Broke People Just Aren't As Excited By Crappy Movies As They Used To Be

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 , 11 Comments

Those who know JDA know that if there's one thing I am not into (Bernanke aside), it's movies. Don't bother making movie references that every other 20-something American female should know because chances are I genuinely have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. The only reason I've seen Star Wars is because I was engaged to a movie nut who insisted I partake in the classics (yeah he may have been a bit of a nerd on top of it). Odds are I nodded off after the first 20 minutes and if I managed to stay awake through Clint Eastwood marathons, it was out of love and certainly not because I actually wanted to watch any of them.

That being said, is it all surprising that movie-goers stayed home this summer? Please! We're in the middle of a fucking recession for Christ's sake, if you've been unemployed for 99 weeks you can't afford Netflix, let alone $20 a pop for some crap 3D flick. Ironically I got in two movies this summer (the Jr Jr Deputy is lucky I love him enough to pay for and - worse! - sit through a movie every now and then) but hey, I still make money and don't have a house I can't afford to worry about.


Summer movie attendance fell to the lowest level since 1997, while soaring ticket prices produced record revenue for Hollywood studios and theater owners.

The number of tickets sold from the first weekend of May through the U.S. Labor Day holiday is expected to drop 2.6 percent to 552 million, Box-Office said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. That would be the lowest attendance since summer moviegoers bought 540.3 million tickets in 1997.

“The movies just didn’t excite people the way they needed to,” Paul Dergarabedian, president of Box-Office, said in an interview. “When you raise prices and perceive that quality goes down, you have a major problem.”

Yeah whatever, I wasn't watching movies in 1997 either. Good for you, America, don't you dare set foot in a theater again until they at least start pumping out better crap than every Rob Schneider movie ever made.

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Anonymous said...

Did he ask you to do the Princess Leia "cinamon buns on each side of your head" hair-do?

He wasn't THAT much a nerd or else I'd have never been with him in the first place.

Perhaps secretly.

Anonymous said...

Ya never know - thought maybe he was one of those dudes who shows up in the ticket line wearing full-on Darth Vader gear, packing a lightsaber, James Earl Jones sound-a-like, etc.

Anonymous said...

"or else I'd have never been with him in the first place"

You were just dating him for his lightsaber.

Wow, you have zero faith in my ability to attract a normal man eh?

Let's just say TLP was one hell of an upgrade from the last few... mostly because he doesn't play video games.

Anonymous said...

c'mon, Jr. You know I'm just pokin' a little fun... could have been worse - he could'a been a raging Yoda fan and worn those fantastic rubber ears around. just had a mental picture of a dweeb wearing those goin' down on his gf and then at the moment o' sweet release she screams and tears off his rubber ears goin' "yes, Yoda!, yes!"

You sound like you have quite a bit of expertise in this area, is there something you need to tell me? ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm ashamed to admit it but I have a complete Chewbacca costume - but it still fits as well as the day I bought it! Sometimes, late at night, I like to have a few drinks and get out the Wookie suit and scare the hell out of the neighborhood kiddies.

Anonymous said...

1997 Best Picture - Titanic (didn't everyone in the country see that like 3-4 times?? )

Best Actor/Acress - Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt for As Good as it Gets

The year of The Full Monty and Boogie Nights with Burt Reynolds (and everyone said he peaked with Smokey and the Bandit)

Best quote from S&tB was Jackie Gleason playing Buford T. Justice saying to his dimwitted son:

There's no way, *no* way that you came from *my* loins. Soon as I get home, first thing I'm gonna do is punch yo mamma in da mouth!

Anonymous said...

I meant to write that everyone in the country *except* JDA saw Titanic 3 or 4 times.

Anonymous said...

Just saw The Fighter and it features one of my favorite "making a come back after being knocked on your ass" songs EVER. I'm a complete sucker for boxing movies. Yo Adirenne. Saw them do this one in Sturgis at the Buffalo Chip - Tyler fell off the fucking stage and had to get airlifted to a hospital.