What makes a good peetime?

Many people have asked recently what makes a good peetime. That isn’t a simple question to answer because every movie is different. However, I can give you the guidelines that we use when watching a movie. And it’s very important to remember that a peetime is by no means a part of the movie that you expect to miss without anything at all important happening. What is crucial for a peetime is that the synopsis we give you be concise and accurate so that you have a good idea what did happen.

First and foremost no one wants to miss the funniest scene in a comedy, or the most amazing action scene in an action movie, or the plot twisting moment in a thriller. So those scenes are totally off limits for peetimes. Not to say that there won’t be some action or humor in a particular peetime., but certainly not the iconic moments. As an example, in the movie Taken with Liam Neeson there’s a long chase scene in a gravel pit. That made a decent peetime because it really wasn’t a spectacular chase scene. It would be nice if there had been a better choice but the movie was full of really good action and important plot development throughout. Sometimes we have to make the best of a bad situation.

Another great example is the movie This is the End. It was hilarious. There was honestly no span of 4 minutes in that movie that didn’t have something that made the entire audience laugh. I was doing peetimes for the movie and getting a little anxious because I was afraid I would have to include a funny scene in a peetime. But then there were two scenes where they drew straws. Those scenes made the best peetimes in the movie because what followed was a long, slow, developing scene that didn’t have any humor. I could easily summarize the scene concisely so that the user could quickly read what they missed and come back to the theater before the hilarity continued.

The process of finding peetimes requires constant note taking during a movie. It really is a chore to do. One of the most frustrating things is that we’ll have a really good peetime going and then 2 minutes later something funny, or action, or plot, etc. happens that ruins the peetime. We simply scratch it out and start over.

Another thing that we don’t want to include in a peetime is the introduction of a new character because it would be difficult to adequately describe a character so that you would know who they were when you see them. So we try and stay away from those scenes.

You know what we love more than anything? Long music montages. Those scenes usually make great peetimes unless they are followed by something crucial. Another type of scene that we love are those long introduction scenes before the action kicks in. You know, those scenes where the good guys are slowly walking through the building looking for the bad guy and that goes on for 3-4 minutes. Those are great because there’s almost no dialog to summarize.

Speaking of dialog: we have gotten very good at note taking and can keep up with most dialog word for word, or at least very nearly. If the dialog contains important information we’ll give it all to you. But, if it’s just some characters chatting we might summarize what they talk about. We know that the user is going to be a little pressed for time when they read the synopsis – before reentering the theater – so we try to keep it succinct whenever possible.

It’s important to note that not all peetimes are created equal. The Notes section on the Peetime screen – located above the the peetimes – is our way of letting the user know which peetimes work really well and which ones don’t. This isn’t a problem for short movies that only have one peetime. But for long movies with many peetimes we want to let you know which peetime we would suggest you use if you have the option. The other peetimes are there for emergency use only. For instance, in a movie that’s around 2 1/2 hours long there might be a great peetime right around the middle of the movie that we recommend, but we know that sometimes our bodily urges come on suddenly. You may have thought you could make it to the end when that peetime came and went but then 20 minutes later you realize that you have to go, bad. We try to have peetimes spaced throughout the movie but some of them, well, to be frank, you’re going to pay the price for not using the one we suggested. The good news is that at least you’ll know what you missed.

I hope that clarifies what’s going on behind the curtain when we’re looking for peetimes. Feel free to ask any additional questions in the comments below.

RunPee statistics for 2012

We added 129 movies to the database this year.  That’s an average of 2.5 movies a week.

The shortest movie of the year was The Collection which was only 1 hour and 22 minutes long. The longest movie was Cloud Atlas which was 2 hours and 52 minutes long. ( Note: Titanic 3D was 3 hours and 14 minutes long but that wasn’t really a new release. )

The top 10 longest movies were:

  • 194 – Titanic 3D
  • 172 – Cloud Atlas
  • 169 – The Hobbit
  • 165 – Django Unchained
  • 164 – Dark Knight Rises
  • 157 – Les Miserables
  • 149 – Lincoln
  • 143 – Skyfall
  • 142 – The Avengers
  • 142 – The Hunger Games

The total running time for all movies added to the database is 14,117 minutes. That’s 235.28 hours of movies with an average length of 1 hour and 43 minutes.

distribution-of-movie-lengths-2012

We started adding reviews to movies about mid-way through the year so not all movies got reviews. Here’s some numbers on the reviews we have. You can clearly see that Mom and Sis are a little more, okay, a LOT MORE, forgiving than I am. I think somebody needs to adjust their grades a bit and use more of the spectrum. 🙂

Grades by Dan

A+    The Avengers
A     Skyfall
A     Life of Pi
A-    The Bourne Legacy
A-    Looper
A-    Argo
A-    The Hobbit
B+    Men in Black III
B+    The Amazing Spider-Man
B     Battleship
B     Prometheus
B     The Dark Knight Rises
B     Dredd 3D
B     Cloud Atlas
B     Jack Reacher
B     Les Miserables
B-    The Five-Year Engagement
B-    Hysteria
C+    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
C     Total Recall
C     Premium Rush
C     Taken 2
C     Hitchcock
C-    Safe
D+    The Expendables 2
D+    The Man with the Iron Fists
D     The Cold Light of Day
D-    Alex Cross
F     Resident Evil: Retribution

Grades by Sis

A+     End of Watch
A+     Sinister
A+     Flight
A+     This Is 40
A+     Parental Guidance
A     Ted
A     Pitch Perfect
A     Breaking Dawn – Part 2
A-     Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
B+     That’s My Boy
B+     Hit and Run
B+     Lawless
B     Chernobyl Diaries
B-     Hotel Transylvania
C+     Chasing Mavericks
C+     Playing for Keeps
C     Step Up Revolution
C     Paranormal Activity 4
D+     The Possession
D-     Red Dawn

Grades by Mom

A+     The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A+     Lincoln
A+     Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away
A+     Django Unchained
A     The Dictator
A     Brave
A     Hope Springs
A     Frankenweenie
A     Seven Psychopaths
A     Rise of the Guardians
B+     Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
B+     Ice Age: Continental Drift
B+     The Odd Life of Timothy Green
B+     Trouble with the Curve
B+     Wreck-It Ralph
B     The Pirates! Band of Misfits
B     The Watch
B     Won’t Back Down
B     Here Comes the Boom
B     Killing Them Softly
B-     Snow White and the Huntsman
B-     ParaNorman
B-     The Guilt Trip
C+     Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
C     What to Expect When You’re Expecting
C-     The Words

 

What is RunPee – Really?

bladder diagram from Wikipedia

Have you ever watched a movie in the theater and just had to pee – really badly – by the end of the movie? You don’t want to leave your seat, because you could miss something important. Your only options are to either: wait for the movie to end, or run and pee during what seems to be a break in the action. And when you sit back down, you sheepishly lean over and ask, “what did I miss?” …only to realize you really picked the wrong time to go.

Now you don’t have to wonder when to make your move. There’s an easier, third option: RunPee.com.

Before going to a movie you visit RunPee.com, select the movie that you are going to see, and find out what would be the best time to…well.. RunPee. RunPee.com will tell you approximately when a particular PeeTime occurs, what sort of cue to look for and a short synopsis of what happens during the few minutes that you’ll be away. You no longer have to ask, “What did I miss?”

RunPee.com is a wiki based website. That means people like you contribute the content. So if you go and see a movie that doesn’t have any entries you can add your own suggestions as to when to RunPee. You can even modify an existing PeeTime if you see something that you can improve.

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Original PeeTimes from Harry Potter Found in Garbage

Orlando, FL – Though they were thought to have been lost forever, the original notes from which the PeeTimes for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince are based on, have been found.

Archaeologists working in the kitchen where Dan Florio – AKA polyGeek – lives, unearthed these fragile documents from beneath a layer of day old coffee grounds. Working with care and precision the papers were extracted in nearly pristine condition.

Bill Gates and many others have already inquired if these documents may one day be available for auction. Sources close to Dan who wish to remain anonymous stated that it is likely that at least a portion of this collection will go to auction to help raise money for one of Dan’s favorite charities – his bank account.

Photos of these relics were taken just before the documents were permanently sealed in glass casings filled with a pure nitrogen atmosphere, so as to inhibit any further deterioration. Dan wanted us to be sure to mention that the photos were taken with an iPhone camera – which also runs the RunPee iPhone application that you can download for just 99 cents from the iTunes app store. He enjoined us, “be sure to remind everyone to tell their friends about it.”

original PeeTimes for Harry Potter You can see here the number “916” in the upper-right corner. This is unique among the collection of PeeTimes. It is generally thought that this is an indication of when the movie began – not the previews and such – but the actual movie. This would make sense, because as we all know each PeeTime is given an approximate time into the movie that it occurs. Therefore, knowing when the actual movie began would be paramount.

We can also see that another time has been written down to the far left and then scratched out. No one is sure why this was done. It is especially confusing since no correction is given. Perhaps Dan just screwed it up.

The rest of the PeeTime follows the general form of a note regarding the cue to RunPee followed by a few notes that will become the plot synopsis of what will happen during this PeeTime.

original PeeTimes for Harry Potter This classic example is flawless. We can see what can only be interpreted as the time in which this PeeTime began and ended. Followed by the cue and then notes about the plot synopsis.

Notice that this scene is part of what happens in the notes in the first PeeTime listed above. It is possible that what seemed like a good time to begin a PeeTime was in fact followed by an even better PeeTime which is detailed here.

original PeeTimes for Harry Potter At the very top is what can only be a potential PeeTime that never made it. You can see that it is listed to begin at 10:01. The PeeTime that is actually detailed here began at 10:02. Clearly this was another false start that lead to a new PeeTime.

What is curious is the reference to “Red”. It is possible that Dan couldn’t remember the hugely important main character’s name of Ron, the Young Master Weasley.

Many who like to think that Dan is without flaw have suggested that “Red” is simply shorthand for “Ron.” However, that is patently absurd. Both names have the same number of letters. It is obvious that this is the best evidence yet that Dan is fallible.

original PeeTimes for Harry Potter Another classic example of a PeeTime. Note however the numerous bullet points in this one. Some might question that a scene with this many details may not make for a good PeeTime.
original PeeTimes for Harry Potter Once again “Ron” is still being referred to as “Red”. It’s amazing to think that Dan still hadn’t picked up on one of the main characters names by this point. However, to cut him some slack, Dan must stay focused on finding PeeTimes.
original PeeTimes for Harry Potter Here we have an oddity. This PeeTime is clearly scratched out yet it does appear in the PeeTimes listings. Looking closely at the details of the submitted PeeTimes we can see that a RunPee user named Martyn entered this PeeTime into RunPee.com.
original PeeTimes for Harry Potter Another PeeTime that didn’t make the cut.

Why We’re Not RunPoo

A few RunPee fans have asked why we don’t list PooTimes, or wondered why we don’t start a sister site about pooping during movies. I know it’s all in good fun, but to answer a silly question seriously, we really think that if you have to RunPoo during a film, it’s probably pretty urgent. You are going to go anyway. And you are probably going to go as soon as you hear nature’s call, movie break or no movie break. The Colon - wikipedia creative commons

There are two kinds of poo – the immediate kind that can’t wait (what did you eat earlier, anyway?), and the regular ‘movement’ kind that can probably hold out for the end of the movie and – hopefully – your own toilet. 🙂

For moms with kids in the theater, poo needs do take on a third kind of meaning: the kind that is a regular movement, but located in a person with little to no bowel control. Yes, your toddlers and young kids. It’s like needing a really long PeeTime.

For those moms and dads, we suggest you arm yourself with our RunPee iPhone app, or print off a list of PeeTimes from the website – and make the best of it. 🙂

RunPee FAQ Updated

urinary bladder from wikipediaThings are happening fast behind the scenes here at RunPee Central, so it was high time to update our RunPee FAQ Page.

We added information on our new RunPee iPhone app, on other Smartphone apps a-brewing for you, and added links to useful stuff like how we make a PeeTime. As in exactly how we do it; there’s certainly an aquired knack and if you want to make PeeTimes, you can do what we do to not get tossed from the screening room!

Anything else you’d like to see added to the FAQ page? Please comment and let us know – we’re here to serve you and your bladder.

RunPee FAQ Page

How to Use PeeTimes at RunPee.com

movie theater - wikipedia creative commonsWe often get people wondering how to use RunPee properly as movie breaks. For using the website itself (if you don’t have the iPhone app), it’s really very easy to be armed with proper PeeTimes at the movie theater, and relax…knowing you won’t waste your theater ticket money by leaving at inopportune moments.

You can be sure you won’t miss anything hugely important…and if you print out the PeeTimes to take with you, you won’t have to worry about spoilers.

Seven Easy Steps for Using PeeTimes –

  • Go to RunPee.com and select the movie you plan to watch.
  • Read through the PeeTime cues – the parts we tell you to watch for. You’ll have to remember the cues later. For example, if our cue says, “Dumbledore says: off to bed, pip pip,” then remember to keep an eye/ear out for Dumblore saying, “off to bed, pip pip.”
  • Don’t “unscramble” the parts you’ll miss on the website when reading for cues. If you are spoiler-phobic, it’s not time to read those yet.
  • Print out your PeeTimes and bring them with you to the movie theater.
  • When your PeeTime cue comes up, leave for the potty with your printed PeeTimes paper in your pocket.
  • Do your business, and read about the non-crucial movie part you’re missing (now magically unscrambled). Instant bathroom reading!
  • Return to your seat, knowing that you haven’t missed anything important to the plot. You’re clued in to what you missed. You don’t have to lean over and ask anyone what is going on! Never again!

Of course, if you have an iPhone, our RunPee App (for 99 cents) makes things even easier. And we are working behind the scenes on apps for Nokia, Blackberry and Android. Here at RunPee.com, we DO give a piss! 😉

Finding PeeTimes – EXACTLY how I find those movie breaks

A few people have asked how I find those movie break Peetimes for Runpee.com. Well, let me tell you: it isn’t easy, or fun.

What I do to make a Peetime

  • For each movie I try and sit off away from the rest of the audience. That is oftentimes impossible since I see movies on opening day so that peetimes will be available ASAP.
  • I have my phone – ringer off – that I can check the time with. I use a basic timer application on my Android phone to keep track of the time.
  • Of course I can’t RunPee during a movie so I make sure that I don’t drink much beforehand and I use the men’s room right before the show starts.
  • The first thing I watch for is the beginning of the movie. We can’t time peetimes from when the movie is listed to start because commercials and previews can run anywhere from 10-20 minutes. Since the iPhone app will vibrate in your pocket just a few minutes before the upcoming peetime I need to make sure that the start time for each peetime isn’t off by more than a minute or so.
  • As soon as the movie begins – after the previews – I start my timer running. And then I can sit back and relax for the first 30 minutes because peetimes must be at least 30 minutes into the show – you can hold it at least that long, right?
  • Now for the hard part. I watch the movie for scenes that I can easily sum up without missing in critical details to the movie. Many people think that peetimes are just the boring scenes in movies, but that isn’t necessarily true. Some peetimes might take part during a car chase or some other action scene. It just has to be something you can miss and still follow the plot when you return. Take the first peetime for Star Trek. That’s during the scene where they sky dive down to the drilling platform. You’ll be missing some nice action but most of that scene was shown during the previews that everyone saw. The rest of the scene is easy to sum up so that when you do get back in the theater you can slip back into the story.
  • When I see something happening in the movie that looks like it might make a good peetime I write down the current time on my notepad and the cue.
  • The peetime cue is hugely important. It’s nice to have very distinct scenes or lines of dialog to start a peetime with. Users can read through the cue – usually very short – before the movie starts so that they know what to look for during the movie – the timer doesn’t always work. So take for instance the movie Thor. One of the cues for a peetimes reads: Thor carries Erik – the scientist – back to Jane’s trailer after drinking at the bar. That should be very easy for someone to remember – oh, now’s a good time to run and pee.
  • Then I start jotting down notes like who’s talking and the gist of the conversation. If the scene keeps going for a at least 3 minutes – preferably 4-5 minutes – and nothing has happened that makes me say, “Crap, you can’t miss this scene,” then I have a good peetime candidate. Then as soon as this scene ends I write down the time again so that I know how long this peetime stretches.
  • Rinse-and-repeat.

Peetimes are of course subjective but here are a few tips I would offer that would make a bad Peetime:

  • Did something happen that a few people in the theater laughed at?
  • Was there some character interaction that was purely visual and would be difficult/impossible to accurately describe?
  • Say you’re watching an action movie with lots of fighting: was there some amazing scene that might be the best move, or special effect, in the movie. People probably don’t want to miss that.
  • If shortly after your peetime something hugely important happens then really consider not using this peetime unless the person has at least 5 minutes to get back. For example if the movie goes for 3 minutes of watching a clothes dryer spin and then right after that Darth Vader walks up to Luke and says, “Luke, I am your father.” then you don’t want to use this peetime. Someone might not make it back in time.

And here are a few examples that I think make for good peetimes:

  • Music montages that just show a character(s) training or doing whatever it is they do. This is usually very easy to sum up like, “Rocky goes out jogging around the city and eventually fans start following. He ends by running up the steps in front of a big building and then jumping around like a champion.” Now I won’t argue with you that that scene is iconic. But suppose you’re in the theater and you really have to pee and you know you can’t wait until the movie is over. Guess what, missing that music montage would be a whole lot better than missing the fight with Apollo Creed now wouldn’t it?
  • Suppose you’re watching an action movie that has lots of gun fights. A few of the gun fights might be really good but there’s usually one of them that’s just sort of average. That sounds like a good Peetime to me. I would even mention in the description that this gun fight isn’t as good as the other gun fights – or whatever the action is.
  • Something really gross in an otherwise not so gross movie. Take for instance King Kong – the movie that started the whole idea for RunPee – there’s the scene with those huge bugs that eat people. The rest of the movie isn’t that gross and disgusting. There are a lot of people who don’t like scenes like that and so they would gladly miss that part.

Sometimes it happens that I have a good Peetime candidate and then just a few minutes later a much better one comes up. I try not to group the peetimes to closely together so I’ll pick the best one. Or if the are different types of scenes, say one is an action scene and the other is a love scene, then I’ll leave them both so that the user can pick what to miss.

I like to have 2-3 peetimes per movie and I try to group them starting around the 30 minute mark. I usually stop looking for them with about 20-30 minutes remaining in the movie. It is very rare that a good peetime happens near the end of a movie, but there might be exceptions. One that comes to mind is Heat – I’m sure you know what I’m talking about if you remember the end of the movie.

Of course I have to sit in the theater until the credits end to check for those post credit scenes. Then I can RunPee myself before adding the peetimes to the website!

I would love to hear your comments if you have any suggestions for improving this process.