Am I an asshole for walking out of movies?

So I've been living with my in-laws in Noida (near Delhi) for the past 3 months.  They are wonderful people and I will miss them dearly after my triumphant return to the US in 30 days.  My wife's got two brothers, one is a twin and the other is a bit older.  They are unmarried and still living at home (as is often the custom here).  Sometimes on weekends they come down to our apartment to have a "movie night".  I've never met two single men in their 30s/40s who like RomComs until these two; but anyway with my snooty independent cinema and best picture nominee criteria we often have disputes over what to watch.

Last night it was "Twilight."  Obviously, not one of my picks.

How the hell anyone could make such a shitastic movie and not be in some kind of prison for defrauding a production company that they are a director is beyond me.   I mean, I even sat through about 3/4 of "All about Steve" which they subjected us to last month.  (notably, All About Steve won a razzie).  I made it until about the 4th awkward stuttering and staring match between the two brain-dead teenage protagonists before pouring myself a Talisker 18yo, grabbing a book and heading for the porch to try and undo the mental damage.

After the film got into a nice fight with the wife about it.  Apparently it is rude to walk out of a film, even one which I had protested against watching before starting.  Does anyone else have a problem with this?  I pretty frequently walk out of movies at home and at the theatre.

Let me know!  My pride is at stake here.



Movie "walkouts"

I don't have a problem with walking out of a movie, especially some puerile piece of sitcom, schoolboy toilet humor or - worst of the worst - Indian soaps!

The only problew (we) face is if the wife (or girlfriend) catches a glimpse of the face we're making as we dash out the door. I have found a that a little diplomacy works well ... a dash to the kitchen for a cuppa or a dash to the crapper for an urgent appointment with the throne - and never reappearing, seems to work for me.
These days, my "excuse" is urgent work (online) - since I maintain some 20 domains, and dozens of clients (and colleagues) at different timezones worldwide, I now have a convenient ready-made excuse to avoid enduring the mindless "chewing gum for the eyes"!!!!
Diplomacy is such a tricky thing!
Cheers Jacob!

That's hilarious Vic, I have

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That's hilarious Vic, I have all the same tricks, but my wife typically sees right through it :)

In Noida, definitely leaving

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In Noida, definitely leaving a movie is rude. I don't agree with the cultural constraint, but I'm not sure I have a solution.

I just endure or I talk so much that people are happy to see me leave.

Good luck with the next movie viewing

I don't think it's rude if

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I don't think it's rude if you don't make a big deal out of it.