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By Felix Vasquez Jr. | July 11, 2006

So, there I was, watching “Superman Returns”, the movie I’d anticipated for two years.

In front of me, a man and woman with their daughter sit. The daughter keeps stretching her arms above her anxiously, the mom is throwing her head back and sleeping, and the dad keeps checking his cell phone and getting up to go the hallway.

Beside me, two s**t headed fifteen year olds are having their own conversation and laughing up a storm as the crumple of their popcorn bag makes a mighty crunch.

Behind me, some man who’d been there before I entered the theater is discussing something over his cell phone with his girlfriend.

And I’m wondering. Why the f**k do people even go to the theaters anymore?

In New York, or more appropriately in the Bronx,

By bus coming and going, it’s eight bucks, and a matinee is seven dollars.

By car coming and going, it’s fourteen bucks, and the matinee is seven dollars.

Either way, altogether, it’s a considerable amount of money, followed by the hassle of traveling. So why the f**k do you travel, spend a lot of money, and sit down just to talk and have your own conversations? I don’t know about you, but when I go to the movies, I go to watch the god damn movie.

And this is not the first time.

For “X2”, a large family sat around me, and the sons feel inclined to explain every f*****g superpower to their clueless mom aloud who keeps asking “Who’s that guy? Why does he have claws? Why is she blue? His name is Magneto? Why?”

For “The Two Towers” two ten year olds are explaining every single plot twist to one another ruining it for me. Granted, they were just excited and having fun, but they’re kids and I hate kids.

For “Spider-Man 2”, two failed comics decide to throw back and forth one-liners mocking the film through a crowded audience.

In “Revenge of the Sith”, a man sits with his little brother and is pointing out the special effects while waving his arms around like he’s signaling one of the X-Wings to land.

For “The Grudge” a group of teens crash the movie talking loudly, having a conversation on their cell phones and literally start a ruckus.

I can pin it on the films, or the lack of security in the theater, or on technology, but I’m going to blame you, the movie-goer.

Sure, home technology ruined our awareness of consideration, but it’s you who has none. It’s you who talk and give your own little quips, and laughs loudly, and gives a commentary, it’s you who can’t run your errands after the movie, it’s you who can’t control your children.

You, f**k breath. The attention w***e, the malcontent, the failed comedian, the show boater, the man trying out for a DVD commentary. I was raised to know right from wrong, I was raised to consider everyone else, I was raised to know that though I may not want to be somewhere, everyone else could have gone within their own wills and curiosities, why haven’t you done the same?

You are irresponsible, inconsiderate and selfish, and you breed irresponsible, inconsiderate, and selfish children.
Watching these fat, stupid, morons ruining an experience for me reminded me a lot of going to church my last years as a Catholic. I knew I should have been going, I knew I was supposed to do what I was told, and I knew that everyone else probably wanted to be there.

But, I felt like I had to be there, and I was wasting my time, because I felt obligated. Are we so mindless we go to the theaters because we feel obligated? Because the commercial man tells us, we have to go because of that? Why do people waste money, and travel, just to go into a movie theater and think to themselves, “If I’m not having fun, no one will”?

I had to go to see “Armageddon” when it was released in theaters, because there was no one else to stay with when my family went to see it. I hated that movie, I despised it. I still do. It’s a piece of s**t on the big or little screen. But you know what, I sat quietly. I kept my opinions to myself, and then when I left the theater I complained.

But that’s just the way I was raised. That’s just because of good parenting that I remained considerate of others who came to watch the movie. Why did I have to be born in the age of the depletion of good manners, consideration, and good parenting? Why are people such selfish, obnoxious, wasteful idiots?

Why waste money you could use and just piss it away on awful over priced theater food, and sit in a dark room and talk? It’s like going to Hawaii and staying in the hotel room the whole time, it’s like buying new sneakers and never wearing them. Why waste the money, if you’re not going to put it to use? Why waste an experience like that?

I never go to the movies. And it’s for this reason alone. It’s not because I have a large television, a great DVD player, and a library of films, and it’s not because of the disturbingly short time it takes for a film to go from theater to home release. It’s because of inconsideration and lack of etiquette.

I hate going to the movies, because it’s never as good as it used to be. It took hobbits, a batman, the walking dead, a spider-man, a group of mutants, a superman, and the jedi to get me to theaters, and if you’ll notice, all of those films have consistent time gaps between them. It’s because of you, the audience, who refuses to acknowledge that though, you may not want to see the movie, we do.

I watch two movies a year in the theaters, and the rest is waiting for video, or on Demand, or rental. You have forced I, the loyal movie buff, into his home to wait for a video release, all because you can’t shut the f**k up. Why is that? Why are people so inconsiderate of others?

They’re doing stupid studies every day (This just in: People who go to see a movie repeatedly in the theaters are more likely to buy it on DVD! Gasp!), why can’t they do a rather important one on how manners have become an antiquated notion?

I can blame technology and how the evolution of technology has de-evolved our manners, but I’ll blame you. It’s your fault the theater experience is gone. It’s your fault my children won’t know what it’s like to sit in a large dark theater watching magic on-screen, it’s your fault they have to be subjected to bratty kids, fat people walking back and forth, idiots who are running errands during the movie, and the people who buy huge gulp tubs of soda, and go to the bathroom every five seconds because the large was too small for your tastes.

Technology didn’t create rudeness, it just harvested it.

You killed movie theaters.

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  1. P.O'd Ex-Movie Goer says:

    I know this thread is old..but I just had to add my 2 cents.

    I am surprised that nobody has thought of my genius solution to the a*****e kids and rotten parents in the movie theaters….

    I think that if a kid is out of hand in the theater, and the parent doesn’t do anything to tame his (or her) a*s…we should be allowed to beat the hell out of the parent…with their kid. 😛

    Keeping anger and frustration built up inside isn’t healthy. Unlike Bad Karma up there who will just bend over and let bubba have his way with him..I really think we outta be able to do something about it. This society has created a monster of rude mother f*****s that wouldn’t be so rude if they got a foot in their a*s everynow and then. Walk quietly, but carry a big stick..and use it when you have to.

  2. Anthony Spadaccini says:

    Well said Felix, well said.

    Ten years ago, you could buy two tickets for what it costs for one ticket nowadays.

    Why should I go see a movie in the theater and deal with inconsiderate people when I can rent it on DVD and enjoy it on the big screen in my living room?

  3. Bad Karma says:

    Movie theaters are very much alive or you wouldn’t keep going back.

    People are stupid. You can’t ask them to be something they’re not. Build your own theater on your own island so you can be completely by yourself, or get over it. Trust me. Your whining won’t make a difference.

  4. Natsuki says:

    …when i was at the movies this last weekend, swear to god, at least 7 mothers with babies, i mean not even able to walk on their own babies, all sat in front of us in a big row of crying delight. And for older kids, if the parents refuse to shut the kid up, everyone else should be allowed to.

  5. Noah Runzo says:

    Dude, I feel you. I saw Superman Returns for the third time this past week. I brought my girlfriend. We arrived slightly late to a packed theater which was nice surprise, but due to limited seats left, we sat towards the front. In the row in front of us there was a kid. Oh god. Do I even have to relive this? He kept moving around and climbing on his father and just running walking around in circles and asking stupid questions “Whose that and whats he doing that for?” and his father would whisper him the answers…Ugh. Then to make things worse he started complaining about the movie and it was annoying cause he kept saying he wanted to go see Cars instead. I was disgruntled….So anyway, at the end of the movie after the applause from the audience ended, another kid said to his mom “wow that was a really nice movie” and that is the type of kid that people should raise. Sit and shut up and watch it or dont come to the theater! Little basturds.

  6. Michael Ferraro says:

    I wrote a blog entry a few months ago, entitled “I’d like to punch your kid in the face,” about this same very subject.

    Kids should be destroyed.

    In movie theaters anyways…

  7. state parks says:

    You damn right, it’s the parents, the families, the community. The few times when I’ve dared to ask people to please be quiet I’ve been met either with blank stares or outright hostility. The ‘me first’ culture will continue to grow as people are more afraid to stand up to it, also, but it feels like a losing battle.

  8. Pete says:

    I feel for you guys, I truly do. At the press/promo screenings I attend, there are actual honest-to-god ushers standing on the sides. Someone answers a phone? They’re outta there. Crying baby? Out. Talking? Out. The handful of times I’ve gone to a “normal” screening in the last few years I’m thankful I don’t have a concealed weapons permit.

    It seems like a no-brainer, that instead of having 20 teenaged concession workers – half of whom stand around picking their noses – the theater could hire a handful of ushers/security to work the big openers. They wouldn’t even have to be in every theater, just the four or five main screens.

    Studios keep bitching about declining box office, but until they address the miserable realities of the moviegoing experience, it’s just going to get worse.

  9. Uncle Happy says:

    when i was a kid, i went to the movies every weekend. good or bad, i just loved movies, much like i still do. but since i’ve moved and began once more attending the talkies i’ve only been to around 10 movies in 5 years. why? same reason as you. i can’t sit and enjoy a movie i shelled out my money for because some c**k smoking wad of s**t can’t shut the hell up. i personally believe that theaters should have bouncers, not just to beat the s**t out of deserving idiots, but to encourage everyone to shut up and watch the bloody film.

  10. Ed says:

    About 9 years ago, I used to go to the movies all the time. I’d wake up early in the morning and walk down to the bus stop, anxiously awaiting the wonders that lie ahead on the big screen. I’d make a day of it back then. My local theater had 4 possible showtimes…a 1pm, a 3pm, a 7pm and a 9pm. I’d get there early enough to figure out a way to see a different movie each time. I loved it, I truly did.

    As the years wore on, I found myself going to the movies less and less. And on the occasions that I would go, I’d find myself getting more and more aggravated with the people around me. It got to the point where I would try to avoid any movies that weren’t rated R. At least that way, I’d avoid the steady flow of teenagers who wanted nothing more than to bullshit with their friends.

    Now, it’s 2006 and I can count the number of times I’ve been to the movies over the last few years on one hand. It’s not worth the time. It’s not worth the small fortune that it costs. And it’s simply not worth the headaches.

  11. Felix Vasquez Jr. says:

    In the last three years, I’ve been to approximately five movies. That’s a lot less then the amount of movies I went to ten years ago.

    Every time I go to the movies, my mom waits when I get home and says “Okay, so what happened now?” She just knows after I finish talking about the movie, I’m going to start ranting about the sheer rudeness I experienced in some form. It never fails.

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