How to Watch a Movie You Are Told You Will Love (rerun)

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Reader Comments (24)

"...any analogy breaks down if you push it too far."

My absolute favorite BI punchlline.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo

In panel 2, compare Scot to the reaction guys (google it) :D

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEgg

that's pretty goddamn funny

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzach wilson

I love it! I've thought the same thing (Stockholm Syndrome) about that story for years.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilorfnannie

"It seems the villiagers disagree."

Best line in the strip. I'd totally watch a re-edit that portrays Gaston as the hero.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCigam

Hey the bald guy in this one looks like he's waring no pants. Har har!

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlake

I can't stop laughing. Even though I had to research and actually learn what Stockholm syndrome was. Indeed I got a free psychology education from this comic. But any analogy breaks down when pushed too far. Love it, man.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

I liked the first panel. I have numerous acquaintances who will simply not accept that I haven't seen some stupid movie. Then they insist that I should watch it even though its not the sort of thing I think I'd like. With very few exceptions, I don't like them.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I love the "scott making a point" gesture in the third panel. Now I will use it on my wife.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

Your interactions with the wife are the funniest, you should do more of them. Unless, of course, she has already left you. I wouldn't blame her.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWrench

Oh I'm so glad you reran this one!! I love the way you complement your wife. The prettiest nerd is indeed high praise.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria



January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

I like to be SO enthusiastic about my husband's movie choices that he gets annoyed and asks me to go read in the other room. Asking lots detailed questions about the characters' motivations and about the technology depicted usually does it.

"Why is James Bond so angry? Do you think MI6 buys reimburses him for his suits? Isn't he worried about getting an STD? Do you think MI6 would reimburse him for antibiotics for an STD? When they attached those electrodes to Bond's nads, didn't he look like he enjoyed it just a little?"

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBonzoGal

"So, he takes her captive and eventually she falls in love with him."

YES, thank you for pointing that out. It's one of the things that always bugged me about that flick.

Followed close behind by her only following the rules when it's convenient and running from the consequences. ("Don't go in the west wing." "Ok." *goes into the west wing* "Oh no, he yelled at me for doing the one thing he told me not to do, now I must break my promise to stay here and run away!")

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYakko Warner

Awesome. I had to print this just now. My GF constantly wants me to watch that movie.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSigg3

That's my all-time favorite Basic Instructions comic. The two last panels are hysterical.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLionel

"any analogy breaks down"... I LOL'd, literally. One of your best, Scott!

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeedavey

Is anyone's time really that valuable that they can't take the at most two hours to watch a possibly bad movie? And if it's Disney or something, like the featured Beauty and the Beast, that's only, like, 70 minutes of your precious time. Watching bad movies is it's own entertainment. And sometimes people want the opportunity to share something they like with someone they like.
Yes, if it's the choice of seeing something you probably won't like for 13$ or...NOT, then the choice is obvious. But if it's free or cheap - what's the big deal, seriously. I of course have a lot of free time, but I don't think this is a big deal and people should just get over themselves a little more. I sat through "Barry Lyndon" - I didn't hate it. I shut of "Valley of the Dolls" (awful). I kind of wish I didn't both with "I love you, man" - these were not movies anyone was dying for me to see. Actually, one such that someone did recommend to me that I didn't like was "Final Fantasy: The Spriit Within'. That movie shouldn't have been made all all - though I don't think I've discussed these views with the reccommendee. I'm not even sure he himself cares for it anymore - people go through phases. Boondock Saints used to be one of my favorite movies, but the more I watched it the more I could see it's flaws. But it's an experience.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

BonzoGal, that is an awesome tactic! I wish it'd work on my neighbor and his taste for low-rent gangsters, war epics, and westerns (all of dubious quality at best and none genres I happen to enjoy despite seeing many classics from each). Mike, I so feel your pain. We actually have one friend whose taste in movies is diametrically opposed to our own and who does not get that, so anything he recommends we avoid like the plague it probably is. As an example, a mutual friend recently refused to allow him to bring his new favorite movie into their house at all--a wise choice IMHO considering it was New Moon. Scott, as always your work is delightful and I will continue to be a regular reader as long as you continue publishing.

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersnakey

Stockhom Syndrome, it is ! I knew I couldn't be the only one thinking this !

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterluxsword

I just found this comic a few days ago and it is hilarious!!! Star Trek and Beauty and The Beast back to back. Awesome =)

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCecilia

I just sat through ":Aquamarine" with my eight year old son. His idea. Not a lot for a grown-up in that movie, but hey - it could have been 'Beauty and the Beast'.

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Sorry for the necromancy, but:
Why doesn't your wife get the last word: "sure, you're not very hairy..."?

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarkus Saers

the whole "Stockholm syndrome" is just a head shrinker myth/misunderstanding. The women held hostage in the bank vault did of course not wish to antagonise their heavily armed captors. They wanted to keep them in a good non murderous mood. They wanted to remain alive and unharmed. For some reason psychiatrics interpreted that as " the victims changing their alliancies to sympathise with their captors"
It never happened folks! It's all just plain old psycho babble...

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAE
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