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Do You See Sad Movies at the Theater?

This past weekend, several dramatic movies opened in the theaters, but only one did well — the buzzed-about Ben Affleck-helmed thriller Gone Baby Gone. It appears that folks aren't as interested in going out to the theaters for the dramatic films — particularly when they're sad (like Things We Lost in the Fire) and deal with difficult issues (like Rendition).

This got me thinking: What's your policy on watching sad, difficult films? Will you spend money on the theater experience, or are these strictly rentals?

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mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
If it looks like a good movie and I wanna see it, I will. I usually don't cry at movies though. I mean, I do, but the ones I see in theaters usually don't make me cry.
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 9 years
I'm not much of a tearjerker person, though My Dog Skip makes me bawl like a baby! I like the interesting dramas, but I have to be in the mood for them. Sometimes there's a movie I'll want to see, but put it off cause I know it will be a buzzkill. Last winter my friend and I were torn between "Happy Feet" and "Blood Diamond" and I was like "hmm...war torn africa or cute happy dancing penguins?" We went with the penguins.
SaraSmile SaraSmile 9 years
The last movie I saw in the theaters where I cried (like, openly wept) was The Passion of the Christ, which I blame mainly on the facts that (a) I was on my period and (b) I dont much care to watch torture/human suffering. But if I need to cry (see fact a) it doesn't have to be a tearjerker to get it out of me. Clueless has made me sob before, so there ya go.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I usually like to see fantasy or horror movies in the theater, because those are the only ones where the big screen makes a difference. But if I really want to see a sad movie, I'll go see it in the theater.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
I go to the theater for only a few types of movies: those that are meant to be seen on a big screen, like an awesome action or sci-fi flick (yes, epic things) and any movie that I absolutely cannot wait a second longer to see! Everything else is PPV and Netflix. Besides, like Nikodarling, I get red , splotchy and puffy. Plus I look like Rudolph. One look and people just know it was me that was sniffling!
Tennant_Love Tennant_Love 9 years
I'm a sucker for sad or depressing idea why. Even if its not sad I still somehow end up crying!!!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i only tend to watch things like Stardust or big epic movies, action or similar in theatres where the large screen and fancy sound-system adds a lot to the movie/experience. sad movies, dramas etc. aren't worth seeing for the price in a theatre.
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
depends on the movie...
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
I do but I hate crying during! It's like everyone's quiet and you can hear my sniffling! Haha.
ralenth ralenth 9 years
I tend to rent tear-jerkers as they don't tend to be must-sees for me.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
i watch sad movies at home just because i don't like people seeing me sobbing. also it's hard to find somneone who would want to watch "rendition" or "things we lost in the fire" when "30 days of night" is out as well.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Sad movies disturb me more than scary movies, but it wouldn't stop me from going to see them.
nadioz nadioz 9 years
i i love sad movies and "things we lost in a fire" looks good parrticularly the performances. I really go see all types of movies.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
No way. I cry way too easily. And its not a pretty look for me I get red, blotchy, and puffy.
lady-T lady-T 9 years
sometimes.depends on the film..i remember when the notebook came out(not really a difficult film but..) me and my friends were blubbering away and came out with red eyes..i try to keep the crying in theaters to a minimum but soemtimes i cant help it!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I rarely go to the theatres and I cry at anything, so I'd rather see something with action and humor than grief and sadness.
Mokona Mokona 9 years
I cry at everything, even if it's really happy... so I will go see almost any movie, as long as it appeals to me. Most "sad" movies don't overly appeal to me though.
motherof3 motherof3 9 years
I'm a crier so it's hard for me to watch sad movies. Besides my husband doesn't like to be out with me when I'm crying.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I would, but I also don't go to the theatre much anymore. So I tend to like to see "big screen" pictures when I go. I watch everything else on the Movie Networks, and I love it. I get to watch in the comfort of my own home, and I see alot of movies I normally wouldn't, if I depended on the theatre only.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Not really, I'm most likely to watch a comedy or a horror at the theatre I'm not into girly girl movies for some odd reason when I go to the theatre.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'll see whatever peaks my intrest in the theatre. It's usually more on the side of comedies though not tearjerkers.
notoriuskitty notoriuskitty 9 years
I like to see movies that are meant to be seen on the big screen and the others are just rentals
licia licia 9 years
I don't go out to see movies much, so when I do I usually want to see something more exciting, not something that will bring me down. I don't necessarily like being upset in public either.
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