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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What A Great Movie! And I Never Want To See It Again.

I am a cat owner. I did, however grow up with a family dog. I don't really have a preference for one over the other - it's just a matter of logistics. I work full-time and I don't think it's fair to lock a dog in a house all day while I do so. Cat's don't really care much if you leave them alone all day. In fact, cats don't really care much about anything as long as you feed them.

Still, on one lazy Saturday afternoon while the kids were at their father's house, I came across the movie "Marley & Me" on TV. I knew the basic premise - Man meets dog, dog becomes part of the family - but had never seen it before. I decided to give it a view.

Two hours and one-and-a-half boxes of kleenex later, I was a blubbering wreck. What a wonderful movie. And I never, ever want to see it again.

The same scenario occurred a couple of years ago when my daughter and I decided to have a family movie night one Friday, featuring a DVD we'd been gifted. It looked so good! A tale of a magical land with cool monsters and tween kids as protagonists - we settled in, ready for a fun kid-friendly movie. The movie?

"Bridge to Terabithia."

Neither of us had read the book - a mistake of  epic proportions. We loved the movie. The characters were wonderfully written and cast. The special effects were great. But the ending tore our hearts from our chests and we agreed that we can never, not ever, watch that movie again.

I have a whole list of movies that fit this bill. "The Road," "Brokeback Mountain" and "Dead Poet's Society" come immediately to mind, and of course, from the moment I became a mother I knew I could never again watch Meryl Streep's sublime performance in "Sophie's Choice". It's just not even remotely possible.

I am a sucker for a good movie. I want to be drawn in, transported, transformed . . . I want to ride the highs and wallow in the lows with the characters. I want to feel it and breathe it in.

Except of course, when I feel it too much.

Then it goes into the "I highly recommend it, but don't ask me to watch it with you" file.

What movies did you love, but can never see again?

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