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Gentlemen, It’s Been a Privilege Playing With You: MoviePass’ Demise Imminent

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brian-mcgee - August 23, 2018

If you've ever been a MoviePass subscriber, you know that it's a service of both highs and lows. It allowed all of its users to go to the movies more, which is always a great thing, but their user interface has been a nightmare over the last few months, and their bungling of Mission: Impossible—Fallout's opening weekend left some to doubt its future.

When the threat of raising prices was first floated, I bailed. The only reason it was a good deal was the price. They've since decided to keep the price at ten bucks but limit the service to three movies a month out of a list of about 12 movies, none of which are the movie you want to see this weekend.

Not so long ago, this service was $50 a month, and I thought that seemed reasonable. When they dropped it to ten, I was a fool not to sign up immediately. But like all things that are too good to be true, the service got perpetually worse and worse from those initial months of the $10 plan. I got my money's worth out of the bargain, for sure.

Anyone still on board, however, has to admit that they're just sticking around until the band finishes playing on the deck of the Titanic. This thing was always too good to be true and it was fun while it lasted, but this is getting ridiculous. This week, their movie selection includes the two most popular films in America with ticket availability one day of the week, each. Moviepass subscribers can see Crazy Rich Asians tonight only and The Meg on Wednesday night only.

That's not all. According to Variety, other Top 10 box office hits like M:I Fallout, Christopher Robin, and BlackKklansman aren't available to MoviePass users either. The service is a mess, and while in theory, three movies for ten bucks in a month isn't a terrible deal. Just don't expect that to last either. This thing has gone steadily downhill in less than a month. It's only going to get worse, and we have to admit that it's not going to get better.

Gentlemen, it has been a privilege seeing movies with your service.

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