Tonight, Jen, Clay and I went to see Burn After Reading (2008) over at Northgate. This was the same movie theater where we ran into the Penn family a year and change ago. This time, we did not see celebrities; we saw violence. Old man violence.
About halfway through the movie, we heard an argument behind us. Aparently one older couple was chuckling away, and another older, larger man yelled to the smaller man who was there with his girlfriend to quiet down, else he would have to come back and ‘slap him’. Needless to say, the old couple (who we later learned were also drunk) kept talking and the larger old man came back and slapped the little old man. The smaller man’s date said that she was a police officer. Fighting ensued. The woman said her date was a marine. More fighting. Not really fighting though. It was more like slapping and pushing. Finally the larger man went to leave and the smaller man pushed him from behind. More fighting ensued. Somewhere in the midst of this nonsense, Clay ran out to tell the ushers that there was a fistfight happening. The audience was mostly laughing; we did not know what to make of this situation. Ultimately, the two men brought their fight into the hall, and the drunk woman, left alone in the theater, proceeded to announce that she needed help to leave the theater because she was legally blind. A few minutes later, she found her seat continued to watch the movie, and eventually left. We got rainchecks for another movie, and a thorough recap of the post-game activity in the lobby from the theater manager. All of that and a great movie. Bonus! The Northgate is quickly becoming my choice venue, just because I don’t want to miss anything.