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message 1: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie | 85 comments So I have this huge issue when people sit and talk during the movie. I not talking when you go to a children's movie and the kids are all talking. I'm talking an all adult movie where 35 and 40 year old men are prank phone calling each other during the film and laughing at all the wrong places. I spend my hard earned money to see a movie on the big screen because we all know that its just different then watching it at home. I know that I can't possibly be the only one who feels like hitting them with a hammer...What's the best way to handle this situation??


message 2: by Tom (new)

Tom | 4544 comments Ugh. I feel your pain.

I usually start with a polite request for silence, like catching their eye and asking them to please shhhhhh. Most people will get the idea, if they're at all civilized, but alas it doesn't always work that way. I've been known to just get up and leave, asking for a refund/pass from the theatre management.

I remember once I was at a NYC art house, and before the movie came on a guy was sitting there on his cellphone yakking it up loud. I looked around and saw that most of the others in the auditorium were annoyed with the noise, and so I felt empowered to do something I'd always wanted to do: I turned around, caught the guy's eye, and sat there blatantly eavesdropping, smiling and nodding and reacting to everything the guy said. Mercifully he got the point and brought the conversation to a halt before I had to resort to getting out some paper to take notes.


message 3: by Amy (new)

Amy | 58 comments I lived in Boston briefly, and there was an enormous theater that everyone basically went to (it's around the park area) - quite unlike the luxury of San Francisco. Anyway, apparently this theater is also known for the high school and college kids factor - they flood in. And oh yes, I can testify to the talkage - I had an evening where I desperately needed to escape reality and went to see Casino Royale, after it had been out for a while. A fellow or 2 in the back had either seen it before, or was just not impressed by the stunts and ladies - the cell phone talkage ensued. Being in a mood where I in no way wanted to risk any sort of nastiness, I did not yell at these peeps or hurl my popcorn, despite the urge to do so.

I actually think there should be some sort of law about cell phones and movies, but since movie-going has been going down the drain anyway, that ain't gonna happen. But in Boston, the youngstas (ooh, yeah, I feel old) used them for everything from flashlights to chatting. They'd come in 15 min late and spy out seats with them.

That's (creak) my story - and btw, it never seemed to be much of a problem in SF...


message 4: by Holli (new)

Holli You've touched on my biggest pet peeve...I absolutely hate this. i don't mind so much a quick sentence or two to the person sitting next to them during the movie about the movie but when people are having a full conversation right next to me I can't stand it. I'll shush them or sigh heavily a few times and if they don't get the picture I'll get up and move.

Cell phone talkers are the WORST. First of all...turn your phone off so it doesn't ring during a movie. that's rude when that happens but it happens. What I can't at all understand is when someone answers it and then proceeds to talk LOUDLY to the person for a good 5 or 10 minutes. Talk about no class at all. Just unbelievable to me.


message 5: by Tom (new)

Tom | 4544 comments Well, yeah, I agree. I don't expect people to sit in monastic silence. It's only natural to shift in your seat, or whisper a comment to your friend, but when you rattle potato chip bags loud enough to be heard over the destruction of Mount Doom in a Dolby Stereo blowout presentation of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING there's kind of a problem.


message 6: by Holli (new)

Holli That's funny Tom....and boy do I agree with you! I can't stand it...I get so irritated and then spend most of the movie focused on them instead of the movie. I just don't understand how people can think that's ok to do. Do they really think they are that important that their phone call matters more than any of us in the theater? At least answer it and then step outside the theater....something!


message 7: by Alex DeLarge (new)

Alex DeLarge | 851 comments That's why I built my own:) A little theatre mind you, but I can't stand interruptions during a film. I even turn off my phone and refuse to answer the door when I'm involved in a film, but honest reactions are part of the fun: a laugh out loud moment, or few words of surprise...it's nice to share with friends.

We just prosecuted a case where a man confronted three punks who were talking during a film. He has the shite beat out of him, a few thousand in medical bills, and the judge (it was a non-jury trial) aquitted all three defendants because the victim "instigated" the altercation.


message 8: by Tera Marie (new)

Tera Marie (teradugan) That sucks, Alex. I agree with you though about the honest reactions bit. I just wrote about my experience recently when I went to see The Uninvited under that thread. There is a reason why I love to go opening night. I love being in a theater full of people because, to me, their reactions are part of the entertainment. There are always a raucous few, but when the movie starts, no matter how annoyed I am up until that point, I can usually tune them out. I do shush people quite regularly. I'm not the confrontational type, typically, so I usually just sit in my seat and say "shhh" loudly until they get the picture. This is something I am well-practiced at being an elementary school teacher.


message 9: by Phillip (last edited Feb 12, 2009 04:56PM) (new)

Phillip | 9618 comments wow, that's quite a story alex. i've often thought twice about telling someone to shut up in oakland.

tom, i can see you staring down the cel phone guy and "participating"...nice.

mostly it's really great here...i mean, if you're going to see "the women" or "barbarella" at the castro, you know there's going to be some cackling going on with what's happening on screen (it's part of the attraction, actually!). but in most cases it's very respectful here.

the funny thing about bay area audiences is that they usually heckle the previews (because they're BAD), but they're good about keeping quiet during the film. maybe that's not so unique to the bay area...

there are a few exceptions. i went to a multiplex down on the peninsula and there were multiple families sitting around me (at a movie i thought was completely inappropriate for kids) and three seperate familes were carrying on with passing snacks and drinks and talking out loud like it was their dining room. i couldn't believe all the racket. several people in the theater were shusshing them, they would sort of quiet down for 10 minutes and then start in again...this scenario repeated several times. i walked out at the end of the film in a state of shock.

i have a friend who never stops talking when we watch movies together. after repeated reminders that i prefer to be silent throughout a film, he just kept rattling on, whether we were watching a dvd at home or at the movies. eventually i kept declining his offers to see films together. it doesn't seem like he's taken the hint. he still invites me to to movies.

and i'm in agreement on "making sounds" as opposed to "talking". the clincher is the teenager who takes a several rings to answer their cell and then they actually start talking on it...

my new pet peeve is WHAT IS WITH ALL THE DAMN ADVERTISING BEFORE THE FILM STARTS?
(...hate it!)

i mean, i'm paying $10 or more to see a movie, the previews are all the advertising i need....in fact, they're more than i need.


message 10: by Amy (new)

Amy | 58 comments Alex, the prosecution case you mention is exactly why I didn't say anything in Boston...

And I have had good experiences with "participatory" audiences in theaters too, usually comedies - Knocked Up, Baz Luhrman's dancing movie whose name escapes me right now - all the laughter in the right parts is amazing. But I generally want to sit in the back so that I'm as far as possible (hopefully) from potential annoyances...


message 11: by Jo (new)

Jo (JoLelaK) | 32 comments I always have the fantasy, that if I ever won the lottery. If someone at the theater was irritating me I would walk over, hand them a couple hundred dollar bills and say, this should cover your evening. Please go. I like going to the theater, I think some movies are more enjoyable with an audience. But some people just don't have any sense of other people. They are the same ones that show up during the previews to a packed theater and get ticked cause they can't find seats together. Sorry kids, if you have eight people in your party, show up a little earlier!


message 12: by Elena (new)

Elena | 20 comments Jo Lela, if I won the lottery, I'd buy myself and a friend (maybe!) ALL the tickets to a movie and enjoy it in peace, at last! :)
No, seriously, if one wants to watch a movie and comment at a loud voice/eat crunchy stuff/make phone calls/text at the same time, why doesn't he/she just stays at home and rent a DVD? Participating in musicals or funny comedies is one thing, being noisy and annoying is another-the key word being RESPECT!


message 13: by Holli (new)

Holli Well said Elena!!


message 14: by Stephanie (last edited Feb 13, 2009 09:39AM) (new)

Stephanie | 85 comments Exactly!!!

I don't mind when people laugh out loud at funny parts but sometimes you get someone who laughs like when the guy gets shot or the dog dies...it really drives me crazy.

Then there is the guy who read the book and proceeds to lean over and tell his wife/girlfriend exactly whats going to happen next in a very loud voice...that was huge at Lord of the Rings and although I knew what was going to happen the people I was with did not!!!


message 15: by Myra (new)

Myra | 123 comments Honest reactions are no problem. But constant commentary about the film or long conversations are. I hate to be seated near a couple when one has seen the film before and the other hasn't. Invariably the one who has seen it feels compelled to prepare the other for every scene. That drives me up a wall!

Another thing that makes me crazy is for parents of small children to bring them along to movies they shouldn't attend to begin with! I recall attending an action movie (can't recall what it was) where the theater was packed so it must have been an opening night. This woman had a toddler in tow who cried and fussed through the entire movie. Several people near her had made their annoyance known to her so she wasn't ignorant of the disturbance her child was creating. Finally, about 10 minutes before the movie ended, she stood up, picked up the child and headed toward the exit. Everyone in the theater applauded. As she reached the exit, she turned and shouted, "A$$holes!!!" and left.


message 16: by Tom (new)

Tom | 4544 comments I wrote this about a year ago for my blog:

For years I have lived under a curse. The Bad Audience Curse. Whenever I go to the theatre or movies or any place involving mass spectation, I can always count on being surrounded by only the most annoying people. Plastic Bag Rattling Morons, Loud Talkers, Cellphone-Equipped Vermin, they all seem to seek me out. This is no fantasy. My partner has remarked, more than once, that he had never had such a problem with difficult audiences as he had when we started seeing each other. Over time I've come to mostly accept this as just part of my life, c'est la vie, hey, I wonder what I did in another life to get this curse thing.

The other night was the last straw. We had tickets to see a revival of Harold Pinter's THE HOMECOMING. Really great seats, organ-donor quality tickets. Bob and I, and a couple of others. We settle in to our seats, the lights go down, the play begins. I gradually become aware of a very faint electronic sound, like a sustained beep that varied in frequency. It sounded like a smoke detector had gotten stuck somewhere in the building. As the play continued, the sound got gradually louder, and it became clear that it was coming from the gentleman sitting directly behind me, who was wearing a pair of those infra-red hearing device headphone things (it turned out later that the sound was feedback caused by his failure to turn off his hearing aid while using the headphones). The gentleman's wife at least once told him that the headphones were making noise, but he didn't do anything about it. He also managed to compound the electronic distraction by talking out loud, ruining one of the highlights of the play, when a woman takes a particularly symbolically loaded drink of water, by talking out loud, full blast, remarking on the similarity between the woman's behavior and his wife's family.

So there we were. Watching a play by an author famed for the importance of his SILENCES, being distracted by audience noise.

Over the years I have developed a way of dealing with the type of moron who disturbs at the theatre. I say politely but very firmly, "Excuse me, but (your plastic bags, candy wrapper, talking, etc.) is making a lot of noise. Can you please keep it quiet." At the intermission I and my friends let the gentleman know that there was a real problem. He was apologetic, got up and went to have the headphones adjusted, The lights went down, the problem seemed to have been dealt with. Then of course it started again, very faintly but gradually getting louder. The feedback continued and got more and more distracting. I turned around and asked again for him to deal with them, and it got better, and then got worse.

I was sitting there writhing, feeling like piano wire was being wrapped around my head. Finally the noise reached an unbearable level. I turned around and noticed that the old bastard had taken the headphones off, and had them in his lap. I snatched the headphones out of his hands, wrapped them in my jacket, and shoved them under my seat. The old bastard tapped me on the shoulder, offering to turn them off. I told him to just sit back in his seat.

And blessed silence reigned. I and my friends could concentrate on the final quarter of the play. But. 40 plus years of audience horror was demanding to be avenged. There was just no way I could let this go, it had been too serious a series of irritations. When the lights came up, I stood up and made a show of unwrapping the headphones and dropping them into the old bastard's lap. I told him that he owed me money, that he had completely ruined my enjoyment of the play. He was getting kind of flustered, clearly not being used to being called on his bullshit, and then I delivered the final stroke: "I hope that for the rest of your life, whenever you go to the theatre or to the movies, that someone does to you what you did to me this evening."

Glowing with self-satisfaction I left in a justifiable huff. I no longer have to worry about What Goes Around in this regard, as I have finally been the deliverer of That Which Comes Around, and it came around all over that old bastard. I have worked the curse through, it is now done and has been passed on to someone else who can spend the next couple of lifetimes paying it off.

And things have been much better since then. The occasional bit of weirdness, true, but nothing like what I/we used to put up with.


message 17: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie | 85 comments That was amazing Tom..I read it to my mother and she believes that was must have the same curse...I sit here now wondering what I or my mother for that matter must have done in a past life also...

As for people who bring small children to movies that I don't feel they should be attending...How about SAW II?? I was dragged almost kicking and screaming to see this with friends and there was a couple there with a child around 4 and an infant...needless to say from the look on the child's face after the movie I can only assume he was traumatized for life!


message 18: by Steve (new)

Steve | 957 comments This sort of thing has happened to me innumerable times.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Woman and her teenage daughter spent most of the movie making inane comments ("Why do all the hobbits have English accents?") and moaning at the sight of Viggo Mortensen ("Oooooh, he's soooooo hot!")

Black Dahlia. Couple brought their two-year-old hellspawn into the theater (responsible choice in movie to take your kid to), where he spent most of the first half hour running up and down the aisles, until an usher gave them the boot. Amazingly, they protested.

M. Night Shyamalan's The Village. A wretched movie anyway, but the theater was filled with teens talking on cell phones and texting constantly.

Ki-duk Kim's 3-Iron. Two men behind us felt the need to comment on every camera angle and long take and beautiful shot. I think they thought they were being insightful, but I wanted to punch them.

Ousmane Sembene's Moolaade. At Cinema Village in NYC, three women in the back of the theater spent most of the film saying, "mmm hmm...you go girl!" during any scene that showed the protagonist standing up to the patriarchs.

It's why I don't go to the theater as often anymore. Though I have to say that since I moved from NYC to Chicago, this sort of thing happens with less frequency. I wonder if anyone else has the same experience.


message 19: by Holli (new)

Holli Tom that was fantastic...thank you!! I'm so glad that I am not alone in this notion that you should be quiet at the theater or the movies. I'm not sure why everyone doesn't already think this, but apparently you can't ask for that kind of miracle in this world.

I have found though, since moving from California to Ohio, that this happens less frequently than it used to....the constant cell phone talking wrapper crackling patron....which is nice. I have also noticed though that the Ohio audiences almost have no emotion whatsoever at the movies. They don't laugh, they don't cry, they don't stand up and yell and scream at concerts even. I've concluded they save all of those outbursts for their football team here....the adoration for the Ohio State Buckeyes astounds me.


message 20: by Jill (last edited Feb 13, 2009 04:51PM) (new)

Jill (wanderingrogue) | 123 comments Myra wrote: "Another thing that makes me crazy is for parents of small children to bring them along to movies they shouldn't attend to begin with! I recall attending an action movie (can't recall what it was) where the theater was packed so it must have been an opening night. This woman had a toddler in tow who cried and fussed through the entire movie. Several people near her had made their annoyance known to her so she wasn't ignorant of the disturbance her child was creating. Finally, about 10 minutes before the movie ended, she stood up, picked up the child and headed toward the exit. Everyone in the theater applauded. As she reached the exit, she turned and shouted, "A$$holes!!!" and left."

The movie was X-Men 2, mom. She finally got up and left just as Professor Xavier finished giving his big speech to the president. :)



message 21: by Holli (new)

Holli Don't even get me started on the "kids at inappropriate movies" subject....wow. What are the parents thinking? I mean besides "I really want a night out and I don't want to pay for a babysitter"?


message 22: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) We don't go to the movies too often, but unless we were at a dollar theatre, these things just didn't happen. No cell phones going off, no kids running around, no surly teens, none of this.

I live in the south, maybe we have better manners? (It's a joke!)

I do remember back in the eighties going to see a godawful movie called Black Widow at a dollar matinee in a bad part of town, and someone actually had a ghetto blaster playing music. And people would yell back and forth. I mean, it was so ridiculous we got up and walked out.


message 23: by Maryse (last edited Feb 14, 2009 12:12AM) (new)

Maryse (belle_maryse) | 66 comments I don't have much experience of people talking loudly in movies. I try to avoid opening nights for that reason. Instead I generally watch the lunchtime showing in the middle of the week where the movie houses are pretty much empty. I think the only time I got annoyed was when a couple of teenagers in front of me kept drooling and talking about Clive Owen in "Elizabeth II". I moved to the back to get out of ear shot.

As for kids in inappropriate movies, are they even allowed to enter cinemas showing violent/ action movies? A 4 yr old kid wouldn't be allowed to enter a PG 13 or R18 movie here even if they came along with their parents. It's the law, I think. I remember I couldn't watch "Schindler's List" in the theater because I was under 13 and they wouldn't let me in. My parents had to leave me in a bookstore or toy store while they went to watch it.





message 24: by Holli (new)

Holli I wish that was the case Maryse here in Ohio or even in California. I've been in R rated movies with babies crying and toddlers running through the aisle. I've been to PG 13 movies with 10 and 11 year old looking children running up and down the stairs playing Tag. Ridiculous.


message 25: by Leslie (new)

Leslie (LeslieHealey) | 6 comments I have one triumphant story regarding people talking in the theatre...while viewing "Twilight" for the third time (mother-daughter-sister-niece bonding time), we suffered in front of a group of very loud teens who did not know they were in a theatre.I teach high school, so I waited a bit, because they do need settle time. It often takes care of itself, in other words. Not this group. They were about 14-15 and the boys were helpless to deny anything those 14 year old girls asked or giggled about or demanded. The hormone levels were palpable! Well, I finally realized that no one was going to be able to settle, so I turned around and asked if anyone had brought their phones. There was a puzzled silence and then one admitted, that yes, he had his phone. I am sure he thought I was going to take it or report him (that is what would happen at school), but instead I asked if they would all use their phones to text each other, so that the rest of us could hear the movie. Relieved, they all chorused, oh yeah, yeah. So---We saw the movie, they shut up and my family thinks I am a goddess!


message 26: by Holli (new)

Holli Nice save Leslie....I may try that next time I'm in that situation!


message 27: by Leslie (new)

Leslie (LeslieHealey) | 6 comments my sister is a teacher too--but she teaches 1st grade and I teach 11th and 12th graders. It confirmed for both of us that we were in the right spot in our schools. Thanks Holli.


message 28: by Anna (new)

Anna (lilfox) | 465 comments I hate when people talk in cinema or theater. It's very irritating and deconcentrating. Worst than going to the loo in the middle o f the action.


message 29: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie | 85 comments Oh I hate that to...something really intense is about to happen and BOOM the guy in front of me stands straight up and then has to pull the whole "Sorry" "Excuse Me" "Pardon me" thing!!!!


message 30: by Liz (new)

Liz (HisSheep) This thread reminds me of the time the patron sitting behind me in the movie theater read ALL the lines of the foreign film out loud! Sadly, the theater was too packed to change my seat ...


message 31: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) Well, about the loo thing: When I was pregnant I held it and held it through one of the Lord of the Ring movies, but when a baby is doing Lord of the Dance on your bladder, you don't have a choice. When nature calls for man or woman, you gotta take it.


message 32: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie | 85 comments That is very true...when I was pregnant with my daughter we went to see Titanic and I had to go a lot...I did sit on the isle though just because of that.


message 33: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) We always sit by the aisle whenever possible. I don't like shuffling by strangers with my rear end facing them. I'm sure they don't enjoy it either. Plus, my hubby is 6'3" and needs his leg room.


message 34: by Anna (new)

Anna (lilfox) | 465 comments That's disgusting.


message 35: by Holli (last edited Feb 15, 2009 06:31AM) (new)

Holli Oh my god that would drive me crazy Teri....but then again its kinda funny too. I mean, who doesn't want live entertainment with the screen entertainment. Its a two for one!

So yesterday we saw Friday the 13th and of course sitting right behind me was a man who constantly kicked the back of my seat every time he uncrossed his legs and shuffled around. It would have been ok had it been once or twice but it was constant and hard enough to shake me. I was dying. I wanted to get up and move for that but my boyfriend wasn't having it....until the lady with the seat-kicker got on her cell phone and talked for 10 minutes straight right in his ear. She didn't even try to be quiet (was telling the person on the phone what was going on in that part of the movie and talking about her party she attended the night before)....we moved after that. ;)


message 36: by Becca (last edited Feb 15, 2009 12:32PM) (new)

Becca (becca2) | 86 comments Saw The Uninvited last night with only about 20 people in the audience that included two families with toddlers (ages ranged from about 2 to 4 based on verbal skills, mobility, and physical size). I could not believe it! After one of the most horrifying scenes in the movie, the mother of the toddler who sat IN THE FIRST ROW CLOSEST TO THE SCREEN tried rocking her child to sleep.

To be honest, I was shocked enough that these people had brought such young children to a horror film of this nature, but when I saw the previews?! Oh my goodness! Some of the previews were worse than the movie itself in terms of what might scare a toddler.

I am going to say that I have nothing against a good horror film. I cut my teeth on Vincent Price films, but...they were on TV in the safety of my home where I felt safe, and they were more cerebral than gore. I didn't get to see Halloween on cable until I was 13. If a child is seeing movies in the vein of Halloween IN THE THEATERS before his age is even double-digits, what is left to thrill him in his teen years?


message 37: by Miranda (new)

Miranda (Miranda0) | 18 comments Okay last night i saw confessions of a shopaholic, there were these kids behind my friend and me, they kept giggling because they were pooting!!! It was sorta funny at first but the girl had the most annoying laugh ever!!!!ugh.


message 38: by ♥{Miranda!®}♥ (last edited Feb 15, 2009 06:01PM) (new)

♥{Miranda!®}♥  (Bella) Maryse said (BTW sorry about being late! LOL!) As for kids in inappropriate movies, are they even allowed to enter cinemas showing violent/ action movies? A 4 yr old kid wouldn't be allowed to enter a PG 13 or R18 movie here even if they came along with their parents. It's the law, I think. I remember I couldn't watch "Schindler's List" in the theater because I was under 13 and they wouldn't let me in.

the laws in my state is that you can enter any movie with 18+ person, except a NC17 movie, you NOT allowed to enter at all and they usually don't show them, very very few!



♥{Miranda!®}♥  (Bella) Hey sorry new to this stuff... how do you change your text when you want to say something yourself. Like you say "Blah Blah Blah said this..." in italtics, how do you go back to your origninal text?


message 40: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) I wish the comment box had style buttons instead of making us use html.


message 41: by Becca (new)

Becca (becca2) | 86 comments ♥Miranda[KewL}♥ wrote: "Maryse said (BTW sorry about being late! LOL!) As for kids in inappropriate movies, are they even allowed to enter cinemas showing violent/ action movies? A 4 yr old kid wouldn't be allowed to ente..."

Here in Houston, people bring little kids to PG-13 movies all the time and the theater staff let them. The Uninvited is PG-13.


message 42: by SLIM SHADY (new)

SLIM SHADY Gontier (HeroesFreak) | 254 comments OMG I have had the worst experience with that. Ok so I got to see the premier of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull and there was this fat guy and his friend sitting next to him and he started explaining wat was gonna happen and it was so ANNOYING!!! UGGH AND I HAD TO SIT NEXT TO HIM!! lolz


♥{Miranda!®}♥  (Bella) Sorry Ariel, that must suck! I remember when i was a kid, my mom took me to see Unfaithful, an R rated film. And she had me turn my head and everything on the parts i wasn't aloud to watch, and i was like "Mom, if you don't want me to watch half of the movie, don't bring me, excpecaily if i'm only like 8!" LOL!


message 44: by Jo (new)

Jo (JoLelaK) | 32 comments It is selfish on the part of parents. I know it is expensive to go to a movie and get a babysitter. If you are on a budget and want to see a movie, join Netflix and put the kids to bed. So you have to wait a few months to see a movie. So what! Be a responsible parent.


♥{Miranda!®}♥  (Bella) Yeah, i agree... but most of the time you can leave kids with family members and we don't pay for that, you know. Unless, wow, that person is just too selfish enough that they can't watch family members without getting money.


message 46: by Jill (new)

Jill (wanderingrogue) | 123 comments ♥Miranda[KewL}♥ wrote: "Yeah, i agree... but most of the time you can leave kids with family members and we don't pay for that, you know. Unless, wow, that person is just too selfish enough that they can't watch family me..."

Well, I've known some wonderful grandparents who were taken advantage of horribly by some of their kids when it came to looking after the grandkids. The children would show up out of the blue, no warning, and just expect their parents to cancel any plans that they had to look after the grandkids. And this wasn't an uncommon thing. Some of these grandparents have jobs. If my kids were doing that to me, I might expect payment. Especially if I'm still working for a living.

But yeah, as far as going to a movie once in a while, and warning the prospective babysitters in advance, I agree with you.



message 47: by Phillip (new)

Phillip | 9618 comments or you could just shoot the kids and have your evenings free for an extended period of time....


message 48: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 50 comments Larry Wilmore's book, I Wish We'd Got Casinos, has a whole chapter on this topic. Hilarious!


♥{Miranda!®}♥  (Bella) I went to see Push the other day, and there were some parts in the movie where it was i guess "funny!" that ppl would like NOT stop laughing, and it was like ok we want to hear the movie, and the part wasn't that funny.


message 50: by Holli (new)

Holli Laughing doesn't bother me because at times I'm the one in the theater laughing at things in the movie apparently no one else thinks funny. I'm ok with that and very ok with others doing that too. Talking incessantly and answering your cell phone during a movie (or even letting it ring).....I'm not ok with that at all.


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