Monday, April 12, 2010

Date night for “Date Night”…

Remember when you were in high school and you weren’t allowed to go on a date unless 10 other couples went too? I remember that if my mom knew how much trouble fun we got into on those group dates, she would have risked letting me go to the back seat at the drive-in. And for the record? I miss drive-ins.

We, along with three other couples, went to see “Date Night” over the weekend, at one of those places you can eat pizza and drink beer during the movie. It was opening night and while we got there early, we did not get there early enough. We had to sit in the second row. And that only because we shamed the 20something couple into sliding over a little so we could all sit together. I haven’t sat up front at the movies since I was 11.

When I was 11, it was awesome to see such a huge screen and be able to look right up the actors’ noses. I wondered if kids still get excited to sit in the front row of the movie theater, but then I thought of all the houses that have TVs every bit as big as the screen at the movie theater. Then I wondered if kids even go to the moving picture show anymore. Sheesh.

We all really liked the movie. I’m not one to write reviews, per se, but I liked it. I had noticed it wasn’t getting glowing reviews before we went, but I never worry about that, because I have a tendency to like movies that everyone else pans. For instance, “Wild Hogs” made me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants. It certainly didn’t get good reviews, but I tell you I loved it!

My favorite comedy of all time? “The Hangover” That movie got horrible reviews at first and then went on to win Best Comedy. People were all how could that movie win an award? blah blah blah  Well, people, it won best comedy because it was frickin hilarious! It made people laugh! Isn’t that what you want a comedy to do?

Anyway, “Date Night” is a cute movie. I was entertained for a couple of hours and really, that’s all I ask for when I go to the movies. Listening to our friends after the movie, who all had babysitters at home, we felt it was spot on as far as the relationship side of the story went. The other stuff? Just a lot of fun. Wouldn’t we all want a little excitement on our date nights?

Because I was in the second row, I didn’t see what age group the audience happened to be, but if they were all in their 40s with kids at home, this movie was for them.

The college kids there just to drink beer and eat pizza? Maybe not so much.


  1. The thing that burns me up at movies these days is all the people text messaging while the movie is playing. You can see their faces all lit up by the phone. I hate that.

  2. Just that fact that you call them "movie picture shows"... too funny. I'm surprised you didn't refer to them as "talkies!"

  3. We had such a busy weekend and didn't get to see it yet :( WE plan though to see it sometime this week or weekend. BTW I miss Drive-In too. One of my first dates with the Sweetheart was to the drive-in movies, it was a very hot night, as in it was June in south Georgia ;)

  4. Last movie I went to see was Avatar on Christmas day. Took my son & his friends. Theater was packed but thankfully the crowd was actually silent and just watched the movie without the usual unwanted commentary.

    I remember going to the drive in with my older brother and his date. We saw the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. I'm sure it was a fun night for them (I was around 6)!

  5. OMG, I think the last movie I ever saw at a drive-in was ORCA!

    Loved, loved Hangover! Especially when they have to return the tiger to Mike Tyson. Looking forward to Date Night!

  6. That's fun1 I can't wait to see that one. J's excited about clash of the Titans. That'll be our next date movie.

  7. My husband hates theaters so we always wait for the DVDs. I go occasionally with girlfriends or by myself. I think the last movie was the one about Jane Austin; about two years ago? Meant to see the latest Harry Potter but it didn't work out.
    Used to have a boyfriend who would take me and his two little brothers to those horrible kung fu movies of the '70s. They would be kung fu fighting in the backseat. It was fun.

  8. OMG, the second row? Didn't you break your neck?

  9. We've got a date night planned for next Sunday, so this might have to be the movie, now that I've got a recommendation.

    And ugh, I hate sitting up close. I stress out every time I go to the movies about where I'm going to sit. Husband can't stand it.

  10. Man, do I miss the triple plays at the drive ins. I never managed to stay awake through all three, but I sure did try.

  11. I feel so lucky now after reading this. Is there no drive-ins around anymore?? I've got one about 10 minutes from my house and I go there practically every week. I love the drive-in! $10 for 2 movies and I don't have to sit beside someone talking through the whole movie.

    Long live the drive-in......oh, and did you just call it the "moving picture show"??? Hahaha. Hilarious.

  12. Hey Dawn! I've been on vacation this week and I finally have a minute to catch up. The other day, (we're in Beaver Creek, Co), we happened upon this old fashioned movie theater. There was no one around and so, spur of the moment, our whole gang decided to go in and watch "Date NIght."

    I loved it. And I loved the empty movie theater. I HATE movie talkers.

    Although, my girlfriend didn't think it was too funny. So, I guess different strokes for different folks.


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