How to Decide Whether to Rent, Buy, or See a Movie in the Theater

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Reader Comments (52)

Why do our intransigent wives refuse to admit how totally awesome and cool Jason Statham is?

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChaon

Am I going to have to rent "Big Trouble in Little China"? My wife is out of town this weekend, so it's a perfect time to watch a really good really bad movie.

If Big Trouble isn't the right choice, does anybody have other suggestions?

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersford

AHHH! Panel 3 is AWESOME! I laughed all alone here in my hotel room. now it seems sad that I typed that....

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrett

I watch Big Trouble in Little China at least once a year. I love this comic!!!

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLM

I saw Big Trouble in Little China at the movies when it came out, in Chinatown. Everyone got into the spirit of the movie. When someone on screen screamed or yelled, the audience screamed along as well. The scene where Jack shot into the air and caused a chunk of roof to fall, the guy sitting behind me was roaring so hard, he'd bent so far forward in his seat that his head was right next to mine. The eye contact was initially awkward but turned into a bro moment thanks to all the shared, manly screaming we were doing. It was one of the most fun movie experiences I've ever had. I walked out buzzing and I had a smile on all day. Yes, it totally shaped my taste in movies. People who don't love BTLC are just Wrong. Sorry, Missy.

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllan

Panel 3 made me laugh like an idiot. Yes... like an idiot.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

You know what Jack Burton would say at a time like this.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

My girlfriend loves Jason Statham and refers to him as the "poor man's Bruce Willis". Yes. I do have an awesome girlfriend.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Just saw Sucker Punch in theaters. Got back to find this comic up. Was happy.

See it. It's everything good in a movie (ie. sexy women and violence) and none of those useless filler bits (ie. plot).

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDontPanic42

How in god's name is there no "previous comic" button on this page?

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCHRISTOPH

I doubted my upcoming decision to marry my X when she couldn't make it through BTiLC. If only I had followed my gut. Jack Burton could have saved me, but I wouldn't listen.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdantheserene

Your answer for Suckerpunch is that it's based on a comic (book) and you want to support the artist.

My wife's already said that she doesn't care to see it, but it looks like pure eye-candy awesome.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSQLGuru

*wonders at the statistics for the googling for BTiLC after this comic*

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

Based on the last panel... Scott may have to get divorced.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

BTiLC is a fantastic flick. Right up there with Highlander.....

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHPom

I believe Missy not liking Big Trouble in Little China would count as irreconcilable differences... All you'd have to do is say "Your honor, she doesn't like Big Trouble in Little China". After the various gasps and out bursts of rage from those witnessing the proceeding, the judge would have no choice but to annul the marriage.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Cristoph, there is a "previous instruction" button, just go back a comic to see the comment about it.

Oh wait...

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWally

"Big Trouble in Little China" is the best. Now I have to go rent it so my kids can see it.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJerryL

Panel 3 wins the Internet, today.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Yeah, sorry MIssy, going to have to fall on Scott's side of taste for this one. You just lucked out with a really classy man. If I could get my husband to go out of his way for Jason Statham and Big Trouble in Little China, I think we'd get along much better.

Alas, I have to go out and buy my own.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAegbert

Big Trouble in Little China is awesome. You, sir, have good taste.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFabio Bittar

@ sford Great bad movies:

Escape from New York
Escape from LA
Strange Brew (I am Canadian after all)
Time Bandits
and maybe any Mel Brooks movie (I have all of these in my collection).

Good for a theme movie weekend. I've done that in the past - 80's campground movies, 90 sci-fi movies, 60/70 cartoons... enjoy and you can thank me on Monday.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldbear

I'm a female who loves her some Jason Statham and Big Trouble in Little China!

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirelda

If you like Big Trouble in Little China even a little, you NEED to see the fan edit known as the "Fully Engorged Edition." You owe it to yourself.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Just-A-Guy

Ha hA! My wife enjoys BTiLC. .. and Godzilla movies. and Aliens. She also enjoys boardgames and RPGs.

What I am saying is that I Win.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeekoid

Lo Pan Lives!

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterW.R.Printz

"If Big Trouble isn't the right choice, does anybody have other suggestions?" - sford

Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D

Night of the Living Dead, redubbed to make it more offensive, stupid, and just weird. Apparently the original wasn't properly copyrighted so messing with it wasn't a copyright violation (or something like that).

And my friends quit letting me go to the video rental store alone after I rented it... for all time. So clearly this is a movie that makes Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama look like Gone with the Wind...

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergekkobear

I own a copy of BTiLC and am willing to watch whenever anyone mentions it. Also willing to watch any movie with Jason Statham. And will probably see Sucker Punch in the theater soon. Yes, I am an awesome girlfriend. But probably all Scott's female fans are. :)

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermoojen

You seem to have missed the fifth category: Movies you want to see at least part of but there is no way on god's green earth that you will help anybody make money off of. Those are the ones you pirate.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim McCormack

*gasp* she hates Big Trouble in Little China...

Beyond that, very funny. really like panel 2

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ

its funny I was all braced for the punchline in the 4th panel. I am all like come on Meyer your going to name some obscure movie that got way more fame then it deserved due to a small niche of super loyal fans who in his own words "love it despite its flaws"

I was not disappointed!

good panel, good job.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

You've left out a category between "never watch" and "rent"...

"Willing to watch while on a plane"

My movie standards take a serious hit at 35,000 feet.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShawn B.

Not sure who Jason Statham is, although I have an idea that he's that guy in the coming attractions for movies that I might watch part of if they stream them on Netflix. Google will let me know soon enough if that's who I'm thinking of.

Excellent plot summary in panel 3, though. There are plenty of good movies in that genre.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMP

I just realized. out of all the banter out of all the forums, wiki-s, Q and As, and business-like socializing websites, I have never seen more in-depth, courteous, and thought-out responses than on the BI website.

and why in all the possible videos that you could have had in the final panel did you not list anything like Princess Bride, Terminator, or even (a chick flick) When Harry Met Sally (that's probably the only movie that came close to being okay for both genders at the same time) all those movies seemed to have been influential in all movies that have followed.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterXzex

Renting? People still do that?

Note from Scott: Netflix.

March 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

"Big Trouble in Little China" is the greatest movie ever made! Jack Burton, Wang Chi, Egg Shen, and... David Lopan! Lopan is the awesomest villain ever to grace celluloid with his feet. And the three "storms" were freaking sweet.

March 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterByron Black

I loved Big Trouble in Little China! I do have green eyes after all. I bought Transporter for my husband, and the Die Hard collection. Our collection is pretty "testosterony" with very few chick flicks... may have something to do with our 5 sons...

March 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

OMG! Somebody besides me and one of my friends who saw it with me has heard of Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama?! I'm not necessarily recommending it, or anything, but I'm not NOT recommending either.

If Missy doen't like BTiLC, she must hate the other Carpenter 80's action film They Live. Man, now THERE's a timeless movie... story-wise it works just as well--if not better--today than it did when it first came out.

March 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

The only thing missing from this comic is a six demon bag.

March 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott
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