I walk out on “Walk the Line”. I got a phone call at some point in the movie from work-it was after he had started living with June, and after the call was over, I asked my self if I really wanted to watch the rest of that boring ass movie. The answer was no. It was like watching Ray without the charisma. Its the same basic story as Ray, and there just wasn’t much personality there coming off of the screen.
First off, props to Ronald (he posted on the first page).
Secondly; Dare Devil hahaha (need I say more?)
Tom Biddle – I’m with you ..I hated “There’s Something About Mary” too. I cant stand this type of movie. I think the Hair Gel is one of the dumbest things i have ever seen.
I walk out from the Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy. The first 15 minutes had made me wanted to puke. But i did not tell the director when he came down here to give speech about film and music videos.
I walked out of Be Cool. Had it been 1/10 as good as Get Shorty I would have stuck it out.
I wanted to walk out of ARMAGEDDON but I’m glad I stuck it out…not because I thought it was good, but because, despite its intentions, it was one of the funniest films released that year. I still chuckle thinking about Bruce Willis’ line, “I haven’t missed a depth, and by God, I’m not going to miss one now.” Or the shot of the child running in front of an American flag and President Kennedy’s image with a space shuttle in hand…horrible…hilarious.
TITANIC was also a close one, apparently for James Cameron the tragic, horrific sinking of the ship wasn’t enough drama. No, he needed to have Billy Zane chase and fire a gun at Leonardo with water up to their waist. Thanks James, it was getting boring. Horrible.
The Mummy is the last I can remember walking out on – I started to get a case of the giggles, the shit was so bad; and my wife was none-too-enthralled, so we took off. Stephen Sommers is the biggest & purest of the fanboys-writ-large in the business: he makes Joe Dante look like Orson Welles…
Otherwise, on DVD, I won’t hesitate to “pull the trigger” on a worthless, boring, or silly film—one great virtue of home video.
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover – saw it in a theatre in downtown Toronto, and it got too intense for me, especially the scene where the Thief and his henchmen are torturing the Lover near the end, shoving pieces of paper into his mouth. It was kind of an ugly movie, anyway, thematically, I thought.
Rescue Dawn – Interesting story, so I was in the theatre alone with my soon to be Girlfriend, the Movie was just awful we both kept watching it because we thought the other person liked it. Half way through I started laughing at how bad the acting was, just atrocious. So we skipped out, went to my place, and … well… lets just say she was my girlfriend in the morning.
I know people love it but I fell asleep during Kung Fu Panda when I took my son to see it. So awful. I can’t remember ever actually walking out of a movie because I’m pretty selective with what I spend my $8.50 on in the first place.
I can’t walk out on films. I don’t know why.
The only movie I fell asleep during was “Wag the Dog”. My mother did too.
Movies only cost you $8.50. Oh, right I live in LA.
I’ve only walked out of one film and that was the truly awful Highlander II: The Quickening (1991). In my defense it was a sort of pre-screening and a friend knew one of the producers so tickets were free. To this day it still rates as one of the worst movies I’ve seen. Since I went with friends I ended up playing video games in the lobby for 30min. until it finally ended.
Reflecting Skin by Philip Ridley ……it was an amazing photography but i was bored to death
Robert Altman will set some sort of record here…so far, for whatever reason, you people have listed “Gosford Park”, “Quintet” and “Bufallo Bill and the Indians”. Well I´ve only walked out of one movie and that was Altman´s “Dr. T and the Women”. Years later I saw the ending on TV, and I found it pretty ironic that Richard Gere´s character basically also walks out from the same reason I did: women in that picture are represented as classy idiots; probably a precursor to" Sex and the City". Unfortunately, that was mas first and last Altman movie; I my strive to sit to wacht whatever else he has done.
Film I wanted to leave so badly, but couldnt because my date would want to stay, was in “What Dreams May Become”. Very recently, the same thing happened with “Underworld whatever of the Lycans”. Similar thing happened by the end of “Gangs of New York” and “The Beach”, since their comon denominator (protagonist) was screwing everything that could have made those films amaizing.
I also know a few people who walked out from “The Cook, the Thief His wife and Lover”. My brother walked on me in the 1990 release of “Blade Runner”. A couple of friends did the same with “Fight Club”. The most people I´ve seen that walked out from a good movie, was in Memento; I ended that film alone in the theather. Lots of walkouts in the last true Scorsese masterpiece, “Bringin Out the Dead”.
Sweet Sixteen (2002) Ken Loach is soo good; it made me claustrophobic, it was a beautiful day and I wanted to get out of the cinema.
I walked out on Postal, I don’t know why i was there in the first place. I dislike Uwe Boll more than i dislike Dario Argento (which is a lot). I walked out of Zodiac because it was dreadfully boring.
“Walking Tall”. I walked tall out of there.
The re-release of The Exorcist, ’cause I had a head full of shrooms. The demon was making me anxious. I walked out into the summer night and watched the traffic lights change colour.
Oh, by the way. I worked at a movie theatre when I Heart Huckabees came out. At every showing, about 40% of the people walked out variously throughout the movie. It was really fun being in the theatre and seeing the scenes that they walked out on, actually. One woman said to me, “Dustin Hoffman has NEVER DONE ANYTHING BAD!” I said, “Sphere” and left it at that. That was before I had heard of Ishtar. Anyway, it was a really interesting experience.
THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES – Around the time Laura Linney was detailing the dream she had where she was in the water surrounded by Christmas presents. My friend and I had sneaked in after catching another movie, but it was just so laughably bad. Because it’s under the pretense that it all really happened, we’re supposed to take these ridiculous coincidences as seriously as all these stone-faced actors on the screen.
I think besides that, I’ve only walked out on films because of technical problems (where I leave in the first five minutes, tell an usher that they need to fix it, get a refund and see it sometime later that week), which used to happen all the time such as when there was a hair on the projector’s lens during AMERICAN BEAUTY, or because I accidentally fell asleep, which was the case with THE STRAIGHT STORY and WILD STRAWBERRIES.
Oh, wait. I walked out on PUBLIC ENEMY halfway through because I had a pain in my ear, which turned out to be swimmer’s ear in both ears. It got so bad that I had to go to the emergency room that night.
Oh, and I was at a cinema with my then-girlfriend to see a preview screening of CHARLIE’S ANGELS and we walked out before it even began because we decided it would be more fun to have sex in her car for the first time. It left her with a scar on her leg that she was perfectly happy to have, though I bet she hates it now.
I think that this is kind of a referendum on how many movies the responders see. I think it’s a good rule of thumb that people who watch a lot of movies are less likely to walk out of them; a person who goes to the movie theater, say, once a month, has more invested (it’s the only movie they’ll see in April) and are more likely to be offended if they dislike it—much the same way that people who don’t read much are more likely to dislike a book (whereas a heavy reader might think it was "passable) or a person who frequently eats at restaurants is less likely to start a scene if something is wrong with their food.
But, all in all, I support a person’s right to leave the theater—in fact, I think it reminds all of us that we’re there by choice, and makes you less passive as a viewer. I remember a screening of COLOSSAL YOUTH programmed as part of a general Latino festival; the description had made it sound like a fairly run-of-the-mill “immigrant family drama.” Half of the audience abruptly walked out halfway through the movie, which meant that everyone who stayed, myself included was forced to face our act of watching the film head-on. The mood lightened. People started to laugh at the film’s little jokes and get wrapped up in the beauty of Ventura’s letter. What had begun as an incredibly tense viewing had become calm, almost graceful.
The Telephone with Whoopi Goldberg.
*I loved The Fountain
*Sphere isn’t a great movie but I am glad it exists. I reference it to make life points with people in conversation often.
I’ve never seen THE TELEPHONE but I know there’s a little bit of a cult around it nowadays. Did you see it during the original run (I assume that’s the only time it’s been in theatres—no Whoopi Golberg revival runs I can think of)?
Much that it greatly pains myself to sit through bad filmmaking, I find I just can’t bring myself to leave…whether some kind of strange principal or punishment I have yet to comprehend.
I think it’s highly possible that if I saw Australia in the theater it would have been the first, however.
I ran not walked out of across the universe. It gave me a splitting headache, also walked out of batman begins.
About a Boy
Anything by Lars Von Trier
I don’t walk out. I fall asleep. No need to leave those great seats early after having paid big bucks for them.
FYI I’ve fallen asleep during Reservoir Dogs twice. It’s just that one single moment that hits me every time. One lengthy discussion in one of those extra rooms at the warehouse keeps killing me. Other than that I think it’s gem.