Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Worst Movie Experience?

I have a high threshold for terrible movies. I’ve sat through This Means War (several times… because I really love Tom Hardy).

Some people really hate movie theaters. They’re crowded and sticky. Audiences are loud and rude and text excessively. One time I watched a woman do her bills (complete with phone call to credit card company), while the trailers were playing.

Often you can forgive a terrible theater for a great movie, or vice versa. The one and only time I’ve ever walked out of the movie theater is for the John Krasinski/Mandy Moore romcom License to Wed.

Can you understand why I walked out?  I was only there because it was the middle of a heat wave in NYC, and this was a last-ditch effort to stay cool.

Have you had any terrible movie experiences that make you question your faith in humanity?


By Karishma

Karishma is a twenty-something living in New York City and is trying her hardest to live out every cliche about Millennials. This involves eating her feelings, drowning in debt and mocking infomercials. She likes sociology so much that she has two degrees in it, and is still warding off her parents' questions about a real career.

9 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Worst Movie Experience?”

I don’t even remember the movie. I just remember the three guys that insisted on sitting one row away in the mostly empty theater. After trying to talk to me and my friend, and getting shut down, they lit up a joint. I went and complained to the employees, and they didn’t do anything. Finally I hunted down the manager, and demanded they either throw the guys out, give me back my money, or I was calling the cops. Finally I got my money back and a coupon for free popcorn.

I thought This Means War was innocuous fun!

Hands down, the worst movie I’ve ever paid money to see was House of the Dead. It was a stinker of epic proportions. I was the only person in the midday showing and broke my own ‘no cell phone’ rule to call my sister and narrate how fantastically bad the movie was.

I went to see Saving Private Ryan on a VERY hot summer day. The AC went out in the theater about the time the opening D-Day landing sequence was done. They stopped the movie and offered us tickets if we wanted to come back at a different time. I stuck it out. My rationale was that I wasn’t going to sit through the goriest part of the movie a second time just to see how the rest of the movie went. Thankfully the AC came back on about 20 minutes later.

“Dreamcatcher” was terrible — the plot was just a hodgepodge of Steven King movies. This movie managed to stink despite the presence of Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant and Morgan Freeman. It made me despair for mankind.

“Moll Flanders” with Robin Wright was a tasteful movie about a proto-feminist woman with hardscrabble roots. It took itself incredibly seriously. Of course we all know the book was the complete opposite. I still reference it bitterly on occasion.

Dreamcatcher. Yes. I completely agree. Thomas Jane was in that, too, when all of them were indie actors. (Except Freeman, I totally forgot he was in this. I bet he prefers that.) I saw it in the drive in, and we wanted to drive back out.

I’ll toss in The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter late 20th century remakes to your Moll Flanders pile. Everyone should forget The Scarlet Letter, and Hawthorn, while they’re at it, but the movie made it even worse.

We saw “March of the Penguins” in a theater, and the ladies in front of us spent the ENTIRE movie going “awww, they’re so cute,” “that’s so cuuuute,” etc. WE GET IT, THE PENGUINS ARE CUTE!

Also, “Bubba Ho-Tep'” the only movie EVER that my husband and I unanimously agreed to stop watching halfway through and that we are NEVER taking movie recs from that particular co-worker again.

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