What points do you consider most when going out to see a movie (e.g., movie theme or content, ticket price, show times, theater seating and sound system, etc.)?
“go over like a lead balloon” = fail terribly
“I told the group that I wanted to watch a western movie, but the idea went over like a lead balloon.”
“shake like a leaf” = be very scared
“She won’t admit it, but she was shaking like a leaf during parts of that horror movie.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
Talk with a partner about your experience in going to a movie theater. Discuss the movie’s plot, how much you paid for tickets, and the movie rating, if applicable, and why it deserved the rating. Search for a review of the movie in a newspaper or on the Internet and explain why you agree or disagree with the critic’s opinion.
Checking movie reviews can be a useful way to help you decide on whether to watch a movie or not. Using the Internet, search for two Web sites that contain a review of a movie you want to see. Summarize what you learn about the movie including information about the plot, the main characters, the visual effects, and the acting.