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The Movie Move

December 4, 2014

First dates sure have changed dramatically over the years. Practically anything goes nowadays with first dates ranging from a hiking trip, or the driving range, to a leisurely day spent enjoying a museum of whichever genre suits your mutual interests and enjoyment. That being the case, however, the tried and true dinner-and-a-movie hasn’t faded completely off the radar. Besides, any first date should include a chance to converse and get to know each other better. Then, after the aforementioned tried and true dinner if there’s even a hint of want-to-spend-more-time-together, off to the movies you go. Don’t forget the golden rule of movie-going...popcorn! (I know you just ate, but work with me here.)

Now men, what kind of guy you are greatly influences the movie you two attend, especially on a first date. Most men wouldn’t dream of insisting on a war or heavy-on-the-blood-splatter movie. Besides, I went to see “Full Metal Jacket” and after the opening twenty minutes of bloodshed I was depressed. Violence doesn’t exactly promote cozy ambiance. Hey, you’re a nice guy so take your chances and let her pick the flick. Don’t go all sappy if she chooses a romantic comedy either, it’s one of the best for ‘the movie move,’ which I’ll explain in a minute.

First gentlemen, let’s take a walk down memory lane and see if you can recall the first time you put your arm around the woman of your dreams? Were you the confident, suave guy who fakes a yawn to stretch his arm around her? Or, the unplanned, protective guy who just happened to be there at the right moment? Or, just maybe you were that awkwardly bashful guy that needed every ounce of strength to summon the courage. Brings back memories, doesn’t it? Are you smiling yet? Dickens, I am just thinking about all the little nuances that can happen on a first date.

Well, after a year Rick and I are far from our first date, however, we just went to our first movie recently. Don’t ask me what took so long but we’ve gotten on a kick and have seen several at the cinema in the past months. Plus, we both love popcorn so we get the large popcorn/drink combo, which comes with free refills. Shoot, by the time the thirty minutes of trailers are over we need a refill. Dickens, when it’s that delicious I could practically eat my weight in popcorn!

Speaking of popcorn, do you remember the pre-movie warm ups? They used to have the dancing popcorn and soda, which morphed into clips of: turn off your beepers, cell phones and crying babies. The latest advertising strategy before the movie gives the impression the couples featured are on a first ‘movie’ date. Of course, you can’t miss the fact that they are all eating popcorn and drinking soda, even if it’s meant to be subliminal. At any rate, the first young couple is enjoying what appears to be a regular movie. The boy, rather shy and awkward, considers putting his arm around his date but chickens out.

The next couple, barely older than the first, is obviously watching a thriller because the girl jumps at a scary scene and right into the arms of her date. Meanwhile the first guy chickens out a second time. A third couple is watching a tearjerker, which is practically a set-up by default for a girl to cozy up to a guy. Of course, he obliges by wrapping his right arm around her shoulder.

Finally, the first girl realizes the young man is extremely bashful yet thinks his failed attempts were sweet and romantic so she coyly takes his arm and places it on her shoulder smiling. The look on the boy’s face screams ‘relief’ and then the screen lights up to the promo with a heading that reads “The movie move.”

Ahhhh….you could almost feel (because you can’t see; it’s dark) everyone in the audience shifting a little closer to each other. It was one of those feel good moments that makes being together special. Plus, it’s easier to reach the popcorn when you’re sitting closer together. Speaking as a devoted popcorn connoisseur, of course.

So there you have it “The movie move.” Gentlemen, don’t watch a movie without it.

Can you imagine...dinner and a movie on your next date even if it’s not the first?

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