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Old 06-05-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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I always thought I had a good sense of humor until recently. I have gone to a few movies that were comedies and I laughed occasionally and was amused most of the time but was shocked how often some people will just laugh constantly. Are they drunk? Are they on drugs? Or are they stupid? I always assumed people who are constantly laughing at movies are a little bit strange? Or are they trying out for a part of the laugh track for an old 1960s style comedy where they had laughter constantly?

Do you laugh often at movies?
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Old 06-05-2009, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I always thought I had a good sense of humor until recently. I have gone to a few movies that were comedies and I laughed occasionally and was amused most of the time but was shocked how often some people will just laugh constantly. Are they drunk? Are they on drugs? Or are they stupid? I always assumed people who are constantly laughing at movies are a little bit strange? Or are they trying out for a part of the laugh track for an old 1960s style comedy where they had laughter constantly?

Do you laugh often at movies?
We have to remember that a sense of humor differs from person to person. Something I might laugh at may not be funny at all to another person.

I laugh at subtle comedy but slap-stick is not for me.
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Old 06-05-2009, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I always thought I had a good sense of humor until recently. I have gone to a few movies that were comedies and I laughed occasionally and was amused most of the time but was shocked how often some people will just laugh constantly. Are they drunk? Are they on drugs? Or are they stupid? I always assumed people who are constantly laughing at movies are a little bit strange? Or are they trying out for a part of the laugh track for an old 1960s style comedy where they had laughter constantly?

Do you laugh often at movies?
This is why I stopped watching black comedies in at the movies. I remember going to see Barbershop and people acted like everything Cedric the Entertainer said was comedic gold - it was haha funny but not laugh out loud for 5 minutes funny. My whole family likes the Tyler Perry movies so we pretty go see them together - the last one Madea goes to jail was NOT funny but people were hysterically laughing through the whole movie. If I had been by myself I would have walked out. Same with Soul Men, I think people were laughing extra hard for Bernie Mac
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Old 06-05-2009, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I always thought I had a good sense of humor until recently. I have gone to a few movies that were comedies and I laughed occasionally and was amused most of the time but was shocked how often some people will just laugh constantly. Are they drunk? Are they on drugs? Or are they stupid? I always assumed people who are constantly laughing at movies are a little bit strange? Or are they trying out for a part of the laugh track for an old 1960s style comedy where they had laughter constantly?

Do you laugh often at movies?
Yeah, I remember people laughed at the rape scene during The Hills Have eyes..... It was a tense and uneasy moment than these dudes bust out laughing out of nowhere ruining the whole feel.
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:37 AM
 
Location: The Midst of Insanity
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Yeah, I remember people laughed at the rape scene during The Hills Have eyes..... It was a tense and uneasy moment than these dudes bust out laughing out of nowhere ruining the whole feel.
Were we in the same theater? A group of guys behind me were guffawing through that scene; I admit I was extremely uncomfortable.

My sense of humor is different than most and the type of 'comedies' that are churned out these days are sophmoric and dull to me.
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Not only do people have different senses of humor, but films often have inside jokes directed either at those who have seen a lot of genre movies or are in the industry. Sometimes the film can also be unintentionally funny, especially if there is a stridency - a la "Reefer Madness." Further, some people react to extreme stress with laughter. The percentage of laughing sickos getting jollies is probably a lot less than it appears.

I once happened to be in an audience of the extreme liberal south Florida "in" crowd - mostly 30 somethings, alternative lifestyle, living off family wealth and upholding certain standards type of people. The film that had brought us all to the same theatre was Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine." I had found his earlier send-up of GM to be pretty good (I guess he finally was proven right on some of his points about the company), and I was curious about this film.

So anyway, I'm sitting towards the back of the crowded auditorium with my wife, and all of a sudden the scene comes up of the young man pulling a hidden arsenal out of his clothes, one weapon after another, until you think "no... he can't have another weapon" and "did he just pull that one out of his ...?!?!" Having been around guns, and knowing that such a demonstration was more practical in a magic show than reality, and suddenly realizing that Moore was repeating a schtick from an old Warner Brothers cartoon, and the audience was just sitting there seriously accepting the horror that someone could be so dangerous as to carry that many guns, I burst out laughing - not just a chuckle, but a hoot and extended belly laugh.

It was hysterically funny on so many different levels, the total naiveté of the entire audience, the reminiscence of the over-the-top cartoons of childhood, the knowledge that the kid couldn't have walked more than a foot at the start of the routine without ferting bullets, and the pandering that Moore was doing while at the same time laughing at his audience (Moore is an NRA member, for whatever reason, and is not unfamiliar with guns).

When I began laughing, it got even more funny because all of a sudden I felt like Moses parting the Red Sea. Every head in the audience near me was straining to get as far away from my laughing as possible. That just made me laugh all the harder, until tears were coming out of my eyes.

From that point on in the movie, I was viewed as the pariah, and frankly I didn't care. Not one person dared to come up to me and ask me why I had laughed. Not one person was willing to get out of their righteous indignation to try to understand what was going on. As a whole, even with the hundreds of years of expensive education and intellect that audience represented, it was dumber than a sack of rocks and unable to see further than the sack.

So when you hear someone guffawing at a scene in a movie, do a quick check of your own preconceptions and emotional involvement in the film. You could be watching another Reefer Madness and have been hearing the one honest evaluation of the movie.
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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No joke! People who laugh out loud at some of these movies are either easily entertained or totally retarded.
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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No joke! People who laugh out loud at some of these movies are either easily entertained or totally retarded.
LOL I think they laugh because they think they're supposed to. My friend and I went to Steve Harvey's last tour and he told like a 17 hour pee joke and people were howling like it was the most hilarious thing they'd ever heard, So then my friend started laughing too - I guess he didn't want to feel left out.
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Laughter is highly contagious. They go to a movie that is supposd to be funny because they want to laugh, and then laugh along with everyone else. Movies don't have laugh tracks, but TV invented them in the 50's, exactly for that purpose.

People seem to have a social tendency to laugh loudly enough to be heard, and more people there are laughing, the louder and more frequently each one laughs.
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Sin City
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I think some people want to laugh because they feel like they are getting the full experience of seeing a comedy at the theater. I don't get that way of thinking, but I know some people who do.
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