I have a question about a sentence from the television sitcom Friends. The six are playing poker, and the girls lose.

Phoebe: Alright, here's my $7.50. But I think you should know that this money is cursed.

Joey: What?

Phoebe: I cursed it. So now bad things will happen to he who spends it.

Chandler: That's alright, I'll take it. Bad things happen to me anyway. This way I can split 'em up with a movie.

I can't understand the this line. How are bad things related to a movie? What does it mean to "split 'em up"? Does it mean by watching a movie he can escape the doom?

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    He just means that bad things happen to him repeatedly, and that's not going to change. But at least having the money will enable him to enjoy watching a movie in between the previous and the next bad thing. – FumbleFingers Nov 12 '14 at 18:29

Movie tickets cost around $7.50 so in this sentence Chandler is implying that he would spend the $7.50 on a movie. Since movies are good things, and bad things happen all the time, he would be mixing things up by adding a good thing (the movie) to his otherwise wretched life. He is thus planning on 'splitting up' the sequence of bad things that happen to him with a good thing (the movie).

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