I rarely watch a movie twice. There are two reasons: 1) Why watch the same movie two or three times when there is so much I haven’t seen, and 2) I’m often afraid I won’t love it as much as I once did. That, perhaps, I will fall out of love with it. It’s the single biggest reason I can’t bring myself to re-watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I don’t want to pick up on any imperfections. I don’t want find fault in it. I want my memory of it to remain just as it was when I walked out of the theater years ago.
But there are movies that I once loved, that I’ve either grown indifferent toward, or completely fallen out of love with. That’s the topic of tonight’s diversion. What movies have you fallen out of love with?
Probably tops on my list would be Napoleon Dynamite, a movie I thought I loved when I left the theater. Now, I can’t even sit through more than a few scenes. It grates on me. Everything feels forced. And obnoxious. And painful to watch. Napoleon Dynamite is the ex-girlfriend I’m embarrassed to admit I ever dated.
How about y’all? What movie have you fallen out of love with?