I very rarely walk out on a movie in the theaters. I figure that I've paid for the damn thing, I might as well stick it out. Also, since I started my year end movie list, I wanted to make sure to stick a bad movie out so I had ammunition of why I hated it so much.
However this recent entry got me thinking. What movies have I walked out on? To be honest, I think there are only three in the past ten years or so.
There was Mallrats. Wow, what a stinkfest that movie is. Not that I was expecting much but geez. I knew I needed out within the first five minutes. But I stuck it out until the Archers of Loaf song was on. I think it was on when during a scene when that crosseyed chick from 90210 was trying on a dress or something if my memory serves correctly. This movie started my decade long (and going) strong distaste for all things Kevin Smith. I saw this at the Carolina Theatre while living in Durham, NC.
Kevin Smith, ugh.
The two other films I can recall that I walked out of I saw at BAM and I'm not entirely sure if I walked out on both or not. I know I was with Balgavy at one of them - Tom Jones. Balginator, did we walk out on this or did we stick it out until the end? This was supposed to be good but we sure as hell didn't like it. I like Albert Finney as much as the next guy but movies from 1963 sure as hell can age poorly sometimes.
Finally, there was 1970's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Again, this was supposed to be really good. Maybe it is. Maybe (I believe Mitch and I saw this one, but again, I'm not entirely sure) I just wasn't in the mood for it. I don't know. But this remains the one Billy Wilder movie that I've seen that I did not like at all.
So there you have it - only three in the past ten years. And most likely, only one of them (Mallrats) deserved it. When I think about all of the crap I've sat through over the years, I can't believe it is only three.
So if anyone is game, let me know the movies you've walked out on.
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