So I went to see The Avengers this weekend (I’m a big fan of superheroes) at the Cinecitta, where they play movies in the original version! It was a late showing on a Saturday night, and the one thing I really love about seeing English movies in a foreign, is how many other people show up who are Americans and who also love superheroes. This is a specific experience that brings out a very specific audience. There in this crowded movie theater were so many Americans; children, blondes wearing way too short miniskirts, muscle dudes, college students and black families…. I wanted to talk to everybody, make friends, listen to them…. it was absolutely amazing. And yet none of us do these things.
Maybe I’m the only one who gets excited to see that many Americans in one place. Sometimes I can’t stand seeing my fellow Americans; mostly it is just those obnoxious ones, but when I see English language movies, I get excited and pumped that I’m going to be around people who not only speak but completely understand my language–our language. But then I’m there and I have no idea what to say or how to introduce myself. And they seem quite content to not bother either; they have families or significant others, and they don’t seem as excited as I am to be around each other. So I just talk to the G-Man, and listen to the people around me, a function I turn off around Germans. And for those few hours, I feel like I’m home again.
I just don’t understand why we aren’t friendly with each other in this social atmosphere. How come everyone was so shy and hesitant to make contacts? Americans aren’t known for being shy, on the contrary, we are loud and proud. Although these things might not always be the best….. Anyway, should I take the extra step to introduce myself to my fellow expats at the movie theaters? Should I take the chance of embarrassing myself so that I can finally make some friends? Am I the only one considering this? What do you think??