Yeah, so, there was a time in my life when if you named a movie, I’d probably seen it.
A cheesy romantic comedy? Saw it. The sci-fi action flick? Saw it twice. That Oscar-bait drama? Yep. The foreign movie with the guy who stars in the thing you watch on PBS? I saw that one, too.
When I was growing up, my mom and I went to the movies every Sunday. In high school, while other teenagers were drinking and partying, I was renting movies about teenagers that drink and party. At 17 I got a job at a movie theater to support my movie-watching obsession. In my 30s, I worked as an entertainment editor for a daily newspaper, which meant every Thursday I spent my day reading movie reviews for the Friday paper. This meant that even if I hadn’t seen a movie, I could still tell you when it was coming out, who was in it, who directed it and the running time.
I used to see every movie. Now? Not so much.
I know what you are thinking, “This is the Spawn’s fault.” It isn’t. Thanks to expensive movie tickets and rude people who talk or take calls or text in the theater, my movie-going had already slowed down.
Nowadays, I tend to read about movies more often than I see them. I go to the movies maybe once or twice a year (not including trips to the Castro Theatre for the film noir and silent film festivals). Instead, I usually wait for movies to come On Demand or Netflix. Plus, I’m way more selective about what I watch than I used to be, relying on positive reviews, Oscar nominations or my friends telling me it’s really good. There was a time I would have seen every summer blockbuster, reviews be damned.
So anyway, it doesn’t surprise anyone to learn that I haven’t seen a recent new release. But, last week, a friend revealed on Facebook that she had never seen “Ghostbusters.” This blew my mind. “Ghostbusters” is one of my favorite comedies. How could she not have seen “Ghostbusters?” This started an entire conversation about what movies people have not seen that other people find shocking.
Another friend revealed that she hasn’t seen “Top Gun” or “The Goonies.” My mighty, mighty good man David has never seen “Footloose.” I feel like “Footloose” was always on in my house when I was growing up. If it was playing on TBS, it was probably playing in my house. David has also never seen “Pretty in Pink,” which surprises me but shouldn’t because it’s kind of a chick movie, right? My sister-in-law has never seen “Star Wars.” I know, right?! Personally, I wouldn’t marry someone that hadn’t seen “Star Wars,” but I guess my brother really loves her or something.
It’s not shocking to anyone that I haven’t seen any of the “Transformers” movies, but it is surprising to people that up until this past Christmas I had never seen “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Also, a few months ago I saw “To Kill a Mockingbird” for the first time. But there is one other movie that I haven’t seen that when I tell people I haven’t seen it, they cock their heads to the side like a dog hearing a strange noise and say, “You’ve never seen that?!” It’s “Mary Poppins.”
Yes, yes. It’s true. I have not seen “Mary Poppins.” We even own it on DVD, and I still haven’t seen it.
So, now it’s your turn. What movies are people shocked to learn you’ve never seen?