The Jamies Are Cursed
Do you remember the scene in Scream 2 where Jada Pinkett Smith’s character forgets to use her inside voice while in the movie theater? Even better, what about the scene in Scary Movie 2 where Regina Hall’s character takes it to a whole other level with her loud obnoxious behavior and ends up being stabbed by just about everyone in the audience in order to get her to shut her trap. It’s funny because it takes the typical annoying moviegoer and exaggerates the bad behavior to the point where it’s just over the top.
My husband and I have awful luck with movies, but never would I have expected to have an experience as awful as what we had Friday evening. Along with two friends who will probably never see a movie with us again, the husband and I went to Houlihan’s for dinner and drinks before walking down to AMC to catch Paranormal Activity 3. I was beyond excited about this movie, especially after seeing the preview that stated the last 15 minutes would mess me up for life. The show was sold out so obviously we expected a bit of noise, but we’ve been to sold out shows before and it honestly hasn’t been too bad. During the previews there was quite a bit of talking, but it quieted down once the movie started. Oh wait, no it didn’t. It got worse. It got so bad that at one point I had my stuff in hand and was ready to walk right out of the theater, someone I’ve only done once before because I just couldn’t sit through Deuce Bigalo.
The talking went on almost nonstop; people making comments and swearing and acting as though they were watching this movie in the comfort of their living room. This isn’t a loud action movie where some chatter is barely noticed, this is a horror flick with the majority of its scenes at a low volume. It’s hard to be afraid of a loud bang when the audience is adding their own soundtrack of “awww shit girl, did you see that?!?” Even more bothersome was the laughter. I get that it’s funny sometimes when something silly makes you jump, but it’s unacceptable to carry on as if you’ve just discovered laughter. It comes as no surprise that there were cell phones out; two ushers came in eventually after someone exited the theater to complain and told half a dozen moviegoers to put their phones away, but people who don’t care about keeping the volume down certainly don’t care if their phone is distracting you. There were also a great number of people coming in and out of the theater throughout the whole movie. Other than the movie I walked out of, there has never been a time where I’ve gotten up in the middle of a movie for anything; a bathroom trip can wait and I don’t need a refill on soda or popcorn bad enough to miss a scene. Overall, the atmosphere of the theater felt more like a really dark keg party than it did an enjoyable fright fest.
All four of us received movie vouchers for a free show sometime in the next year, but in my opinion it doesn’t make up for it. I can’t have a do-over on watching a movie for the first time and I have no doubt that when we buy Paranormal Activity 3 on DVD, we’ll see and hear a lot of things that will be totally new to us as I’m sure we missed quite a bit due to the noise and movement in the theater. I told my husband on the drive home that they should do more to shut people up and keep them from acting like morons. Flashed on the screen for a few moments before a movie is a little warning about cell phones and talking, a reminder to keep it down and behave. No one listens to it. The two ushers coming into the theater did result in a drop in volume, but it was brief because the audience realized that these people weren’t going to do anything but whisper to a few people to put their phones away. The audience acted the way they did because they’re low-class and allowed to act that way. It’s easier to give out vouchers when people get upset than it is to control a bunch of idiots. There is no fear of being thrown out of a theater. There isn’t any risk of getting in trouble. Acting like an ass is perfectly fine because no one does a thing to stop it.
My husband said that the ushers really did everything they could do and they couldn’t take on a mob of morons themselves without the risk of physical harm or even more noise and disruption. But come on, AMC, the little theater in our town has a cop there every single night, their car parked right outside the exit doors as they stand cross-armed in the middle of the theater. If they can swing it, why can’t you? Some kind of security there would be a great deterrent to people who think they can act like an ass without consequence. I guarantee that if a cop came into the theater that night and picked one idiot out of the many to escort from the theater, it would have put the fear in the rest of the idiots and they would have toned it down. Actions speak volumes; a warning on the screen prior to the movie means nothing if you can’t back it up.
I’m not going to argue my husband’s point that there was nothing they could do because I already talked his ear off about it on the drive home that night and it’s going to have to be one of those agree to disagree things with he and I. He was right though that in our case on Friday, there wasn’t anything more they could have done. I would just like that to change. I’d be all for paying a couple of dollars extra to see a movie where the audience is 21 and over and there is a stipulation that in this particular showing, you must shut the hell up, keep your phone away and keep your ass in your seat. I would rock my Skull Candy ear buds in every movie if there was a plug in the armrest that would broadcast the movie sound right into my ears, effectively reducing the noise around me. I’d happily drop $50 to watch a movie at home on the same night it hits theaters; we usually spend close to that at AMC with tickets ($20) and snacks ($20 -$25) and you really can’t beat the comfort of our couch and our HD flatscreen. I’m just not willing to sit back and accept the fact that people will talk and text and laugh and disrupt the audience and there’s nothing that can be done to stop it.
I’m not certain when it became acceptable to be rude and act like an ass, but I’ve noticed that as the years go by, people’s behavior becomes more and more horrendous and unpleasant. Finding someone with manners has become a shock to me; I’m always amazed when the chick at the drive-thru says “you’re welcome” or someone at the grocery store says “excuse me” instead of wordlessly pushing past me. I appreciate when people compliment my son’s manners, but in all honesty he’s not doing anything above and beyond, he’s just simply being polite. Unfortunately, society has been flooded with an abundance of bad behavior that makes the people who know how to act look like the odd ones out. Imagine a non-smoking concert that has numerous concert goers that smoke. It only takes one person to break the rules and light up before a person or two around him does the same. More people see it and even though it’s wrong, they do it because other people are so they won’t be alone. Pretty soon every smoker in there is lighting up, even though it’s not allowed, and all the non-smokers who expected clean air have to suffer. The same thing happens with bad behavior; if it’s not stopped it just spreads until every low-class person around is doing it.
My husband and I won’t be returning to AMC for quite some time; I have zero excitement about using our vouchers for a free movie and I’m glad we have a year to use them because I have no desire to go back to that place. I’m happy sticking with our little theater in town; it doesn’t have the do-it-yourself popcorn but it also doesn’t have people who make Scary Movie’s Regina Hall look tame by comparison. It’s just pathetic that I have to avoid a theater that I enjoy because I’m outnumbered by people who shouldn’t be allowed in public without a muzzle and shock collar.
Posted on October 24, 2011, in Crazy People, Friends and/or Enemies, Fun!, Life, TV/Movies and tagged amc, drink, friend, loud, movie, obnoxious, paranormal activity, rude. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.