Going to the cinema alone
By Gavin Jewkes, 27 November 2013
1. Your friends will like you again
Going to the cinema on your own means not having to force your film choices on anyone else. This earns you major kudos points with your mates, as they don't feel awkwardly obliged to join you at that 7:30pm showing of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.
2. You wanna cry? You go ahead and cry, boy!
Think of all the films you've watched and fought to keep the tears back when things turned a bit sad. If you go solo next time you want to watch, say, Pixar's 'Up', you can let the floodgates open without fear of mockery.
3. You can get drunk
Leaving your other half at home doesn't just mean you can go for regular instead of Diet Coke. Sneaking in some tinnies or a bottle of wine is, and we speak from experience here, a great way to make a bad film funny and an 'alright' film rank among the best you've ever seen.
4. You can get 2 for the price of 1
It's a lot easier to slyly walk into a second film for free afterwards if there's only one of you. Though, obviously, we're not really advocating theft.
5. You can challenge the notion of what's considered 'normal'
Have you ever watched TV on your own? Yes? And you think that's normal, do you? Well, you're right. Which is why going to the cinema and staring at a slightly larger screen is just as normal and probably isn't an experience you need someone to hold your hand through.
6. No armrest politics
Armrest politics can ruin a movie, so save yourself the bother and leave your mate/girlfriend with the sharpened elbows at home.
7. You could find love
Imagine, in the least creepy way possible, that you meet the love of your life in the cinema, who also happens to be a lone cinemagoer with a penchant for salted popcorn (not sweet -you don't have to put up with that stuff anymore!).
8. You can laugh when you want
You don't have to laugh at something that's not funny just because the person you're with finds it hilarious. And, by the same token, you don't have to worry about giving out a hearty belly laugh/pig snort if you find something silly funny and everyone else thinks the joke's rubbish.
9. You can hide
You're hungover, you look (and smell) awful so, naturally, you don't want to see anyone you know. The answer? 90 solitary minutes in a darkened room. Easy.
10. You can indulge your dark fetish for Vince Vaughan comedies
No one else wanted to see The Internship, and for good reason! But that doesn't mean you should deprive yourself of some gentle, playful humour, courtesy of Hollywood's favourite big guy.