“Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe
The term ‘common sense’ should be, perhaps, be considered an oxymoron; because when you look at the way people conduct themselves in certain situations, you become amazed at the shocking things the human mind can conceive. Common sense should be ranked in the same categories of popular phrases like “an honest thief, awfully pretty, pretty ugly”… Get it?
While etiquette is required in certain formal situations, common sense is necessary at all times – even at the movies – yes, a place/situation where people tend to go on dates or relax with family and enjoy the experience; yet there have been some practices that have slowly crept in to ruin the fun. Although these practices have proven to be very irritating; a simple use of movie etiquette can turn things around.
Have you ever gone to see a movie, where there’s that guy that just doesn’t seem to shut up, or perhaps the lady that’s typing away on her cell like she’s rather be somewhere else, or the couple with the loud baby seated right behind you...
Below is a list of some of the rude/irritating things people do at the movies:
1. PLOT SPOILERS: The most popular conversation that takes place in the cinema hall is (surprise) about the movie! In this category, you tend to meet individuals whose ego are fuelled by that novice that accompanies them into the hall without having any knowledge whatsoever about the movie. Guys are usually the culprits here, narrating the movie as it goes (negating the need for watching) sometimes ruining the ending for others; and the cause for such actions in most cases are – Ladies. Also arguing about the movie while it’s playing is futile; same goes for overly enthusiastic laughter.
Solution: Try to find out a little about the movie before going in to watch it, there are hand bills showing movie information, the internet is also a good help, and if you don’t have access to them, then look at the poster! For arguments, wait till the movie’s over, and fire away!
2. BATHROOM BREAKS: Do not go into the hall with gallons of drinks for a movie that will last 2 hours. Take note: People that take the most bathroom breaks, are those who walk into the hall with a lot of snacks and drinks, enough to declare a picnic.
Solution: Look at how long the movie is playing for and buy your snacks/drinks accordingly.
3. CELL PHONES: There’s a reason that cinema halls are dim lighted, the screen is supposed to be the only focus of attention; thus it is advised to switch off your cell when going in. Replying texts can be very distracting as the light emitting from the cell brings the attention of those seated around you. As for calls, “common sense” dictates that you should not answer it right there. Forget about taking pictures at the movies because it’s illegal.
Solution: If you feel the need to leave your cell on, then put it in silent mode. For calls, simply walk out to the lobby and answer it. For pictures, is it really that necessary that you take it? FYI – This also applies to tablets.
4. PUT YOUR FEET DOWN: This may be ranked as the most annoying, there are a lot of cases where individual rest their feet on the chair in front; some go as far putting up their smelly feet on the chair, making the entire area inhabitable.
Solution: Don’t put your feet up, if you can’t do without putting it up then easily wait for the DVD to come out and do that at home. As for smelly feet, put on a pair of socks.
5. KEEP YOUR CHILD(REN) IN ORDER: It’s common knowledge that children get loud, and can be very unpredictable in public places, by shouting, crying or the occasional run-around. Nothing spoils a movie experience faster than a crying baby with a neglecting parent.
Solution: Try your best to get someone to watch them while you go to the movies; if that’s not an option then, consider DVD.
You (or someone you know) may be the culprit, so put these solutions (or any other alternative you can think of) into practice and let everyone come out of the hall smiling; except if the movie was horrendous – in that case, my condolences.
PS: Don’t go out to see a sequel of a movie if you have not seen its predecessor.
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