You should(n't) have gone before we left!

When you gotta go, you gotta go. But when you’re watching a movie, how do you time your bathroom break so you don’t miss anything good?

That’s the question the people behind RunPee.com set out to answer, and answer it they did, with a website (and now an iPhone app) that tells you the best time during a given film to run to the washroom.

The interface looks like this:

runpee

It tells you when the perfect pee break happens, what cues to watch for, how long you have to get there and back, and what happened while you were, ahem, powdering your nose. And if you’re using the mobile version, your phone will vibrate (because you would never leave your ringer on in the theatre, right?) a couple of minutes in advance to remind you that your pee break is coming up. Their selection of pee-break-vetted movies is limited right now, but they promise new listings on a regular basis.

So it might be worth looking into if you’re coming to see any of the following movies at the Mayfair this month:

Zombieland (four potential breaks)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (three potential breaks)

Jennifer’s Body (four potential breaks)

The Informant! (three potential breaks)

Inglourious Basterds (four potential breaks)

It’s true: technology really does make our lives better.

Cut.

Will

“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” ~Alfred Hitchcock

My best ever timed pee break was at “The Godfather” as soon as Michael Corleone goes to Sicily.

Reply · April 23, 2018

Ian Driscoll

My worst experience with this was seeing Clockers at the World Exchange cinemas. I went out the wrong door, and found myself locked in a stairwell. I had to go down three floors to the street, then around the building to the front entrance and back up three floors to the cinema, then explain what had happened to the usher so I could get back in. THEN I went to the washroom, and then back to the theatre. I ended up missing about 15 minutes. Luckily, it’s a long film.

Reply · April 23, 2018

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