(no offense to any teenagers on this site. i assume you go to the cinema to actually watch a film, not act like a jackass)
so my wife and i decided to see paranormal activity over the weekend. i was pretty excited to see this. not for the story/characters because i knew it wasn’t going to be anything special in that department, but rather for the paranormal aspect of the film. let’s face it, i was hoping to be scared. anyone who has seen this will tell you that a lot of the film relies heavily on sound and the building of tension.
well of course there were a group of teenagers yelling and talking all throughout the film that totally ruined that and ultimately the entire experience. their behavior was so immature. yelling out shitty jokes and commentary. i can’t express how much i hate situations like this. even though i had never done something like this before, i actually called them out in front of everyone in the theater after the film. in not so kind words, i basically asked them why they thought their jokes were funny and why they felt the need to ruin the film for everyone. well, obviously being scared of actually being confronted by someone, they just kept there heads down as they all walked out, not saying a word. i guess being in a big group, teens never think about someone actually ever confronting them i suppose. anyway, even though that was totally out of character for me to do something like that, i must say it felt good to finally say something to those folks. normally i just try to ignore the noise. i guess i was hoping someone working at the theater would come in and get them out, but never happened.
i just had to vent my frustration. anybody else ever seem to have this problem when they go to the movies? problems with other movie goers that are not respectful to others?
about the film:
it was okay. two things i would recommend to the guy who made it though:
i know it’s suppose to be all “documentary” and handheld, but come on. that was way too shaky. the focus felt so soft in many scenes.
also, the ending felt too hollywood. i read that steven speilberg changed the ending. which would explain why i felt that way.
Home theater my friend. Home theater.
I would suggest either (1) “calling them out” DURING the film, not afterward (assuming that they don’t have weapons) OR (2) informing the manager. With today’s multiplexes, you’re lucky if there’s a PROJECTIONIST in the booth, let alone an employee in each theater.
Several times in my lifetime, managers have asked people to quiet down or even kicked them out when they were disruptive. I sometimes POLITELY tell noisy folks, “You came in late and missed the announcement to be quiet.” That often works.
First, I’m 18 so none taken. I can’t watch movies with my friends but that’s mostly because they’re either bitching about the movie after it’s over or while it’s playing, I can’t stand it.
I had a fun time seeing this movie, just because it was great at building and releasing the tension you’d expect from a ghost flick. And yeah, the whole handheld “realism” fad that’s being done now (Cloverfied, Quarantine) needs to go away. Not that I think this movie was as bad as those.
Also off the top of my head, on the subject of Speilberg changing endings, Poltergiest and A.I. Although, the ending to Poltergiest is one of my favourites. A.I. was not.
i’m guilty of calling the hecklers out in the open in not unkind terms, which often results in shouting obscenities back and forth. Fun for us (or me) and hell for everyone else … so I vote that the previously mentioned idea be stricken from the record.
Hey! I think I know those kids!
What do you really expect though from a crowd of kids watching Paranormal Activity at a multiplex?
Film festival/society/arthouse screenings, my friend.
And you know, it’s not really the kids. Kids will be kids, but we live in a society in which the President can’t even address the joint session of Congress without getting interrupted by juvenile behavior and professional tennis players pushing 30 threaten to kill line judges for foot fault calls. It’s just a symptom of a much larger problem.
Film festival/society/arthouse screenings are fantastic if there are any near where you live. There are very few near me unfortunately.
Also, rude behaviour is hardly restricted to the multiplexes on a weekend.
Since I’m too small to pick a fight with anyone big and mean, I used to throw food anonymously – start off with popcorn, and if nothing happens, you work your way up gradually in size and weight. Raisinettes would be next, then Junior Mints, Malt balls, ice cream bon-bons, etc… I imagine the thick braided type Twizzlers would produce a nice “THWAP.” Follow it with a “SHussh!!” because it’s unidentifiable as a male/female, and not loud enough to be able to determine the exact location of origin.
I stopped going to multiplexes a few years ago…. I’m fortunate to live in L.A. where there are 2 great Arclight Cinema complexes within driving distance. All-reserved seating, state-of-the art sound/projection, no late seating, and audiences are made up of mostly movie lovers and cinephiles who show respect for film and the people watching it. It’s the only “multiplex” I will spend my hard-earned ticket money on.
people may not be inherently bad, but they are inherently rude. it’s in our nature and as people grow older the smart ones learn to shut the fuck up.
wow, you had a nice arsenal of candy.
also, sometimes people talking has really improved a film for me. usually it’s in bad movies though, so yeah. and the person talking has to be really funny.
I have learned not to make a fuzz as I used to. I just leave the movie theater and ask for a refund. Most of the time I get courtesy tickets! Also try going in the early afternoon or the latest screening on a monday… you know kids have to go to school sometime…
There are few things I loathe more than people talking during a film. I work at a cinema and I’m always happy to ask them to leave if they cause problems.
I had an incident where some teenagers were throwing popcorn and various other things at me and a friend during a film screening, so we both confonted them and told them if they made any other sound or threw another piece of popcorn, they’d be banned from the cinema altogether. They shut up and left quietly just before the film ended to avoid any further confrontation, I suppose.
I’d suggest, if that kind of thing happens, just to inform the manager. They should do something about it.
“Film festival/society/arthouse screenings, my friend.”
actually,the only safe place here in Greece is either underground cinema (which means you have to KNOW the city and its whereabouts) or the newly re-structured Greek Cinemathique….
so..in other words,i suppose it’s all relative Blue…trust me,we’ve had some annoying cell-phones and “small-talks” during some festival screenings…sigh…
I once got beat up after trying to get someone to be quiet in the theater. Not kidding either.
one dude got shot because they were talking in the theater. Just take a gun, man.
Come on, man, you went to see Paranormal Activity. If you didn’t know that there would be some dumb-ass teenagers in that theatre, then I don’t know what to say for you. Go to a matinee during a school day in order to minimize the teen presence.
It’s all about when and where. I wanted to see Where The Wild Things Are opening day but knew that I didn’t want to see it with any kind of crowd which may have interrupted my enjoyment of the movie. So, what I did was went to a two in the afternoon showing and there was maybe six people there and I didn’t have to deal with anybody ruining my viewing experience.
“Most of the time I get courtesy tickets!”
Don’t just accept a couple though, explain how your initial experience of the film has been ruined forever and that your time and gas money has been wasted. When you get all snobby on them about film they will give you more tickets. Aside from helping your wallet it also sends a message to the theater management that not everyone thinks having their movie interrupted is a casual thing.