Joe Leydon is a long-time Houston film critic who writes forVariety
Being a film critic may sound like a glamorous job, but it seems it can also involve having to go watch things like Disaster Movie, one of those disposabe, laugh-free spoofs that come out every six months.
But a check's a check, so Leydon manned up and attended a 12:40 a.m. showing of the flick at the Edwards Cinema.
Where, it seems, someone had a more inventive way of reviewing the movie -- he came in to the theater and took a leak.
As Leydon writes:
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I actually was the only person in the theater. At least, that was the case for about 30 or so minutes into the movie. At the 30-minute mark, I noticed a young guy wandering in. (Can’t tell you his age for certain – it was, well, dark.) I thought this was kinda-sorta weird – remember, we’re talking close to 12:40 am at this point – but I figured, what the hell, maybe he just ducked in after seeing another movie in another auditorium of the megaplex. He sat down a few rows ahead of me. But after about five or so minutes, he stood up and… and… well, I am not 100 percent sure about this, but I think he took a leak. Really. Right there in the freakin’ auditorium. On the floor. And then, he left.
It's too bad for the producers of Disaster Movie that the incident occurred, because it obviously put Leydon in a sour mood. Rather than gush over the artistry and skill of the film, he wrote "Seldom has a pic been more appropriately titled than “Disaster Movie,” yet another frantically unfunny free-form farce from the unfortunately prolific writing-directing team of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer."
Sounds like more than one guy was pissed.
-- Richard Connelly