I think I must be annoying to see movies with, because things like the story I’m about to tell frustrate me a lot. I don’t mind the occasional murmur to a friend in a movie, or even a time-check in desperate situations. But if we are watching a movie together that we agreed to see and you keep speaking too loudly, or it’s a movie you know I love and you’re just texting through the good bits…
So, a few nights ago, I was at the movies with the boyfriend to see Frozen. There was a guy who came in just as the movie was starting, and he sat a few rows in front of us. There were only about 10 people in the theatre, all adults, and there was a general feeling of camaraderie as we sat down to watch a kids movie at 7pm on a weeknight.
And then the movie started.
Two-rows-down-to-the-left guy was there not just to enjoy the movie, but to have the TIME OF HIS LIFE. From the beginning, he laughed at everything, loudly and with abandon.
I have nothing against people laughing loudly in theatres – more power to you and your crazy guffaw. It can even make the movie theatre atmosphere chummier and lighter. But this guy was laughing at EVERYTHING. Not just the jokes, but the lead up to one. Even the lead up to a regular moment.
Let me make this clear: Frozen is a beautiful movie, and it is funny and charming, but is not a rapidfire gag factory like TRDTTL guy was making it out to be.
Some people have the sort of loud laughter that embraces other people, invites you to join in. TRDTTL’s laughter was the kind that has a sharp edge that cuts across your own, that pulls attention, that shifts theatre patrons in their chairs uncomfortably.
There are theatre goers to who are showy with their distractions – texters, loud chatters – but then there’s a guy in a room with 9 other people who keeps pulling your focus.
Is there such a thing as a selfish laugh?
I probably sound horribly judgmental and like I’m overreacting, which I most definitely am. But I think you might know where I’m coming from if you’ve been in a similar situation.
SOMETIMES YOU JUST WANT TO WATCH YOUR ANIMATED MUSICAL IN PEACE.
On the upside, I got this super-sweet magic cup, which one of the other Frozen-viewers coveted:
And now I want to build a snowman.