Movies are a great form of entertainment and there's nothing quite like seeing a movie on opening night—especially if you've been looking forward to the film for months. There's one thing for certain though: when you see a movie at a theater, the people with you can make or break the experience.
Some tendencies are so universal that no matter where you are, you're guaranteed to spot them. Here are 12 movie-goer stereotypes worth taking a look at. Note: These stereotypes are not gender-specific.
1. The Texter
Despite several attempts from the movie theater shunning texting during the film, you're almost always guaranteed to see the texter. Armed with his mobile device he's known for distracting those around and behind him with his high-beam screen. No matter how subtle he thinks he is, one thing remains—everyone spots the texter.
2. The Loud Whisperer
Often the victim of "the shh'er" (introduction coming later), the loud whisperer makes comments to their neighbor throughout the duration of the film. They failed to learn what six-inch whispers are while in elementary school.
3. The Late Goer
Ahhh, the late goer. Punctuality never was his strong suit. The late goer is notorious for causing viewers to shift their weight, uncross their legs or sit up straight all in the name of getting by them to his seat. Note: The late goer often assumes the role of the loud whisperer once seated, trying to catch up on what he missed.
4. The Shh'er
The movie theater shh'er is so confident with his ability that he doesn't require an index finger in front of his lips to make his point. Those lips are well-trained and have an arsenal of shh's waiting for anyone—especially the loud whisperer. Note: Shh's are often coupled with furrowed eyebrows (even if it's dark), so be ready.
5. The Seat Kicker
The seat kicker is usually associated with but not limited to young children. There's nothing quite like watching a movie while the back of your seat feels like the bag in the kickboxing facility down the road.
6. Food Smuggler
Although most theaters shun it, the food smuggler leverages those around him to help with his efforts. Pockets, hoodies (even in the summer!?) and purses all take part in his schemes. Last known appearance before the movie is likely the dollar store or local grocery store. This is his way of "sticking it to the man."
7. Super Fan
You've seen him around and usually on opening night. From Harry Potter to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the super fan dresses up in full costume to show his loyalty to the film and its characters. The character often consumes his identity for the next three hours and he speaks in reference to the film and loves photo-ops.
8. Pre-roll Critic
The classic pre-roll critic has a comment for any and every trailer that appears before the featured film. Known for such comments as, "That looks stupid," or "I can't wait to see that!" For some strange reason he feels his comments need to be heard by everyone around him as if he was being paid to make them.
9. The Sleeper
Famous for having a kinked neck, the sleeper dozes off almost uncontrollably during the film. It doesn't matter how much the ticket price was or if he just took a nap prior to the show; expect to tell him at least part of the plot after the movie is over.
10. Baby Bringer
If it's a kid's movie you fully expect children of all ages to be in attendance. The baby bringer is renowned for bringing an infant to all sorts of movies—even dramas, thrillers and more. The baby bringer feels a sense of embarrassment when his child cries but remains reluctant to take his child out of the theater due to the effort it takes and that risk of missing something important.
11. The Cuddlers
Going to the movies for these folks is less about the movie and more about cuddling. Often seen in young couples, especially teenagers, they release their inner flirt by trying to hide where their seat begins and their date's seat ends.
12. The Bathroom Goer
The bathroom goer could be dehydrated and still have to leave the movie to use the restroom. His biological clock has impeccable timing for the most inconvenient settings and scenarios.
Whether you fit into one of these stereotypes or not, you're bound to see someone in a theater near you who does. Despite this, there's still nothing like going to enjoy a good movie at the theaters; be sure to check out 16 Stones in theaters on October 3, 2014 and keep tally of the stereotypes you can identify before the movie starts.
Leave a comment and tell us what stereotypes aren't mentioned here.