Name Five Movies That You Can’t Stand

Can you name five movies that you seriously dislike? One more question. When you go see a movie are you the kind of person who walks out if you don’t like it or do you insist on staying.

More often than not I stay. It is a combination of this naive hope that it will get better and my irritation with having paid. In LA a bargain matinee will run somewhere between eight and ten bucks a person. Throw in snacks, parking and dinner and you could easily drop sixty or seventy bucks and you haven’t done all that much.

Just to get things rolling here are a couple of movies that I didn’t like:

Like Water For Chocolate

As Good As it Gets

How about you?

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23 Comments

  1. Stephen January 20, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    Titanic. Passion of the Christ. I didn’t like both of those so much, I never went to see them. That eliminates the dilemma over whether to stay or leave part way through.

  2. Jack's Shack January 19, 2007 at 5:35 am

    Hi Alice,

    I liked Good Will Hunting.

    Judi,

    Heard good things about Raising Arizona but I have never seen it.

  3. judi January 19, 2007 at 2:31 am

    It’s funny how some of the movies other people have listed are my favorites- Raising Arizona? Love, love, love it! Empire of the Sun- beautifully done.

    The only movie I’ve ever walked out on was Heaven’s Gate (I’m showing my age…). Other movies that had a high barfmeter rating include anything with Olsen twins, Meet the Fockers and The Wedding Planner. I also couldn’t stand Steel Magnolias. Oh, and a bunch of cheesy Israeli movies we found on blockbuster.com.

  4. Alice January 18, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    These movies are either sappy, revoltingly PC, blatant star vehicles, chock full of annoying catch phrases, feature really bad child acting, or are egomaniacal/self-written/self-produced/vanity projects.

  5. Alice January 18, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    The Horse Whisperer
    Fried Green Tomatoes
    Jerry Maguire
    Empire of the Sun
    Good Will Hunting

  6. Jack's Shack January 18, 2007 at 6:39 am

    Brooke,

    I like SciFi but haven’t seen Grendel.

    Paula,

    I like all of the Rocky movies, some better than others.

    Every Which Way But Loose is a classic, as is Any Which Way You can. Right turn Clyde.

    And Star Wars, my oh my.

    Lynnster,

    Haven’t seen either so I cannot comment.

    Babka,

    Mannequin- Andrew McCarthy at his finest.

    Rhea,

    Liked Chasing Amy, loved Million Dollar Baby.

    LT,

    I am ambivalent about those flicks.

    Ezzie,

    That was horrible.

    Predator 2 was pretty weak.

    Sheyna,

    Liked Seven and Braveheart, although Mel Gibson has wrecked his movies for me now Blade Runner was pretty good too.

    JT,

    I really liked the soundtrack for Toys, or should I say one song.

    Shoshana,

    The Weatherman was quite disappointing.

    Miriam,

    As Good As It Gets never got good.

    Sweet,

    Holy Grail is a classic. Ai yi yi

    Irina,

    Star Wars- another classic- Good versus evil, The Force, Jedi Knights.

    I first saw it at a drive-in in Chatsworth. It was 1977. I was among the first kids in school to see it. Good memories.

    Well I guess what we really see is that this is indicative of how diverse taste can be.

  7. Ezzie January 18, 2007 at 6:32 am

    OOO! The third Matrix. :::shudder::: The entire theater started yelling at the screen, begging the girl to just shut up and die already. That’s bad.

  8. RR January 18, 2007 at 6:29 am

    I’ve never actually walked out of a movie, but count me in as another hater of “As Good As It Gets”- it was awful!

    It really IS funny how people have such different tastes. I loved Brokeback Mountain, Dances with Wolves, Steel Magnolias, The Piano.

  9. Irina Tsukerman January 18, 2007 at 5:04 am

    Kingdom of Heaven ( so dumb)

    Brokeback Mountain (boooooooring)

    Dances With Wolves (incredibly boring and seemingly endless)

    Star Wars ( and the point was?!)

    Enemy at the Gates (HATED the ending; which I thought was totally unrealistic and ruined the whole movie)

    Quills (dumb and horrible)

    I don’t walk out of the movies, though. If the money’s paid, gotta sit till the end. Besides, maybe I’ll make some interesting observations. Since I usually blog about the movies I watch, it makes sense for me to watch the whole thing, no matter how much I dislike it.

  10. Sweettooth120 January 18, 2007 at 4:10 am

    Oops I went over my five only limit. Guess you know who you shouldn’t stand behind in the grocery line.

  11. Sweettooth120 January 18, 2007 at 4:05 am

    A Stranger Among Us (Melanie Griffith) – should I say more

    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

    Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    The Thin Blue Line

    The Piano

    Austin Powers in Goldmember

  12. Anonymous January 17, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    I read your post and thought: “Wow! Another person who didn’t like As Good as it Gets.” I thought I was the only one. Now I know there are at least three of us. Boy I hated that movie. And I did walk out.

    I also hated Chasing Amy. I didn’t walk out, but the film tore or something and we didn’t see the ending. I didn’t care.

    Hated Steel Magnolias. Could not walk out though — was with a group of sobbing women. I don’t know why I didn’t sob. Even now, it makes me wonder if I’m a real woman.

  13. Shoshana January 17, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    The 2nd Legally Blonde was awful, which was so disappointing because the first one was good. I hated The Notebook, Delovely, The Weather Man and I’m sure plenty more, but I can’t think of them because I have tried to put them out of my mind. I have walked out of theaters, but probably not often enough.

  14. Anonymous January 17, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    1. History of Violence
    2. What Lies Beneath
    3. Toys
    4. The Piano Teacher
    5. Mousehunt

    As much as I would like to, I have never been able to just walk out of a bad movie. For some reason, I just can’t look away.

  15. Shifra January 17, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    Seven gave me nightmares for a LONG time.
    Good thing you didn’t stay until the end!!

  16. Sheyna Galyan January 17, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    1. Seven (Se7en)
    2. Savior (with Dennis Quaid)
    3. Blade Runner
    4. Braveheart
    5. Syriana

    Note that all of them contain graphic violence and/or torture or strongly imply graphic violence/torture. And for a writer with a well-honed imagination, this spells trouble. All of them gave me nightmares. Seven and Savior were IMO the worst offenders in the violence (or implied violence) category.

    Seven was the only one I saw in the theatre, and I did walk out. In fact, while trying to keep the contents of my stomach in my stomach, I told the manager just what I thought and asked for a refund. He gladly gave it.

  17. Shifra January 17, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Don’t forget the cost of babysitting!

    Predator 2 and Sniper were the worst movies I’ve ever seen.
    Ugh.

  18. Anonymous January 17, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Yeesh! I can’t believe all these movies people are listing as bad movies…

    To answer your question, no, I’m not the type to walk out of a movie in the middle of a theater.

    Movies I can’t stand:

    The Patriot
    Nothing But Trouble
    Anything with Pauly Shore
    Leonard Part 6

  19. Rhea January 17, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    Ohmigod! I hated those 2 movies, too! We have so much in common. I also hated: “Chasing Amy,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “40-Year-Old Virgin.”
    I tend to stay. Unfortunately.
    I saw the comment by Lynnster. I loved the “In the Bedroom.” Funny how different people’s tastes are.

  20. Anonymous January 17, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    Raising Arizona
    Mannequin (should be at the top of EVEYRONE’s list)
    Grease 2
    Hmmm… I blanking, but i’m sure there’s more.

  21. Anonymous January 17, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    The only rental I ever stopped and did not finish on purpose: In the Bedroom.

    One I probably should have: Eyes Wide Shut. Unfortunately I sat thru the whole miserable thing.

    Oddly, I can’t really think of more than those two.

  22. Anonymous January 17, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    Rocky 2 or 3, I forget which.
    Every Which Way But Loose.
    Steel Magnolias.
    Star Wars.
    All horror movies.

  23. Brooke January 17, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Um, anything on SciFi on Saturday nights? Like Grendel.

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