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Have you seen the trailer for John Q? Have you seen it dozens of times? The first time I encountered it, several months ago, I turned to my wife and said "Wow, we gotta see that." And I meant it at the time: the premise was intriguing, the star (Denzel Washington) is amongst my favorites, and the direction -- from what you call tell from a trailer, which admittedly ain't much -- looked pretty good.

All of that is still true, but I'm afraid I can no longer see it. Why? Because John Q has run afoul of my Movie Trailer Ubiquity Rule; to wit: "If the total amount of time I have spent involuntarily watching a movie's trailer equals or exceeds the running time said film, it shall be removed from my Must See In Theaters list." I'm not sure of the exact running time of John Q, but I'm betting it's less than the approximately seven hours worth of "John Q" trailers I've seen thus far. Sadly, the MTUR prevents me from seeing Rollerball as well, so you'll hafta let me know how it is.

Posted on February 08, 2002 to