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Movie night stalls out

Despite free popcorn, pop, and a movie, students failed to show up for Student Government’s event

By Todd Salisbury
On March 14, 2019

A movie poster for the film "Baby Driver."

Student Government hosted a movie night March 14, and showed the action film “Baby Driver,” starring Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, and young-star Ansel Elgort.

The movie was released in 2017 and is about a talented getaway driver, trapped in the heist life looking for a way out.

“Baby Driver” has a score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed over 225 million at the box office.

However, students did not floor it to the event.

Jeff Stead, a student at the event, thinks the weather played a role.

“It was the first nice day we had in a while,” Stead said. “People want to spend time outside.”

Stead said he was happy he went to the event though.

“This was a good opportunity to see a movie, I think my favorite scene was the first car chase,” he said.

Stead is referring to the opening scene where the main character Baby, played by Elgort, is driving a group of robbers after a heist in a red modified Subaru that he weaves in and out of traffic, spinning around the cops of Atlanta.

This was the first movie night hosted by Student Government in years.

“The last movie night was a few years ago,” said Tom Ryder, Director of Campus and Community Events/Student Activities. “It was the movie ‘The Party Animal’ with a toga party as well.”

Ryder and others in attendance don’t think the starring of controversial actor Kevin Spacey played a role in students not attending.

“I wasn’t affected by scenes with Spacey,” Stead said. “If a movie is good, its good.”

Ryder believes the warm weather played a role in the poor turnout but was still happy to have hosted a movie night for those in attendance.

“All we can do as a group is put pieces in place,” he said.

Ryder said Student Government would brainstorm again and think of new ideas for student events.

He said an outdoor movie night has been discussed as an event with the weather warming up.


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