July 23, 2007 | Comments ()


Movies You've Walked Out On

An Afternoon Comment Diversion / Dustin Rowles

Comment Diversions | July 23, 2007 | Comments ()

There are bad flicks, and then there are stupendously horrid films — the kind of movies that don’t make “worst of” lists, mostly because the people who attend them rarely make it to the film’s end. Personally, I try to stick to the old Fear of Pop maxim: “I paid my money, so I’m gonna see all the movie.” I’ve got a pretty decent intestinal fortitude (I’ve even been referred to as “The Barracuda” on occasions) but, every great once in a while, I walk out on a film (though, with a couple of exceptions, not those I’m reviewing) out of simple weariness or, sometimes, on general principal (in fact, I applaud the late Joel Siegel for announcing to the world that he walked out of a movie he was reviewing; I just didn’t think that Clerks II deserved to be that movie). It’s a pretty liberating feeling to cut one’s losses early; to shift in one’s seat for 15 or 20 minutes before, finally, pushing half a row of theatergoers aside with an exasperating sigh, heading toward the restroom never to return. I recommend it, though you should do it sparingly so as not to dilute the high.

So, today’s comment diversion is this: What movies in recent memory have you walked out on?

I’ll start:

1. Trapped in Paradise (you’ll never forget your first).
2. Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (I waited 15 years for that? Fuck you, George Lucas).
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (yeah. I get it. Run. Fight. Run. Fight. Run. Fight. Argh).
4. Aeon Flux (reviewed).
5. Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo (reviewed).

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