Monday, August 16, 2010

The Expendables crowd

Ever since I moved to the burbs, I've gone to a small movie theater where parking is plentiful, tickets are cheap, and you don't have to wait in a long line for anything. I love that theater.

Friday night I actually waited in a short line to hold our group's seats when the theater opened up for The Expendables, and I took a quick gander at the audience.

Behind me was a man in his 40s whose wife had given up. If you show up for the movies on a Friday night in a velour track suit with a scrunchie in your hair, you might as well start getting fat because that's the only place left to go. Anyway, the wife went to see Eat, Pray, Love, leaving her husband alone behind me in line. Down the stairs comes this exotic chick with a body that kills poured into a minidress and high heels. The guy behind me stared at her all the way down the stairs.

In front of me was a young Latino couple. The girl was bright eyed, excited, giving a speech about awesome movies she's seen and where The Condemned ranked among them. My girl.

Ahead in line, a family of four - a wife, husband, and two kids under 10. This movie is rated R. No time like the present to teach your kids about giant guns that shoot grenades into people's torsos.

Behind me down the stairs, your stereotypical group of guys. They were all smiles and popcorn.

At the front of the line, a 50 something couple. They were giddy.

Now I'm not trying to say that there were as many women as men, or that this film brought in the old crowd, but I think maybe the studios underestimate the appeal this film had for women.

If they had realized how many of us wanted to see this film, they would have had Jason Statham take his shirt off at least once. I don't think that's too much to ask.


  1. I wanted to see this film, but it's Ramadan and I'm trying to save my money for my film, anyway.

  2. Anonymous8:56 AM

    You must be in action heaven... Salt and The Expendables both released in the last month.

    Plus, I see your on the third draft of your script and starting a treatment for a new one.

    This summer adrenaline rush must be a boost to your creativity! ;-)

    And there's even talk that Stallone has a great idea for The Expendables II.

    -Mr. Penn State

  3. Anonymous11:32 AM

    Discovered your blog. And yes the crowd where I was was very rodeo-culture but we had fun watching and cheering.

    Bamboo Killer, liking this blog already.

  4. Jason Statham should always be required to take off his shirt at least once per film.

  5. hey Emily, did you like SALT? I haven't had time to keep up with your blog so I don't remember if you said anything about SALT.

  6. I did like Salt. I like the unexpected twists.

  7. I like Jolie best when she's flashing her titties.

  8. So, so predictable. You and one of your fans go on about Statham being shirtless.

    I bring up Jolie being shirtless and all of a sudden I'm not classy.

    Typical women.

  9. Wait for it. Any minute now, your sense of humor will come back around again...

  10. Saw THE EXPENDABLES at the Cinerama Dome today. When my friend and I sat down there were three very cute girls behind us. I made a joking comment to him along the lines of wondering if they were in there by mistake and really meant to go see EAT, PRAY, LOVE. Stereotyping, I know, I'm sorry.

    Several minutes later when the introductions were made ("Welcome to the Arclight for this showing of THE EXPENDABLES...") I heard a small ruckus behind us and looked back to see the three girls racing out of there. They were in the wrong theater. Now, I don't know if they were going to see EAT, PRAY, LOVE but I do know that the two movies were starting pretty close together...


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