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Annoying movie-goer habit #1791

Posted at 10:22 AM on December 8, 2007 by Euan Kerr (3 Comments)

So I'm watching "Atonement" in a packed movie house the other night, as the movie is approaching its dramatic climax. It's one of those moody movies, where the characters stand in silence and stare meaningfully at one another.

There are long periods where there is no music at all.

Except that there was. Suddenly my ear catches a beat and a couple of indistinct notes. I can't make out the tune, but the tinny snap of the high-hat is unmistakable - and inescapable.

I tried to focus on the film, but that music kept vying for my attention. But where was it coming from?

I was never able to pinpoint it.

It was only after a while that I realized it was someone's iPod or MP3 player, probably in a bag or a pocket, which had been bumped enough to start playing. Perhaps the owner had become deaf from listening to too much loud music over the years, but the music didn't stop for several minutes.

The challenges of modern movie going!


Comments (3)

What do you do when you encounter a small child who disrupts an age-inappropriate movie showing time? We attended an 8:00 p.m. showing of The Golden Compass on Saturday night. After we were seated, our row was entered by a family of three - a husband and wife who had brought their four-year old. He behaved as you'd expect from a tired four-year-old. In order to leave the theater during the movie, I would have had to tromp across several people, including this family. I asked them to keep it down during the movie, complained to management afterwards, and was fobbed off with future passes. My boyfriend said that my going to management was embarrassing to him because it accomplished nothing policy-wise. By the way, I'm not a MN native. Are there better options?

Posted by Valerie | December 10, 2007 10:36 AM


What do you do when you encounter a small child who disrupts an age-inappropriate movie showing time? We attended an 8:00 p.m. showing of The Golden Compass on Saturday night. After we were seated, our row was entered by a family of three - a husband and wife who had brought their four-year old. He behaved as you'd expect from a tired four-year-old. In order to leave the theater during the movie, I would have had to tromp across several people, including this family. I asked them to keep it down during the movie, complained to management afterwards, and was fobbed off with future passes. My boyfriend said that my going to management was embarrassing to him because it accomplished nothing policy-wise. By the way, I'm not a MN native. Are there better options?

Posted by VKH | December 10, 2007 10:36 AM


That is a very good question. I think many of us just hope that parents like this will realize they have a sleepy kid who needs to go home.

I'll ask around, and I'll ask the group too.

Posted by Euan Kerr | December 10, 2007 5:09 PM


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