Monday, August 17, 2009

Be Sensible!

Look, we all hate it when people use their cell phones, talk, bring small children, eat loudly and bring annoying children (not all children mind you, just the annoying ones that won’t stop crying, moving or talking) at the movie theater, but do we really need another article about how much we hate these things and why? Why not try to do something about this stuff? I for one have seen a lot of excellent ads by cell phone companies before a film starts that remind people to turn off their phones. Check out this cool preview that screened before a showing of Star Wars last year:

Having reminders like this only adds to the movie-going experience for me. They bring a sense of importance to a relatively inexpensive activity.

Now look, I have no idea how to stop some idiot parents from bringing their 8 year-old to Orphan or some other grossly inappropriate film. The most I can think of to do for this is to ask the MPAA to quit sucking so much and start making sense with their ratings. Give us informative blurbs about a film’s content, and don’t give certain films ratings based on some prejudice (studio blockbusters getting PG-13 after PG-13, homosexuality and male nudity getting R after R, etc.)

Now, just for fun, my favorite cell phone ad:


Midgard Dragon said...

The problem with those cell phone ads (which yes, at times are wildly entertaining) is that the worst offenders don't listen to them. I've sat and watched as a teen texting on her cell phone during the ad giggles and says, "Yeah, right." at one before. I'd love for it to stop, but these ads aren't going to do. What would? Well, ushers actually being useful for once, for one. Create a zero tolerance policy (and that is the only time in my life I have ever or will ever seriously support a zero tolerance policy) and enforce it. Anyone seen with a cell phone out or who forgets to turn their ringer off will get thrown out and refunded their ticket cost. Funny little adverts aren't the way to fix these problems, real world solutions with real people enforcing them are.

VaderMcCandless said...

I understand what you're saying, and that is a good idea. I pretty much wrote this because I think IMDb has linked me to about 4 or 5 different pages about annoying behavior at the movies and I just wanted to show some love for the Scorsese advert.