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Buzz In: What's Your Worst Movie Audience Experience?

Buzz In: What's Your Worst Movie Audience Experience?

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!

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hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 7 years
At Harry Potter, the most recent, there was a small child behind us, who's mother really didn't get how scary it was, and the kid had his hands over his eyes and asked "is the scary part over every fifteen seconds for the entire ending." Lucky for me I ended up seeing it again that week. Also, at Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (I oddly, took my sister..) there were two eleven-year-old girls who talked through the entire movie and when I asked them to be quiet, please, they got louder and started shooshing me when I would try to talk to them. Annoying. Missed half the movie.
JCP0240 JCP0240 7 years
Buzz love this post! I am totally like you in the way that I always try to be respectful to those around me. My worst movie experience was at Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix. My sister and I went on opening weekend and the theater was completely sold out, an older man along with a friend sat next to me. The entire movie this guy was making the most disgusting noises. And unfortunately for me and my sister, this movie had many quiet scenes which didn't help block out the noice. I was trying to imagine what the noise was and all I could imagine was someone taking out their dentures and putting them back in. My sister thought it sounded like the guy was dry heaving. Needless to say I could not block out this noise and this ruined the movie for us, not to mention made us feel sick.
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
An annoying experience that comes to mind is when my mom and I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. We've been looking forward to it for a while. The young tweens sitting next to us decided to text message pretty much the whole movie. The light from the cell phone was really distracting in the dark theater (duh). Why pay $10 to go to a movie and not even watch it? And why ruin the experience for others? In retrospect, I should have said something. Who knows if it would have made a difference...
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
It seems like its impossible for me to go to the movies without someone behind me kicking my seat. Is it THAT hard for you to keep your feet still? Do you have restless legs syndrome? No? THEN STOP KICKING MY SEAT. ARGGG. I can block out talking, sniffling, etc, but i DESPISE having my seat kicked. I shouldn't have to turn around and tell you to stop kicking my back. I really don't run into that many parents with babies situations, so I haven't had to deal with that since Anaconda (lol i was 12 or so?) came out and this lady had a SCREAMING infant in it. My sister somehow gets away with taking her daughter who is 9 months old to the movies. She keeps asking me if I've seen so and so, and it gets old to remind her i have a 2 year old and no one to babysit routinely. She's seen probably 10 or 15 movies since her daughter was born. Ugh.. hope she stays quiet.. I usually see matinees and unless it's a kids movie, there are virtually never too young kids in it.
cs cs 7 years
kismekate, I am with you. I know I am not fun to go to the movies with because I have list of rules when I go. I never go on weekends, never go right when the movie comes out, and I always try to sit in the last row. It's not always foolproof, but it helps. I'm such a fuddy duddy, but I know what bothers me. Movies are too pricey to be annoyed by your surroundings. I like to get lost in the experience rather than lost in someone's popcorn crunching and gum smacking!
limelindsey limelindsey 7 years
My worst movie experience was years ago. My mom and sister and I went to see Titanic. I had already seen it, but they hadn't. It was a packed theater, we ended up sitting behind this crazy woman who had brought (no joke) TWO bottles of wine and a ton of food (in cellophane!) with her into the movie. She made so much noise, and got so drunk, and was wailing out loud (like full-on mourning wails) at the end. I was disgusted and kept saying "it's not that f*cking sad" out loud. Of course, that ruined it for my mom and sister but oy. Seriously. My other bad one was the Sex and the City movie. When it started, the whole audience (minus myself) started screaming! And talked through the whole thing (sort of like everyone else's Twilight experience, only with adult women). I was so irritated the whole movie...but how do you tell an entire theater to shut up? You just can't.
Allyace Allyace 7 years
Oh there were definitely little kids in the theater when we went to see SATC on opening day. Seriously? You bring your kid to a movie that you KNOW will have nudity? Ugh.
Allyace Allyace 7 years
My mom and I went to see a movie and someone answered their phone! Some guy in the back yelled at her to get out of the theater and her response was "it is an emergency". Umm, how exactly do you know it is an emergency when you answer the phone in a dark theater. Beyond rude.
oohsexypenguin oohsexypenguin 7 years
Like some others have said, one of my worst experiences was during "Twilight." I hadn't read the book at that point, so I was checking out the movie to see what the hype was all about. I couldn't even hear more than half of the dialogue because of all the stupid teenage girls screaming every time Edward or Jacob came on screen. So freaking annoying.
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
Oh and this weekend when I saw "Where the Wild Things Are" I knew there would be children but the kid behind me had the sniffles and every five seconds I could hear him trying to breathe through his nose. Luckily it wasn't that packed so I moved down. I'm not a parent, but bringing your sick kid to the movies isn't exactly the right thing to do.
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
I went to see "The Proposal" a few weeks after it came out on a Thursday with my sister and friend. We were in the row just before the very top row and during the entire film, the disgusting horny teens behind us were making out and I was very much tempted to turn around and tell them to take that somewhere else but my friend said just ignore it. Halfway through the movie, my sister got up and moved down two rows and we didn't know why. When we got out of the movie, my sister told me pretty much the girl was servicing the guy. I was so pissed I went straight to the customer service counter and demanded my money back. When we left the theatre the couple was outside with their friends who weren't to pleased about the whole thing and made sure they knew. They said "Did you enjoy the movie or were you to busy ***** making out?" DIS-GUSTING!
Gypsy314 Gypsy314 7 years
I agree. I pay good money to go see a movie. I only see movies in theaters that I really want to see. I usually just wait for the dvd. So when we spend $24 to go out to a movie, I am hoping we will be able to watch it. I see more and more people bringing their infants to movies. They either start breast feeding right in front of you or the baby starts screaming. The worst is when they fill up the diaper and the area around the parents start to smell.
new new 7 years
I can't remember during what movies my worst experiences happened but there are a lot of horrible experiences. one time a girl in front of me gave her boyfriend a blowjob during the movie. it's one of those things you don't want to watch but you can't not watch because you don't believe it when you see it. I have also seen many people answering their phones and actually having entire conversations during the movie, as well as people fighting and talking loudly etc. a fun expercience: not too long ago a bunch of girls a few seats away from my friend and I started screaming and it turned out there was a mouse in the theater. The movie was stopped until the manager caught the mouse, which was actually pretty fast. and we continued to watch the movie. Th emost annoying thing was when a bunch of kids who sat in the back row started putting their fingers in front of the projector so you saw huge fingers on the screen the whole time. luckily, the manager came and kicked them out. I hate going to the movies these days because people are becoming louder and more annoying. It's a sad thing.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
twilight. i took the day off and went to see a showing in the afternoon at court st. in brooklyn.... unfortunately i failed to realize that it was the time when the HIGH SCHOOL kids get out. so the whole time, i had to deal with screaming 13 yr old girls throughout the movie, and a girl behind me who kept kicking my chair. court st. in general is the WORST place in ny to watch a movie... too many kids and people talking on their cell phones. ughhhhh.
Gypsy314 Gypsy314 7 years
I went to see Couples retreat 2 weeks ago and several people had toddlers in the theater. That movie is not appropriate for children. That is why it is rated R. R does not stand for "Recommended for young children" Get a sitter or stay home.
gingirl gingirl 7 years
Twilight, opening night. My boyfriend was sweet enough to buy me tickets, and I underestimated how obnoxious little girls could be. Really, you need to scream every time Edward comes on to the screen? And shout when something deviates from the book, while the person next to you is loudly asking what "really happened in the book? Was it tots different?" And mothers screaming at their group of young girls to shut up and watch the movie. I didn't think it was necessary to bring 6 year old girls to a late showing. But really, it was just the screaming (almost every scene!). I'm waiting a couple of weeks to go see New Moon this time around.
maskedtoejam maskedtoejam 7 years
The worst movie going experience I had was when I went and saw The Dark Knight with my mom. I had already seen it, but she wanted to, so we went to an afternoon show. Someone brought their two little girls who proceeded to run up and down the steps the entire movie. It was so distracting.
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
I think the worst was when we saw The Blair Witch Project. We saw it twice, the first time was great and it scared me and then we went a couple of days later with a friend who wanted to see it and we had told how scary it was. Well the people behind us talked the WHOLE time. You couldn't even get scared it sucked.
jhilly123 jhilly123 7 years
Shrek 3. Theater was 1/3 full, I went to see it when it had already been in theater for a while. This group of young teens were yelling, swearing, and talking out loud about some other movie. And they had their phones on! It was ridiculous. People kept telling them to hush, and one girl said "Are you talking to me??" And this woman replied "Yes." It was a verbal fight while everyone else was heard. Finally, an usher got them to leave, and they were complaining the entire time as they left the theater. It was crazy and something I'll never forget!
bethiesny bethiesny 7 years
It's annoying to be surrounded by people on cell phones (I was just at a Broadway show that I paid $130 to see and the girl next to me texted for the entire second act), talking teenagers, etc., but what really bothers me the most - and someone mentioned this as well - is when parents bring children to inappropriate movies. Last night at the 7:10 showing of Paranormal Experience, there was a child in the audience. A toddler. Who was not sleeping and who also was not enjoying the show. I can't fathom what goes through the heads of these parents. Years ago when I was living in Nashville, parents brought a 3 yr old and a 5 yr old to see The Cell! They actually screamed, they were so scared, but the parents didn't leave. I was so mad, I wrote to my reps in Congress, saying there ought to be a law. They told me there was nothing they could do. Harumpf!
Angelica Angelica 7 years
A couple in their 70s or 80s who talked about the plot all through The Ugly Truth. Really? You need to talk about that plot? I promise it's not complicated.
rach716 rach716 7 years
By the way I really enjoyed reading everyone else's stories, gave me a nice little chuckle on this Monday afternoon :)
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