5 reasons why you should never watch a movie for the first time with someone who has seen it before

Movie still of The End

1) They will assume that their ability to grasp the story when they first watched it is greater than your ability to grasp it now, and will regularly explain what’s happening…although in fairness, with me, it’s probably a reasonable assumption on their part.

2) They will ruin any chance you might have of enjoying the funniest bits by saying “Oh I love this bit, it’s so funny…watch this bit…watch…watch…watch…watch…………there! That’s so funny isn’t it!”

3) They won’t be able to resist giving the plot away by saying things like “I’m not going to tell you who did it, but just notice what Frank does in this next bit.”

4) They will keep looking at you to see your reactions to various parts, so you in turn feel obliged to put on an Oscar-worthy performance of a whole range of emotions to keep them happy.

5) If you dare to look away from the screen for a moment, or to speak, or to blink, they will berate you for missing the most important part.

Am I right or am I right?

photo credit: fliegender via photopin cc

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64 responses to “5 reasons why you should never watch a movie for the first time with someone who has seen it before

  1. That’s a pretty good summary of some people I think… you put it well. I would not go to any movie with someone like that, or anywhere else I think. I take a lot of people to movies I’ve seen and like… but I do not do any of the things you describe, out of regard for them. I just watched the latest episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ with a few friends… I had seen it the night before, ‘The Red Wedding’ it’s being called, and didn’t say a word or raise an eyebrow when they made comments… needless to say, at the climatic scene I was watching closely to their reactions.

    Love your graphic, Vanessa-Jane

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  2. Vanessa – you are so right!
    Now that I’ve agreed with you. would ya mind, dear-ie, buying me that drink, and turning up the sound on the telly so I can watch the game?

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  3. I hate when this happens. That’s why Hubbs and I always wait to see movies together. The kids are usually the worst, because sometimes they see stuff in school or on trips before we do. (I never saw movies in school. what’s up with that anyway?)

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  4. Oh yes, you are so right and right!!! šŸ™‚ That totally ruins the experience for me. Not that we go to many movies, but at least my husband and I are both seeing them for the first time together. You come up with the best post ideas. šŸ™‚

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  5. I’m cracking up. You are right, right, right, indisputably right! I once watched the movie “The Matrix” with a friend who had seen it before, and at the end, I so appreciated him because he was like the Sphinx, other than a few gentle reminders to pay attention (#5 on your list). Later he and I and another friend watched the movie “The Sixth Sense” together and none of us had seen it before so that was a lot more fun. At the end we were all like, did you get that? Did you see that coming? I loved that movie other than the part about feeling stupid that I didn’t see any of the clues. Oh yes, disregard that last comment if you haven’t seen the movie šŸ™‚

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    • I actually haven’t seen the movie! But I’m pretty sure if I do, I won’t pick up on any of the clues either! Even with your warning that I should šŸ™‚

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      • See, with the most innocent of intentions I already committed one of the already-seen-the-movie sins. Now you know there are clues you should be looking for! Aarghhh! Honestly, I assumed you’d seen it, it came out in 1999. And speaking of twists, I fairly recently read “Life of Pi”, then a coworker rented the movie, and I said “There’s a twist at the end”. I will slap myself on the hand with a ruler!

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        • Well, in fairness to you, it’s a reasonable assumption that I would have seen Sixth Sense, I think I’m the only person that hasn’t! I haven’t been deliberately avoiding it or anything, it’s just the way it’s gone. But wait now, there’s a twist in Life of Pi?! I haven’t actually seen that either, seriously! I do watch movies, hehe, just not those two you’ve mentioned. I’m sure if you mention name some other well known ones I’ll have seen them, just don’t give away anything about them! šŸ˜‰

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          • Ha! Yes there is a twist in Life of Pi šŸ™‚ But I don’t feel too bad about saying that, because even if you know it’s coming, you will never in a million years figure out what it is. Unless you’re a lot smarter than me, in which case I’ll be very depressed about myself. But here’s a #6 for you. In movies where there is a twist, or clues you missed, or whatever, there are those people who say, “Oh yes, I knew that all along”, “I saw that coming from a mile away”, etc. You lie and need to be smacked!

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            • Haha! Although just as annoying is the people who really do figure it out ahead of time and tell you their predictions along the way, and because you know that they are good at that, you know they might well be right and so that ruins it for you too!

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  6. But pay attention šŸ™‚

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  7. I have been in such a situation and you are right ON! I’ll never again watch a movie with someone who has seen it before. On the other hand, I didn’t realize that I am as bad as the rest of those mouthy already-seen-the-movie-watch-this-watch-this. I was SHOCKED I was one of THEM, the undesirables. I had no idea I did that too–but that was when I was much younger.

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    • Yes, I think we’ve all experienced both sides! If it’s a film I really love that I’m watching again with someone who hasn’t seen it before, I find it really hard not to do some of the things on that list!

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  8. Of course you’re right! After all, I wouldn’t want to be the one who says you’re wrong. šŸ˜‰

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  9. You are so right!!!

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  10. You’re totally right, and I’ve probably been guilty of a few of those. You’re good to play along though, with your reactions. Someone said I had to watch this movie with her because it had such a great twist at the end. Uhhh! Now that you’ve told me… So, when the big twist came, she snapped her head over to see my reaction, and I had none. I wasn’t surprised at all because I knew something was coming! That was her punishment for blowing it for me.

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  11. you are right and you are darn funny doing it

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  12. You are SO right it’s eerie! I am guilty of doing that to others, and have had it done back to me by my kids tons of times.

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  13. You’re right… although I often watch a movie for a second time with someone I know so that after the show they can tell me what the hell went on and what it all meant… some movies these days need to come out with a hand book or manual…

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  14. You are right, very truly absolutely fantastically right. But come on, are you telling me that you’re not guilty of at least one of those things? Hee hee. I’ll admit that I can be bad for doing the ‘Oh my goodness, this bit is so funny’. I know, shocking! šŸ˜¦ Mister T’s mum is notorious for asking if we’ve seen a film and then, when we tell her we haven’t, she’ll tell us it’s brilliant. So we say ‘Okay, we’ll watch it.’ But within seconds she starts on a really detailed plot summary – lol. šŸ™‚
    Great post, as always!

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    • Oh indeed, of course I’m guilty of doing those things myself at times! Like you say, it’s hard not to point out the funny bits! And you’re right, that’s another thing that annoys me too, when someone gives a you a full detailed account of a film that you’re planning to watch!

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  15. The Unbearable Banishment

    What? You don’t like affording your friends the opportunity to feel more knowledgeable than you? Superior? You’re not a good Christian.;-)

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  16. I have to admit, I’ve been guilty of this, for one movie: ALIENS, which, at one time, I knew cold, scene for scene, backward and forward. I’d mumble the dialogue along with the characters on-screen, until my friend whacked me really hard in the arm and told me to shut my mouth! šŸ˜€ I’m much better, now, though…I only annoy him after the fact. šŸ˜‰

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  17. Sounds like you’ve been there before. It’s never good when watching a movie is that much work. šŸ˜‰

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  18. Spot on! As usual I’m going slightly off topic again and say that I know a certain person who is infuriating to watch anything on screen with. TV, movies, repeats or first runs, whatever. There will always be a running commentary. It’s like SHUT UP AND LET ME WATCH THE FRICKIN’ SHOW! šŸ™‚

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  19. Good list. The only benefit I can see is that you can send them to get the snacks during the show because, you know, they’ve already seen it.

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  20. Now I have the Bugs Bunny theme song going through my head. That’s all folks!

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  21. Hahaha! So true! You really hit the nail on the head.

    I’m especially guilty of 4)!

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  22. I’ve been in the company of enough people like that to keep my own impulses under control. When I introduce my wife to a movie I’ve already seen, I keep my yap shut.

    Keeping my yap shut is a good rule of thumb in most circumstances, I’ve found.

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  23. Very true, Vanessa. My husband used to be really bad at that until I walked out in the middle of a movie. He’s pretty quiet now.

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  24. This is so true. I think I might be guilty of this if I’ve seen something before. Must try harder šŸ™‚

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  25. Preach it sister!!! Mr. Weebles is a huge movie buff and I’m very grateful that he doesn’t do any of these things. But I know plenty of other people who do everything on your list, and I want to punch them all. It’s a lot funnier to read your take on it than to actually experience it.

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  26. My husband would agree with you a 100%! That is why I do not watch a movie without him and if I had seen a movie that he wants to watch I do not watch it with him. I have a bad habit of giving it away! Great topic, Allie

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