There is nothing like getting a whole bunch of friends together, packing into one of your cars, and heading over to the local movie theater to find which of all of the new movie releases is going to be the movie of the night. You can almost hear the groans mixed in with the cheers, but even if the movie ends up being a dud, there’s nothing greater than spending time with your little motley crew of friends.
The problem lies in actually getting beyond the whole choosing of the movie part in this scenario. People tend to be a little picky about the movies they watch, and with the prices you face at the box office, no one wants to spend money on a bad flick. You know there might be a whole other thing when you get inside and head to concessions, so even if you aren’t 100% down for the movie of choice, you go with it because you just don’t want the argument. Still, even the democratic vote can cause turmoil. Movie night with your friends is quickly becoming drama central, and you need help.
Luckily, we live in a day and age where we can actually get assistance in choosing a movie to watch. Here are some of the most surprising ways to help you choose a movie to watch:
Recommendation Engines on the Internet – At this point, you’re probably convinced that you can find anything online, and in the true spirit of this statement, you can actually find a number of movie recommendation engines that will help you decide on a movie to watch. Each asks for slightly different information from you with the end goal of getting you past the decision phase.
Social Interaction and Input – Have you ever felt a little out of place at school or at the office because you’re not up on the latest movie? It seems as though all of the cool kids are in the know about a really cool movie, but you’re on the outside looking in. If you’re looking to be a part of the conversation, why not take a shot at a movie that’s a little different? Who knows? You might actually dig it.
Let Your Mood Be Your Guide – Depending on your mood, you will choose a vastly different movie to watch. Comedies are big for those that are looking to lessen stress and decompress from a long week. Laughter, it seems, is good medicine.
Apps (of course) – There are apps that operate in much the same way that the online recommendation engines work. Simply input certain information, and now your mobile device can check something else off the list of things it does for us.
Check Out Kid Reviews – One of the most interesting places to look online for movie reviews is by checking out websites that feature reviews from kids of all ages. Their honesty and less-than-subtle critiques are refreshing & don’t feel heavy with droll humor & pretentiousness.