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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I don't know why I do this to myself.

I was watching "Cast Away" last week, even though I'm pretty sure it gives me ulcers to watch shows like that.

My threshold for watching the suffering of others is very low. I found myself feeling claustrophobic as Tom Hanks' plane sunk into the ocean. Anxiety overtook me and I had to keep reminding myself to breathe.

Although Kev bought "I Am Legend," I can't watch it. We saw it in theaters, and then I kind of watched it a second time and it almost killed me. Will Smith is so lonely! His poor dog! AHHHH! Even watching "The Terminal" earlier this month was too much for me. I know that eventually there will be change (and, more importantly, that these are fictional stories) but I go crazy enduring movies with epic struggles for survival.

Real life can be hard enough; I don't need to sit through two hours of someone enduring ridiculously exacerbated situations of distress. I can sit through two straight viewings of "The Princess Bride," however. Babysitting Zjani's sweeties weekly has taught me that I have no trouble watching the same kids' movies over and over and over... and over.

What's one of our favorite movies? Or are you like me, and just feel strongly about movies you can't watch?


  1. You know that movied Serendipity? I can't watch that. All those near-misses kill me. I find myself screaming on the inside, 'JUST TURN AROUND! HE'S RIGHT THERE!'

    I also can't watch How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days. She is too awful. When he brings her that drink in the final minutes of the basketball game and she whines that it isn't Diet, I want to throw up. People don't really do that, do they?

  2. I cannot watch Meet The Parents because I can't endure every little thing going wrong for Ben Stiller's character. It is too painful!

  3. I feel the same way with both those movies. Can't stand the Legend crap, it's so upsetting.

    Sometimes watching Michael on the Office does the same thing to me.

  4. I can't stand anything too awkward, stupid or cruel. Which takes out quite a bit of entertainment. I think my most hated movie is What about Bob? I just can't stand such extreme clueless and pain from everyone.

  5. I walked in the family room last night just as my little brother and his girlfriend we finishing up this stupid movie where this girl is stranded on a ski lift with her friend for 4 days. Her friend then jumps off, breaks his legs and gets eaten by wolves in front of her. Dumbest movie ever! And it was filmed at Wolf Mountain! Haha :)

    ANYWAYS- I get really stressed out watching stuff too. Like Dexter gives me tons of anxiety!! Like I get dizzy and want to barf.... but it's so good!! Anyways, I think I could go on, but I'll spare you.

  6. Have you ever seen About a Boy? It's a fantastic movie for parents/teachers. Also...don't watch Brokedown Palace--although it is amazing!

  7. I don't know if I've seen Serendipity. Is it with John Cusack?
    Mary, I feel the SAME WAY about Meet the Parents. Poor Focker.
    I may have seen About a Boy as well- is that with Hugh Grant and the extremely awkward little fellow whose mom is a little nutso?
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets so emotionally vested in TV/movies :)


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