Jamie Lee Curtis: spoiling movies for people is like spoiling surprise parties: agree?

at arrivals for KNIVES OUT Premiere, Regency Village Theatre - Westwood, Los Angeles, CA November 14, 2019. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection
I haven’t seen Knives Out yet and I’m really looking forward to it! I plan to watch it before we record the podcast on Thursday so Kaiser and I can have a (spoiler-free) talk about it for the episode coming out next Monday. (We’ll have two episodes out this month.) I just gave my thoughts on spoilers in this story on M. Night Shyamalan complaining about people spoiling The Sixth Sense twenty years later. I usually don’t mind reading spoilers as they don’t ruin the movie for me, but I should have qualified that – it really depends on what kind of movie it is, and whether I look for spoilers or they’re just sprung on me. In a new panel discussion with Entertainment Weekly (you can see the video on their site), Jamie Lee Curtis calls out people who spoil movies as small minded a-holes (my words) who find joy in ruining things for the rest of us.

The stars of Knives Out think the new whodunit is a dish best served cold.

“Going to this movie cold would be the best thing on earth,” Daniel Craig declares during a Thanksgiving-themed edition of EW’s new Around the Table video series.

Costar Jamie Lee Curtis agrees. “There’s also something very aggressive, I find, for people who spoil things for people,” she says.

Curtis hypothesizes that people who share spoilers feel they’re in an elevated position — or “a weird power trip” — but says “in fact, it diminishes you greatly if you really think about it because it makes you very small to ruin the delicious surprise.”

“To ruin it so you somehow look like a smart person? I don’t even know what value ruining a surprise is,” Curtis says. “It’s like going up to somebody [and] going, ‘Oh, you’re going to have a surprise party.’ Well, f— you. Thank you so much for ruining what should be a pleasure, and it is a pleasure, so don’t ruin it.”

[From EW]

She’s right for this specific type of spoiling films but I’ll play devil’s advocate for a moment. It’s crappy to just burst out with a spoiler in a conversation with someone or in the middle of an article without warning. This is especially true if it’s a new film or a mystery like Knives Out, where the spoiler/murderer is the plot of the film. I don’t mind it at all when a film critic opens with the fact that an article contains spoilers, and then discusses them. Sometimes you have to do that in order to do a deep dive analysis. This type of spoiling Jamie is calling out – doing it in order to have a one-up on someone or ruin their experience, is truly crappy. I’ve also noticed a new type of spoiling films where people will give random untrue spoilers just to tease people (ok teenagers do this) and that’s really annoying.

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  1. Nikki says:

    Agree. How hard is it to keep your mouth shut?? (But my family knows I mostly just like happy endings, so now I just look enigmatic!)

  2. Lindy says:

    I’m probably the odd one out here, but I’m a total scaredy-cat who cries when I’m startled, and who gets no pleasure whatsoever out of the building suspense in movies or shows. I actively hate that feeling, so I have to read the entire plot of a movie like that just to be able to watch it. I welcome spoilers and honestly don’t feel like I’m losing anything much if I get them before I see a film.

    I totally recognise I’m a weirdo about that, though!

    • harper says:

      Agree! I have always liked movies the second time, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve decided to skip the “first viewing” and just read up on the entire plot so I can sit back and relax. If I don’t know what’s going on when watching, all I do is become anxious about what’s happening.

      Heck, I know the plots to all the Shakespeare plays, doesn’t mean I don’t like to watch them!

      But the blurting out of spoilers in public is just rude. I remember stories of jerks saying who died to people in line to buy Harry Potter.

      It all comes down to consent. Spoiling the movie for yourself is just fine if that’s your thing. But spoiling it to others without their consent? Thpbpbpbpbpbp!

  3. Spicecake38 says:

    My daughter and I went to Last Christmas last night-it was even discussed here,specifically that Emilia Clarke wished people would not give spoilers away regarding this movie.
    So going in,I knew there would be *something*-my daughter then told me her history teacher had given out the ending to her class ,but she didn’t tell me.Turns out,he didn’t give them the true ending-but we sat there waiting and watching for something bad/sad which may be a given,but…
    Just ask the person if they want to know first that’s all-and this movie was really sweet BTW.

  4. A says:

    Unfortunately interwebs is full of low lives that will put spoilers in an actors or movie name’s tag on SM just so they can ruin people’s enjoyment. I’ve seen couple of sad fan bros do it for Jamie’s Knives Out cause they are mad at Rian Johnson or whatever. (I’m sure that worked well cause KO recovered its budget within five days of release) You gotta be careful while scrolling.

  5. Charfromdarock says:

    Agreed. Spoiling things just makes you an a$$, not clever or cool.

  6. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Over the years, I’ve noticed I can’t go into a movie completely blind. Can’t do it lol. A brief synopsis is mandatory, but I’d rather avoid a full frontal spoiler. I am, however, very good at keeping secrets. 😆

    • Haapa says:

      I’m the same! It’s because I am anxious in life and I get stressed out watching suspenseful movies otherwise. I like to be able to sit back and relax.

  7. Mommy2b says:

    I like to guess the killer/twist and I almost always get it right, my husband can’t stand it. lol! He says I ruin the movie for him.

  8. Some chick says:

    Sometimes I seek out spoilers, to figure out if i can watch a movie or not. I don’t like Tarantino, so I just read the plot to his last one.

    Same with Get Out. Read up on that, and way too scary for me. Interesting plot tho! I just can’t watch it.

  9. Cali says:

    Depends what it is for me. Sometimes I will google spoilers in the middle of things like an episode of Dateline or documentaries. The suspense is too stressful sometimes if it’s a true story/crime I’ve never heard of preciously.

    This week I received a sales email from an internet marketer that I follow and I was floored when she yammered on about a plot line in Frozen II that gave her a business epiphany. She then proceeded to spoil a big piece of the movie without any warning. I had already seen it with the 5 year old in my life, but I can imagine other parents had not seen it yet since it had only been out a few days. I would’ve been so pissed at her.