Last night, as we sat in the couch, we somehow got to talking, as any couple does, about all the Casey Affleck movies we have or haven’t seen. Kevin declared, “I’ve only ever see one Casey Affleck movie.” He said it was Gone Baby Gone.
I said, “no. Good Will Hunting.”
“Never seen it.”
“Good Will Hunting.”
“I’ve never seen it.”
I immediately grabbed the remote to put it on TV.
This is a bit of role reversal for us. I often brag to bystanders, “I could astound you with the movies I haven’t seen.”
I’m just not into movies. I like to see the ones I like to see, but I can’t commit myself to two hours of something I’m just not that into. I won’t watch a movie for the sake of watching a movie. I cringe when it is suggested in a group setting.
When people approach me in disbelief after I’ve told them, “never seen it.” I’ll often expand telling them that doesn’t mean I can’t talk about it. Here’s the thing: people who like movies (or tv, books, etc) talk so much about what happens in them that those of us who haven’t paid attention already know what happens anyway. We don’t even need to spend the time with it!
Kevin is the opposite of my when it comes to movies. He will watch ANYTHING. He loves the whole experience. When times are slow at the box office and new releases are scarce, he’ll go see the same mediocre movie twice if the feeling strikes him. Sometimes I will join him, but often I reserve my movie going for titles I’m really interested in.
Some of the movies I’ve never seen that others seem to find most shocking are:
- Star Wars (I saw episode 1)
- James Bond
- The Godfather (I’ve seen II only)
- The Lord of the Rings
- The Princess Bride
- Die Hard
- Monty Python
- Pretty Woman
- The Matrix
- The Sixth Sense
This isn’t to say I’ll never see them, I just haven’t so far – and it isn’t like there hasn’t been plenty of opportunity.
By the way, Kevin thought Good Will Hunting was “a pretty good movie.”
What’s a popular film that you’ve never seen?