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EEK. I found this when I was looking up movie listings on the internet. I want to go to a movie to see the movie. There are enough people standing up and walking, dancing, shouting, and singing at the "regular" movies as it is. We shouldn't be encouraging this. I'll pop some pop-corn and re-watch "Arsenic and Old Lace." People behaving crazy on screen, within an artistic framework.
Don't get me wrong, I think there are times for people to act up at certain movies—"Rocky Horror Picture Show" comes to mind. And I know people going to "sensory friendly films" arrive with the expectation that there will be acting out, so it's all on the menu (and thanks for the warning by the way), but I like to know what the filmmaker had in mind when he/she made the film. I like to absorb and process that, without the distractions of others, unless it is their sobbing and laughter. I certainly don't want the audience dancing into my view and sneezing all over me! I don't want to hear their sarcastic take on the melodrama or the fashions, or whatever—that's for the post-movie discussion. Frankly most people aren't as funny on an impromptu basis as they believe themselves to be. (I was spoiled as a child, my brother is extremely funny in his impromptu observations of movies, delivered in the privacy of our own home.)
I don't even have a desire to go once and see what all the fuss is about. Set in my ways, yep. I'm going to go queue up some Anthony Mann westerns right now. I recommend the same to you. Or a Peter Greenaway marathon might be nice.
Just a head's up to you if you ever attend a movie with me—once the the trailers begin all conversation ends. If you hear any noise other than sobbing or laughter from me during the movie it means I'm choking on my Raisinettes—please take appropriate action.
Oh, and yes, I sit through ALL the credits.
UPDATE NOTE: In the Comments BJ has written in with more detailed information about the Sensory Friendly Films from AMC. They are targeted for families with autistic children. I'm sure this is a good thing for that viewer group (since AMC has partnered with the Autism Society), however, now that I know who the target audience is I'm even more puzzled that the AMC definition I found on their site doesn't clearly state this? I would have been very confused to attend one of these films without this key bit of information. Thanks BJ for this information.
Since there are no "absolutely no talking" movie sessions on offer I'll have to be content to eat my Raisinettes mostly at home. I'm sad that a "normal" movie session isn't automatically considered such.