iOS app Android app More

Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors
The Hollywood Ham

GET UPDATES FROM The Hollywood Ham
 

Hipsters Ironically Boycott Where The Wild Things Are

Posted: 10/21/09 11:55 AM ET

Despite raking in over $32 million during its opening weekend, Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are did not attract its expected audience. In an attempt to be ironic, hipsters took to coffee houses throughout the nation, organizing a boycott of the heavily anticipated film.

"Sure the trifecta of Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers, and Karen O. is a dream of mine," said a hipster who later admitted that by "mine" he meant "everyone he interacts with". "And as much as I want to see this movie -- and I'd trade my Nicolas Cage autograph to see it -- that's just what the mainstream expects me to do. And I don't subscribe to that society. I do, however, subscribe to The Believer, which I'll be reading in the meantime."

In addition to the hipster darlings behind the film, the subject matter is especially appealing to those boycotting it.

"In the book, Max gets sent to bed without dinner, and I relate to that because I often go to bed hungry because I can't afford groceries," said hipster David Hoffman, whose parents send him a weekly gift card to Whole Foods. "But I won't see this movie no matter how much they cater it to me. It's why I don't shop at Urban Outfitters."

Those Hipsters who did go to the movies this weekend built on the ironic support for Where The Wild Things Are by seeing Couples Retreat.

"I hated it so much," smiled Hoffman as he wistfully watched children exit the Wild Things theater. "I bet the studios didn't expect that. I can't wait to add it to my Laser Disc collection."


Dan Abramson, thehollywoodham.com. Follow The Hollywood Ham on Facebook

 

Follow The Hollywood Ham on Twitter: www.twitter.com/thehollywoodham