Walking Out of Movies

July 19th, 2007

The Chicago Tribune had a piece a while back where they asked a bunch of their writers if they have ever walked out of a movie, and if so, the name of the offending movie. I’ve never walked out, but I’ve come close. The one stinker I remember nearly bolting from was Danny Boyle’s A Life Less Ordinary back in 1997. It’s kind of sad, because I’m a huge Danny Boyle fan, but damn, that movie was just terrible. Really, the only reason I stayed till the end was because I came w/ a friend and we got in free. And then there was Institute Benjamenta by the Brothers Quay… it was so bad I fell asleep. But I was w/ Libby and we got in free, so I stayed through the whole thing. Have any readers of the blog walked out of a movie?

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Megan  |  July 19th, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Casualties of War. Whereas, I love Sean Penn, there are only so many rape scenes in one movie that I can take.

  • 2. Peter  |  July 20th, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    The closest I’ve ever come to walking out for a reason other than it being shite, was the French film Emploi du temps, L’ (Time Out). It is about a consultant who is fired, but doesn’t tell his family. He leaves for work and roams. Too proud to ask for help from family, he eventually creates a scam that backs him deeper into a financial and mental corner. The way that he lies to people (and to himself) hit too close to home. I’ve been around people and situations that just got worse and worse. It was during the 2002 PIFF and I was squirming the entire movie and kept telling my girlfriend that I wanted to leave, but didn’t realize until later that she was sleeping through most of it and didn’t hear me.

  • 3. Brian  |  July 23rd, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Ned, I remember you were snoring SO loud at Institute Benjamenta. It was certainly more entertaining than the movie.

    But I have to disagree about Time Out. I thought that was an excellent movie!

    I actually have done worse than walking out of a movie. On two occasions I did it with movies I was reviewing: Freddy Got Fingered and the Rugrats Movie. In the latter case, I found out after the fact that it was going to be my first feature-length review. Luckily the editor was happy and obvlivious to my sneak-out.

  • 4. Chris  |  July 23rd, 2007 at 11:04 am

    I’ve walked out of two movies. One was Pink Flamingos - couldn’t take it. The other was this really boring Andy Warhol film where you watch the skyline for hours. It was part of a college film fest, you know, to be cool and I just wasn’t cool enough. I’ve almost walked out of another two films - Last Exit to Brooklyn and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover - both because of the relentless graphic violence. I stayed for both and can appreciate them now.

  • 5. Brain  |  July 23rd, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Lenningrad Cowboys

    I had to look it up to make sure it was the right one, and it seems to be. Since me and my wife got up after only 10 minutes, it was hard to remember the movie through the reviews I just read, but when one guy said the Finnish director had “his own brand of deadpan humour” that tipped me off. We his “humour” just plain dead; Three Stooges are more satisfying. And since we left so early, the guy gave us our money back.

    I could have walked out on Love is A Dog From Hell, but it was mezmerizing in its own, twisted way.

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