The Do's And Don'ts For Picking A Takeout Night Movie
Posted on Monday July 25, 2011, 14:07 by Jodie McEwan in Empire States
Takeaway is probably one of the best ideas man has ever had: all you need to have a good time is food, films and an oversized hoody. But there is always the same squabble when trying to decide on the ultimate film to fit the mood, so from past experience I’m going to share the do’s and don’ts on what to watch.
I thought of this guide because last night I had people round my house to mong out, watch movies and order Chinese (the ultimate laze about session). My lounge has become the usual takeout host so my friends know the drill – bring films, bring munchies, do not wear anything that will stop your food baby from expanding, and if you leave your seat you’re automatically in a ‘you snooze, you lose’ situation. As ever, we can never decide on what film to watch but there at least one or two ground rules I’d like to share with you.
(1) Don’t watch anything that demands your full attention. This isn’t the same as watching a film on your own. Here you have to cope with the munchers, who’ll drown out key plot points and moving moments with the ear-shattering crunch of tortilla, the commentators and, of course, the “I don’t get it” fraternity. These immediately rule out anything by Christopher Nolan, David Lynch, or Kevin James and talking gorillas. Then there’s pesky interruptions like the takeaway arriving, loo breaks and the chatterbox who can't last ten seconds without asking someone how their day was. This out rules most things sci-fi, dramatic or historical. Films with finesse-filled storytelling like, for instance, Moon, Notes On A Scandal and Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto deserve your full attention – especially when subtitles are involved – so films like these are a strict no-go area for takeout night.
(2) Remember to have a mix of what to watch for both lads and ladies - nothing too action heavy or likely that could turn into a cry-marathon. If the sight of Jason Statham in full flow stirs your emotions, The Expendables is a “no” on both counts. Although Mean Girls and The Notebook are probably the best ‘chick flicks’ of our generation, if you don’t bring at least one movie that sits in the unisex category, there will be an unending feud over what to watch. I’m talking from experience here.
(3) Don’t pick anything too lengthy. You want something short and sweet that gives you a chance to watch other films after it. Movies like Return Of The King, King Kong and The Green Mile won’t allow much more than a reach for the taxi number. In fact, by the time Frodo gives his final farewell everyone will be itching to go home and crawl into bed. This isn’t to say I don’t love these films, but for night in with takeaway and friends they won’t keep everyone’s eyes glued to the screen.
Finally, comedies and animations are probably your best bet if you want to satisfy everyone – Anchorman, Hot Fuzz, The Hangover, Toy Story 1-3 and Shrek (the first movie only) are bankers. They don’t need much attention and certainly don’t stereotype into a guy or gal film. In the end you only want something enjoyable while you swallow your chicken curry without chewing.
What did we opt for this time? Well I won’t lie, Mean Girls nearly made its way into the DVD player with the boys as the minority voters, but in the end Monsters, Inc. won our take-out night spot, playing to our childhood memories.
Those are my takeout night tips but what are yours? What films make the cut for a night in with friends?
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Posted on Monday July 25, 2011, 18:52
A truly brilliant blog; I totally agree with you. I think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) is a good chioce to watch with friends, and of course Toy Story (1-3).
Posted on Monday July 25, 2011, 18:58
I've been faced with this problem in the past, I always go for Grosse Point Blank. Romance, comedy, gunplay, great music, it's all there and likely to appeal to a wide range of people.
Posted on Monday July 25, 2011, 19:11
Hey, Mean Girls is awesome, and Im an 18 year old boy! And Shrek 2 is amazing better than the first one.
Posted on Monday July 25, 2011, 19:37
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Back to the Future
Indiana Jones / The Mummy
Super Size Me ... just kidding
Posted on Monday July 25, 2011, 20:00
1cbruced you are a very smart man or woman
Posted on Monday July 25, 2011, 20:01
Raiders. Forever, Raiders. If ever anyone is deciding to watch any film in any scenario for any reason, Raiders is the answer.
Also regular shouts in our house are Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Transformers (first one only). Enough bang-and-wallop to keep the boys happy, but not too violent for the girls, and plenty of humour to balance things out.
Occasionally we'll try a compromise double-bill when it's amixed group (like Mean Girls followed by Die Hard or similar), but these can be controversial, especially if you have single mates of either gender who aren't as, um, accustomed to compromise as us poor, hen-pecked, attached me - I mean: people. Attached PEOPLE. Of both genders.
Posted on Monday July 25, 2011, 21:00
Very good blog I have never had this problem my self because most of the girls I hang out with are the best of both (Hot as most girls but like boys stuff) anyway if I am going to pick a film to watch it with a tack away right now then it have to be one of the following.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Star Trek (2009)
Transformers 1 or 2 (3 is EPIC btw)
Any Of The Fast And Furores Films
Clash Of The Titans
Shaun Of The Dead
To name just a few and hay wyes it have to be a film I’ve had tack away whilst watching Doctor Who (New Series from 2005 to Present) and Ashes To Ashes
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Posted on Monday July 25, 2011, 22:22
The I tend to find with takeaway movie nights is when 1 person in the group hasn't seen the film in question. always leads to having to explain who's who in between mouthfuls of pizza/chinese/kfc! When it comes to film choices I'd suggest any of the following:
Raiders/Temple/Last Crusade(the other one didn't happen)
Hot Fuzz/Shaun of the Dead double feature
Any Kevin Smith film
Plus any time after November 5th brings festive double features into play, my favourite last year had to be the Muppets Christmas Carol/Die Hard night!
Posted on Monday July 25, 2011, 23:01
Back to the Future
Die Hard 3
Muppets Treasure Island
However, in my flat we are follow the belief that for every night, there is the perfect film.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 05:43
I would love to see a Kevin James film with talking guerrillas
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 08:31
My tip: Try and avoid Gore.
You don't want to be watching Saw 3 when you're tucking into your Chicken Biryani.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 08:35
Black Dynamite is the ultimate film for these sort of events. It has everything required to keep the boys and girls happy. It was a close one though, it was either BD or Evil Dead 2 as that also ticks every box...especially the one marked, "bloody hilarious". Other candidates would include Groundhog Day and The Princess Bride.
Just don't put I Saw The Devil on. Trust me, it will go down like a brick in a lift shaft...
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 08:38
Dazed and Confused
and I definitely agree with Grosse Point Blank
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 08:53
'As Good As It Gets' has good appeal to all factor.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 09:15
The Final Destination movies work if you just want to dump your brain somewhere for a couple of hours .
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 09:20
You only need one film. Jurassic park.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 09:25
Nice blog, but how about some classics?
These are ones I can watch again and again.
Western: The Magnificent Seven (1960)
War Film: The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Sci-Fi: The Thing From Another World (1951) or double bill with John Carpenter's The Thing (1982)
Horror: The Wolf Man (1941) or double bill with The Wolfman (2010)
Comedy: The Party (1968) with Peter Sellers
Romantic Comedy: The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 09:33
Yes to the Jurassic Park comment.
And if you have someone there who hasn't seen it, you should seriously reconsider their friendship.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 09:46
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 09:53
How to Train Your Dragon - girls, guys, film hating parents, all loved it, perfect group film to mong to. I would say Toy Story 3 is a risk given the tear potential in front of your man mates. You can sell any action film to the girls in the room by emphasing that it has a romance in it as well (Die Hard, The Rock, Crank - all 'technically' true). Moon and Inception were epic failures with a group.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 09:55
Grosse Point Blank
Back to the Future 2
Shaun of the Dead
Ground Hog Day
I could go on all day, there are too many..................argh!!!!!! :-)
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 10:39
Many good calls - I would just add Easy A, surprisingly unisex. Or Whip It - the boys like the eye candy.
Another note of caution would be to avoid gore. Although there is a rite of passage in my husband's family of having to watch Peter Jackson's Braindead and eat strawberry cheesecake (the cheap stuff with the bright red goo on top) during the bit with the lawnmower. Great fun with little brothers!
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 10:58
Here are some suggestions:
Back to the Future.-Only if your mates are fans of Spielberg.
The Hangover.-Every one likes the Hangover.
Shoot Em Up.-Action for a whole film, grabs your attention.
Drive Angry 3d.-Tits,action and Gore, best for a friday night with your mates.
Hot Fuzz-Its awesome.
Paul- Only if your mates are nerdy and they're a laugh.
Toy Story 3- Best of the trilogy and your mates will probably like this.
Jurrassic Park- If your mates like dinosaurs killing people.
Ferris Buellers Day Off-It's a classic enough said. The best of Hughes' films
Die Hard- What human doesn't like Die Hard?
The Rock- Action packed with explosions and Connery, whats not to like.
Scream1- Its a funny scary classic.
Raiders of the lost ark- Giant Boulder,Fedora, Ford,Spielberg, classic.
Horrors are good, if a special girl is there, who can cuddle into you.
Comedy is good for everyone.
Action grabs your attention.
Classics,everyone likes them.
That is all goodbye. Lewisb548. =)
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 12:36
@Rob Chappell - I need to know these girls!! Great films for the masses there with Indy, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters and any Pixar film thrown in for good measure :-)
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 12:41
Tommy Wiseau's The Room. Drama, suspense, comedy, high emotion. It has it all.
or Con Air. Everyone loves Con Air.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 12:44
Team America is the ultimate group watching film. Appeals to every demographic and is f*cking hilarious!!
Just for the record I tried "something different" once: Russian Ark. Don't ever ever ever do that....
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 12:45
Top Secret - you don't need to pay attention too much, and there are laughs every ten seconds at least.
Another surprisingly good one is The Birdcage.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 12:58
Ferris Bueller, good shout!!!!!!!
Trains Planes & Automobiles
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 13:26
I have to agree with Patricia's entry into the foray. Top Secret is from the makers of Airplane and I like the Birdcage. Robin Williams is hilarious in that. One thing is certain, though. You don't pick a Woody Allen title, unless you're dating someone who considers themselves an intellectual. Stay away from Kubrick, though, because I DARE you (as a man) to sit there and watch A Clockwork Orange with a woman. OK, maybe Barry Lyndon if there are more women than men. Don't watch Eyes Wide Shut, or you could be hosting an orgy. (Whether that is good is up to you!)
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 13:31
Top Gun for sure!
It's got everything a casual viewing needs for both genders.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 13:51
I was at a film night of a mate of mine's at the weekend, and we pretty much did exactly the opposite of this blog (though everyone there was pretty much a film nerd): first off was The Mechanic, as you can't beat a bit of the Stath. Next was The Thing, which is awesome on a 42" HD screen and a dark room filled with people who actually appreciate the film. We ended with Tron Legacy, as that looks stupidly pretty on Blu-Ray, and we felt like taking the piss out of the woeful storyline and the borderline-creepy CG Jeff Bridges.
I suppose it's more to do with what company you have more than anything, if it's a bunch of people who love watching films and discussing them (we talked over everything, though still managed to follow each film perfectly) then watch what you want, if it's not a group of film enthusiasts, stick to the more generally popular things.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 14:13
I agree with Ao_Seichi: the company makes the difference. My group of friends, even - or should I say especially - the girls, are not really into romcom or teardrawing pics. We always go for cheap nonsense: we have a strange preference for The Asylum nonsense.
Oh, and don't order takeaway: cook for yourselves before the film-viewing starts: mexican, chinese, salds and pastas are easily made for 9-10 people.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 14:37
I have but 2 words for the movie watching world!
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 16:13
This is so subjective! One mans meat is another mans poison.
I must say it is a particularly feminine selection of films selected in the original blog man! Mean girls or shrek!? Somebody do me a favour and end my tiny existence! I'd rather go to bed early and hungry.
The theory is sound but those films are not staples...they're camels!!
Some posters have better ideas.
You need something with action, romance, comedy and pace to please a crowd chatty bunch on beers etc...not chick flicks!!
Is it a Glee themed party!? Just cut out the middle man a watch Glee!
I'm not even going to make suggestions because they are so numerous and obvious...
Can't go wrong with True Lies though
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 16:16
Lots of great suggestions here but no one I can see has mentioned the all time best takeaway movie.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 17:18
Having had my new girlfriend round the other day for a takeaway last weekend, I was put in this dilema myself. I have a vast and varied collection, but she is a fussy film fan.
So, I decided on Rocky. Despite her preconceptions, I assured her there is a lot more to the film than just boxing.
Afterwards, she said she loved it and it wasn't what she expected at all. In fact, next time she comes over, she wants to watch Rocky II.
Otherwise, you can't go wrong with Indy.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 17:22
i had a movie-night with friend just this weekend. We watched Citizen Kane and the original version of The Producers. Kane didn't go over so well because it is probably the film most spoiled by crappy sound design and muddy dialogue (not to mention pacing problems), but still had its moments. Producers had the crowd in stitches.
I think the best example of what kind of films work and don't in a party setting is the time we had a double-bill of Alien and Aliens. We talked almost non-stop over Alien, but were glued to the screen for Aliens. So that's two things that will win over the crowd: something funny, or kinetic, or both.
Still, next time I really want to watch something like Ben-Hur or Lawrence of Arabia.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 17:23
FriendSSSSSSS. I have more than one friend.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 20:36
I'd like to add an extra rule: No Horror Movies. Not unless you're in the odd position where everyone invited over absolutely loves them. Last movie night I attended got pretty weird after one person started freaking out about demon possession. The strange thing was, we figured we'd be safe, as the movie was 'Season of the Witch.' I don't find Medieval action movies even remotely scary--let alone 'Season of the Witch'!
But. There you have it. One unhappy camper, and everyone else feeling weird. So... keep in mind that straight-out horror, gore, possessions, and ultra-violence are as non-no as 100% Macho Action and Kleenex Friendly Rom-Com.
I second gambit21 on 'Princess Bride.'
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 21:50
Amazing, no one has mentioned this gem: "Lucky Number Slevin." Trust me. Watch it with a small group. Then watch it again with some people who, like you, have now seen it, and other people who have not seen it. It's even more fun watching the 2nd or 3rd time b/c of all the details you start noticing and its enjoyable seeing others react to the plot changes when you knew how it was really going to play out. "Lucky Number Slevin" was a $7 bargain buy for me, and is probably the best $7 I ever spent on a DVD. It never fails.
Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2011, 21:59
The best film night I had with friends consisted of:
Posted on Wednesday July 27, 2011, 02:46
ha you're all wrong.the correct answer is something like street trash or hollywood chainsaw hookers.and if theres someone in the room who doesn't like it,they can shut up and go sit in the kitchen...on their own...in the dark...hopefully.that is all
Posted on Wednesday July 27, 2011, 03:26
kiss kiss bang bang
i agree with grosse point blank
i also think heist movies often go over pretty well
movies like dumb and dumber
lots of things, i dunno
Posted on Wednesday July 27, 2011, 15:45
Darn - got beaten to the punch by martind_t - kudos for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
A lot of other films I agree with here - Easy A, Grosse Point Blank, Pixar and Dreamworks animations, Back to the Future 1/2/3, Jurassic Park, etc.
Tangled has also been getting a lot of watches with friends recently.
Team America/South Park are a good comedy double feature.
True Lies also ticks action and comedy - as does Bad Boys (1, not 2) - and Hellboy 1 or 2 (or both).
I have also just got a copy of Flash Gordon Silver Anniversary DVD - not watched it with the Brian Blessed commentary yet - but sure a drinking game can be made of that, or the film itself!
Posted on Friday July 29, 2011, 13:11
Keeping it comedy is usually a good bet. No non-English language films.
Always best if it's a film that everyone has seen at least once so that you know all the beats and you can happily talk over it till the best bits and essentially offer up your own group commentary on it as well. Arguing the virtues of Kevin Smith's work or whether Bruce Campbell should have been the greatest movie star ever have often been the topics of debate during a movie night with my mates
Posted on Friday July 29, 2011, 15:09
I third the Princess Bride and agree with Grosse Point Blank. I love Scott Pilgrim, but my wife doesn't get it.
I'd also suggest any of the Bourne films, popular with all ages and genders.
Posted on Friday July 29, 2011, 16:33
Since when did Britain become another State in the USA? Am I alone here? Myself and my friends continue to call it "takeaway" and we're British.
The only time I say "takeout" is when I'm pretending to be a Mafioso.
Posted on Friday July 29, 2011, 17:10
It's "take away" and most people here have horrid taste in films.
Posted on Saturday July 30, 2011, 00:05
Posted on Saturday July 30, 2011, 21:11
Cannibal Holocaust is always a safe bet.
Posted on Sunday July 31, 2011, 11:33
Great writing! As one person who takes their films seriously to another - there is much truth and value in what you say.
Posted on Thursday August 4, 2011, 13:23
Snakes on a plane. Cos even the actors aren't taking it too seriously.
Posted on Thursday August 4, 2011, 13:29
Also, Casino Royale or Quantum of Solace. Both girls and boys like the Craig. Funny thing is everyone goes quiet when Judy Dench talks. Prob because we all feel like we're being told off for wasting another thursday night.
Posted on Thursday August 18, 2011, 22:24
Layer Cake, and has no one mentioned Kill Bill 1?
Posted on Saturday August 20, 2011, 23:10
Superbad & Scott Pilgrim vs. The World are probably good choices to watch in this situation, or anything with Michael Cera... :D
Posted on Monday August 29, 2011, 16:11
Can't agree more on the subtitles point. My continued attempts to introduce my friends to Yojimbo have always failed.
Really, you can't go wrong with Anchorman.
And if you want to try something they might not have seen before, I recommend Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.