E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Short Circuit (1986)
I was a snobby antisocial little punk when I was younger… couldn’t stand that kind of sappy drivel.
I cannot say I’ve truly walked out of a movie. I usually find that even if I hate the film I will discuss with my friends just how badly I hated it and for what reasons. The only film you could technically say I walked out of was Dragon Wars…however I don’t truly count it because I actually just stepped in after finishing Eastern Promises just because I was curious as to what sort of train wreck of a film Dragon Wars was going to be. But after 20 min or so I just felt that I have better things I could be doing with my day.
I’ve never walked out of a theater, and rarely stop watching a movie at home, but I did recently turn of Youth Without Youth. I rented that and Alien Vs. Predator 2 at the same time. I don’t think I’ll be welcomed on this site anymore.
Only one—De Palma’s Body Double. I’m nobody’s feminist, but the drill-kill scene made me sick to my stomach. Even that wasn’t as offensive as his pathetic rip-off/homage to Rear Window, Vertigo, and several other films that he couldn’t even dream of making. Misogyny isn’t art—see Lars von Trier.
I really wished I had walked out of Hot Fuzz, and this is coming from a huge Shaun of the Dead fan. The last film I walked out of was Peter Jackson’s King Kong, about an hour into the movie. (And I got my money back!) As a child, I walked out of Bogus. Jeez, that was bad. I’ve also come close to walking out of What Lies Beneath and Palindromes, and possibly others I’ve blocked from my memory.
If I was the walkin’ out type, I would have walked out on Crash, Pirates 1 (didn’t see the others), Iron Man (I would have, but I was seeing it with friends).
Actually, now that I think about it, I did walk out of the new Rambo, and Cloverfield (just got tired of watching some guys feet while he screams and runs around)
I can truthfully say that I’ve never walked out on a movie. Going out to see a movie, for me, is usually an event of sorts; I am an avid DVD viewer, but because of time and financial constraints I can usually only make it to a theater maybe once every two months. And when I finally make the time to go out and see a movie, I’ll suffer through it, no matter HOW bad it ends up being, because I worked too hard to just call it quits mid-movie. So I’ve never walked out on a movie, and I probably never will.
However, there ARE some DVDs that I’ve turned off halfway through. The most recent one I could think of was “Leatherheads.” I was a fan of the idea, a football movie told with the slapstick humor popular in the 20’s and 30’s, and the cast seemed appropriate. But man did it suck…it just wasn’t funny at all. Clooney should stick to directing dramas.
Adaptation, and Novocaine.
I bolted out of Tetsuo: Iron Man mainly because we had a smoke before going in and some of the scenes in that film started to make me feel really ill… hey, it was like over 10 years ago, okay… and no I’m not totally embarrassed… well maybe a bit. :)
I rarely walk out on films but recently four of us went to see Happy Go Lucky, And we all left about an hour in. Could not bear to suffer the main character any longer. And I’m a fan of Mike Leigh. I know critics love this film but different review sites seem to indicate it’s either a luv it or hate it movie. Lots of A’s and a lot of F’s- very few C’s.
Not so much walked out of, but I have stopped the following DVDs before finishing them:
Junebug – got as far as the part at the beginning where the artist shows that he had to continue Robert E. Lee’s private parts on the back of his painting
Scary Movie – watched for 15 minutes, never laughed, turned it off
Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Straight out I went, never to return.
Only once have I walked out of a movie. “Three Amigos”.
I have not walked out on any, however there were three that I very nearly did. 21 Grams, Cabin Fever, and Lost in Translation. I am glad I stayed to the end of Cabin Fever thought because the end was so funny it almost made up for the rest of that crappy film. Over all the film still sucks but the ending is FUNNY.
The only movie I have ever walked out of was “The Ten”…so so very unfunny.
I almost walked out of Alexander but felt Oliver Stone would be mad at me if I did.
And the 2nd and 3rd Pirates of the Carribbean films deserved a mass exodus towards the door but it never materialized.
The Passion of The Christ (Mel Gibson)
Pirates if the Caribbean
The one and only movie I’ve walked out on in my 46 years was “The Men’s Club”, an absolutely horrific POS released in 1986. At the time, I had a job where my shift ended a few hours before the first bus headed home so I’d often go see a movie. The local paper, the SF Chronicle, had given “The Men’s Club” a positive review. I knew before seeing it that I would on occasion disagree with movie reviewers. I just didn’t fully realize how completely full of **** they could be. Lesson learned. “The Men’s Club” is truly one of the worst mainstream movies ever made.
Someone mentioned “Congo”. I agree that truly is a bad movie but it’s somewhat redeemed because it is so easy to laugh at. The weird guy with the slobbering, unnatural relationship with the mechanical ape = comedy gold.
I’ve only walked out (of a cinema) on one film. I can’t remember the title but it was a Taiwanese film shot on Betacam — and this was the sole reason I couldn’t sit through it. I can handle DV, even Super 8, but Betacam, imo, cannot be used for storytelling.
There are lots and lots of movies that are worse — but I got dizzy in French Connection II when they shoot him up with heroin, and I staggered out. I guess it was effective.
“Walking Tall” starring The Rock is to this date the only movie I’ve walked out on and never came back.
Man, I like Adaptation, Happy Go Lucky, and Junebug.
I really wanted to walk out of “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, And Her Lover,” because I thought it was hamfisted claptrap, and it was really upsetting my girlfriend, who was sitting beside me. Strangely, she wouldn’t leave. I swore I’d never watch another Greenaway (I was 19 or 20) and I haven’t. Which is kind of too bad, because I think I’d like some of them. Although I still believe “TCTTHWAHL” is hamfisted claptrap.
Same girlfriend was very upset by “Wild At Heart,” but didn’t want to leave that one, either. I liked “Wild At Heart,” though.
Same girlfriend was in tears after the famous scene in “Dangerous Liasons” when Uma Thurman’s breasts are exposed. Afterwards I asked her why and she said “She seemed so scared.” Made me feel like a thug, and I’ve never forgotten it.
THE COOK, THE THIEF, THE WIFE and whatever the rest of the title is. I decided right then and there that Greenaway is not for me and I hung around with other friends after that movie.
I swear to God Logan, I didn’t read your post until AFTER I posted mine. How funny.
And here I loved Cook/Thief/Wife/Lover, but hated The Falls, which was a test of endurance.
As for walking out of a theater, I cannot remember too many times – I’m a stickler for seeing it through, even if I know it’s subpar, because I hold out for that one gem of a moment, whether a performance or a joke. I walked out of So I Married An Axe Murderer because I thought it was so unfunny and it was late and I was tired, didn’t want to waste any more time. I walked out of Kingdom of Heaven about one hour in because I felt ill. I don’t think it was the film, but hey, I never went back either.
Now I should have walked out on Sleepaway Camp, because that one left me a little shell-shocked, like those Canadian PSAs on accidents in the workplace (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t seek them out). And I could have done without Meet The Spartans, but my wife and son were with me and it was one of those dinner and a movie joints, and we were hungry. But wow, what a POS.
DVDs? Totally different. If a film hasn’t really engaged me by the 20-30 minute mark, it’s done.
I took a girl to see the Animal because she thought it’d be funny.
It wasn’t funny.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The last Matrix.