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Movie Theater Popcorn Taste Test


– What’s the critics’
pick of movie popcorn? – Let’s talk about that. (funky electronic music) (fire crackles) – Good Mythical Morning. – Right off the top, you should know that our new debut novel The Lost Causes of
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Oscars are this Sunday, which means you’ve only got a
few days to hit the theaters and watch every single film
nominated for best sound mixing. – Get it in! Now, I think that even the
worst movie can be redeemed by a tasty bucket of popcorn. I would go and watch a root
canal if they serve fresh, delicious, buttery popcorn there, in fact, I would get a root canal
if they could figure out a way to feed me popcorn during it. – Okay. But no matter how hard
your meemaw tries homemade or microwave popcorn,
just doesn’t stack up, but which movie theater
popcorn is the best? Let’s find out. It’s time for Which
Popcorn Is The Top Corn? Which Butter Makes Our Hearts Flutter? Which Cinema will Win-ema? – Okay we’re gonna taste popcorn from six different
theater chains and because of the nature of movie theaters, we don’t have six huge
national chains to choose from. We’ve got four national and two regional: Pacific, Cinemark, AMC,
ArcLight, Laemmle, and Regal. And then we’ll place them on
the ranking boards behind us. – You notice our rankings
are all based on films from last year, starting
with the nastiest. We’ve got Popcornian Crapsody, Cruud 2, Sorry to Butter You, A Simple Flavor, A Star Is Corn, and The Favourite. – Let’s taste some popcorn. – [Rhett and Link] Round one. – Okay we’re starting with Pacific. This is a regional
Southern California chain, been around since 1978. The way we’re gonna be
doing this is we actually gathered the butter or whatever
it is, from each theater and I’m gonna just spray
a generous layer on top. – Yeah and we’re guessing
that this is most likely the Flavacol brand of
orange butter product that they use at a lot of these theaters. We’re guessing that’s what
they use specifically. – [Rhett] But we got it from them, so we took the guess work out. – Smells like I’m about to
nestle in and enjoy myself for two hours. – I mean that’s good. I think this is gonna be
very difficult to separate one from the next. – I don’t know, to hear
Stevie talk about it, she knows what her favorite is. – Yeah when we talked about
doing this, she was like, no no no no, there’s
definitely one that’s better than the rest.
– Okay. So let’s just start by putting
this one right in the middle. We’ll probably have to do
some retaste, but for now, three and a half, as
specific as the first one. – [Stevie] Guys, I’m here, you know. – I know. – [Rhett and Link] Round two. – Okay so next we have Cinemark. A couple of distinctions here. Instead of using coconut oil,
they use canola oil to pop it and they use anhydrous
butter fat which is butter with all the water and
milk solids removed. And according to a Yelp review from Supo, he says that the popcorn
here is very addicting as opposed to everywhere else he normally gets underwhelmed by the popcorn. – Now there’s a difference,
there’s a visual difference. There’s almost a uniformity to this that I didn’t see in the first one. – Hmm.
– Hmm. – You’re saying, you’re saying you can look
at it and tell a difference. – It’s more uniform.
– There’s less yellow pieces in that so this has got the
more butter infused pops. Mm.
– Mm. – That’s good. – I want to like this more
because of the science behind it, but having just tasted Pacific again, I actually think that
Pacific has a better flavor. I think that the oil, the
oil that they use for that makes a better popcorn flavor. – Okay so you wanna put this ahead. – You don’t agree.
– No I don’t. I actually think this tastes burnt. – This doesn’t have nearly
as much taste in it. Less salt, not nearly as much taste. It’s not even comparable. – So weird, I’m getting the
exact opposite experience. – This tastes like nothing to me. – This is much more flavorful to me. I don’t know what it is. It’s butterier.
– You also like dog food. – Saltier. Well, just the… I don’t know I think we’re
gonna have to duke it out. Let’s just put ’em right
next to each other for now. – This could be a problem. We might have different
popcorn palates, uh-oh. – [Rhett and Link] Round three. – Okay now we’ve got the
largest theater chain in America, AMC with
8200 screens in the U.S. Go ahead and spray some butter on there. It’s popped in coconut oil and
a Yelper in Inglewood said, this popcorn sucks and
the tickets are expensive. Our show should’ve been
discounted as a matinee. – Wow. I don’t wanna be overly influenced by that Yelp review but… If I get a lot of the spray,
of course it tastes good ’cause it’s like, that
Flavacol stuff but– – There’s a blandness and
almost a fakeness to this. – It’s flat. We’re not even getting anything
to disagree on, you know? – Yeah clearly worse
than the other two so– – Yeah, clearly.
– Wow. – Crapsody is what I’m picking. – They’re cutting a lot of corners there at the larger theater chain. – [Rhett and Link] Round four. – ArcLight is a small
national chain with theaters in LA, Chicago, D.C., and San Diego. They pride themselves on
a higher quality control and just a better movie-going experience. Does that apply to the popcorn as well? – Now this is where we watch movies. I mean we typically will only go to the ArcLight to watch movies. – Right, get your reserved
seats and they stay in the theater and
check to make sure it’s, it’s playing correctly,
sounding correctly, lookin’ correctly and that
the curtains aren’t coming in. – Has that ever happened
at a theater for you? – I’ve been in a frickin’
movie and the curtains were in a little bit and it was like
I was watching it in 4:3 like an old YouTube video. It’s made with real butter. – First of all, it is distinctly
different than all the rest and it reminds me of, I’m thinking about all
the movies I’ve seen over the past couple years
because this is the popcorn that I get but I’ve never really stopped to think about what it tastes like. – No. – I just eat it without thinking. – Mm-hmm, that’s a great
thing about popcorn. – Now Pacific Theaters owns the ArcLight. – Doesn’t involve the brain. – Pacific Theaters owns ArcLight but– – Whoops, missed my mouth. – That’s a different popcorn. – Yeah, I really like this. But I’m biased ’cause I really
like the ArcLight experience. – I don’t like this.
– You don’t like it? What do you not like about it? – [Stevie] That’s right,
Rhett, that’s right, Rhett. You tell ’em.
– It tastes like Cinemark. It tastes like the one I don’t like. We have a diametrically opposed opinion when it comes to popcorn. I don’t think we’re going to be able to stick to our ranking. Because Pacific, the
bigger owner of ArcLight makes better popcorn! And I think the–
– If you like burnt popcorn, you like Pacific.
– No, okay. – It has a burnt.
– So if you’re the kind of person that when
you get down to the end of your popcorn and there’s
those little half-popped kernels and you enjoy those, you’re like me. You have a popcorn palate
like me and I prefer Pacific. If you don’t like that, then
you have the opposite thing. So we’re gonna have to basically have to reverse the whole scale. I don’t know what we’re gonna do. – [Rhett and Link] Round five. – Okay now we’ve got the Laemmle. This is another regional chain. This is like a family-run
art house theater established in 1938. I go to the one in Pasadena sometimes and you just feel fancy. – Feel like you’ve got taste. – I’m just going to see an indie. – I enjoy–
– It’s just an indie. – Art. – Normal folk don’t enjoy–
– Moving pictures. On a screen. – Al Bondigas over in Pasadena said this is the best popcorn in Pasadena. He also said, I often go
by just to get the popcorn. Yummy! (crew laughs) – Is anyone else, have you
ever thought about doing that? – Oh, uh-oh. – It’s light. It is fluffy. It’s real butter. Nothing tastes burnt to me. I’m likin’ it. Of course, I’m likin’ this
and I’m comparing it to that. – Hold up, sucka. – I’ll even compare it to your flavor. (grunts) That’s good. We agree on that. – [Rhett] This is better
than all the rest. – [Link] And you know what I like too, I like the design of their bucket. – It must not just be
about the burnt part. – What do you like about it? – It has the most flavor. I’m looking for flavor because popcorn is such
a uniform experience, you wanna be reminded of what’s happening every once in awhile. – I feel sophisticated. – [Rhett and Link] Round six. – All right now we have Regal which is the second largest theater chain and they also operate
Edwards and United Artists but we can’t confirm they
have the same popcorn. It’s popped in coconut
oil and does use Flavacol. Uh-huh. Give it a nice little… Again, it’s not that I don’t
like this buttery flavor, but I think once I’ve had real butter, I don’t like this as much. – It’s pretty middle-of-the-road for me. – Yeah, yeah. It’s not singing any high notes but it’s not making me
run out of the place. – Okay. – I think this is, I mean, I’m lovin’ this, you’re lovin’ that. This is the area of
dissension and disagreement. I’m puttin’ it below that just because I like these. You’re putting it below
that because you like that. I think you might wanna put it here. – I probably would.
– But as a compromise, let’s just put it here. And let’s then shifty shifty shifty. Shift all of this up here. There we go, this is gonna work. And there we go, and then yeah, we’ll just leave a big gap there. – Okay so as you can see,
the conclusion is clear. (chuckles) At least with the top, we both
agree that the best popcorn is at Laemmle which
unfortunately is a regional chain and where we get into the
ones you can get nation-wide at Cinemark and Pacific, you’re just gonna have to
make your own decision. Go see a movie why don’t ya? Feed the economy, stupid. – Be artful, come on. I’m gonna spend the next
25 days getting kernels out of my gums. – Thanks for liking,
commenting and subscribing. – You know what time it is. – Hi I’m Nico.
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