What is RunPee for, anyway?

The RunPee tagline says it all: Because movie theaters don’t have pause buttons. The RunPee app will give you several Peetimes of 3-5 minutes in each movie when you can run and pee.

We also let you know if there is anything during or after the end credits that you should stick around for. No more waiting 8-10 minutes for nothing! Better yet, now you can sit confidently while everyone else leaves, knowing there is something extra after the end credits.

In addition, the RunPee app gives you a synopsis of the first 3 minutes of most movies, just in case you’re running late.

When are PeeTimes for a newly released movie posted?

Fortunately, we have a movie critic working for us now, who has access to movie screenings before a movie is released to the public. She will help out with the big blockbuster movies that come out mostly in May, June, July, November and December.

The RunPee family handles the bulk of the movies. We always go and see the very first showing we possibly can and upload the Peetimes ASAP. In most cases, we can see the opening showing at 7:00 or 10:00 PM Eastern, on Thursday evenings.

What about other Smart Phone apps? I don’t have an iPhone or Android phone.

The best I can do for you right now is point you to m.RunPee.com. It isn’t anything fancy, but at least you can access the movies and Peetimes on pretty much any phone with a browser.

Who writes the Peetimes?

It’s the RunPee Family (Ginger, Christene, Jill, and Danielle) who sees most of the movies. We also get help from Shanee Edwards (our L.A. movie critic) for the big blockbuster movies, so that we’ll have Peetimes before the movie is released in the USA.

Our Thursdays/Fridays pretty much revolve around getting to the theaters to see the earliest showing we can, and then coming home to read through our notes, then creating the Peetimes.

How come some of your Peetimes suggest leaving at important plot points? I thought the Peetimes were for the boring parts!

Actually, it’s super hard to find Peetimes in good, well-edited movies. But we don’t want to leave you with nothing. So sometimes the Peetimes are simply spots in the movie that can be easily summed up, so you won’t be lost when you get back.

For example, in Harry Potter 6, we have a Peetime where you miss Harry getting his Advanced Potions book. It’s important to the plot, but honestly easy to miss: he gets the book and realizes someone smart – but unknown – owned it previously. Easy to sum up and now you know what is going on.

There has to be a scene of at least three to five minutes where you can skip out…and not worry you wasted your hard-earned movie ticket money. We want you to be able to slip back into the movie and be able to pick up the gist of things. So we look for scenes that can be described in a few words.

We know that no one wants to miss the funniest lines, or best action, or dramatic plot points, so we are careful to avoid those scenes. But sometimes we might make a Peetime during an action scene, as long as it’s not the best action of the movie. That’s the sort of thing we look for. We also try to find Peetimes over a variety of different types of scenes, and then let you know in the notes which ones have what. That way if you don’t care about long chase scenes, we’ll have a Peetime for you.

Where are the Limited Release Movies? And the Independent Films?

We just don’t have time to add all the limited release movies. However, if there is very popular limited release movie, like Black Swan or The Kings Speech, then we’ll make every effort to go see it ASAP.

Do I need to purchase the app for each individual device?

This is a surprisingly complex question to answer. Generally no; if you purchased the app after May 2011 then you should be fine. That is the current version of the app that I created, and it transfers from device to device, just as everything else does.

If you are on Android and downloaded the app when it was free, then when you get a new device you will have to purchase it. Free apps don’t transfer. This is just the way Google handles it. I have nothing to do with it.

And of course if you switch between platforms – Apple/Google/Windows – then you have to purchase the app again.

The confusion comes in people who purchased the app before May 2011. I paid RockLive to create that version of the mobile app. When I took over and developed the app myself, we were unable to transfer ownership of the app, so it basically vanished. My version of the RunPee app, for both iPhone and Android, was free for 18 months while I waited for people to switch over. I finally started charging for the app in October 2012.

UPDATE: Currently, we have an ad that allows people to download RunPee for free. This is a great time to get the app for yourself!