Moviegoing Pet Peeves

I have basically three huge pet peeves when going to the movies and for some reason, at least one of them occurs every time I see a movie. Often times two occur, and during the perfect storm of moviegoing frustration, all three happen. Here they are in order of typically how they occur (but not really in terms of annoyance factor):

Pet Peeve #1: Morons in the concession line. Sometimes the line might be 7-9 people deep. Depending on how quickly the person behind the counter works, this can turn into a 10-20 minute experience. What drives me absolutely insane, is when the person (or typically the chatty couple) finally gets to the front of the line and states: “Hmmm, what do you want?” “I don’t know, do you want to split a popcorn or get your own?” WTH!?!?! You’ve only had 10-15 minutes to figure out the complicated menu of options that never changes!! They should have an express line for people who already know what they want, and five lines for the rest of the people. Seriously, figure out what you want before getting to the front of the line!

Pet Peeve #2: Giggling at the wrong times. Look, if you don’t know how to handle your emotions and the only emotional response you can muster during a tense situation is a stupid giggle, pick a mindless action movie or a romantic comedy. Whenever an emotionally tense scene or situation comes on the screen and people don’t know how to handle the situation, they tend to awkwardly or stupidly giggle. (What’s so funny about an abusive situation?) I’ve noticed groups of immature teenagers on group dates are the primary culprits as they haven’t yet figured out how to navigate complex emotional situations, particularly in front of their peers. My solution: Go to another movie or simply keep quiet so the rest of us can experience the moment.

Pet Peeve #3: Don’t bring your little kids! Seriously, do you really need to bring your five year old to Wolfman?  Was there no other choice? And when the music is blaring and the violence starts and blood and limbs are flying everywhere and the kid starts crying are you really surprised? And will you really be surprised later when same kid has some emotional problems? I’m always a little irked when parents bring little kids to movies (similar issue to Pet Peeve #2) but I’m particularly bothered when parents bring little kids to violent movies. I’ll just leave it at that.

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4 Responses to “Moviegoing Pet Peeves”


  1. 1 Alex Pline February 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    And a corollary to #3 is when people bring infants to adult movies. Get a babysitter already. If you can’t/won’t, rent a frickin DVD, get a movie on demand or go to the afternoon “Mom’s Show”, but don’t ruin my movie experience (like LOR Return of the Kind), when you baby wakes up and starts crying because it’s too loud!

    • 2 danamellerio February 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm

      Yeah, I was pretty much talking about bringing infants to adult movies. I think I changed the title of the pet peeve from “infants” to “little kids” to cover a larger disruptive influence.

  2. 3 Becky February 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    They need to let us text our order to the front of the concession line so it’ll be waiting when we get there. And they need to hire people behind the counter who move at a pace quicker than a saunter. Somehow I usually miss the movies with kids in the audience.

  3. 4 D April 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Along with your other concession complaints are the people who buy the mega mouthful refillable container of popcorn and then insist the employee fill 20 ziploc bags for the 20 people who are sharing the one popcorn.


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