What You'll Get
The moviegoing experience can be ruined by many things, from basketball players in tall hats who put their crying babies on speakerphone to the appearance of Michael Bay's name in the credits. Enjoy the cinema in peace and quiet with today's Groupon: for $11, you get one ticket to the film Ready, Set, Bag! and another ticket to a performance of your choice (a $22 value) at the Capitol City Theater, on Liberty Street. Your Groupon also includes a $1 donation to the Salem Food Bank. Choose from the following seven show times:
- Friday, January 28 at 9 p.m.
- Saturday, January 29 at 9 p.m.
- Sunday, January 30 at 6 p.m.
- Monday, January 31 at 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, February 1 at 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 2 at 9 p.m.
- Thursday, February 3 at 7 p.m.
Ready, Set, Bag! documents the quests of eight state-champion grocery baggers as they prepare for the National Grocers Association’s competition for Best Bagger, held every February in Las Vegas. As each contestant trains for the big event and brings order to a chaotic universe one egg carton on top at a time, the baggers' life stories and infectious love of what they do will thaw the frozen caveman hearts of any viewer. (Click here to view the trailer.) Use your second ticket to bring a friend or devoted squash partner to the screening at the historic Capitol City Theater, where all ages are welcome and soda, beer, and wine flow freely. Otherwise, redeem your pass for unlimited yuks at the theater's regular improv comedy shows on Friday and Saturday nights—see the calendar for details.
Each Groupon includes a $1 donation to the Marion-Polk Food Share, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger. Additionally, the creators of the film host a Facebook Food Drive supporting local food banks and compulsive donators of canned beans.
Ready, Set, Bag! premiered at festivals under the title Paper or Plastic?, and it earned an award of excellence from IndieFest in 2008 and a Gold Kahuna Award in 2009 from the Honolulu Film Awards. A number of press outlets have reviewed the film, including LA Weekly, Austinist, and the Seattle Times.
- After watching Justine Jacob's cheerful and charming documentary "Ready, Set, Bag!," you may never look at a bag of groceries in quite the same way again. – Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times.
- If Paper or Plastic? is anything, it is earnest in its reverence and appreciation of the characters' spirits and allows the viewer to see grocery bagging as a barometer for the human condition. – Austinist
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Valid only for option purchased. Additional show ticket will be dispersed on selected show night. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.