Have you ever walked out of a movie or concert? Asked for your money back? Received it or not?

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    Nov 10, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    Britney "VERY UPSET" in Australia

    Australian music critics have greeted Britney Spears on her first concert tour down under with poor reviews and stories of fans walking out of her show. On top of that, government officials have been critical of the singer for her use of lip-syncing during performances. All the criticism has traumatized Spears.

    "Britney is aware of all this and she's extremely upset by it," Paul Dainty, Spears' tour promoter, told The Australian on Monday. "She's a human being. I'm embarrassed, with such a big international entourage here with Britney, to be part of the Australian media when I see that kind of totally inaccurate reporting."

    Critics called her first concert, held in Perth on Friday, "boring" and "stiff."

    In their reporting, Perth Now claimed "hundreds of fans stormed out" of the Friday concert. One fan, 22-year-old Amanda Hawlet put it bluntly: "I want my money back or I want her to sing properly. The ticket cost me $200 and she lip-synced the whole thing."

    Dainty disputes that fans who paid up to $1,500 dollars would walk out as early as the third song, as was reported. Spears' manager Adam Leber took to Spears' Twitter account to defend the singer to her 3.7 million followers. "Its unfortunate that one journalist in Perth didn't enjoy the show last night. Fortunately the other 18,272 fans in attendance did. - Adam."

    Before this concert flap, Britney's trip to Australia was already dogged with controversy. Last week, officials there announced they were brainstorming options to ensure fans are fully informed that parts of the concerts will be lip-synced.

    "It is Britney's 'prerogative' to lip-sync, and it is my job to make sure consumers know what they are paying for up front," said Virginia Judge, Minister for Fair Trading for the Australian state New South Wales, in a statement released by the government.

    One consumer protection option being considered is the requirement of disclaimers on tickets and promotional material that will indicate that portions of the show will be pre-recorded.

    "Anyone paying to attend a Britney Spears concert, or any bubblegum pop show for that matter, should really know better than to go in expecting an earth-shattering vocal performance. You didn't, afterall, just pay to see Mariah Carey circa 1990," says AOL Music editor Kim Davis. "These days, you pay to see it all -- the costumes, the dancers, the stage props ... Britney's skin. Like it or not, the vocal performance is, in many cases, a fraction of the arena show these days."

    "Rather than slapping a disclaimer on all ticket sales, my advice would be for consumers to hop on the Web, where anything you want to know is at your fingertips. Watch tour footage, read reviews, flip through photos. Go vicarious before you actually, well, go."

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    I'd never pay to see someone lip-sync - therefore, since many do, I rarely go to concerts. I walked out of "Wall Street" w/ Michael Douglas and asked for my money back: got it too!

    What's your experience(s)?

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    Nov 10, 2009 5:20 AM GMT
    Went to watch and Indian movie a few years back...now mind you, these movies have intermissions because they're super long so we expected something that would last about 2.5-3 hours filled wiht song and dance, a few laughs and the required drama that any Bollywood movie woth its mettle ought to have. Add to the fact that this was something we REALLY wanted to see, we were looking forward to watching this movie. Well...the movie starts abruptly (no previews, no nothing) with crying and wailing. A couple of mediocre somber musical numbers and one teary climax later, the movie's over. We looked at our watches and realize that only and hour and a half had passed by and we were like "WTF!!!! this movie BLOWS...maybe the makers were trying to be innovative or something and failed miserably at it"..anyways, the guy at the popcorn stand is like "why are y'all leaving, the movie's like 3 hours long" and we're like "it just ended"...so we went to the ticket window (not just me and my firends...but almost everyone in the hall) and demanded to find out. Apparently they'd accidentally mixed up the reels and played the second half of the movie first. They gave us 3 options:

    1. Go back in and they can play the first half for us (needless to say, that idea was a bigger disaster than the movie on that day)

    2.Get a free ticket to the next new release (which some ppl took)

    3. Get a refund (which me and my group of cronies took)


    -The End

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    Nov 10, 2009 6:07 AM GMT

    I walked out of Kingdom of Heaven. Some eye candy in the movie for sure, but what a bore.

    Me and a boyfriend also walked out of 28 Weeks Later on the part when the soldiers open fire on civilians...too much. There is scary and then there is just a lack of class and taste.

    Lastly I didn't last the duration of the first Pokemon movie or Harry Potter, so I decided not to subject myself to future installments, but one day I'll rent them all and make a weekend of it. A weekend I have a man that is, I'll need someone to clutch if they get too scary. icon_eek.gif






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    Nov 10, 2009 11:23 AM GMT
    Haven't walked out of a concert or movie b4. Have fallen asleep during many movies at home. Guess that may count towards that, eh? Actually stayed awake during "There Will Be Blood"... Would have walked outta that one in the theater...
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    Nov 10, 2009 12:34 PM GMT
    I reeeeeeeealllly wanted to walk out of Lord of the rings ,but I couldn't because my dad paid for the damn tickets!!!!! argg!!!.

    Now If I want to go to the movies I just go to the dollar theater. It's still fun, Don't have to worry about people being loud(It's usually empty) with their candy and If the movie sucks ,oooh well I only wasted a dollar! icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 10, 2009 6:14 PM GMT

    steltom saidHaven't walked out of a concert or movie b4. Have fallen asleep during many movies at home. Guess that may count towards that, eh? Actually stayed awake during "There Will Be Blood"... Would have walked outta that one in the theater...


    You stayed up during that one because you were baked. icon_lol.gif

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    Nov 10, 2009 6:23 PM GMT
    i live here in perth western australia...i went to the 2nd Britney concert...and you know what I got exactly what i expected......great music and a great show.


    i feel angry that the press her slammed her...she did what "she does"....and the amount reported that walked out was completely over stated.......we have bad journalists JUST like everywhere else......if i was able i would say to Britney...i loved it, you looked great and i was happy with the show.

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  • Melos

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    Nov 10, 2009 6:33 PM GMT
    There have been many that I wanted to leave, but the only movie that I actually walked out on was Miami Vice after 20 minutes. Some of the worst acting I've seen in a big budget film with that many of the bigger name stars.

    I have also fallen asleep many times during movies at home and at the theater when the rest of the people I was with wanted to watch the movie. The most memorable one was Gods and Generals. Holy crap! It seemed like every time I woke up the same thing was happening over and over again. Worst 3.5 hour nap of my life, those seats were not comfy.
  • vindog

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    Nov 10, 2009 6:44 PM GMT
    Movies:
    I walked out of

    Dumb and Dumber
    Untamed Heart

    I fell asleep in the theater during:
    Talladega Nights....Will Farrell movies are moronic except Zoolander, Stranger than Friction and (mildly) Old School.

    Concerts:
    Walked out of :

    Manu Chao at the Greek Theater. His show started so good and turned so monotonous, which was unfortunate cuz I love his albums.

    Hank III at the Grand. Amazing country set, then his metal set blew so bad. It was a wall of annoyance (and I like metal).

    Actually I've left a lot of concerts early, but usually just because I'm bored and would rather hang with my friends.

  • JayneCobb

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    Nov 10, 2009 6:57 PM GMT
    B787 said"These days, you pay to see it all -- the costumes, the dancers, the stage props ... Britney's skin. Like it or not, the vocal performance is, in many cases, a fraction of the arena show these days."


    Bullshit. Lady Gaga has crazy costumes, dancers, stage props, and STILL dominates the vocals. Vocals are what make the entirety of any performace in my eyes, its the most important part!
  • dmhe

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    Nov 10, 2009 6:58 PM GMT
    Kings of Leon, the most boring concert I have ever seen. I still like their music but I will not see them live again.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 10, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    I saw the movie "W" with my mom and we both wanted to walk out but we managed to suffer through it -- but it was excruciating
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    Nov 10, 2009 7:22 PM GMT
    I saw W, too. No, it was Barfly. No, wait, it was W. Yeah, not Barfly, W.
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    Nov 10, 2009 7:58 PM GMT
    I walked out of Blade 3

    I also walked out of the last Batman movie - The Dark Knight.
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    Nov 10, 2009 7:59 PM GMT
    If I was truly "baked" as you say I would have liked it. Or at least fallen asleep... No this movie was horrible....

    GuiltyGear said
    steltom saidHaven't walked out of a concert or movie b4. Have fallen asleep during many movies at home. Guess that may count towards that, eh? Actually stayed awake during "There Will Be Blood"... Would have walked outta that one in the theater...


    You stayed up during that one because you were baked. icon_lol.gif

  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 10, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    The last movie I walked out on was Platoon in the 80s. I wasn't the only one.
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    Nov 10, 2009 8:33 PM GMT
    The last time I walked out of a movie, I was 7 or 8.... it was "Time Bandits", which is oddly enough one of my favorite films today, but it scared me BIG TIME when I was a tyke!
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    Nov 10, 2009 8:49 PM GMT
    JayneCobb said
    B787 said"These days, you pay to see it all -- the costumes, the dancers, the stage props ... Britney's skin. Like it or not, the vocal performance is, in many cases, a fraction of the arena show these days."


    Bullshit. Lady Gaga has crazy costumes, dancers, stage props, and STILL dominates the vocals. Vocals are what make the entirety of any performace in my eyes, its the most important part!


    JC - that looks like I felt/said that -- I was merely posting an article. I completely agree w/ your remark! And, Lady Gaga has pipes plus performance talent, indeed! I would NEVER go to a concert unless the artist's vocals were live and the real deal.

  • Melos

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    Nov 10, 2009 9:12 PM GMT
    As mentioned in the article by B787, it's kinda disturbing how many bands and performers are out there that can thrive on lip syncing to "their" music.

    Back in the day, people committed suicide (Milli Vanilli) after being exposed for the true hacks they are while now, you have crap performers like Ashlee Simpson and Britney that are going as strong as ever... sigh...
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 10, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    Celticmusl saidThe last movie I walked out on was Platoon in the 80s. I wasn't the only one.


    Wow! That was one of my favorite movie - ever!
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    Nov 10, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
    Actually walked out of a show during intermission because it was so bad. The sad part is I knew some of the cast members.
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    Nov 10, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    I walked out with many of a Fugees concert when they stopped performing because too many white people were singing and dancing along.

    So we just left, on the way out they were calling us jerks for not supporting them.

    Sorry you can't insult your fan base and then expect them to stick around.

    I haven't walked out of any movies but my bf made me turn off Cats and Dogs and told me he was very disappointed in my choice of movies.
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    Nov 10, 2009 10:03 PM GMT
    The only movie I have ever got up and walked out during the show was 'House of a Thousand Corpses'. Directed by Rob Zombie.

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    Nov 10, 2009 10:08 PM GMT
    I had free tickets and there was nothing good playing but the tickets had to be used so my mom and I went to see Bruno thinking it might at least be somewhat funny... We walked out pretty quickly.

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    Nov 10, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    And the music industry still wonders why people don't buy CDs any more. icon_rolleyes.gif