While serving in the U.S. Navy, my husband was a submariner. Every patrol, the entertainment committee designated certain videos as "gaggers" and if a sailor sat through the entire movie (witnessed by others) he could get his "gagger card" punched. When the card was filled (8 holes punched), he received a prize.
We still have a nice duffel bag my husband earned with a gagger card.
So, when a movie stinks and manages to suck away two hours of my life, I groan, "I need my gagger card punched!"
I won't name the gagger movies, but I will mention three films that I initially thought were gaggers, but later learned to appreciate.
- ¡Three Amigos! (1986) - I watched this movie alone (hubby out to sea) and it seemed lame. Little did I know that my husband also watched it during patrol and thought it was the funniest movie ever. When he returned, he insisted I give it another try. We laughed so hard! It's been a favorite, often quoted, and one of the few movies we own.
- Groundhog Day (1993) - I initially thought this was boring. "Okay, I get it. He wakes up on the same day over and over and over and over. Let's move on!" Yet, I watched it yearly (around February 2, of course) because my husband loves it. Seeing it over and over and over, I finally recognized the value of its message, and it, too, earned a spot on our DVD shelf.
- Napoleon Dynamite (2004) - Friends convinced us to see this. We were unimpressed through most of the film, then towards the end (when Napoleon dances on stage in his worn-out moon boots) it finally clicked. We caught the humor, and watched it again, roaring with laughter. "Gosh!"
Do you have a favorite movie that you initially considered a gagger?