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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Do or don't: Seeing movies alone



Do you ever go to movies alone? There's something really fun about going to the theatre, buying a ticket, riding up the eight zillion escalators, finding the perfect seat, eating the pizza you snuck in, and watching a movie all by yourself (surrounded by strangers). You can enjoy the movie without wondering what your friend is thinking; and after it's done, you can walk home mulling it all over. I love it. So, I'm curious: Do you like seeing movies alone, or do you prefer to go with friends?

The next movie I'd like to see solo is The Descendants with George Clooney. Critics have been flipping out. "To call The Descendants perfect would be a kind of insult," raved A.O. Scott in his New York Times review, "a betrayal of its commitment to, and celebration of, human imperfection."

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Ainsley said...

I've seen movies by myself before. I usually go to a matinee during the day... I don't think i would ever go to the premier of a movie alone though

Tina Z said...

It's one of my favorite activities! For the exact reasons you listed.

The Franglaise said...

Salut la belle! Great post. I ADORE going to the movies alone. Before my son was born, I'd go to the movies in Paris every weeks, twice a week! That's actually one of the things I miss the most since becoming a mum is my alone time at the pictures. Bisous my dear xx

Amanda said...

I go to movies by myself all the time! I went to see Martha Marcy May Marlene by myself after work the day it opened, and almost everyone in the theatre was there alone! My gradnpa loved movies and would go by himself all the time, so I think that paved the way for me to see it as something normal.

The one thing I'm not good at is going to dinner alone. If I run out to grab lunch I'll take a book, but I've never been good at eating dinner in a restaurant by myself without something to use as a distraction. I feel like that's a sign of truly being comfortable with yourself!

Jen said...

I absolutely love going to movies alone. Especially matinees. I don't see what's wrong with it at all. Why should I have to miss a movie because I can't talk someone else into seeing it? It's a fun little adventure. I also don't mind eating alone, as long as I have a book or something to entertain me.

I had to laugh about the zillions of escalators thing. True in big cities, but most movie theaters in Colorado don't have escalators. Everything is on one level.

watch movies said...

For me, it take a certain mood and a certain type of movie for the `going to the theatre by myself` experience to be enjoyable. Movies like `The Descendants` definitely falls in the type category. As for the mood, it's hard to define, but I guess it's just about the need to be alone sometimes.

Lauren Kent said...

I've never been to the cinema alone, but I might try it sometime soon

Lizzi said...

I haven't seen a movie by myself in years. In fact, I think I've only done it once. It was Memoirs of a Geisha and I remember thinking that I wished I had tried to get someone to come so that they could have talked me out of it! Memoirs of a Geisha was boring :)

I've recently taken to watching my sitcoms by myself on Hulu during slow hours at work. I like really high energy (read: annoying) comedies like Community and Happy Endings, and it's nice to watch them without feeling like I'm torturing my husband or friends, and just laugh laugh laugh whenever I want :)

Daphne said...

Yes! I watch movies alone ALL THE TIME and people around me thinks it's weird. I find it incredibly satisfying though. Usually, I'd dress up to my best and watch a movie on a day and time when there's less people. It's like a date with myself (:

nam said...

I totally love watching movies by myself.I watch as many as i can, as often as i can! I love having a massive helping of popcorn & pepsi to my self. I laugh out loud & cry & totally live it up in the movie hall!
I recommend it to everyone :)

Maria said...

I love going to the movies so much that going alone doesn't seem weird to me at all!

Maria xx
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Nicole said...

I love going to see films alone. It's perfect for Saturdays when you don't necessarily feel like cleaning but want to be productive.

And it's also fun to go after I get off work on a random week day and head to the little indie theater down the street with my popcorn, soda, or sour patch kids (being sure to remove the plastic bag so I don't disturb the other movie goers, of course :)

Chessa! said...

yes, I'm a huge fan of seeing a movie alone. It's not that I prefer it but I don't mind it. I also often go out and eat alone during the day...it's like a little day with myself. Sometimes I read the paper or a book or whatever but I've definitely just sat there with my own thoughts. It's kind of liberating actually. I'm going to go see Breaking Dawn this week by myself since there is no way I can get my husband to go...a matinee when I have the babysitter will be perfect.

Ana said...

I like both, it depends on my mood, the kind of movie I'm going to watch and of course who wants to go. There's something funny when people asks you if the sit next to you is available an you say yes and they're like, yes? you came alone?

Anonymous said...

I had to learn to go alone. I lived in Miami for a while and working as a writer gave me a crazy schedule, so I could never meet up with friends for dinner and a movie.
It was the best thing that happened to me, and now in NYC it's even better. I just decide to go on my way home, any given day, at any time.

Katie said...

Definitely a DO! Going to the movies alone is one of my most favorite things to do by myself. Haven't gone in quite some time, but something I cherish. The overly dramatic and oddball movies I like to see make it hard to find someone nearly as eager to go with, so I say what the heck and go it alone. :)

Andi said...

I really don't think seeing a movie alone is super necessary. Take the opportunity to reach out to someone you don't know so well and have a new kind of movie wrap-up convo!

Anonymous said...

definitely a do! i am in grad school and between my school obligations, nannying, and friends, it is a GREAT way to relax, unwind, and enjoy personal time alone :)

Kat Elliott said...

I still haven't been to see this film but I was writing about several films over the weekend. One of which I'll probably see alone and linked to this post in mine.
Check it out if you're interested, might be one to add to your list. :)
http://cattywampuskat.blogspot.com/2011/11/movie-buzz-melancholia.html

LV said...

I actually enjoy going to the movies alone. I do end up going with friends most of the time these days, but there are plenty of times I went to the movies, got those movie nachos with extra cheese and jalapenos, paid for the overpriced drink and had a good ol time all by myself:-)

xoxo
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Ashley said...

The movie is amazing & I am in healthcare so it is very true to that aspect.

I love to go with my husband - we always spend way to much money- popcorn & pickles is a must have, but you really cant do it any other way...! I do also like to go alone, but it's nice to see my husband sitting next to me, sometimes we will look at each other at certain parts of the movie and we know just what each other is thinking :)

FourEleven said...

I love going to movies alone, especially when it's a near-empty theatre. When the lights dim, I feel cocooned in my own world for the next two hours. Being able to quietly contemplate the movie after the lights come up - no justifications to others - is one of my favourite things. The after-image of the experience and delayed thoughts can be as equally affecting as watching the film itself.

aline said...

I simply LOVE to go the movies alone. And not many people get it! My boyfriend especially!!! He hates when I go alone... lol
One of the things I love most about it, is the feeling of freedom: you can do whatever you want - laugh out loud, eat junk food, order a huge popcorn all to your self...
Any ways... I'm just glad to find out there are more people like me out there!

Jennifer M. said...

I love love love going to the movies on my own. Nothing wrong with going with friends, but going on my own definitely has its advantages. For one, you're right - you can just settle in and watch without wondering what he/she is thinking about the movie.

Also, you can sit wherever you like - whenever I go with other people, they always want to sit too close or too far away. I like to sit so the screen just barely extends to my peripheral vision (so kind of in the middle). That way I feel immersed in the story but not like I'm going to fall into the scene. ;)

Luna said...

I use this as a threat to jump start my fiance into taking me to a movie! Lol. But honestly, I do miss it and j.cro is right, early session is much better.

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Anonymous said...

One time I was really sad so I went to go and see the Horse Whisperer by myself. Bad idea. Luckily I didn't' walk out because it got happier and happier after the part that almost killed me. That was the only movie I saw alone. Don't know if I can do it again after that. ;)

Aleksey Khodorchenkov said...

I dont like to see movie alone I always go to see movies with friends or family.

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Anonymous said...

I just recently stumbled across your blog last week and I must say I am obsessed with trying to read every post any free chance I get during the day. This morning while avoiding answering my e-mails and before getting my coffee I stumbled across this article from November. The Descendants was actually the first movie I had enough courage to go and see alone. I would plan to see movies alone numerous times but always chickend out. When I finally went- I wont lie- I HAD THE BEST TIME. I am also having the best time reading everything you have to say!

<3M

LV said...

Yes, I love going to the movies alone. I do it all the time. I especially love going to matinees on a weekday. It is the greatest thing and a treat I love to experience on a pretty regular basis.

Lacy Rountree said...

I loved The Descendents. It was subtle, but made an impact on the hearts strings. I am beginning movie critiquing, check it out: https://www.facebook.com/thesimplescoop

You give me motivation and are such a positive role-model.

Cheers, Lacy
Xx

Christo47 said...

Actually, most of the time I do see movies alone. I can't say that is by design most of the time. Although I do love to see certain movies (many) by myself, the sad truth is that I just don't have anyone that I go to the movies with. I am divorced and hitting 70 in a year and I spend most of my time alone anyway as I just haven't been able to hook up with any one movie going friend, and it's been a long time so I'm thinking that situation is not going to change, so I make the best of the situation and go alone and really enjoy most of the great flicks I choose to see. I do take my young grandchildren to the movies, and that's always fun as well.

Christo47 said...

Actually, most of the time I do see movies alone. I can't say that is by design most of the time. Although I do love to see certain movies (many) by myself, the sad truth is that I just don't have anyone that I go to the movies with. I am divorced and hitting 70 in a year and I spend most of my time alone anyway as I just haven't been able to hook up with any one movie going friend, and it's been a long time so I'm thinking that situation is not going to change, so I make the best of the situation and go alone and really enjoy most of the great flicks I choose to see. I do take my young grandchildren to the movies, and that's always fun as well.

Mirjam said...

I love watching movies when I am alone. Last saturday I saw 3 films: Fill the Void, Hannah Arendt and The Butler. With 4 kids, it is not easy to go to the cinema in the evening. That is why I download them. Being a French teacher, I especially want to see the latest French movies.

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