Warning – at first this might seem like a gag tip – I can assure you that it’s not only real, but really useful!
Here’s the scenario: It’s Friday before a weekend that, for some lucky stiffs, is a holiday weekend, given the 4th happening mid-week. Inevitably, to escape the heat scorching much of the U.S., you might decide to hit the local cinema for some air-conditioned visual entertainment.
But here’s the thing. In the era of sodas pushing the 32 ounce range (except for New York City), this poses a serious problem. Let’s not beat about the bush here – Murphy’s Law dictates that you’ll need to hit the restroom at the worst possible time, missing key scenes.
As with so much in life today, there’s an app for that. RunPee, available for free for both for iPad and Android, bills itself as an answer to the fact that movie theaters don’t give you a “pause” button when mother nature calls.
So here’s what it does. You run the app and tell it what movie you’re watching. According to them, here’s what happens:
“The RunPee app is primarily here to help you enjoy your movie going experience by telling you the best times to Run and Pee without missing anything important. The RunPee family – Dan, Mom and Sis – see each wide release movie that comes out on opening day. We watch for 3-5 minute spans in the movie where nothing really exciting, or funny, or important happens. ( Obviously this can be next to impossible for really good movies but we do our best. )
We start looking for peetimes about 30 minutes into the movie and we stop when there’s only 20-30 minutes left in the movie. For short movies of about 90 minutes there may only be one peetime. But for movies over 2 hours there may be 2-3 peetimes.
Each peetime has a synopses of what happens. So if you do need to run and pee then you’ll be able to come back to the theater knowing exactly what happened while you were taking care of business.
We also give you a lot more:
- Notes from the person who took the peetimes to let you know which one we would suggest using and which ones to use only in case of emergency.
- If you need to stay after the end credits for any extra scenes.
- A synopsis of the first 3 minutes of a movie just in case you are running late.
- A grade and short review for each movie.
- Screens that show information about your selected movie from RottenTomatoes.com and IMDb.com
- Quick links to the soundtrack, if any.”
It’s not often you encounter an app that at first blush, makes you giggle and think “that’s utterly silly” but that proves itself to be so useful. So maximize your movie dollars this weekend and beyond with RunPee. I’m serious – I use this and its terrific! In fact, I plan on using it tonight when I go to see “Moonrise Kingdom.”