Every movie fan has been annoyed by inconsiderate people in the audience. Worst of all might be the people who check their phone during the movie, not caring about the bright screen that’s hugely distracting. Every theater has some sort of pre-show behavior warning, though some are better than others. (We’ve come a long way since the days where “no smoking” was the most important warning that theaters had to give.) Here’s one, from the famous Alamo Drafthouse, which has a very strict etiquette policy.
That’s Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller (both of whom are coincidentally starring in the upcoming film adaptation of Divergent), whose movie, The Spectacular Now, is showing at the Drafthouse. It’s nice to hear the rules from the people actually in the film you’re watching. Maybe it will make people pay a little more attention to them.
So what’s your worst movie experience? When I saw Lincoln, the lady behind me tapped her foot for the first 2/3 of the movie until I finally got her to stop. She was there with who I assume were her husband and son, who were very into the movie. She, however, was not even interested. She had her eyes closed and was slumped way down in her seat as if she’d rather be anywhere else. All the time with her foot tapping in my ear as though she couldn’t be more bored. I can’t figure out why she even came to the movie, when she would obviously have preferred to stay at home.
It reminds me of the movie etiquette guidelines I wrote back in 2007 (have I really been blogging for almost 8 years?), which I initially wanted to print out and carry with me to the theater to hand to people who misbehave. I think more people should ask themselves, as Miles Teller suggests in the video, “Am I being a dick?” Though, of course, that’s true for the world outside the theater as well.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite pre-show warning? What movies have jerks ruined for you? Let me know in the comments!