SHE SAID WHAT?!
Posted By Gaby
Like many people, I enjoy going to the movies. If I want to watch a movie badly enough, I’ll go on my own on the release day. In fact, I went to watch The Hunger Games only a week after having had my son, fresh C-Section wound, y todo.
I like watching movies but I HATE standing in line. HATE it. As much as I want to see a movie, I don’t see the point of going to the theater and standing in line for one or two hours just so I can say I watched it on the release day.
Alex and I have argued whether or not we should go to the theater early and stand in line, and while he usually wins, I begrudgingly go with the group, secretly hoping that when we get there, we’ll see that Alex is the only one standing in line. This, sadly, has only happened once, but I enjoyed that moment.
For me, standing in line is a waste of time. Having two kids now, standing in line means I have to add two hours of babysitting time. That means I either have to ask Eric or my parents to keep them overnight or I have to ask a family member (usually a cousin or my sister) to watch my kids for four to five hours. That’s a lot to ask. When we only had one kid, it was a bit easier, but two kids for four hours is a lot to impose on a 20-year-old single person.
Before having kids, it just felt like a waste of time. We’re at a mall but we can’t have dinner, grab a coffee or window shop because we have to stand in line? That’s pretty lame. Sure I could cut, but have you ever seen the look on people’s faces when you cut in line after they’ve been sitting there for hours? It sucks. People are only nice to you when you cut in line at Disneyland, and I’m thinking it’s because of all the happy things you experience. The local Century Cinemas doesn’t create the same happy atmosphere. Alex and others might argue that you have a chance to bond with friends while standing in line. Yes, true, but you can do that while having dinner an hour before watching the movie. You get dinner and a movie while bonding. When you stand in line you get bonding, dirty looks if you cut (or a full bladder if you don’t), and a not so healthy dinner. I prefer Option A.
Ultimately, it comes down to the one thing: I’m not interested in watching a movie enough to stand in line. No movie, in my opinion, is worth standing in line for. I gots better things to do with my time.
HE SAID WHAT?!
Posted By Alex
What Gaby failed to mention in her article is that I hate standing in line, too. But I hate having a crappy seat at a theater even more than I hate standing in line. I’m not going to spend $9-12 bucks to have a shitty seat for a two or three hour movie. I’d rather show up early and know that I will get the best seats possible and thoroughly enjoy the movie I paid for rather than crane my neck.
The reason I go to a movie on opening day is not so I can tell other people I saw it. It’s because I’m really excited to watch it as soon as I can. Sometimes movies take years to hit the theater, so I apologize if waiting one more week is not doable for me. I cannot wait and if the option is there, I’m going. Unfortunately, no matter where you go, whether it be the happiest place on Earth or not, if you cut in line, you’re an asshole. People might be nice about it but they are thinking to themselves, “You’re an asshole.”
So I try to avoid getting this face by showing up early.
I know getting to the movies early is hard for us now that we have kids, and it’s why we don’t go as often, but usually I can properly gauge what movie will be popular and what won’t be, which then allows me to plan accordingly. Do I show up early or chance it? I think the last two movies we stood in line for were The Avengers and Dark Knight Rises, both of which Gaby had us stand in line for while she had fun doing something else. I won’t just call her out, because for my birthday, Crystal and Wendy were also nowhere to be found while the guys stood in line and talked mad shit. Mostly about which Indiana Jones is better and why, for the love of God, are you wearing a jacket, Eric? It’s 80 degrees outside! (His reply: “Cuz foo.”)
I mean, sure we could do what Gaby says and go out to dinner before a movie. I’d love to be able to do so all the while still getting great seats and not waiting in line. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way and I don’t want to be that noob that shows up late and stands there in the middle of the theater waiting for their eyes to adjust before they can find a seat in a packed theater. No thanks, leave that for the peeps that run late because me? I got here on time.
Okay fine, I got here three hours ago. Get off my back!