In theory, getting a group of friends to agree on a movie to watch should be easy. After all, you and your friends probably have similar tastes and interests or you wouldn’t be friends in the first place. So why is it so hard to choose a movie?
Perhaps it’s because we have so many choices these days. If you have only five movies to choose from, it’s a lot easier to express a preference confidently than if you have 1,000 to choose from. With on-demand streaming services like Instant Watch (from Netflix), your choices often aren’t restricted to the DVDs in front of you, either. With more choices comes more headaches. Reaching a consensus rarely works; all it takes is for one person to disagree and you end up with a stalemate (or else that one friend is sitting in the corner wishing he had stayed home and balanced his checkbook instead). Regardless of the cause, it’s a problem that all sociable people have to deal with.
Fret no more. I am here to teach you The System, the time-honored democratic method my friends and I have developed to choose a movie to watch. It works best with at least four people, and all you need are pens, paper, and movies to choose from. Once you’ve learned it, you can use The System to settle all kinds of choice-based disagreements. Read the rest of this entry »