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Saturday, July 7, 2007


Posted By on Sat, Jul 7, 2007 at 9:49 AM

Have you ever walked out of a movie?  I have.  Once.  "Lady in the Water," M. Night Syamalan's last film starring Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Wright and Bryce Dallas Howard was so bad that it forced me from the theater about 40 minutes in.  That was a few years ago, and it is the only time I've ever left before the entire film ended.

Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune writes about walking out of movies, and surveys the staff of the Trib regarding movies that were so bad, they left.  Notes Phillips, "Walking out of a movie means something. It means a filmmaker has crossed a personal line in the sand, somewhere other than where the woman with the Icee two seats down would draw hers. We "ankle," as the show business publication Variety likes to put it, for different reasons. A walkout's significance depends largely on the pace of the exit (fleeing in revulsion versus schlumping out, bored beyond recognition) in relation to the crimes up on screen."

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