Fun with Film, Take 2

It’s getting colder here in the Northeast – the perfect excuse to indulge my movie-going addiction. Yesterday I even hit a new personal best: I saw two different films, in two different theaters, in two different towns, on the same day.

Just for the record, I didn't wake up thinking, "Gee, I really hope that I can spend 30 minutes watching the same five previews – twice – for movies that won't be out 'til April." I had plans to catch a single movie – a 2:35 pm screening of “The Queen” – with my sister and daughter at one of the only theaters near us still showing it. That morning, however, my husband informed us that he’d really really like to see the new James Bond movie in a different nearby multi-plex, and would we want to go see that instead? No, actually, we wouldn't. So guess who was guilted into rushing home after “The Queen,” taking a power nap, and heading out again for the 7:05 show of “Casino Royale?”

So, how were they? All I can say is, why do moviemakers even pretend that men and women want to see the same kinds of stuff? (For the record, yes, I know I am being very un-PC here perpetuating sexual stereotypes, and that lots of men appreciate a light romantic comedy and scores of women really enjoy the 007 movies, but…so be it.) Anyway, I LOVED “The Queen” (review to come in future post) but I am quite confident that my husband would’ve preferred spending five hours blacktopping the driveway than five minutes watching the royals dither over Diana. He and my seven preteen boy row-mates (it was so packed that we couldn’t even get seats together, though then again, maybe that was a good thing), LOVED the 007 movie, and me? Well, hate is a strong word but let’s just say that blacktopping has its charms.

You know, I remember feeling downright delirious when my kids were finally old enough to go sit by themselves in the latest Disney drivel being shown down the hall while my husband and I saw a grown-up film in the same multi-plex. So how about this, my genius idea for more compatible movie-viewing coupledom? Same sex auditoriums to be located side-by-side and offering simultaneous showings of suitable titles. So I could see the latest chick flick while he watches the newest gory guy release, and we could meet afterwards for co-ed dinner.

Then again, maybe that’s why God invented DVD players and Dominoes pizza delivery.

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