Double feature

Dan and I don’t go to the movies that many times each year, so when we do make it to the theater it usually turns into a double feature. In March we saw Avatar and Alice in Wonderland on the same day, with a fabulous dinner at Lucques in between. As soon as Avatar was over Dan and I turned to each other and he said, “How did that not win Best Picture?” I was thinking the exact same thing. It wasn’t the best movie I’d ever seen, but I thought it was pretty amazing. Unfortunately Alice in Wonderland suffered because we had just seen Avatar a few hours earlier, but it was still a good time. I wonder if we would have liked Alice in Wonderland better if it hadn’t been competing with the biggest movie of the year. But I digress. Then last month I went to see Eclipse with Melissa one Saturday morning, and then saw Despicable Me with Dan that same afternoon. Double features are always a good use of time. So last weekend when Dan and I contemplated going to the movies we were pretty sure it was going to be another double feature day. The movies we wanted to see were playing at our favorite local theater at the perfect times, so we headed over there for an early dinner before the shows at The Lazy Dog Cafe, which is in the same shopping center. I was looking forward to eating there because it had such good reviews on Yelp, but our experience didn’t bolster their reputation. Other than the location, The Lazy Dog Cafe was a total disappointment. Our appetizer of Parmesan zucchini sticks was watery and bland so we only ate about a third of it, and my Lazy Dog burger wasn’t great as a main course either. It was extremely messy with its pepper relish that made it fell apart while I was eating it. I left half of the burger on the plate. Dan said his chicken sandwich was good, but I don’t think that was enough to warrant a repeat visit to the Lazy Dog Cafe. We couldn’t get out of there fast enough, and not just because our first movie was starting in fifteen minutes. As Dan was taking care of the check, I stood in line to buy our tickets to see Dinner of Schmucks. I love the convenience of the automatic ticket dispensers that AMC has outside most of their theaters, but for whatever reason they never seem to be working on the weekends. Not really that convenient, actually. So I had to stand in a very long line to buy our first set of movie tickets from the window instead. Fortunately the theater for Dinner with Schmucks wasn’t too crowded so we got decent seats, even just a few minutes before the movie started. While I won’t go so far as to say that I liked Dinner for Schmucks, but I can appreciate how many different types of humor the writers were able to fit into it. Being a fairly typical female, there’s only so much bathroom humor I can take before I’m totally grossed out, but Dinner for Schmucks seemed to have jokes for everyone in the audience. I must admit that I only went to see it because Dan wanted to, but I’ll also admit that I liked it better than I expected to. After our first movie was over I was dreading standing in that long line again to buy another set of tickets, but I discovered that we could just buy them from the customer service desk instead. Perfect! In no time at all we had our tickets to see Inception, and we even got to buy snacks and wander around the theater to look at the coming attractions posters before the movie started. Besides the teaser poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 and 2), there was a huge display for Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which is my favorite book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. I’m really looking forward to seeing that movie when it comes out, even if I’m a bit wary of it being in 3D. But back to our current movie going adventure. I had heard a lot about Inception from my coworkers, and from what they told me I was expecting a storyline so confusing that I couldn’t follow what was going on at all. Fortunately it turned out to be much more understandable and much more enjoyable that I thought it would be. In fact, I liked it a lot. I always applaud originality in movies, and Inception was definitely something different. So after seeing both Dinner for Schmucks and Inception, Dan and I left the movie theater that night after a great double feature day. Because we work so much during the week, spending quality time with my husband is always a top priority on the weekends. And even though it doesn’t seem like going to the movies would qualify as “quality time,” we always have a good time when we go together, and that’s what really matters.

2 thoughts on “Double feature

  1. C’mon, you know you saw Dinner for Schmucks for Jemaine Clement! I also like the 3 different ways you refer to the title of it: “Dinner of Schmucks”, “Dinner with Schmucks”, and “Dinner for Schmucks”, with my particular preference being the first one.

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