Friday 19 January 2018

James Dempsey: Where do we draw the line at anti-social behaviour at the cinema?

Man sitting in empty cinema
Man sitting in empty cinema

YOU get four minutes just after the first half hour.

Don’t worry if you miss it, there’s still time to finish slurping on that bucket of cola, or to shovel the now luke-warm puddle of sherberty ice mush left at the bottom of the cup down your gullet. After all, there’s a second chance in Silver Linings Playbook, at the 1 hour, 7 minute mark, right after Jennifer Lawrence’s Tiffany turns to Bradley Cooper’s Pat and plaintively says, “That’s a feeling.”

Whether or not writer-director David O. Russell meant that feeling to be an aching bladder remains to be seen, but RunPee, a smartphone app dedicated to finding the most opportune windows to relieve oneself during a movie, thinks so.

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