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Movie-Going App So You’ll Never Have to ‘Hold It”

Submitted by on August 25, 2009 – 3:31 pmNo Comment
App tells you when is good time to pee at the movies.

App tells you when is good time to pee at the movies.

The perfect app for pregnant women! I promise to get back to Home theater and other devices but this one I just couldn’t pass up.  I’m on a liquid detox diet right now and went to see “500 Days of Summer.”  An hour and a half sitting in a movie theater can make your eyeballs float as you wait til the end of the film to go to the bathroom.

Hark!  There’s an app for that!  Run Pee Mobile for iPhone.

You simply find the movie your are going to and the app will tell you how many minutes into the movie is the best time to go to the bathroom.  That is, the time when there aren’t any crucial plot points.  On your way to the restroom, you can read what you are missing.  It even tells you how long you can be gone.

You can also get all this information from their website at  If you don’t have a smart phone that has a web browser, you can print the information.  When you click on one of the recommended times, the information of what happens during the “pee break” is scrambled.  Click a button to unscramble it.  (I imagine if you print it out, you won’t want to read it until you are on your break.)

If you are certain your bladder won’t make it to the end of the movie (say you drank too much at dinner or are pregnant or have a medical condition–like middle age!), you can start the timer at the beginning of the film and the phone will vibrate to remind you when it’s the best time to go.

Here are some reminder tips on using this app in the polite manner when you go to the movies: (so as not to disturb other movie-goers in the theater)

  • Be sure to go to Run Pee and pick the movie and set it up before the movie starts (or even before you leave home)
  • Be sure the phone is somewhere that you’ll feel the vibration
  • Be discreet when you push the start button or check the phone. iPhones can be very bright in a dark theater.
  • Read the plot points on the way to and from bathroom not in the theater

For those with strong bladders, you may still want the runpee app for its  bonus information at the end of the movie timeline.  It will tell you if there are scenes during or after the credits (sometimes put in to be the “real” ending of a movie or just for fun).  It’s a great service if your friends haven’t told you to stay til the very end.

While I still don’t want to leave a movie, it’s such a relief that I can relieve myself if I need to!

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