Let me set the scene for you that inspired this question.
Location: At work
Players: My boss and I
Time: Tuesday, Dec. 1st 7:30p
Boss: I can’t wait to get out of here. I’ll be happy if we finish early.
Me: You and me both. It will be good to get home earlier.
Boss: I have a HOT date tonight.
Me: HOT? Really?
Boss: Yes, we are doing Netflix tonight. *wink
Now when I heard this I had this immediate reaction of When did Netflix become a “hot” date? Having a movie night with a date or that special someone was nice because I was watching a movie with someone. It was less about what it led to. Yes, it could lead to other things after or sometimes during but actually watching the movie was the good part of the date. Call me a little old fashion but I actually don’t mind a “netflix” night without a little nookie afterwards. It was just the way my boss said it and gave me a look I got the impression that when Netflix is involved it means Bow chicka WOW WOW.
So I ask, are movies being watched for the movie or something else? Who out there still enjoy watching movies for the sake of watching movies? I still enjoy watching movies with friends whether at the movies or inside of a home. Now, it could just be with the people I associate with but I can’t remember when I had an authentic movie night where sex wasn’t expected in the same night.
Now its not all about sex. Sometimes movies are watched just for the reason of just being close with someone. I’ve had my single friends tell me they don’t watch movies that much anymore because they are too busy or there is nothing good out. However, when on a date, its movie time. My friends who have partners do nothing but watch movies all the time while being at home together. I am getting the vibe that the joy of just going to a movie for the sake of the movie is not good enough anymore. Given a chance to be with your boo, bae, or honey you will put in the effort.
Movie prices are definitely high these days. Most movies are not as good as they use to be as far as original stories vs remakes and sequels all the time. Is that the reason for such a disinterest?
Now I am not applying this to everyone. Of course there are still plenty of people who enjoy going. Once in a while, I will go to a movie with friends. I would even witness a group of friends at the movies watching it together. So they are out there but you have to admit its not that much as it use to be in the past. I remember back when midnight shows were a special event and you gather your friends to go and have a good time. Staying up that late, paying the money, that was enough for a good time.
The first time I heard of “Netflix and Chill” I thought it was clever and definitely made sense for the millennials. However, the literal definition of the phrase is something I never agreed with. Now I am no prude, don’t get me wrong. I just wonder if its used as a ploy to get your partner into bed without really enjoying the movie together at all. A game move if you will or is it a role playing scenario. I don’t know. What I do know is if someone told me they wanted to “Netflix and chill” you better pick a movie I have already seen before. I am a moviegeek. You ask me over for a movie, we are going to watch a movie. Hitting on me during it is a turn off. Just speaking the truth. #moviegeekrealness
So I will give the floor to you. Moviegeeks, do you still enjoy a movie for the movie? Is using your free time to watch a movie only worth it if its with a significant other or a gateway to sex?
Let me know folks. What do you think?