Everybody shut up! Shut up, Lutz! I have a very important question to ask you. Betcha can’t guess what it is… Hint, it’s in the title. That’s right folks, it’s time to end the age-old debate once and for all. Is going to the movies alone a sad, lonely, and embarrassing pastime? Or is it a great way to say “screw you and your rules” to society and do what you want?!
I’m not ashamed.
Here’s why this is on my mind: I like terrible movies. I know the Twilight movies are some of the worst ever made, but I’ve seen every one of them and will see the last one when it comes out. I even bought them all on DVD and watch them when I’m bored.
I like other awful movies as well. Stick It, 10 Things I Hate About You, Step Up (all of them), She’s the Man, Mean Girls, White Chicks, the list goes on. My most recent favorite is Pitch Perfect. It’s basically Glee for college kids. I know, I know, don’t judge me!
This is why I chose to see it alone. I’m not in denial. I know these movies are terrible and I’m sure my IQ drops a few points after watching them, but they make me laugh and they keep me entertained for a couple of hours.
I’m not a loner.
Going to the movies alone can sometimes be more fun. I don’t have argue over what movie I’m going to see, I don’t have to worry about where to sit because there is always at least one open seat, I don’t have to deal with the evil glares because I’m saving a seat for that one friend who is always late, and once it’s done I can just go about my business without that awkward “do we still hang out or can I just leave?” thing that always happens.
I don’t think this makes me anti-social or a loner. I just know the experience you have in the theater can be greatly affected by the people you are watching the movie with. For example, I went with the dreaded Ex to see Napoleon Dynamite in the theater and thought it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. We ended up walking out. When it came out on DVD I watched with my hilarious little sister and ended up laughing my face off. It is for this reason that I would rather go to the movies alone than with someone I know won’t enjoy it.
Don’t judge me.
I think it’s all about the timing. Say you go out and grab some lunch on your own, no big deal right but if you go out to dinner alone, well, that’s a sad sight. There’s no three words more depressing to hear than “Party of One?” It’s the same for the theater. If you’re bored one afternoon and decide to catch a matinée, I say go for it. No judgement. But if it’s a Friday or Saturday night (AKA date night for happy couples or couples looking for a less awkward way of ignoring each other for an evening) then maybe it’s a little sad to go alone.
So why do people judge? Why are people so afraid of being alone that they won’t leave the house unless they have someone with them? I enjoy company as much as anyone else but I am perfectly capable of being on my own for a couple of hours to do something that I want to do. I’m such a rebel!
So is it social suicide or perfectly acceptable to go to the theater by yourself?