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Do You Watch Movies to Think/Feel Something or to Escape?

The Hollywood Reporter recently wrote about an indie drama in the works titled Anytown which focuses on "a racist high school attack and its aftermath." The description of the movie is intriguing, though it also looks like it'll be one of those super difficult-to-watch kinds of movies (see: Boys Don't Cry, etc.). I'll probably still see it if it looks like it's made well, but I know plenty of people who won't see difficult movies — no matter how well-made — because they only like movies that make them feel good.

Which camp do you fall into? Do you seek out movies that will make you feel good and happily escape your daily life? Or are you more into the meaty make-you-think stuff?

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fashion4ward fashion4ward 9 years
I much prefer a drama over a comedy. For instance, this year I liked Into the Wild SO much more than Juno.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
I'm different from a couple of the comments here - I really prefer to watch meaty and hard-to-watch movies in the theaters. When I'm at home, when the going gets tough, I turn it off or leave the room! I actually started to watch Punch-Drunk Love on DVD about 10 times, no joke, before I could ever finish it. And in a dark movie theater with friends I can cringe and cry and not feel bad about it. I also like just for entertainment movies, and campy movies.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
occasionally i want to be moved, but generally i want to relax and laugh-life is stressful enough!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i like dumb stuff like how to lose a guy in 10 days or cloverfield to have fun, but i would never say that something liek that was my favourite movie no matter how great it made me feel at the time. serious stuff is for serious titles :) i love classic music, classic literature and classic stories for the films. a lot of people find them boring, but The Queen or Assasination of Jesse James... are great.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
It really depends on my mood. Sometimes I just want to watch something easy to watch and makes me laugh, other times I want to cry and watch a moving story.
Meka_suga Meka_suga 9 years
Watch movies to think and feel. Not to escape.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i like both, but most of the time we are in the mood for an "escape" movie. On the weekends i might watch a think/feel movie, but only if i am not too tired.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
I tend to do all.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I really like both. I love movies so much that I can watch one from any genre. I don't think of myself as a film snob. I appreciate a little bit of everything.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
BOTH-- though I never enjoy dumb romantic films or action films for some reason, I love stupid Will Ferrell comedies, the Superbad kids, and anything a little intellectual. Depends on my mood.
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
Depends on my mood. I like all genres. At the end of the day, I want to be entertained by the art and craft of "the movies". I find I really enjoy movies when they are clever. Dramatic or humor doesn't really matter, but if the script is smart, I enjoy it that little bit more!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I'm more into dramas, thrillers and horrors feel good movies aren't usually my cup of tea.
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
Depends on my mood.
luckyme luckyme 9 years
Totally depends on my mood. My husband and I watch a lot of movies from a lot of different genres. The one type of movie I cannot really get into is romantic comedy, or even just straight up syrupy sweet romantic movies. Yuck. My husband is just devastated, ha ha.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I can only watch a movie for escapism if it's still a good movie. I can't really be all that excited about common commercial movies after starting to go out of my way to find more interesting movies. Sorry if that sounds pretentious, but the quality of the work matters to me. It's not like Im going to bother watching something like one of those Step Up movies or whatever they're called. To be honest though, some of the movies that I watch to think/feel aren't necessarily the hard to watch ones.
robinesque robinesque 9 years
Meaty, think and feel - though it may be difficult to watch. I tend to also learn alot this way, too. I'm always open for that. I also like some escapism, like "300." Didn't know the story there. Even if it's not 100 percent accurate, I got the idea enough to look further into it historically. I draw the line at "fluffy" films.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Watching emotional films in theaters is hard. I remember in high school my best friend and I went to see Life is Beautiful in theaters and had to duck into the bathroom immediately afterwards- we were so embarrassed to be out in public with puffy red eyes and tear stained cheeks! So these days I try to keep the blubber material restricted to my living room, but I'm a fan of any and all genres.
rachaelnexus rachaelnexus 9 years
I like both of them, I love movies in general, except the "big ol'" love stories, they bore me to tears ( F.E The Bridges of Madison County, to say one.)
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I usually go to the theatres to escape, but I don't mind watching a more emotional film at home.
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