Top 10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Spend $10 Instead of Seeing Leap Year

Over the weekend, I saw Leap Year. Don’t ask my why. It was easily one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, an actually painful experience. Terribly written, poorly acted, and without one single likable character. Predictable to the point of ridiculousness – and I love a good, silly chick flick. Hell, I even like The Sweetest Thing and thought Aquamarine was cute. I am clearly no movie snob, but this was simply bad, bad, bad. I think the NY Times said it best: Leap Year is “so singularly dispiriting … bad without distinction — so witless, charmless and unimaginative that it can be described as a movie only in a strictly technical sense.”

In my pretty green opinion, Leap Year wasn’t worth the energy used to project the movie on the big screen, to print your movie ticket, or to manufacture Amy Adams’ ridiculous and annoyingly impractical “even-Carrie-Bradshaw-wouldn’t-wear-those” shoes. I’d say you’d be better off throwing away or burning your money, but that wouldn’t be so green, now would it? Instead, I present you with 10 eco-friendly alternatives to wasting your money on this truly terrible film. With $10, you could:

1. Buy a spare Envirosax or Baggu so you always have a reusable bag in your purse. I recommend always having two with you!

2. Get a set of stainless steel straws. I love straws, hate plastic. These will keep your whites pearly, no plastic required!

3. Buy an actually watchable chick flick or two on Used DVDs at amazing prices (as low as 75 cents for the less popular flicks), shipped cheaply via Media Mail. I have a rule that I’m only allowed to purchase ones coming from CA, and the closer the better. There are usually multiple sellers and states available per movie, so you should hopefully be able to find one close by. My picks: Clueless, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Troop Beverly Hills, See Jane Date, In Her Shoes, Waitress, John Tucker Must Die, and, yes, The Sweetest Thing*

4. Order some natural, non-GMO popcorn to eat while watching chosen watchable chick flick. Yes, you can make it on the stove.

5. Buy a local artisan food product you’ve been hesitant to shell out for. I have my eye on several at my local farmers market!

6. Upgrade a beauty product . Yes, eco-friendly beauty products can be a bit pricey, but you and your skin are worth it. Take that $10 and upgrade your usual to something organic or local or sulfate- and paraben-free.

7. See Up in the Air instead. That George Clooney sure is dreamy.

8. Surprise a friend with cupcakes for no reason. Splurge on organic ingredients and bake ‘em yourself, or find a great local bakery. Everyone likes cupcakes. If you don’t, I don’t think we can be friends.

9. Buy some 100% post-consumer recycled toilet paper. Yes, buying toilet paper is infinitely more fun, and probably less embarrassing, than seeing this movie. I like the Seventh Generation brand. But don’t buy the Trader Joe’s kind. It’s terrible.

10. Have a drink. You can probably afford two if you don’t live in San Francisco. In a real glass, no straw (or bring your own stainless – see Point 2). Hold the cocktail napkin. Preferably made with local-to-you spirits, hops or grapes. You won’t need one as badly as I did after seeing this movie, but please, have one for me.

*I apologize in advance. I don’t know why I like this movie, but I do.

What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen? What would you spend $10 on instead – something on this list, or something else?



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15 responses to “Top 10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Spend $10 Instead of Seeing Leap Year

  1. Jaime

    Janet, you are killing me! Your response to this movie is hilarious to the max, girl. Unfortunately, I have seen so many terrible movies…I am trying to think of only one. The Devil’s Advocate probably wins that debate 😉

    I have to give a shout out to Chico Bag and Klean Kanteen for reusable bags and water bottles (they are both from Chico, so I have to!). Also, I need to get some of those stainless straws! Keep up the good work on the blog, I love it 🙂

  2. Esi

    Excellent list (esp the watching Troop Beverly Hills idea). I know from reading the script last year that this will be a terrible movie..I would rather do any of these recommendations over seeing it!

  3. OMG you are feakin HILARIOUS. I’m rolling at work right now. I love staws and am going to have to check out those stainless steel ones for sure!

  4. It’s amazing how many people seriously hate this movie… I’m amazed that I didn’t somehow see it first, since we usually see all movies and most of the insanely bad ones!

  5. Well we won’t throw are money away on it then! Great post Janet…love all your ideas. Hmmmm I’m going to go with buy an extra envirosax because they fold up so small I can fit them right in my purse. With extra recycled scrap paper of course!!

  6. What a great post, Janet! Clever, funny and oh-so-true! I’m so often disappointment by movies that we rarely go. The last real clunker I saw was “Taking Woodstock” – we thought it would be cool and fun … instead, it just sucked. LOL

    By the way, I’m all over those stainless steel straws. Thanks for the link!

  7. janeterin

    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments! If I saved just one person from seeing this movie, my job is done. 😉

  8. great post!!! glad i decided not to go to that movie!! DO go see avatar if you haven’t then. worth it!!
    and i got reusable straws for christmas and i love them!! keeping my teeth white and the earth green, one straw at a time 🙂

  9. haha I just saw Fame on a plane ride and that was a really, really terrible movie. The dance scenes didn’t save it at all like I thought they would!

  10. I can’t remember most of them because I walk out on bad movies. I don’t care if I just shelled out a tenner, my time is worth more than sitting in a bad flick! Having said that, “Spanglish” comes to mind, but I know everyone loved it, so I must be the crazy one. 🙂

  11. thedallasceliac

    Worst movie I’ve ever seen would have to be Donnie Darko. I heard that they made a sequel and I thought to myself: “Why God, why?”

    I would spend $10 on a new water filter for my water purifier. Loooove purified water, hate wasting plastic bottles.

    (Great idea for a post! Miss you!)

  12. I love your list.

    I just saw one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen on Friday night – Youth in Revolt. With the enlisted cast I thought for sure it was going to be funny. Too bad it wasn’t funny in the least and had no charm. I was so upset for wasting my Friday night.

  13. Great list! Is it just me, or is Amy Adams in EVERY MOVIE. That girl obviously works hard, but seriously, overexposure much?

    I just got a new set of envirosax and LOOOOOVE them! Or maybe they’re RuMe? One of those kinds. Either way? Love.

  14. I actually liked Leap Year, I thought it was cute.

  15. Thanks a lot for this post! It really made my day!

    I mean, I’m a big fan of crappy romcoms, but even the trailer for leap year fails in making me want to see it…

    Number 10 is my favourite by the way…

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