Is there a movie you’re dying to watch again, but the memory of one pivotal plot point is so upsetting, you can’t bring yourself to do it? Today, Dead Poets Society came up in conversation around PopWatch HQ. I told a colleague how I’d recently taped it off one of the HBO channels because it’d been so long since I’d seen it and, as someone now in her mid-30s, it’s one of those films that helped define who I am. I started watching it, and the second I saw Neil (Robert Sean Leonard), I had to stop. I couldn’t bear to get attached to him again knowing what happens and being powerless to change it. The colleague, Jeff Labrecque, said he actually watched it last night on HBO Family and switched the channel right after Neil saw his father in the audience at his play. Just typing that made me a little sick to my stomach. (Seeing the picture accompanying this item, meanwhile, sent me stomping over to the photo editor’s office where I proceeded to stand in his doorway and curse his name while air-kicking at him.)
Your turn. Name that movie.
P.S. Has anyone actually seen Million Dollar Baby twice?