My youngest daughter wanted to see The Proposal and I, being a Sandra Bullock fan—and having recently seen a very buff Ryan Reynolds on the cover of Entertainment Weekly (check it out, ladies)—said, “Let’s go!”
Well! How much did that little evening out cost, you may ask? It was a whopping $19.50 for two tickets (including my daughter’s student discount) and another $8.75 to buy an Icee and a box of Sno-Caps. I opted to forego the small popcorn as that would have been an additional—gulp!—$6.00. All total, kids, that adds up to $28.25. For a movie! With no popcorn!
My daughter was nonplussed until I explained that the cost of our 90-minute movie could have purchased her a new outfit at Kohl’s, or nine Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supremes. Her teenage brain practically shorted out at the thought. I mean, like, OMG! Who wants a movie when you can get new clothes or a mountain of fast food?
Back in my teen years, I used to go to the movies every Wednesday with my Daddy. The tickets were less than $3.00 each and the popcorn was $0.50. Yeah, those really were the days, back when you could take your kid to the movies without hyperventilating or having to take out a second mortgage to afford it.
It will be a long time before I go to the movies again. In the meantime, I’ll make my own popcorn, brew some sweet tea, and watch DVDs in my PJ’s. And if I want a second look at Ryan Reynolds, Johnny Depp or Hugh Jackman I’ll employ judicious use of the rewind button.
Now that’s entertainment!
Til next time,