I'm fairly certain that I've only walked out of two movies in my life. The first was when my parents took me to see E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Since I was only about six, E.T. scared the ever-living crap out of me. I started screaming, and my parents got me out of there. (Yeah, it's really, really annoying for us when kids cry at movies, but it's pretty crappy for them too!) I'm not sure if this counts, but I watched Mask in second or third grade with my eyes closed the entire time and, in fact, am still terrified of seeing Rocky's face. (Last year some friends and I did exposure therapy with pictures of him online, but I guess it didn't entirely take. I have seen The Elephant Man, though, which is a far better movie, anyway. I even had both eyes open.)

But the only movie I've ever walked out of was Outbreak, and not because it was bad, but because it was about frigging killer monkeys who were spreading a virus that makes you puke out your insides. And the more nervous I got, the more hilarious my friend found it, and the more he pretended to cough on me until I left to wait in the lobby. I'm still leery of capuchin monkeys - I mean, you saw what that one monkey did to Ross on Friends, right? I find the macaque in Peter Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey" video equally disturbing.

So I've very rarely walked out of movies, although I have on more than one occasion fallen asleep during them. (I've obviously never covered or reviewed any movie I've fallen asleep during or walked out of, especially not Outbreak.) I also don't like leaving books unfinished. I even hate to turn off DVDs midway through, although I had to turn off À l'intérieur, aka Inside, because it was giving me a panic attack. True story.

If you've paid good money to see a movie, are you determined to stick it out, no matter how boring, offensive, unfunny, or gross it turns out to be? If not, what movies have you walked out of, and why? Are you more likely to turn off a DVD than walk out a movie?
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