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Viewpoint: The Handsome, Clever, and Rich movie
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Lori and I went to see the opening of the movie Emma last Thursday night. We saw the same movie years ago when Gwyneth Paltrow was Emma. A review of the new movie which I read, ended with the following paragraph:

“Emma” carefully toes the line between comedy and romance, with outright hilarious moments. This version of “Emma” doesn’t try to break the mold, but the winning characters and the dreamily creative treatment of this world make for a version that is indeed as ‘handsome, clever and rich’ as its leading lady.” – Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

Ms. Walsh must have been at a different two-hour long movie than we were.

Now I will admit that prior to getting into the theatre itself we did have a few customer service issues that may have slanted how we felt about the movie.

When we arrived at the theatre, we were the only people in line except for two ladies already ordering snacks with the lone employee. It took a long. long time. Before the clerk concluded business with the two ladies a couple moved into the preferred seating line. This is a line, that in this theatre, for about $7/month gives preferential treatment to people who belong to the $7/mo. preferential treatment club.

So, the lone clerk called them up. While he was taking care of them someone wondered out of one of the multi-plex theatres and wanted a refill on his popcorn. They took him next

Finally, it was our turn and we picked up the tickets and ordered our standard popcorn and a coke that we have at most movies.

We got our popcorn and proceeded to the soda machine which features 116 different products. Actually, it had 115 different products at this point – they were out of coke. We mentioned our dilemma to an employee who brought up a computerized screen, pushed a few buttons and told us there was now coke. There wasn’t.

Because we were now late for the previews, we chose one of the coke alternatives – coke with vanilla. We headed for the movie.

We took our assigned seating and viewed the already started previews.

It must have been “big people” night at the theatre. The couple that set-in front of us made sure the chairs they were sitting in leaned back as far as possible. Oh, well, claustrophobia isn’t that bad, Let’s enjoy the movie.

The previews ended; the movie didn’t start. All of us set patiently for a few moments and then someone finally went to search for a staff person to start the “handsome, clever, and rich movie.”

A spokesperson for the theatre came in and assured us the problem would be fixed momentarily.

Several momentary minutes went by and the film began. The film itself was disappointing. I was ready to leave after about ten minutes. Since it was a “chick flick” I kept my feelings to myself. Lori told me after the movie she felt the same way.

Unlike the review I quoted at the beginning of the article there was never, in my opinion, a hilarious moment. Unless you feel it is hilarious when you have paid for a movie with bad acting.

When we had seen the previews to the movie over the last several months, I had some concern the movie was lewd and suggestive. Those fears were unfounded, it was just boring.

There were several of the three to four dozen people in the theatre who did laugh much more than we did. But, when the movie ended, in a painfully slow way, everyone seemed delighted to leave.

By the way, as we exited the theatre there still wasn’t any coke.


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