Quentin Tarantino did the Barbenheimer double-feature this weekend in LA

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer had a huge opening weekend, especially given that it’s an R-rated drama about scientists and communists. That would have been the story, except that Barbie exceeded all expectations, all tracking, all box office predictions and opened with $330 million-plus worldwide. I got emotional thinking about all of the calls Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig got this weekend – I’m sure many big-name directors, producers and executives called them to give them a personal “‘atta girl.” Speaking of, Quentin Tarantino made a point of going out this weekend in LA for a Barbenheimer double-feature:

No one is immune to the cultural craze that is “Barbenheimer” — including Quentin Tarantino. Moviegoers across the globe assembled over the weekend to celebrate the debut of both Greta Gerwig’s pink and plastic-permeated “Barbie” and Christopher Nolan’s atomic history piece “Oppenheimer.” With both films opening on the same day, many ticket buyers picked up same-day viewings of the films — Tarantino among them.

In a photograph posted to Twitter, a user snapped a picture of the filmmaker in Los Angeles with Roger Avary, his “Pulp Fiction” co-writer and co-host on the pair’s Video Archives Podcast. The caption shared that Tarantino walked across the street after seeing “Oppenheimer” to buy tickets for “Barbie,” going from the Westwood Village to the Regency Bruin Theatre.

Funnily enough, the Bruin was featured in Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” in a sequence where Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie) buys a ticket to sit among strangers and watch a comedy that she’s starring in. Tarantino’s moviegoing experience replicates the pattern, as “Barbie” stars Robbie as the marquee doll. The official social media presence of the Video Archives podcast affirmed the description: “Yes our boys were out last night doing what they love to do the most together, seeing movies.”

[From Variety]

If you enjoy listening to Tarantino talk about movies and why going to see movies in the theater is a worthwhile experience, I would suggest listening to QT’s guest appearance on The Rewatchables podcast, where he argued (in 2019) that Dunkirk was Nolan’s best film. QT made a point of watching Dunkirk in a British theater and he said the experience changed his perspective on the story and film. Anyway, I’m not surprised – QT loves Nolan, so of course he would make a point of seeing Oppy opening weekend. And QT adores Margot Robbie, and I would assume Tarantino supports Greta completely. This was genuinely cool.

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  1. Abby says:

    That’s a cool story. I have enjoyed seeing Hollywood folks rally behind these two films an a way I haven’t seen before. It feels like everyone is like “Let’s just all go to the movies. All of the movies. Let’s go see them in the theaters.”

  2. Lucy2 says:

    Really glad Barbara had such a great opening, I’m going to see it this week with some friends.
    I don’t really care what Tarantino is doing, he has always bugged me and given me bad vibes.

  3. Jillian says:

    Barbie was so great, ya’ll! Completely entertaining, so much fun

    • Escondista says:

      Yes!!! I laughed! I was surprised to cry so much. It was just a joy to go to the movies and be completely immersed in that world!

      • dj says:

        I saw Barbie this weekend too! I was surprised to cry so much too. America F. was GREAT! Everyone & everything great and feminist too. I love me some Alan.

  4. Plums says:

    Not to take away from QT being cool and his genuine appreciation for both films and film scholarship in general, but my first thought when I saw this headline was “of course he saw Barbie with all that emphasis on Margot Robbie’s feet in the trailers”

  5. Lala11_7 says:

    I remember back in the day when I would go from movie to movie because I HAD to see movies opening weekend & for about 15 years…I saw a new movie in the theater…EVERY WEEKEND ❤️

    • abby says:

      My mom in her last few years of life (after my and my brother were at college, my younger brother was old enough to be on his own, and she was separated from my dad) would go to the movies by herself, all the time. With or without friends or family, it was just her favorite thing to do. Matinees, evenings, weekends–she just loved it.

      One of the last things I did with her, the weekend before she went into severe illness her last few weeks of life, she and I went to see was that Channing Tatum movie The Eagle. She so enjoyed seeing movies in the theater. So going to the theater makes me think of her.

      I don’t go very often now–if I could give any couple expecting their first baby, I would tell them to go to all the movies in the theater. My oldest is 10, and we save babysitters for social events/parties now. Literally have not seen a movie in a theater with my husband just us two in 9 years. We watch at home. We wanted to see Barbenheimer, but my in-laws are hosting family these two weeks and babysitters we need to pay is just a lot of money for 5 hours (not even counting tickets, food, etc :-)) So maybe in a few weeks. I do really want to see them both in the theater!

  6. Bettyrose says:

    Saw him speak a few months ago. He really loves movies. I recommend his memoir about falling in love with 70s cinema. I never considered the 70s the golden age of Hollywood, but he does and makes compelling arguments.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I didn’t know he had written a biography. I will have to look it up. I have always enjoyed his movies!!

      • bettyrose says:

        He did a limited, multi-city book tour that I may have slightly overpaid for tickets to, but it did come with a free copy of the book, which is a great read. And he spoke for over three hours, so actually the ticket was well worth it, but he didn’t sign copies.

  7. Ameerah M says:

    There were a lot of feet shots in Barbie so I’m sure he was excited for that too. I’m sorry. I will see myself out.