Movie Manners: 10 Tips on How Not to Be a Jerk at the Movies
Everyone wants to have a good time at the movies. After all, that's why we go to the movies. But it seems as if movie manners have taken a turn for the worse in recent years. Blame it on cell phones or the rise of home theaters or just people being all-around selfish, more and more people are complaining about the behavior of their fellow audience members to the point where theater chains are actually considering having special screenings for people who like to talk, text or bring screaming babies to movies.
But instead of theaters encouraging the use of cell phones during movies or other rude behavior, we instead think people should just follow these ten quick tips on how not to be the worst person at the movies. It's not hard, we promise, and it will make going to the movies better for everyone.
No Cell Phones!
Get a Babysitter and Leave the Kids at Home
Unless it's a movie made for kids, it's best to leave your young children at home. While it's easy to say that an infant would sleep during a movie, babies are unpredictable at best. No one wants to try and hear a movie while your baby gets fussy and you try to coax it back to sleep.
As for toddlers and slightly older kids, they're used to watching movies at home in front of the TV when it's OK to get up and wander or ask for more food or wonder out loud what is going on. And that's OK for 'Madagascar 3' (though we still maintain now is a great time to teach your kid movie manners) but when you bring them to a PG-13 or R-rated movie, you're distracting a bunch of adults looking to enjoy a movie. Get a babysitter next time and save yourself, and everyone else, the hassle.
Don't Talk During the Movie
And we all love to talk about movies but save that for the lobby after the movie is over (and even still, see our tip below). Remember, you're surrounded by other people and even when you think you're whispering it can be incredibly distracting to the rest of the theater.
Don't Kick the Seat in Front of You
Clean Up Your Mess
Go to the Bathroom Before the Movie Starts
While the urge to go to the bathroom can't always be avoided, you can certainly help matters by going before the movie starts. And if you're one of those people with a pea-sized bladder, sit on an aisle seat so you're not climbing over the rest of the crowd.