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...I did wait something like 5 hours in line for tickets when they first went on sale. I remember taking the afternoon off from work and everything. These "losers" I referred to got opening day 12:01am tickets, but I got opening day 3:30am tickets and considered myself hardcore in another way. Of course, then we saw PM...
...and loved it. Yep, my wife (then fiancee) and several of our friends and I were just so pleased to have a new STAR WARS film to get lost in that we weren't bothered by Jar-Jar hardly at all and the vague plot didn't even occur to us. I'd see it two more times in the theater before I started to realize how much crap it was. By the fourth viewing, I decided I would see it several more times to break my record of times I had seen a single film in the theater, so I hunkered down and started enjoying the screenings like the characters on MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000. I still have all of my quips in my head for the next time I watch PM. Which will hopefully be never.
What was that record of mine? I saw the first Tim Burton BATMAN ten times in the theater. It was equally crap, but I was a hardcore comic geek. So, yes, I saw PM 11 times in the theater. Ugh... I think I must be a sadist. Luckily, back then, movie tickets were MUCH cheaper and I think a couple of the screenings I went to were matinees and a couple others were in a discount theater.
But after all that, I really came back to agreeing with Billy on this topic. It's ridiculous to get in line days, weeks, or months in advance for a movie. Sure, seeing it first is fun, but I saw PM second and it didn't stop me from enjoying it or, ultimately, realizing it was awful.
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