Talking at the Movies

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    Sep 09, 2010 8:24 AM GMT
    So I go to the movies a lot, and one of my absolute pet hates is people who talk throughout the film. Often this is done by complete ignorant idiots who feel the need to ask the person next to them what is going on in the film because they are too fucking stupid to follow the plot, or people who feel the need to comment on everything that's happening, providing a running commentary that really should be taking place inside their head but somehow they are too thick to realise this so just blurt it out. Then there are the people who have no interest in the film whatsoever so just sit chatting about any old rubbish.

    Add to this the people who sit there checking their phone every 5 minutes or texting, who are also really really annoying.

    This kind of behaviour really really makes me mad. If you want to see a movie, watch the damn movie. If you want to chat, go somewhere else. If you have such a short fucking attention span you can't go 5 minutes without being on your phone, get the fuck out and go watch cartoons or adverts instead.

    What annoys me even more is that people think it's acceptable to just sit there and talk normally, disturbing all the people around them who want to watch the film. If you do have to say something to the person next to you, can't you lean over a little and whisper in their ear, rather than just speaking at normal volume so everyone can hear you? Idiots like this just have no class, respect or awareness of anyone else around them. I believe there is a special circle of Hell reserved for these people.

    So who's with me? And, if you are the people described above, can you please explain to me why you would pay money to go and see a film and then ruin it for yourself and everyone around you? I'm totally sick of it.
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    Sep 09, 2010 10:41 AM GMT
    One of the things I love about NYC is that audience members will tell someone to shut up. People seem to talk less here...although I do hate seeing the cell phone lights go on throughout the movie. At least texting has replaced talking.

    I've also gotten a manager if someone won't shut up after being asked to be quiet.

    One woman brought her two children (including a crying infant) to an evening show and they were making a lot of noise. The baby started crying during previews and I got the manager. He said he'd monitor it.

    They kept making noise and no one said anything and finally a few of us said "shhhhh" to her son when he was running around talking. She said, "Don't tell my son to shut up" so I said, "Well then you shut up" and and she said, "I'll slap the shit out of you!" So, I got the manager and he didn't kick her out! We complained and got four free movie passes. I found out later theaters aren't supposed to let small children into evening movies.

    I think the manager didn't like confrontation, so he let one woman ruin the show for a lot of people.
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    Sep 09, 2010 11:50 AM GMT
    Seriously, do not mess with someone's 3 of enjoyable pease, and movies are $10.50 now..thats not fair to anyone else.

    Thats what babysitters are for. And if you are not paying attention to the movie, isn't that why they have video rentals? You can rewind and fast forward as much as you want for 48 hours.
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    Sep 09, 2010 11:51 AM GMT
    Grey347 saidSeriously, do not mess with someone's 3 of enjoyable pease, and movies are $10.50 now..thats not fair to anyone else.

    Thats what babysitters are for. And if you are not paying attention to the movie, isn't that why they have video rentals? You can rewind and fast forward as much as you want for 48 hours.


    OOPS, lol.. I meant to say 3 hours of enjoyable peace.
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    Sep 09, 2010 12:00 PM GMT
    I wondered what you meant! I was trying to figure it out.

    Movies here are $12 to $12.50 and 3-D movies are at least $17. It's getting way too expensive to have a movie ruined by asshats.
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    Sep 09, 2010 12:59 PM GMT
    lissenup saidI wondered what you meant! I was trying to figure it out.

    Movies here are $12 to $12.50 and 3-D movies are at least $17. It's getting way to expensive to have a movie ruined by asshats.


    Exactly, not to mention that I like to be totally sucked in to the movie to really enjoy it, if people are talking etc it takes you out of the whole experience and you might as well not bother. Extraordinarily selfish, anti-social behaviour.
  • brownbear787

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    Sep 09, 2010 1:09 PM GMT
    i honestly hate going to the movies with other people...the last time i went, the person i was with was texting and answering their phone the whole time...since then I go to the movies alone. however when i do that, i tend to fall asleep in the theater.

    so i just rent movies through netflix or redbox now. this way if i doze off, i can re-wind. renting also is more beneficial to my wallet because going to the movies can be expensive.
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    Sep 09, 2010 3:11 PM GMT
    I'm guilty of this. I don't talk in theaters, but at home if I Netflix or Redbox anything I cant help but comment
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    Sep 09, 2010 3:11 PM GMT
    The only talking I find acceptable (and actually enjoy) are the "OH SHIT!!" outbursts that you get during scary movies. Always makes me laugh icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:04 PM GMT
    This is why I rarely go to the movies. I only go about 3 to 4 times a year then its in the day time when kids are at school and most people are working. I have no problem telling someone to shut up. Young girls guys are really bad at running their mouths during a movie. I went with a friend once and these 4 guys appearing to be foreigners.kept talking people were getting pissed. he cleared his throat and got their attention and said here in America we keep our mouths shut at the movies. You could have heard a pin drop
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:18 PM GMT
    Ours is particularly bad about it. During the warning preview where they tell on screen to not talk and turn your cell phone off....you just know its going to be bad when the person next to you says "Nobody tells me what to do." The managers never do a thing, I've never once saw a person be told to leave a movie, or be quiet.

    Watching movies at the theater for me has become unenjoyable, people have no self awareness or self-control. It's not just the teens either. I've actually started watching movies at the drive in, we still have a few in the area. Or I'll wait till a movie has been out for awhile, I refuse to go anywhere near an opening night.
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    I never go to the movie theater for all the reasons you listed PLUS the annoying squeak of a roomful of people all eating popcorn at the same time. You were right, Ivan Pavlov.
  • drypin

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    Sep 09, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    I'm with you NickFit. However, I see a lot of movies and people here generally don't talk once the previews and opening credits are over. I do prefer to sit in the front third, so I don't see people's cell phone lights.

    And once in Chicago I went to a suburban movie theater frequented by a whole different crowd who all talked back at the screen. I'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh my ass off and have the time of my life. That was a pretty funny audience!
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    NickFit saidSo I go to the movies a lot, and one of my absolute pet hates is people who talk throughout the film. blah blah blah


    does not sound like a PET hate to me.
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:44 PM GMT
    I talk thru the previews, most people do as well...

    People txting dont bother me either unless they hold up the phone high.

    Then again I really just dont care much for the movie theatre.

    So... Eh.
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:46 PM GMT
    jomach saidI'm guilty of this. I don't talk in theaters, but at home if I Netflix or Redbox anything I cant help but comment


    No, that is fine - if I'm watching something at home I will pass comment every so often - but in a cinema, I just think it's fucking rude as hell. No one else wants to hear it, they have paid their money to watch the film, not listen to other people's conversations and commentary!

    I did say to a guy not long ago, "Can you shut it, we don't all need the commentary." and he did shut up. Though, I am wary about doing this unless I know I could take the guy in a fight, because I saw a guy do this to someone once and the psycho starting laying into him.
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:47 PM GMT
    How anyone hasn't posted this video yet, I don't understand. "OUTTA MY FACE .. OUTTA MY FACE!" LMAO. Enjoy. icon_lol.gif

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    Sep 09, 2010 5:49 PM GMT
    AmdragN_Joe saidI talk thru the previews, most people do as well...

    People txting dont bother me either unless they hold up the phone high.


    The trouble is, these days phones have such large and bright screens, that idiots playing around with them really catch your eye and distract you from the screen. It's hard to be immersed in a film when you can see other people's phone screens in the corner of your eye.

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    Sep 09, 2010 5:53 PM GMT
    NickFit said
    AmdragN_Joe saidI talk thru the previews, most people do as well...

    People txting dont bother me either unless they hold up the phone high.


    The trouble is, these days phones have such large and bright screens, that idiots playing around with them really catch your eye and distract you from the screen. It's hard to be immersed in a film when you can see other people's phone screens in the corner of your eye.



    Especially a phone like my Evo...I couldn't imagine someone having to be distracted by that.
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    Sep 09, 2010 6:01 PM GMT
    NickFit said
    AmdragN_Joe saidI talk thru the previews, most people do as well...

    People txting dont bother me either unless they hold up the phone high.


    The trouble is, these days phones have such large and bright screens, that idiots playing around with them really catch your eye and distract you from the screen. It's hard to be immersed in a film when you can see other people's phone screens in the corner of your eye.



    I agree with that about the large screens.

    I sometimes txt people that I can't chat at the moment but I wont sit there explaining what Im watching and such, that is rude.
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    Sep 09, 2010 6:07 PM GMT
    I LOVE this thread! OK!!! here we go...I HATE HATE HATE!!! when snotting lil teenagers decide to talk throughout the film and crack jokes and also feel the need to use their regular volume of voice rather than whisper like a considerate human being! kids these days.....no respect at all!.....phewww...THERE! i feel better now and old icon_smile.gif
  • irishkcguy

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    Sep 09, 2010 6:12 PM GMT
    I used to live in the suburbs and going to the movies there was a nightmare, especially on the weekends when the theaters would be crawling with kids.

    Luckily in LA we have theaters like the Arclight in Hollywood that cater more to people who are serious film enthusiasts. It's a little bit more expensive, but I'll gladly fork over a couple of extra bucks for assigned seating and people not talking during the movie.
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    Sep 09, 2010 8:31 PM GMT
    FierceEyes saidHow anyone hasn't posted this video yet, I don't understand. "OUTTA MY FACE .. OUTTA MY FACE!" LMAO. Enjoy. icon_lol.gif





    Haha i was going too, i just watched this the other day so funny. But I agree with everyone else - so rude. I'm still a youngster but I hate going to the theatres knowing there are going to be those dang teeny boppers thinking they're so cool. My buddies and I actually yelled at some of them when we watched Inception. When we saw Paranormal Activity, it wasn't even scary cause all the teenagers were laughing and over-dramatically screaming. Biggest pet peeve
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    Sep 10, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    I once went to a movie and the guy in front of me (hot guy) was talking too much. So I took off my shoes and wrapped my ankles around his neck and ankle-choked him until he passed out.

    People clapped when he fell to the floor. He was OK though. We dated after that.
















    JUST KIDDING!
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    Sep 10, 2010 2:53 AM GMT
    On the other hand -
    if the movie is bad enough there may be more entertainment value in hearing the audience make fun of it.