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The Game's Afoot! The Door's Ajar! [Mar. 20th, 2010|10:50 pm]
Kurt Onstad
Thanks to the two dollar theater in town, I finally saw the Robert Downey Jr. "Sherlock Holmes." That was quite the fun flick. Highly recommended, if you haven't already seen it.

And even more amazing than the movie itself, was the theater and the people in it. It was the "opening weekend" for the movie in the cheap theater, so the audience was packed. There were kids as young as probably 7 or 8 years old in there, and I was afraid that my moviegoing experience would be marred as it has many times before by the misbehaving children (and/or possibly misbehaving adults, as has also been the case). Astoundingly, though, this audience was as well behaved as some of the "press only" screenings I've attended. At one point, one of the kids moved from the row in front of me to the seat next to me, because he was scared and wanted to be close to his mom (who was on the other side of that seat), but he was very quiet and careful about it, then quietly moved back when the "scary part" was done.

It's ironic to me that in Southern California, where movies are an important part of the economy, people didn't know how to act in a movie theater the way they seem to up here.

[User Picture]From: stacymckenna
2010-03-21 04:09 pm (UTC)
When my sis went to Chicago for college she came back to SoCal ranting about how poorly behaved the kids here were in comparison. Riding public trans she was constantly impressed back there with how respectful and well behaved the kids were. I think there's a huge cultural difference here with how indulgent people are with kids. And she found that even in Chicago the poorer kids (like those who would attend a $2 theater) were better behaved than the wealthy ones.

Of course, there is an observation bias since you don't really notice well-behaved children, so while I'm sure there's well-behaved wealthier kids, you only really remember the annoying ones. ;)
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[User Picture]From: feileacan23
2010-03-21 04:20 pm (UTC)
The people here seem to have a self righteous attitude of, I paid for it just like everyone else and I can act how I like. Which in and of itself is true, but there's an element of common decency that is missing. The lack of it is evident in all aspects of life here. Here being everywhere I have lived. =(
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[User Picture]From: silverlily81
2010-03-23 01:37 am (UTC)
The self-righteous attitude is what kills me, too. Complete with the confrontational attitude if anyone has the nerve to say anything to them.

I do look forward to seeing said, movie, btw, you are one of many people to speak highly of it.
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