Here's a good question: How many times have you been out renting a movie with your significant other when a fight between the two of you over which movie to rent breaks out? Okay, maybe not a full-on fight, but more like one of those annoying arguments ... in public? Over at The Movie Blog, they have up a pretty funny post called How To (And Not To) Pick A DVD With Your Girlfriend. Of course, the title kinda leaves out boyfriends, husbands and wives -- but that's not the point. The point is that this has become one of the hardest tasks for a couple -- and if you've never argued with your significant other over a rental choice, then congrats: You're in the perfect relationship!
I can't even count the number of times I've been in Blockbuster with my wife (used to be girlfriend), and she'd pick up a movie like Underdog (simply because she wanted to see how our dog would react to the other dogs talking), and I'd sort of grumble back a "Really? Do we have to get that?" Then, most (if not all) of the time, she'd say something like, "Ugh -- you think you know everything because you write for a stupid movie site. Why can't I ever pick something!?" People look, the guy putting away movies smiles all-knowingly and I wind up watching Underdog while she holds our dog's head toward the screen, whispering "Who's that doggie? Is that doggie talking? Look at that doggie flying!"
Truth be told, it really is hard for me. Since it's my job to see a lot of movies, as well as know what the buzz is on every single movie that comes out, it's difficult to not give my opinion when she picks up a film I know got panned and wants to see it based on the "really cool description." Obviously, I have my own selfish issues to work through, and it'd be good to just give in sometimes and let her pick the movie she wants to see -- but I'd be lying if I said it's easy to keep my mouth shut. Because it's not.
Because of this, we've since cut off our Netflix subscription and have begun either watching DVDs I'm assigned to review (which, usually, are films we both want to see) and/or festival screeners (which are films I probably don't know much about in the first place). I'm happy to say we haven't argued over a film in a long time.
But I'm curious to see how you all handle these kinds of situations. Are you a movie geek and your significant other is not? Do you fight a lot over which movies to rent? Do you ALWAYS agree? Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to check out that post over on The Movie Blog for some good problem-solving techniques.