A few weeks ago, some friends of mine and I went out for the evening. Bart decided to spend this unexpected alone time at the movie theater, watching “Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (a movie he knew I had absolutely zero interest in watching, despite the inclusion of Ioan Gruffudd – when a movie includes Ioan Gruffudd and I still don’t want to see it, you know the movie is likely to be bad).
When I mentioned this to one of my friends, she seemed surprised and asked if Bart frequently went to movies alone. I said that while he rarely did so, both he and I on occasion do see movies alone. “I’ve never heard of someone going to see a movie alone,” she told me.
My mom loves to go see movies by herself and always has, so it doesn’t seem like strange behavior to me. One of my college roommates also enjoyed seeing a movie on her own from time to time. I know Bart and I aren’t the only people who go to the movie theater alone. We don’t do it often (mostly because we have very compatible movie taste: I like action movies and he enjoys chick flicks, so practically any movie one of us wants to see is agreeable to the other).
I went to see a movie by myself the day after my last on-campus finals in April 2006. It was the middle of the day, and the movie theater was almost deserted; it was blissful to just sit and bask in the mindlessness of watching a movie, after studying for final exams and writing papers for the last few weeks (even though the movie itself was rather abominable (Failure to Launch, in case you were wondering)).
Do you think it’s strange behavior? Do you ever go see a movie alone? And why is this different from watching a movie alone at home on your own screen?