Midweek Mouth-off: When do you give up?

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Sometimes, there comes a certain point in some movies when you just can’t carry on. It might be that the movie was not at all what you expected, it might have been too scary, or maybe it just induces narcolepsy. I know this has happened with a friend of mine, who has watched the start of Frozen about three times, but always manages to fall asleep before the movie is half way though.

Personally, I don’t like giving up on movies. I try and stick it out to the end, and I’ve only walked out of a cinema before the credits rolled once. Bad Boys II, and it was just… ugh, no. I couldn’t subject myself to it any further. It was just too terrible, I had no idea what was going on and I gave up.

So, if you’ve ever abandoned a movie before the end, what made you decide enough was enough?

Last Updated: September 3, 2014

Tracy Benson

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  • Unavengedavo

    Fell asleep during the Exorcist. It’s a really kak movie and not as scary as people make it out to be O_o

    • Kervyn Cloete

      It’s unfortunate, but a lot of “scary” old movies just don’t stack up to the crazy scares we’ve had in some modern movies. Things that were shocking then, just don’t faze us now. There are still some great ones though that hold up really well. The suspense of Jaws is still tough to beat.

      • Andre116

        And on the flip side you have films like Evil Dead 2, where they’ve made use of a barbie doll and some stop motion animation. So funny.

      • WhiteRock

        True. Although, I had the perfect / unfortunate setting for watching the remastered one a couple of years back – late night show at Sandton City, about 4 people in the cinema and you could actually hear the projector running / clicking in the background which really added to the ambience.

  • Dutch Matrix

    The Hills have Eyes. Inbred thing snacking on a dog. That’s not how you do horror. THat is just repulsion.
    Watchmen. Movie went nowhere. Boring. (To me at least.)

  • DarthZA

    Badboys2? Of all movies????!!! That movie has some incredible scenes.
    For me, the only one in recent years was Frozen. My wife and I gave up by about 40 minutes in. Not only could either of us believe that people actually liked it, we couldn’t believe anyone else had actually finished it. Truly one of the worst movies from the last year in my opinion.

    • Kervyn Cloete

      I can totally understand Bad Boys 2. UP until the 2nd Transformers movie, that was easily the worst of Boy’s movies for me, and is a gigantic study in excess. Too long, too loud, too unfunny, etc.

    • Tracy Benson

      Eh, to each his own hey. The best I can say about Bad Boys Two is that suffered from serious technical difficulties – mainly that the lens cap was off and the sound was on. *badumtish*

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    The Pink Panther remake. I’m usually quite forgiving because all I really want is to be entertained, but this guy made me cry giant tears of rage & go on a cursing spree after about 10/15 minutes. I get mad just thinking about that globe-wrecking ball scene, which was the final straw & led to a rage-quit.

    • WhiteRock

      I completely skipped the remakes – after watching the originals when they came out it just felt wrong too even think about watching the new ones.

  • Kervyn Cloete

    I dunno whether I should be proud of the fact that I have never in my entire life walked out of a movie. This stupid completionist streak has of course resulted in me sitting thru movies where I was starting to consider the suicide potential of stale popcorn.

  • eXpZA

    “I know this has happened with a friend of mine, who has watched the start of Frozen about three times, but always manages to fall asleep before the movie is half way though.”

    Is that… is that me?

    If it is. Yes. I just keep falling asleep. Can’t do it.

    • Tracy Benson

      Haha, yes it is. I tried to keep you anonymous though!

  • elysium

    The rave scene (well, that’s how best I can explain it… ’twas the bit where the monkey starts “singing” that song “You Shouldn’t Have Done It” or whatever it was called) in the animated Jock (Joke?) of the Bushveld. It was really, really bad up to that point, but when it went past that? I just… couldn’t. No. Never again. That bit destroyed the entire movie, partly cuz it made no sense whatsoever (suspend my disbelief, please, but don’t insult my intelligence), but especially because it was just plain effing terrible.

  • Wow, I am not actually sure if I have ever quite a movie in the cinema, but I have a few at home. Any of the ‘scary movies’ I turned off after 20 minutes, I kept expecting them to learn from their mistakes. Big Mama’s House died a very quick death too.

  • WhiteRock

    Borat – It just became senseless after a while…the initial gags were good but from somewhere in the middle it just felt like they were trying very hard to make it to an hour and a half. But mostly I watch movies through, even if I have to use the old school FF or new school scan method 😉

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