Web Site Allows For Movie Bathroom Breaks

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The Web site runpee.com tells you when you can dash out of a movie to go to the bathroom and return without missing anything important. Dan Florio, who runs the site, offers his insight.


We're going to talk now about a Web site that provides guidance to those who seek balance between entertainment and bodily functions. Runpee.com is a free, online service that gives tips on when to extract yourself from your movie theater seat at just the right moment. You can then safely visit the restroom or get a soda or popcorn without missing anything vital to the plot.

The man behind runpee.com is Dan Florio, and he joins us from our studio in Culver City, California. And Dan, where did this idea come from?

Mr. DAN FLORIO (Runpee.com): Well, I got the idea from the movie "King Kong," which was a three-hour-long movie.

BLOCK: You're talking about "King Kong" the remake, not the original.

Mr. FLORIO: Yes. And, you know, you can imagine by the end of it, I'm sitting there kind of stressed over, I really, really need to go to the bathroom, and I don't want to miss anything. I chose not to miss anything, but I kind of looked back over the movie and thought, you know, there was that really horrible bug scene - I could've definitely missed that. And then it just kind of occurred to me, you know, I could build a Web site around this, where people could share this information.

BLOCK: And you're soliciting ideas from other people. People can go to a movie, and then tell you what they think the optimal pee time would be in that movie.

Mr. FLORIO: Exactly.

BLOCK: Well, I have a runpee.com open here in the studio. And I'm looking at the page for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." And there's one suggested break in a one-hour-and-48-minute-long movie. It's about 50 minutes into the movie, you say, and the cue for folks to look for it is right after Wolverine discovers his new claws in the bathroom - about 50 minutes in.

Mr. FLORIO: Right.

BLOCK: So that's the idea. When you see that, that's your cue to take a break.

Mr. FLORIO: Exactly. And, you know, what happens next is fun and it's entertaining, but it's easy to sum up. And there are a lot of people who disagree with some of the pee times that others, like myself, had entered. And I think "Star Trek" is a really good example, saying, you know, the pee times you have in there, you can't miss that. I'm, like, well, if you got to go, you kind of got to go. And it's better to miss a moment when you know what you're going to miss, as opposed to just picking something at random.

And without giving anything away, for those who haven't seen the movie, some people have suggested or commented that they ran to the bathroom during the scene on the ice planet. And they got back and they're like, what did I just miss? And it's really important. So what may seem like a good time to run off to the bathroom, in fact, wasn't. And that's probably something else I'll add to Runpee is moments that we can pick out in a movie and say, you know, this might seem like one, but no, don't go now.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BLOCK: This is the don't-miss part. Okay.

Mr. FLORIO: Exactly.

BLOCK: Dan, have you heard from anybody in the movie industry saying they don't like what you're doing? I mean, would there be directors who would say, you know, every minute that I film and put up on the screen is completely crucial?

Mr. FLORIO: Well, not yet. Maybe people involved in the production of a film could submit pee times, or contact me and say, you know, this is actually a good time to go pee during the movie. Maybe you're a Hollywood editor and you're editing this latest blockbuster film, you think, you know, there's this runpee.com site, I think I'm going to leave this extra scene in here that's halfway through the movie, and then that will be, you know, the, like, official Runpee moment. Yeah (unintelligible).

BLOCK: I don't think it works that way, Dan.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. FLORIO: I kind of doubt it. But you know, they kind of leave those scenes in there anyways.

BLOCK: Dan Florio is the creator of runpee.com. Dan, thanks so much.

Mr. FLORIO: Thank you very much.

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