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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Nodding off at the movies

“Have you ever fallen asleep at the movies?” asked my eight-year-old guest last weekend, just before we watched “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” (a movie that did not put me to sleep, but I wish it had). My young friend, visiting from England with her family, was intrigued by my job and had many questions. (“Are there theater critics? Are there music critics? Are there sports critics? Do you get popcorn free?” Answers: yes; yes; yes, but we call them columnists; alas, no.) But I thought of her falling-asleep question again yesterday, as I struggled to stay alert during A Movie That Shall Be Nameless (at least until I review it next week). Let’s face it: the combination of a warm, dark theater and a dull, overlong movie can be lethal. This is, of course, why God created Diet Coke, but sometimes it’s a struggle even when caffeinated. I know I’m not the only person who faces this; I’ve heard snores at press screenings, most often at the Toronto Film Festival where morning screenings have been known to start as early as 8 a.m.
In answer to my friend’s question: yes, but just once, years ago, only for a few seconds. Since it wasn’t the movie’s fault (it was a good movie, and I was just too tired), I’m not going to name it. But I’ve certainly seen plenty of movies that have made me want to fall asleep, of which “Cats & Dogs” is just the most recent. How about you — has a movie ever put you to sleep? Want to tell us which one?

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