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Have you ever walked out of a movie?

Yes. Many times. I could have presided over the Salem Witch Trials
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Yes. A few times. I choose wisely.
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Yes. but because I didn't think it was good quality, not because of offensive content.
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No. Too chicken.
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Postby Lowdoggy Dogg » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 09:42 am

Last week I walked out of a movie for the 3rd time in my life. I was with my wife, her mom, and her sister (both visiting from Cali). My wife was the instigator, but we were all grateful that she stuck with her gut (I was the most stubborn).

I won't say what movie it was (except that it was not rated-R) because I don't want to get into a debate about what movie is good or bad. I was more interested in talking about why it was SO HARD to get up and walk out.

Theories:
1. Social issues: Even though I didn't know anyone in the theater, I wondered how they would react.
2. Money: I paid for the film. Smart Lowdogg tells me that it is a sunk cost and shouldn't play a role in my future decisions, but Dumb Lowdogg doesn't like to listen to Smart Lowdogg. (this whole issue was rendered moot by our getting a refund).
3. Waiting: So many movies have the one or two small things that I sit through in order to get to the good (and less offensive) stuff. The thing is, why do I sit through anything offensive at all?

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Postby Eric's Fat Brother » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 10:07 am

I've never walked out of a movie, I don't think. Definitely not out of being offended, anyway; I may have walked out of a movie or two out of boredom. I don't go to the movies very often, and when I do, it's generally to see a movie that I really want to see. In those cases, if there's any question about the content, I will consult my friend, The Internet, to find out what I can expect. I also often call Eric to find out what objectionable content there is in a movie (he gets annoyed when strangers ask him about it on his website, but he's not allowed to get annoyed with me, because I'm his brother and I'm bigger than him).

It's not a foolproof plan. I'm sure there is potential for something that doesn't seem offensive when I read about it online or hear about it from Eric to actually offend me when I see it. But so far, I've never had that problem.

EDITED TO ADD THE POINT, which I had previously forgotten to get to: That said, IF I were offended by something in a movie, I would have no problem walking out, especially because I know that theaters DO refund money. My goal in everything I do (at which I generally fail, by the way) is to not let unrelated things affect my decisions. Walking out of a movie that offends me is not a financial thing, or a social thing, or any of that. So I would try not to let those issues affect my decision. I guess if it ever comes up, I will find out if I am any good at it.
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Postby KMD » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 11:02 am

I am perplexed as to why this is in the religion forum, unless the content in the movie was morally offensive to you and against your religious beliefs, but there are plenty of other reason to walk out of a movie.

I never have walked out though. Not even in Waterworld, although I really should have.

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Postby Karenins_SuperSon » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 11:09 am

I've never walked out of a movie due to "questionable" content, but both times were because I was just bored with watching the movie.

One time, it was about 40 minutes in and the other time it was about 60 minutes in.

At that point, if I have yet to be "pulled in" to the plot, I'm probably not going to be if I waited another 40-60 minutes, so I left.

Oddly, though, I've come to like both movies after watching them later in life. Not that they've become favorites, but after being at a different "place" in my life, I understood a little more of the movie to sit through it.

So, I don't have problems with walking out of a movie, if that answers your question.

That said, there was a movie recently (within the last few years) that April and I watched that we just turned off. I can't remember what it was right now, but she probably can.
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Postby AdamOndi » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 01:11 pm

I've never walked out of a movie due to offensive content. These days, I do my homework and find out if I am going to be offended by something in the movie before I go to see it. Gotta love Eric's reviews as well as the information on IMDB.

There are a couple of movies that I WISH I had walked out on due to offensive content, but was too chicken to do so. I still regret them. The most recent movie I saw that I should have walked out on was Transformers. That movie was offensive in a different way. It was horribly disappointing and I should have demanded my money back. Oh, well.
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Postby fairyshasha » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 01:35 pm

I have once -it was strange and I was bored.

I would walk out if I was offended enough to want to do so. I try to pick well in the first place and I'm often just too darn curious to find out what happens.

There was a movie I went to see with my mom when she was in town that I thought we would be walking out of together. But we stayed and the movie didn't get worse (like I thought it would). It mellowed out and we both liked it.

I should have walked out of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. That was time spent that I will never get back. Sad. (I didn't pay to see Transformers in a theater -which can make a differnce -but I thought it was fun.)

So to sum up.

1. Social. I don't think it would affect me. I'm not sure though because what it the people I was there with wanted to stay. Strangers -who cares what they think if you leave. But I would hesitate more to put out a friend. And if I had left the theater the other day it would have been because my mom wanted to.

2. Money. I know they refund. I'm just not sure if there is a cut off time on that. Some theaters prob do better on that than others.

3.Waiting. Yes, I wait. But of it get's worse (at home) I just turn it off.
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Postby Card » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 02:16 pm

I really, really wanted to leave "Phantom of the Opera" because I hated it so much, but since I didn't drive there and the people who I went with were loving the movie, I opted to plug my ears and rock in my chair. Okay, actually I just gritted my teeth the whole time and cringed.

A friend pulled me along to something like "Under the Tuscan Sun" (I think that was the name), which I thought was horrible in many ways. I confess that it was when some old lady was taking off her clothes in the movie that I just couldn't take it anymore and left. It was a dollar movie, but I wanted my money back.

There was another one that friends had pulled me along to see. I can't even remember what it was. Maybe someone was running for president? I'm not sure, but I was in that movie for about five minutes and decided to switch theaters and saw that "How to Lose a Guy" movie, instead.

I ran out of "Beowoulf" to vomit and missed the Angelina scene.

People leave movies all the time to chain smoke or to get more popcorn or whatever. I don't think it should be embarrassing. Most people probably wouldn't even notice a departure. But, yeah, maybe it is weird if you're not used to it.

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Postby KareNin » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 06:58 pm

I don't go to the theater very much at all; maybe five or six times a year. For everything else, I wait till it's out on DVD. I can recall wanting to leave only two movies in a theater because they were either really gross or boring or incomprehensible, but didn't either time because (A) I didn't choose the movie, or (B) pay for my ticket. So I opted to sit and snooze or daydream in the dark, rather than get up and sit it out alone outside the theater. The person I was with each of those times turned out not to like the movie, either, but neither of us hated it enough to get up and walk out.

I wouldn't have a problem with walking out of a movie if I was really offended by something that I felt I was completely unprepared might be in the movie. I mean, if the rating, advertising, word of mouth, critic reviews and trailers had not given me any advance preparation whatsoever that there would be potentially offensive scenes in the film, and I was absolutely blindsided by something morally offensive, you can bet I would be out at the front office getting my money back. Fortunately for me, before I decide to have a Theater Experience, I've done enough research to be able to gauge pretty well whether I'll like the movie enough to sit through the entire thing without wanting to get up and leave. (And that's probably why I see so few movies in a theater.)

Unfortunately for people whose fortunes rest on whether or not I spend money at the box office, most of the info is given away by the research methods I use, and there are few surprises, and therefore I'm not making anybody rich.

What really, really irks me is that almost without exception, it seems like there are a couple of unnecessary* scenes (or excessive bad language) deliberately put into every single movie to guarantee it won't get saddled with a "G" rating, because that would allegedly keep vast hordes of moviegoers away. Or something to that effect. (*By unnecessary, I mean they can be deleted and nothing of importance is noticeably missing from the film.) Because some people use the "I won't see any R-rated, NC-17 or PG-13 movies, PERIOD!!!!" rule as an absolute guide, they miss a lot of really good movies that would honestly be just as good, or better, if the "gratuitous sex/violence" hadn't been included in the first place.

I have never bought into the argument that "if we don't put sex and profanity and violence in the film, nobody will come to see it." My challenge to filmmakers is: Oh yeah? Try it! I'm so tired of the whole stupid Ratings debate, and wish someone would just make some good movies, but bear in mind that there really is a huge audience who would start going to movies again if they knew they wouldn't have to endure an embarrassing scene or f-bombs that are nonessential to the quality of the film as a whole.

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Postby EricDSnider » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 10:04 pm

KareNin wrote:I have never bought into the argument that "if we don't put sex and profanity and violence in the film, nobody will come to see it." My challenge to filmmakers is: Oh yeah? Try it!


Well, lots of people DO make movies like that, and guess what? By your own admission, you don't go to the theater to watch them. :-)

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Postby Lowdoggy Dogg » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 07:06 am

KMD wrote:I am perplexed as to why this is in the religion forum, unless the content in the movie was morally offensive to you and against your religious beliefs, but there are plenty of other reason to walk out of a movie.


Great question. I thought of putting it here because my walkout was because I found something morally offensive, and I wondered why it was initially so hard for me to walk out. Seemed like a religious question.

I should add that I enjoyed Beowulf, a movie which I think merited an R rating for violence, just to show how inconsistent I am. Now if my wife had been with me (instead of my father-in-law)? We might not have made it even 5 minutes. My wife is a supremely good influence on me. :D I usually select carefully, but sometimes you get blindsided.

Watching Rush Hour 3 was a mistake. That was a waste of my time, but fortunately I was at home and was multi-tasking.

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Postby AdamOndi » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 08:42 am

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KareNin wrote:I have never bought into the argument that "if we don't put sex and profanity and violence in the film, nobody will come to see it." My challenge to filmmakers is: Oh yeah? Try it!


Well, lots of people DO make movies like that, and guess what? By your own admission, you don't go to the theater to watch them. :-)


Eli Roth, for instance. All of the "torture porn" stuff. Although, I think a lot of people are getting bored with even that, and that is why Hostel Part II and the most recent Saw sequel haven't been huge smashes at the box office. It scares me to think what the people who really enjoy torture porn are going to have to escalate to in order to get another rush....
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Postby EricDSnider » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 11:36 am

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KareNin wrote:I have never bought into the argument that "if we don't put sex and profanity and violence in the film, nobody will come to see it." My challenge to filmmakers is: Oh yeah? Try it!


Well, lots of people DO make movies like that, and guess what? By your own admission, you don't go to the theater to watch them. :-)


Eli Roth, for instance. All of the "torture porn" stuff. Although, I think a lot of people are getting bored with even that, and that is why Hostel Part II and the most recent Saw sequel haven't been huge smashes at the box office. It scares me to think what the people who really enjoy torture porn are going to have to escalate to in order to get another rush....


Er, no. I guess I didn't make myself clear. I was saying that people DO make movies the way Karen wants them, without gratuitous sex and profanity and violence -- and sure enough, those movies are often ignored.

Also, Lowdogg, what was the movie you walked out of? You seem to want this to be a religious/moral discussion, but you won't tell us what the actual religious/moral question was.

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Postby Lowdoggy Dogg » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 12:39 pm

I don't want to make it about that, because I don't expect everyone to agree with me. I didn't want it to seem like I was condemning people that haven't walked out of it.

If you still want to know, I'll tell you. It will be anticlimactic.

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Postby Card » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 01:25 pm

I want to know what it was!

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Postby AdamOndi » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 01:25 pm

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EricDSnider wrote:
KareNin wrote:I have never bought into the argument that "if we don't put sex and profanity and violence in the film, nobody will come to see it." My challenge to filmmakers is: Oh yeah? Try it!


Well, lots of people DO make movies like that, and guess what? By your own admission, you don't go to the theater to watch them. :-)


Eli Roth, for instance. All of the "torture porn" stuff. Although, I think a lot of people are getting bored with even that, and that is why Hostel Part II and the most recent Saw sequel haven't been huge smashes at the box office. It scares me to think what the people who really enjoy torture porn are going to have to escalate to in order to get another rush....


Er, no. I guess I didn't make myself clear. I was saying that people DO make movies the way Karen wants them, without gratuitous sex and profanity and violence -- and sure enough, those movies are often ignored.


D'oh! Oh, well.

As for movies without sex or gratuitous violence getting ignored, I agree. Fortunately, we do occasionally get absolute gems like, well, pretty much everything done by Pixar, Stardust, and Waitress (I don't think the sex, profanity, or violence in that movie was gratuitous).

I just went to the Wikipedia article about the movies that were released in 2007 to get more ideas for my list of occasional gems. Wow, was that depressing. It hurts sometimes to realize just how much utter garbage was released into movie theaters last year.
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Postby Card » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 01:29 pm

AdamOndi wrote:Waitress (I don't think the sex, profanity, or violence in that movie was gratuitous).


The sex may not have been gratuitous, but it sure made me want to vomit or something. It was scarring.

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Postby fairyshasha » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 03:03 pm

Go ahead and tell us. We promise to be nice. Besides -this sort of illustrates your example of the social pressure.

If it makes you feel better; those of us that agree with you walking out can be so happy you did. The rest of us will just know it was your wifes idea. :lol: So what was it?
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Postby hotel manager » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 04:39 pm

I walked out of the English Patient after my boss dragged me to it and then fired me when I told him I didn't like it.

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Postby EricDSnider » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 04:52 pm

hotel manager wrote:I walked out of the English Patient after my boss dragged me to it and then fired me when I told him I didn't like it.

Sincerely,

Elaine Benes

P.S. He rehired me on the condition that I go to Tunisia.



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Postby ImAdhis » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 04:59 pm

I have walked out of a live comedy show in Las Vegas. The tickets were expensive for us but I had been wanting to see The Amazing Jonathan after watching him on Comedy Central YEARS and YEARS ago.

The first 10 minutes were filled with nudity and atomic F-bombs galore. I could stand it no longer and wanted to throw up. My husband was too nervous to do anything since we were at one of the tables at the front of the room and would have to get up in front of everyone and walk through them to get to the exit in the back of the room. I finally just said, "I'm leaving" and got up. My husband followed along with a few pairs of eyes in the room.

Yes, I felt uncomfortable so obviously leaving but not as uncomfortable as I was sitting at that show. I got my money back and was able to cross off an item on my "things I'd like to see" list.
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