The movie you have been waiting to see is finally in the theatre. You have been waiting for weeks and the excitement has continued to build. You arrive at the movie with your friend, date, or loved one. Next, you get your snacks, sit down, start enjoying the movie and what happens?…..You realize you were unfortunate enough to sit next to someone who needs a lesson in movie etiquette.
This type of person behaves as though you are sitting in a theatre that they own and their rudeness, at times, has no boundaries. The downside is that they are ruining the movie you waited weeks to see and just paid $10.25 or more to attend. Should you say something to them or just let it go? Perhaps it depends on the nature of the etiquette violation, which typically falls into one of three categories.
Cell Phone Catie
Catie does not seem to understand that her cell phone comes equipped with a silent or vibrate feature. Catie’s phone will ring at the precise moment when you really needed to hear a line or when the movie is very emotional, exciting, or scary (depending on the type of movie). Catie often spends much of the movie texting, updating her Facebook or Twitter status, or her phone rings loudly at random times throughout the movie.
OMG, we could spend an entirely separate article on Talking Teddy. Someone forgot to tell this guy that the movie theatre is not like an NFL game. Commentators are NOT needed. Teddy talks throughout the entire movie and everyone in the theatre knows his opinion on what is going on, who he thinks the bad guy is, and what he thinks will happen next.
Intimate Ingrid and Isaiah
Ingrid and Isaiah are on their first date and they are so in love that they must make sure that anyone who sits near them understands. Ingrid and Isaiah will spend the entire movie making out even though it distracts everyone around them. Their behavior is especially rude and inappropriate when there are children around.
Do you know people like this? Are YOU a person like this?
Although I cannot advise on whether you should say anything to the rude person, you have a right to be able to enjoy the movie that you paid to see. Use your discretion. Try moving to another seat, if possible, but if all else fails try to approach the situation with as much tact as possible. After all, an altercation probably won’t help the issue, right?
Please share your thoughts, comments, and experiences below.
Idea for article from Mrs. Deborah Carter