I remember a time when some movies were an hour and a half. If a
movie was two and a half hours, it was usually because the acting was
great, it was about a true event, and it was going to be nominated for
an Oscar. Now? There's barely a movie that gets made that isn't as long
as it takes to cook a pot roast.
"How long should I cook this turkey?"
Spiderman 3 on. When that's done, throw it out the window and never
bring it into this house again. Also, that turkey will be done."
movies need to be two and a half hours. Movies about true events where
the details and the story are crucial. They could have made Chaplin an
hour and a half, but it was about a man's life. Hard to knock out
"I want to make movies! That's what I want to do!"
"Okay. Nobody's stopping you. Start making movies!"
"All right, I will!"
'And Charlie made movies. Very popular movies. He was banned from America for some stuff. The end.'
But there are a lot of movies that do not have to be this long.
example, comedy movies. Why the hell do comedies need to be as long as
Amistad? Pretty much every Judd Apatow movie is at least a half hour
longer than it needs to be. They are funny, but there's a point when
it's just overkill. Save some of the jokes for another movie. Funny
People was one hundred and forty-six minutes. Amistad was one hundred
and fifty-five. How does a comedy with Adam Sandler need to be nine
minutes shy of a movie about the true story of a slave ship?
I think I know how to stop racism. If I make a funny movie that's
longer than a sad movie about slaves, I can break the curse."
curse of racism. It's only stuck around because of these long movies.
Wait! I have to make this movie longer than Roots! THAT'S where the
power of the curse lies! Get the writers back. We need to make this
eight hours long. This curse will be destroyed!"
comedies that are fantastic don't need to be that long. Dumb and
Dumber. That movie is crazy funny. It's one hundred and seven minutes
long. And in that one hundred and seven minutes, I was given all of the
information and jokes I needed to enjoy that movie. What's missing from
it? Would it have been better if there were another forty-five minutes
"That movie was great! It was funny and has one of the
best endings ever. But… what happens to them when they walk away from
the Hawaiian Tropic bus? Do they get jobs in the next town? Do they ever
find love? Does Harry grow out of that ridiculous haircut? So many
unanswered questions. I really wish it were longer."
the last few years, why have movies started to become so long? Were
people complaining that they didn't have enough time to sit in the
theatre chairs that lean back?
"Man, JUST when I get my chair
leaned into the perfect position, the movie's over. I swear, Hollywood,
stop cutting these off as soon as I get comfortable. Or maybe I should
learn to get comfortable sooner. Nope, Hollywood's fault."
people upset that they didn't have the chance to stay in a building
that charges $5.50 for bottled water? Was there a vote taken that people
were upset that they weren't given enough time to finish the monstrous
Coca Cola slushies and popcorn that they buy?
"Whoa, this is
great. I really like thi... credits? What the hell?! I JUST spiked this
slushie for the fourth time. Where am I gonna drink this now? In an
alley? And how am I going to finish this tub of popcorn! I can't carry
this home on the subway with me. I can't have people knowing I eat this
much to myself! It has to be eaten in a dark room like everything else
that is shameful. Man. They have to start making these longer."
they started making every movie long because of the price increase of
the movies? Do they feel they owe us more because movies are fifteen
"Look, we can't charge fifteen bucks and only give them an hour and a half of movie."
if the movie is really good? They'll probably leave with a beautiful
feeling and tell everyone to go see it. If we just make it longer for
the sake of making it longer, we'll bore them and they won't tell anyone
to see it!"
"Answer me this. When have you ever paid fifteen dollars and not stayed in that place for two and a half hours?"
socks, picking up fruit, eating an upsized Big Mac meal, getting pants
hemmed. How many of these do you want me to name?"
enough. Now, if you had bought socks and could sit down and try them on
for two and a half hours in a dark room with OTHER people who are doing
the same thing, wouldn't you feel that you got your money's worth?"
"...No! There honestly couldn't be anything I can think of that would be worse. Why would anyone want to do that?"
"Because while you do that you can watch Tom Cruise do stuff! Drive cars. Blow things up. Do you see?!"
"...I... can't...I can't even... I have to leave."
movies longer now because most that come out are really bad? Is that
it? There are some good movies coming out for sure, but there are a LOT
of bad ones as well that still don't pull out at the hour and a half
"All right, the movie is done and edited, and let me tell you – it stinks."
"What's wrong with it?"
story, the actors, the editing. The last one is my fault, but when you
see a story and actors that are this bad, you don't care about editing
"Oh, man. This is bad. People are going to hate it… I
know! We'll make it longer, so they don't feel like they are getting
"...Whoa! I love that idea! How can you complain
something was bad if you get a lot of it? It's like if you complain
about your two-piece at KFC, and they give you six more pieces! The
other six are still trash, but it's MORE OF THEM!"
So throw it all in. Continuity errors, boom mics in the shot, flubbed
lines. We'll keep them in the theatre so long, they'll love it!"
The two and a half hour movie is becoming such a staple that soon people will probably be upset if theirs isn't that long.
"How was the movie?"
rip! It was only an hour and forty minutes. Great movie, but come on? I
mean, I paid for a babysitter! She's just gonna make thirty bucks for
two hours of work?"
"...I'm the babysitter. You are talking to me."
"...Oh ...Yeah. Sorry. Do you mind if I give you the thirty next week? I bought Milk Duds... You want a Milk Dud?"
When is this long trend going to catch on with TV? I'm waiting for half hour sitcoms to become marathons.
"Did you see The Big Bang Theory last night?"
"Are you serious? I don't have a spare hour and a half."
it was a good one. The gang lost their apartment, got it back, beat ALL
of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ON CAMERA, AND lost all of their virginities
with a duration of five minutes each. It was epic. Took them an hour
alone to get out of the water temple. With commercials! Just amazing."
movies do not need to be this long at all. We don't spend this much
time on other things that are interesting. People can get
through a zoo in less than two and a half hours. A zoo! A place that has
beautiful, exotic, live animals. We can get all that we need out of
that place in about an hour.
"Huh, look at that. A rhino. Never saw that before... All right, we ready to go home?"