Do you like to watch movies, but hate paying the outrageous price of a movie ticket? WOW, YOU TOO, HUH?! Well, if this is the case… which I’m sure it is for just about everybody – then MoviePass may be the solution for you! Ok, infomercial over. But for real, I have now been a member for about three months or so. A little while after flickfans.net was launched, I decided to give this a try and truthfully it has served me well. However, like most things in the world, it is far from flawless. So today, lets talk about all the positives and some of the negatives involving this recent invention for movie-lovers alike.
The average movie ticket cost in the US is around 10$ (About $20 if you live in NYC like many of the contributors on this site). The monthly cost for MoviePass started at $9.99, but recently dropped down to $6.99 if you sign up for the annual plan. Yep, you read that right… if you see one movie a month, you have already gotten more than your money’s worth.
So you’ve gotten your money’s worth after one ticket – YAYYYY GREAT – so how many tickets do you get in a month? 3? 5? 10? Actually, with MoviePass you’re able to see one movie a day – which means you can technically see up to 30/31 movies a month. So for all you true cinephile’s out there, if you literally wanted to see a movie every day for a month, you could. That’s a minimum $300< dollar value for only $6.99.
Also from a consumer standpoint MoviePass is very easy to use. All you need to do is download the free MoviePass app, go to your local theater, open the app, select the movie theater you are currently at, and then select the movie and show time you so desire. When it comes time to buy your ticket, you will use the MoviePass card (looks just like a debit or credit card) to purchase it from the cashier. Written down, it may seem like much more of a process then it actually is. It truly is very simple.
Perhaps MoviePass sounds too good to be true. Like, there has to be a catch somewhere, right?! Well yes and no. It really is as simple as signing up, checking your app, and using the MoviePass card for the ticket selected… for deadass a monthly fee of $6.99. With that said though, there are a *few issues I’ve encountered within the past 3 months…
As mentioned previously, you CAN use 30 tickets within a month, but ONLY one per day. Which means… if you are on date night, or choose to go see a movie with a friend, and you don’t want to be a fuckin’ Steven Glansberg – you’re still going to end up paying something at the theater.
Where the real problem lies is with the seating. Because your MoviePass only allows you to check in for one ticket, there’s a chance that when you get to the theater that A) It might be sold out, or B) You won’t be able to sit next to the person you decided to go with. For huge box-office films, particularly in the beginning weeks of its release…this seems to be always deem true.
Also touched on before was how you must be at the theater to check in… or at least close to it. The MoviePass app will NOT allow you check in if you aren’t within 100 yards of the actual theater. Reasoning behind this is so they make sure be attending for certain – this way, the theater doesn’t hold a bunch of seats that might not get used. While I totally understand this, it is another inconvenience.
Furthermore, MoviePass does NOT work for all theaters. While 90% of theaters are in the MoviePass database, some still do not allow it (GET WITH THE PROGRAM THEATERS)
Lastly, MoviePass will not be accessible for all show times. You could never use it for a 3-D showing and almost every Thursday night premiere or early screening.
So there you have it – the good the bad, the happy, and the sad. *Al Green here anyone?* Overall, I do think MoviePass is still worth it, solely for the reason of it being so god damn cheap. I mean, see one movie, once a month (with their annual subscription) and… you can do the math. As a movie nerd myself, I tend go to a lot of movies. Like, a lot a lot… and many times I am by myself, for the sake of a review or to analyze the film for a particular piece. But for the common FLICKFAN, take into account all of the things revealed in this review. Because, maybe you only want to see a movie or 2 per month. And maybe you’ll always want to bring someone. And MAYBE every movie you’d want to see is a popular release. If so, MoviePass could be more of a nuisance rather than a deal.
Nevertheless, If you are a huge flick fan, even with the few inconveniences – It’s hard to argue against the subscription. Whether it be $6.99 or $9.99, that’s a pretty good fuckin’ bargain regardless.
By Nick Weninger