience of others?
I used to think watching a movie in a crowded theater was a lot of fun. There’s nothing better than laughing or screaming with dozens of other movie-goers, feeling a sort of camaraderie with them, perfect strangers.
But lately, that hasn’t been the case.
I’ve had movies ruined by couples fighting, people talking on their cell phones — “Hey, I’m in a movie theater … Yeah, I’m watching a movie! … No, like right now!” — and teenagers reciting the dialogue, I’m guessing, just to irritate everyone.
It just isn’t fun anymore.
Anyone else feel the same?