Lately I’ve been going to the movies, getting there early, settling in and watching all the other people file into the theater. For some odd reason and because of extreme fault in my personality, I have a need to judge each person walking in. Believe me, it’s weird, and I don’t accept it as ok. In fact it’s something I need to work on. Either way, I still do it. The last three or four movies I went to I noticed a lot of people coming in who I would never expect to be seeing the particular movie showing. Ted, The Campaign and The Expendable 2 were the last three movies I went to where I noticed this.
Ted was the most extreme example. Older couples, easily in their 70s walking into the theaters, taking a seat, looking to enjoy a nice movie. What are they thinking? Have they seen the trailers? Are they randomly picking a movie to see, or still picking based of off descriptions in the Sunday papers? I remember one couple, getting up and walking out in the middle of the movie. NO SHIT! It’s about an extremely vulgar bear that gets high. Why would they be seeing it in the first place? Same thing with The Campaign or Expendables 2. Why are you seeing those movies? Go see the movies made for your audience. Please see, The Odd Life of Timothy Green or Hope Springs.
I know there’s nothing wrong with people going to see movies they may not profile as being a target audience for. I’m not that much of an asshole. I will say this. It ruins my movie going experience. I keep thinking, “Oh yeah, they’re going to get up and leave any second now.” “There’s no way they are enjoying this right now!” I’m constantly peeking over and trying to get a hint of what they might be thinking. Drives me nuts. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. Right?