Walking out of Movies! Walking out of Movies!
"Did you ever walk out of a movie?" Four of our writers answer this question. Walking out of Movies!

Did you ever walk out of a movie? If so, for what reasons? Was it the poor quality or something that offended you? Or are you one of those who refuse to walk out of movies out of principle- or for the simple reason that they already paid for the ticket?

I asked my fellow co-writers on The Supernaughts, what their take is on the matter and here are their (and my) answers:

Sagamanus: I pay, I stay!

I’ve never walked out on a film in my life. The sheer brashness of someone doing so, indicates a ton of money to spend and no care in the world. You drive a BMW don’t you? I finish films to the end, even if I don’t like them. Even if I’ve given nary a cent, as it’s on TV. I finish to the end! That being said, let’s relegate this to a hypothetical situation. If I knew what I knew now would I have gone to see them in the first place? Would I walk out if it was the end of the world?
No and yes. I saw both Lost in Space and The Frighteners in the theater and regretted both of them as if I had been staked through the heart. The former is one of the worst films in history from a series that I loved. At least for the longest time. The original pilot in black and white was evocative of Forbidden Planet, a somewhat well-known foundation stone of Science Fiction and a classic adaptation of Shakespeare and the fantastic. It was headed in that direction until Batman‘s campiness bled into it and they wanted its audience. The film however is like infecting yourself with Chicken Pox because you like the feel of scratching them. I’ve seen it once again since and that’s because it was on TV and I was locked in a Ludvico- type harness.

Jackson’s Frighteners are no different. It has the same feel. A “ghost Jungle Book” a la Neil Gaiman before it. I can’t understand people’s fascination with that film as there has never been a good looking ghost on screen until the end of Crimson Peak. Not to mention he just ported them over to Return of the King to save some money. I’ve never walked out of a film, but god damn I should have. I now know better than to see them in the first place.

-Sagamanus

Stay lost!

Stay lost!

 

Dr. Newton Geiszler: Don’t let the bad movie win

No matter how bad a movie was, I’ve never walked out of it. The thought never occurs to me until the movie is done and by then it’s too late to do anything about it except go talk about how bad it was. So whenever I hear that thing about people walking out of a movie, I could never seem to understand it. Maybe it has to do with the fact that if I go, I feel I would let the movie “win” so to speak. Maybe the movie has a terrible, slogging opening and the rest of it is quite good. And then there is the fact that maybe the movie isn’t bad, only that it’s not quite what the audience expected. The closest I’ve experienced to a walkout is when I went to watch Noah and the room was packed with old ladies and old men, y’know the type, the ones that sit on the couch to watch their soaps and Joel Osteen. The ones who always talk about how those “immigrants” (it’s always in quotation marks whenever the “immigrants” are brought up) are coming in and taking up all the space. They were all expecting the same old retelling of a familiar biblical tale, with the soft lighting, strawmen having their arguments rendered null, and the smug, sanctimonious attitude pervading the movie. Russell Crowe impaling men left and right is when a pair of doddering old women started to get up and leave, thinking to themselves that Hollyweird has committed sacrilege on a familiar story. I guess what I’m trying to say is, despite the fact that I can just walk before the thirty minute mark to get my refund, I just stay there on principle.

Now if you ask me whether or not I flip the channel if a bad movie comes on TV, I will most definitely flip that damn channel.

Dr. Newton Geiszler

Not biblical enough?

Not biblical enough?

 

Stalkeye: Walking out, no – sleeping through, yes!

Personally, I can’t say that I have walked out of a theater but I can do one better-as in fallen asleep during a movie and yes, in the theaters.

I remember way back circa 1998 when my friend and I was excited about the live action adaptation of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. Although we didn’t read the comic that often, we were huge fans of the animated HBO series. Unfortunately to our dismay, the movie sucked on all levels. The contrast between this and the critically acclaimed TV- series was a major difference. The story was watered down to an extent as if it was made to sell action figures for kids.

All the dark myopic elements from the series was abandoned and John Leguizomo’s portrayal as “Clown” was lackluster at best.
That explains why both of us suddenly dozed off for a good 42 minutes (in between checking our watches). What a fucking boring ass film and what’s sad is that there was good casting with the actor, Nicol Williamson who plays Cagliostro. (previously, he was known for his role as the enigmatic Merlin in Excalibur).
Michael Jai White looked the part as Al Simmons but the brotha needed serious acting lessons and aside from  the wasted efforts of the actors, the CGI effects didn’t help much however, I was impressed by how Spawn’s symbiotic cape was utilized. But the action scenes got ridiculous at times, like him doing a somersault while firing SMGs at no one?!!?

Sometime later on, there was the “Director’s Cut” which did absolutely nothing to improve this clusterfuck of a film. What’s sad is that Spawn was the first major black superhero- movie and what’s even sadder is that the same guy who wrote for the excellent HBO series, also wrote this film .

Huge difference indeed!

I can’t say whether or not it was New Line Cinema’s intervention that led to poor business decisions in regard to this movie but if so, they more than made up for it with the first two Blade movies.

Stalks out!

-Stalkeye

Lemme put you to sleep...

Lemme put you to sleep…

 

Dee: You Only Walk Out Twice

I always claimed to be one of the people who always finish a movie, no matter how bad/and or boring it is. Sadly, I became very sloppy in that regard and the statement just is not true anymore. At least when it comes to home cinema. How many movies did I leave unfinished? Many.

Sometimes for mundane reasons- the movie is on late night- TV and I am just too tired to hold through till the end. Or I had to return it to the rental store (those were the times!).

But the incidents where I simply decided halfway through a certain movie that it is just not worth my precious time became more frequent in recent years. I have never seen Taken beyond the 30 minutes mark, the same goes for several Resident Evil– sequels and quite a few comedies, either featuring Russell Brand or from the home of Judd Apatow, or even worse, both. Whatever set of particular special skills Liam Neeson has, I will never know and I don’t feel the need to find out, nor do I need more of Apatow’s subliminally bitter views on life.

It’s a different thing with movies at the theatre though. I paid the damn ticket, so I am gonna sit through the whole goddamn movie, pardon my French. Yet, I did walk out of movies twice in the last 20 years.

When I was young and still living in a small town, I went to the movies once or twice a week. Every Wednesday, there was a “surprise sneak preview” of a yet unreleased film at the local cinema, often months before the official start. They rarely do those anymore nowadays, as the studios shit their pants regarding “movie piracy”.
Needless to say, most of those films were unadulterated shit and only a few times a better one was thrown into the mix to keep the audience interested. Still, I went to almost every screening, partly out of pure boredom, partly due to a naive enthusiasm for the medium and partly in the vain hope for seeing something outstanding before everyone else one day.
In retrospect, I should have walked out of more screenings.For example, I am one of the few who can claim to have seen Return to Me (2000), the romantic comedy about heart transplants with David Duchovny and Minnie Driver on the big screen, for what it’s worth. Even worse was Message in a Bottle (1999) though, a cinematic pot of calculated schmaltz with Kevin Costner and Robin Wright -based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, do you need to know more?
In the end, when the script runs out of conflicts and drama, Kevin Costner dies in a storm when he is crossing the Michigan Lake in his sailboat to get to his true love, of course heroically while he is trying to save others. That could have been prevented by taking the bus or a plane, doofus! But the film desperately needed that obligatory “Robin Wright crying” scene, as her on-screen suffering which she honed to perfection over the years is usually the main draw of all movies she appears in. If you let Robin Wright sign on for your movie, you want those sweet tears, preferably in a close-up.

Let’s get to the movies I actually walked out of: The first one was The New Guy (2002), a shitty teen comedy with real-life “Goofy” DJ Qualls. I left the theatre after 20 minutes, not only due to the quality of the movie but also because someone put the wrong mask on the projector and all the boom mics were visible on the screen. Although I suspect that did not really hurt that turd of a movie any more.

And the second time I could not take it anymore was when I saw The Deep End of the Ocean (1999) with Michelle Pfeiffer as mom who thinks the adopted kid of the new neighbours might be her own baby that was abducted by a loon years ago.
Did your face already go numb from reading the plot description? Imagine how painful actually seeing (half of) the movie was. After roughly 50 minutes, me and my friend decided to escape the sappiness-overload of this overblown faux- Lifetime movie and left. We then retreated to the bar nearby and spent the rest of the evening speculating how the movie might have ended. Not to sound arrogant, but I doubt that the film can beat our versions (possibly faint self-praise) or that actually finishing it would have been as entertaining as thinking up possible endings. So ultimately, something good came out of something bad.

-Dee

We suffer with you, Michelle

We suffer with you, Michelle…

 

What is your opinion on this? Did you ever do it? Are there good enough reasons to justify the action? Or do you regret that you did it? Let us know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

-Dee

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Detective Dee reviews movies and sometimes TV-series. He likes to indulge in the Asian cinema, exploitation flicks and the horror genre but is no stranger to Blockbuster culture either. He writes whatever he wants, but always aims to entertain.

  • I have never walked out of a movie. Me andmy mates once did payed for a different movie’s ticket (because the ticket sales for that had ended) and then went to see the movie we wanted to see to begin with.

    So, i’m of the oponion i never actually walked out of a movie. But i once nearly fell asleep while watching an extremely boring and uninteresting movie: Bay’s Transfomers.

  • Toruk_Makto

    I walked out on Ultraviolet.

  • good choice

  • KilliK

    wtf are you talking about, The Frighteners is great.

  • yeah don’t agree on that either

  • I_am_better

    Never walked out of a movie in my life. With the current prices, you might as well just burn you money and not buy a ticket, if you wanna do that.

  • can’t sleep to the noise of clashing metal

  • I_am_better

    I think the only thing I’ve sometimes walked out from because it was so boring is my own home

  • I_am_better

    Actually, Dee – if you wanna take those two previous comments and add them to the article as my bit, go ahead XD

  • I can’t support this laziness

  • I_am_better

    Lol. There’s a fine line between “laziness” and “way too many things to fit in the schedule”

  • I mean I cannot post two lines as a fully fledged contribution. I have moral obligations!

  • I_am_better

    I always aim to go through where the bar is lowest

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I’ve never walked out on anything, and any movie that’s worth walking out of (ones directed by Michael Bay or JJ Abrams, for example), I no longer pay to see in theaters. I suppose The Force Awakens will be the exception to that.

    Anyway, I figure, what’s the point? You might not get a refund, and what are you going to do with the spare hour and a half you save, anyway? Find your car and drive home? Is your time really so precious that it makes a difference? If it was, you wouldn’t be wasting it on entertainment, except perhaps on very rare occasions, to begin with. So I don’t really understand people who regularly walk out of movies.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    That was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen in a theater, but I toughed it out, regardless. More fool me.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Didn’t the explosions and the OTT shrieking from the obnoxious human characters awake you from your slumbers?

  • No, those things did the inverse, they put me to sleep, how boring and recurent they were. I’m not evne joking when i say the first Transformers movie is the most boring movie i ever seen in my life. For me, Bay makes the most boring movies in existence.

  • Stalkeye

    Fun article Guys! And believe it or not, I also fell asleep during the first Resident Evil Movie. And this was on a first date mind you. However, everything went great after the Movie and I’ll leave it at that. (;’

  • Jacob de Zissou

    The last movie I fell asleep during was that first Captain America movie.

  • Jacob de Zissou

    Walked out of Cop Out.

  • Jacob de Zissou

    I’ve subjected myself to two Tom Hooper movies and it was a real struggle to stay seated during each but I endured.

  • CoolHandJuke

    I’ve never walked out of a movie,

  • Irony!

  • Captain Genius

    i walked out of hellboy 2, so fucking annoying, almost walked out of Gladiator, almost got up when the fridge got nuked, walked out of romeo must die.

  • Captain Genius

    the extended version is even better

  • Sagamanus

    Not on any level. I would go so far as to say that Jackson should be brought up on charges of genocide.

  • Sagamanus

    I saw Spawn in the theater as well. It’s not good, but I was a fan of the character at the time.

  • Sagamanus

    Never saw Taken either. But I doubt that series even deserved more than one.

  • Sagamanus

    Do you like Michael J. Fox or the movie? Because one can influence the other. The concept for the film is good. The film itself isn’t.

  • Sagamanus

    Shutter Island? Really?

  • A sequel does not make much sense.

  • Sagamanus

    That being said, I might rewatch it as I haven’t seen it for a long, long time.

  • Leanne Norman

    I have never walked out of a movie. I won’t either if I have paid for the ticket. Seems like a waste to not try to finish it.

  • CoolHandJuke

    it was late and i had just eaten a big meal. i did see the ending coming from a mile away even though i missed about 2/3 of it…

  • Stalkeye

    Agreed with The Frighteners. It had potential but so goddamn boring and not even worthy of either Horror nor comedy which it desperately attempts to promote it as such.

  • Stalkeye

    Its absolutely nothing compared to the HBO series which had more depth and focus unlike the film itself.

  • Stalkeye

    Wish I had the guts to walk out on the first Hellboy as well and KOTCS.

    Romeo must die was a guilty pleasure after all, who could walk out on Aaliyah?

    http://www.bmi.com/images/musicworld/cache/aaliyah1_500-500×283.jpg

    OK, I almost did while watching Queen of the Damned but I was with yet another date and she wasn’t havin it!

  • Stalkeye

    Thank gawd for torrents and streaming services!!!!!!!

    Hallelujah!!

    http://i52.tinypic.com/24c8wms.jpg

  • Stalkeye
  • Stalkeye

    Smart man.

  • Stalkeye

    The only saving grace from the Bayformers were Optimus Prime’s voiceovers courtesy of Peter Cullen.

  • That was just a gimmick to appease the fans. Bay pulling an Abrams.

  • KilliK

    you are wrong.

  • Captain Genius

    yeah, she was fine as fuck,i just wasn’t feeling it. it was a perfect day outside so my friend and ijust left the theater and enjoyed the perfect day.

  • Bop

    He, he.

  • Bop

    I used to go to sneak previews. I walked out on Fast Food Fast Woman as soon as I saw the main character in all her plastic glory.

    I felt asleep during Bandits. Some of the best sleep I ever had.

    And I would have walked out on Avengers Age Of Ultron if I hadn’t promised a friend of mine I would finish the movie even if it was bad. What a torture it was.

  • Bop

    Hell yeah.

  • Bop

    Definitely. Still surprised you didn’t finish the first.

  • Bop

    I watched Queen Of The Damned. Not in the cinema.
    Aaliyah was the only redeeming thing in the movie.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Jesus look at those lips. Aaliyah was sexy as fuck.

  • It was so unappealing. The acting was so stiff. And I am not a fan of manipulative revenge movies. It’s too easy to make super-vile guys the villains. Not interesting.

  • Tarmac492.1

    The worst flicks I have ever seen in a theater is U Turn, Wild Wild West and prob something else. Hmm hated Jewel of the Nile .

  • Tarmac492.1

    Disappointed in the book. Movie was ok. Twist was blah .

  • Did you walk out?

  • Ugh, Bandits the German movie?

  • Tarmac492.1

    Nope. I fell asleep during u turn and www. Jewel was just shit. Also hated The Mask.

  • Bop

    Nah, the one with Willis and Thornton.

  • KilliK

    you’re wrong.

  • Phillyflopper

    I seriously wanted to walk out of Tomb Raider (2001). But your concept is what kept me going. Strangely enough, I was able to sit through Pearl Harbor just a few weeks prior.

  • Phillyflopper

    I seriously wanted to walk out of Way Of The Warrior. I managed to catch a free screening but for some reason, i still held on. There are about maybe 30 seconds of what I would deem “coolness” near the end. But the rest of the film is just a shitfest.

  • Phillyflopper

    I saw Wild Wild West. I think the only thing that kept me interested early on is Bai Ling’s ass shot. But that was earlier in the film, yet I still carried forward. Because I’m a glutton for punishment.

    I remember talking with this guy before seeing the movie in how this film was going to be leaps and bounds a fantastic film. After he watched it. I asked him about it and he was pissed. xD

  • Phillyflopper

    I liked this film in the theater. Then again, I saw Con Air a few weeks after this and enjoyed that film too.

  • Phillyflopper

    Fake Trash Compactor Clashing Metal (there’s a fake band name for you!)

  • It looks pretty bad.

  • The Doctor (6th)

    I’ve only “walked out” of a movie just once.
    I was “on call” with my work and I got “called in.”
    What could I do, it was part of the job – so I had to go.

  • Bob Mielke

    I’ve never heard those two things ever mentioned in the same breath before: Michael Bay and boring. He makes shit films, but “boring” never really seems to be an apt description. The guy is a master of staging compelling action sequences, but that’s really the only compliment one can give him. In fact, two of his films have surprisingly been given the Criterion Collection treatment on DVD for that very reason; “The Rock” (1996) and “Armageddon” (1998). “Armageddon” is best left alone and uncommented on as it’s pure shit and should be ultimately forgotten, but” The Rock” at least can be classified as a “decent” action flick… or maybe that’s just because it was good to see Sean Connery back in ass-kicking mode so many years after playing 007. He tried to raise the quality of his name being attached to a film with “serious” fare in “Pearl Harbor” (2001) but failed spectacularly. There’s really only one film of his that I actively enjoy all the way through, and that’s “The Island” (2005). It’s the only one of his films than can actually boast a thought-provoking idea behind it, and in a cruel twist of irony, it was his least financially-successful film, probably because the people who generally drift into a theater for a Michael Bay movie don’t expect to have to think and ponder ethical undercurrents in the film’s theme.

  • Michael “Shit” Bay makes the most boring movies ever made by human beings. His stupid version of action is sleep inducing by the sheer stupidity, unengaging and drown out they are. The man is a moron that make moron movies for morons, and you even say so in your comment even if you think you are making a praise when in fact it was a damning with faint praise, the kind that’s nothing but a true insult. Yeah, you actually called his movies bad, unaware.

  • Bob Mielke

    Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa! Why all the hostility, dude? I was AGREEING with you that his movies are bad. I was only noting that I (and the Criterion group) have a difference of opinion on the choice of the word “boring”. That’s all. Flame someone who deserves it, not me. How can you flame someone who agrees with you that Bay makes shit films? That’s like flaming yourself, which makes no sense (like the common Bay film). Calm down, take a Xanax or something, and please re-read a comment to make sure you understand it before unloading on someone, okay?

  • Sorry for my exaltation, man. You have been very cordial and i own you the same courtesy, which i didn’t and for that i apologize.
    I do own the Criterion DVD of Armageddon, the movie i hate the most, because i knew it had a audio commentary and so i could know something of the mind of the man who could make a movie that terrible.
    Many think Criterion only added that movie to their list so to create a hit sales at a time they were a bit lacking in cash flow. Since then they never again did something like that and it’s all great movies in their lists.
    And i do say Bay’s movies are boring like hell. I never fall asleep when i watch a movie in a theater, even if it’s very slow paced, and the first Transformers put me to sleep! Bay’s movies are boring because they are utterly un-engaging for me. Even his action is boring. You know what movies last year the action made me super-excited while i watched it? Sicario. That’s what i call action, when it happens, it happens after a build up and it’s impactful, it counts. And it’s of the realistic kind, which is where the best action is. Bay, after all the drugs he has taken, i doubt he even understands the concept of reality anymore.

  • Bob Mielke

    Apology accepted and no worries.

    I always felt that there was something “odd” about Armageddon being put through Criterion’s paces but was never able to put my finger on what until you mentioned it. Their edition of The Rock, however, I agree with, but just because I’m a sucker for pretty much any Sean Connery movie.

    For 2015 films, I definitely 100% agree with you on Sicario. How it got left out of the Best Picture nominees this year I’ll never know. I’m still glad Mad Max: Fury Road is being so highly recognized though, and I feel that it’s high time the Academy gets with the program and creates a “Best Stunts/Choreography” category. They recognize plenty of other technical categories, but those guys go out and risk their lives to add to the storytelling. MM:FR, Furious 7, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and SPECTRE would all have been shoo-ins in that category, but I struggle to find a fifth. Naturally, the win would go to MM:FR, because I just can’t see how people didn’t die when doing the practical effects work in that film with the stunts.

  • It’s strange the academy doesn’t honor awards for stunt work since that has been a facet of film since Hollywood’s infancy. It’s very strange!

  • Bob Mielke

    I’ve never understood it. Admittedly, the Academy is always shuffling categories over the years. When Star Wars was nominated for 10 Oscars (winning 6), it was also given an “honorary” Oscar for Sound Editing, which is now a commonplace competitive category. It also won Visual Effects over Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but the following year Visual Effects was no longer a category at all.

    But for some reason stuntwork is the “taboo” category within the Academy. They have their own stunt awards (the Taurus Awards) which no one has ever heard of and good luck tracking down annual records for nominations and wins, but for it being such an integral technical part of the film industry since its inception, one would figure that the “highest film award” show would finally show it some love. ESPECIALLY with what Mad Max had on display this past year.

  • It’s really long overdue. Stunt work is an art in itself worth of admiration and celebration.