Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fast Forward

The other night I was watching the classic, Annie, with my husband.

Sidenote: Yes, I made my husband watch Annie. I felt it was important for him to see this movie that I watched many, many times as a child.

Anyway, to make it a little less painful for him, I told him we could watch my "edited" version in which I fast forward through all the parts I don't like. This appalled him.

The thing is, I've spent most of my movie-watching years fast forwarding through the parts of movies that I don't like. Sometimes there just isn't enough time to watch the entire film. Or sometimes there are some just plain boring parts that I don't want to waste my time on. Once you've seen a movie enough times, it's easy to find some fast forward moments.

So I thought I'd compile a list of my top fast forward moments from some of my favorite movies:

1. The Sound of Music. To be honest, I fast forward through a lot of this movie. Basically any scene without Maria is a good candidate for some fast forwarding. Also, pretty much anything after Maria and The Captian return from their honeymoon.

2. Summer Stock. That terrible dog song at the very end. Also the Howdy Neighbor reprise with those truly awful outfits.

3. Easter Parade. That scene when Judy and Peter Lawford are in the restaurant and the waiter goes into way too much detail about their salad. It literally takes 10 minutes. Fast forward.

4. My Fair Lady. This is probably my least fast forwarded movie, but I've never been a big fan of the part when they go to the embassy ball. It's just a bunch of rich people dancing for like 10 minutes. I also don't usually watch the parts with Eliza's father. They're silly, but not that great. I have more important things to do.

5. Mary Poppins. Anything before Mary shows up is subject to skipping. Also when the dad brings the kids to the bank and they sing that dumb song. Actually, it's possible that the taped-off-TV version I had as a child cut out that song, so now I just don't see a point in it.

6. The King and I. This goes without saying, but the Uncle Tom's Cabin part. I don't know that I've ever watched more than 30 seconds of it and it literally goes on for 20 minutes. And this leads me to ...

7. Oklahoma. What's with the super weird, long ballet/interpretive dance in the middle of the movie? Fast forward.

8. Singin' in the Rain. My favorite part of this movie, when Cyd Charisse shows up in her green dress, is followed by my least favorite part: when the dance sequence goes on for an hour and a half!!

9. The Parent Trap. Any parts involving camp or camping.

10. The Music Man. One word: Shipoopi.

Truthfully, my list could go on and on. Am I the only one who likes to fast forward? I doubt it.

What do you fast forward?


Adam said...

But Shipoopi is the girl who's hard to get! And you just FF past her? You've obviously never tried to woo a woman.

Kara said...

I have to say... I am wondering which song at the bank (Mary P) you are referring to ... Feed the Birds (usually ff, unless I'm feeling tired and sappy), or the Tuppence song (old man hilarity courtesy of Dick Van Dyke - how can you ff that?) - and the answer is...?

Kim said...


I'm sorry to say, I was talking about the old man song. I'm not saying Dick Van Dyke isn't hilarious as the old man. It's just that I'm not real into old men singing real creepy-like.

I do sometimes fast forward over Feed the Birds as well. Or it just puts me to sleep.

moonlites_echo said...

Daddy Long Legs with Fred Astaire- The ridiculously long song/dance, when she's trying to figure out what kinda man her 'sugar daddy is'

and Pretty much every Gene Kelly dance scene

Ashlee said...

I can't stand the ballet dream sequence in Oklahoma. I warned my bf how bad and long it was when he watched it for the first time. I left the room to do some laundry. 20 minutes later I returned at the conclusion of the scene, and he was thoroughly convinced that we should always fast forward through it in the future.

Kim said...

Yeah the ballet thing in Oklahoma was a huge mistake. I went to see it in the theater one time and I couldn't extend a bathroom break long enough to even get through half of it! I just roamed the hallways for awhile.

Kaytee B. said...

I think we always fast forwarded through the dancing on the table scene in summer stock which occurred when Judy went to bed. Anything w/o Judy was not as good. :o)

Liz Berry Wagner said...

You are a kick in the pants! LOL. I am in 100% agreement with your fast-forwards!

Anonymous said...

In "Affair to Remember," the kids' song and dance number at the school where Deborah Kerr teaches from a wheelchair ALWAYS finds my thumb stabbing at the FF button. I'm especially turned off by the two little black kids who step around from the back of the group to do that ridiculous shuffle step, then dutifully race back to "their" place.

kim said...

Oh, how did I miss that part in Affair to Remember? It's truly horrible.