Join my Slow Movie movement... eventually

Babymama_lFrom today’s Hollywood Reporter (and the Dept. of the Obvious): Movies don’t stick around in theaters for long. It’s true, y’all! Truer now than ever. I end up seeing most movies a few weeks after their wide release (mostly because I spend all my time catching up on TV; partly because I’m afraid of people), but this summer I seem to be getting shafted way more than usual. I put off seeing Baby Mama for so long — assuming plenty of NYC theaters would keep NYC comedy queens Tina ‘n’ Amy around — that as of mid-June, I’d missed my shot. Does this happen to you too? Obviously, considering the amount of new films released each week, I understand how ridiculous it is to expect a movie that opened in late April to be around NYC in July. But I don’t have to like it, so I’m proposing a chain of Theaters for the Lazy to open in all major cities. It’ll be like the Slow Food movement, but with film. I’m such a pioneer. A loser pioneer who’s bad at her job and who would surely drown while crossing any river on the Oregon Trail.

Who wants to join my Slow Movie USA movement? Our first meeting will be "at some point." In the meantime, road trip to Cinemark Movies 10 in Rochester, NY to see Baby Mama!

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  • Amy

    Old school Oregon Trail! Hollah!

  • BrandonK

    I missed Baby Mama in the theaters, too! I’ll definitely be watching it on DVD, though.

  • Vicky

    Are there any budget theaters in NYC? Usually if you miss a movie the first time around in normal theaters, the movie heads over to cheapy budget theaters for a couple of weeks. Plus, it’ll cost you less to see the movie.

  • AA

    We have a budget theatre here too. Movies tend to play probably just before their DVD release, but it only costs 3 bucks to see them (2 for 1 on Tuesdays).

  • Stef

    I thought that is what the dollar theater was for, us lazy/cheap folks that don’t make it to the regular theater.

  • T-rav

    I was totally thinking the same thing yesterday when I saw that commercial with Tina Fey and Martin Scorsese. I really wish I would’ve made time to see it. Oh well, I will soon enough.

  • Strepsi

    The entire system is out-of-whack, with everything riding on Opening Weekend. And — EW — you are part of the problem! If your mag and site spent half as much energy giving a movie legs, as you do fawning and betting over Sales numbers, we wouldn’t be in this mess. EW is good to TV… I remember it championing underdogs like Everybody Loves Raymond until they became hits. But with movies? EW — become part of the SOLUTION. That is all.

  • Johnny

    I would totally join seeing as how I am just getting around to movies released in May. Last week I finally saw Iron Man & Indiana Jones, and tonight I am seeing Sex And The City.

  • Winona

    Great, now you’ve reminded me of Oregon Trail and I’ll be wasting my afternoon at virtualapple.org. Back on topic: YES – I would totally go to the Theater for the Lazy. Especially with having a toddler around, it’s hard to get out to movies (thankfully we already have a babysitter scheduled for The Dark Knight!).

  • ena

    Considering the last time I saw a movie in the theater it was Order of the Phoenix, I am in on the slow movie movement, I have much catching up to do.

  • snarky

    We used to have the dollar theater here, but I think it closed, so you are forced to see the movies with the masses. If I miss the first few weeks of a movie, I usually just write it off to DVD. Annie – having seen “baby mama” – spare yourself the drive and just wait a few months. It was funny, but not worth all that effort.

  • Elizabeth

    You’re just fashionably late – you want to make up your own mind after all the hub-bub has died down.

  • Kai-

    I was working overseas in Guam for most of May and early June so I missed Indiana Jones and Sex & the City and now neither one is playing at my local mall theatre complex. Both will probably show up at the dollar threatre soon, which by the way Baby Mama is now showing.

  • Kate

    That theater in Rochester is right down the street from where I sit here typing this at work…yet still too lazy despite my love for all things Tina Fey

  • LadyTiger

    Yep, the budget movie theater is the way to go if you’re late seeing it during the opening weeks but still want to see it on the big screen.

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