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At the Movies in Mexico


At the Movies in Mexico

Going to the movies is one of our biggest pleasures.  As always, things are a little different in Mexico!

Unidentified theater goer

Unidentified theater goer

July 18, 2007

People often ask us, “Do you have US movies in Mexico?”  Well, yep, Hollywood movies show up pretty much all over, even in the wilds of Tlajomulco de Zuñiga.  Sometimes they open here a month later than in the states, but we get to see just about everything sooner or later.

Today we went to the movies, at the new mall not far from the house.

We rarely end up watching the movie we go to see.  It’s our fault.  I haven’t worn a watch in years, and Omar refuses to be pressured and rush to something that should be fun, so once we decide to see a film, we tend to just show up and hope it’s about to start.  Sometimes it works.  Usually, we end up seeing whatever is coming up next.

This afternoon we went to see “Ocean’s 13” and ended up watching “Die Hard 4,” which turned out just fine.  We had a ball.  “Die Hard” in Spanish is entitled “Duro de Matar”—“”Hard to Kill.”  Omar says I should star in an action movie, although the only similarity between Bruce Willis and me is that we are hair challenged.  He says it should be called “Duro de Despertar” – “Hard to Wake Up.”  The gist of the movie is that I fall out of crashing helicopters, roll under roaring fireballs, and outsmart Uzi-toting terrorists, all without waking up.  (It’s an in-joke—I happen to be a very deep sleeping somnambulist, which makes life interesting in our house.   But what an exaggeration.  I have never once saved the earth in my sleep, to my knowledge).

Fun Movie-Going in Mexico FAQs:

Almost all Hollywood movies are shown here in English with subtitles.  Really big films like “Pirates of the Caribbean” will be offered in both subtitled and dubbed versions in different salons.  Many folks like the subtitles because they want to hear the star’s real voices.  (I don’t know how many dub artists there are in Mexico, but I tell you, every little girl’s voice sounds like Lisa Simpson, no matter what the movie).  And of course many people speak English or like to practice, so they prefer subtitles.  Once when the projectionist accidentally started running a dubbed film, everyone booed and hissed until he found a subtitled copy.   It’s easy to see why.  In the dubbed version a deep, portentous voice reads the opening credits, even the star’s names.  Do we really need someone to tell us that we are watching “CheeCAgo, con Katareen Zeta Jons y Reechar Geer?”

Kid’s films like “Shrek” are only shown dubbed.  Why?  Half the audience is too young to read.  I have yet to see any of the Shrek films, or Nemo, in English.  I understand they’ve done alright without me.

Movie prices have inched up in the past several years.  In the mid 1990’s I could still find movies for $1.50.  Now they are $3, and that’s only on Wednesdays, which are two-for-one.  Popcorn is ridiculously overpriced, of course.  It s one of the few things we fight about.  To enjoy the movie Omar NEEDS to spend $5 on thirty-cent’s worth of popcorn.  I bite holes in my tongue and try not to be an old grump.  Occasionally I succeed.

One more thing.  In a full theater one often needs to squeeze by sitting folk to get to your seat.  In the states you say “Excuse me” and pass by as gracefully as possible, facing the screen.   If you do that in Mexico, you may get nasty looks for flashing your butt in the sitee’s faces.  In Mexico, you face the back of the theater, and mutter “Con permiso—with your permission.”

Dan and Omar

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