I'm probably an overly conscientious film goer — I'm hyper aware of blocking little kids sitting behind me, and I always try to open candy pre-show, so as not to deal with those noisy plastic wrappers. Unfortunately, not everyone around me upholds the same courtesy. I remember going to a rock-doc earlier this Spring, where two teenagers in front of me had their tongues down each other's throats from the opening sequence all the way to the end credits. And a couple of weeks ago when I was checking out The Invention of Lying, there was a row of men behind me with possibly the loudest echoing laughs I've ever heard.
I'm not trying to be a sour puss here, but sitting near people like that is seriously distracting. In fact, it kind of ruined both films for me, and now I feel like I'll have to go back and watch them on DVD eventually. I was so concentrated on overlooking the horny high schoolers and the guys' cackles that I probably missed some of the best parts. Normally, I'd give them my "death stare" in the hopes that they'd simmer down (come on, like you haven't done that too), but that doesn't always work.
OK, enough of my venting — what's been your most annoying audience experience? Did someone answer a cell phone mid-movie and have an entire conversation? Were you stuck behind a fidgety tall guy? Please share!