We know that fans of Fifty Shades of Grey are passionate about the property. They turned out in record-breaking numbers its opening weekend. Their pre-sale tickets spurred instant promise of sequels. And if you tell them to quell their cries of enjoyment, they’ll cut a bitch. But the biggest and wildest response to this BDSM romance was enacted by those who didn’t see it.
THR reports 100 teenagers—male and female—rioted on Valentine’s Day when denied entrance to Fifty Shades of Grey. How it played out sounds like the inciting incident of a horror movie.
It was a seemingly normal Valentine’s Day in Ocoee, Florida. The local mall’s movie theater was bustling with giddy couples out looking to have an unforgettable night. And they would, because there were minors among them with something dark and violent brewing in their adolescent souls and hormone-fueled fists.
Being under 17, many kids were denied tickets to the R-rated Fifty Shades of Grey. So they employed that age-old right of passage, purchasing tickets to whatever PG-13 offering they could, with plans to sneak into the age inappropriate film they’d prefer.
What at first seemed like good news for the theater—with PG-13 screenings selling out left and right—resulted in pandemonium when teens started forcing their way into Fifty Shades of Grey, tickets be damned! Mall security was called in, but proved useless. Moviegoers started calling the cops reporting that teens were running around the theatre threatening those seated, shouting, “Shut the fuck up, or I’m going to kill you.”
Thankfully, things cooled off pretty quickly when the police arrived.Only one arrest was made, for battery and resisting an officer without violence.
In hopes to prevent similar juvenile revolts, this AMC theater changed their policy so that no one under 17 is allowed within the theater after 9 P.M., unless accompanied by an adult. Now if kids want to act like marauding morons, they’ll need to bring their moms along.
Kristy Puchko officially feels too old for this shit.