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Re-Watch Your Favorite Movies With the Captions On

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Maybe you’ve seen The Shawshank Redemption so many times that you’re sure you’ve got just about every line memorized. Or, at the snap of a finger, you can leap to your feet and recite Jack Nicholson’s famous “You can’t handle the truth” monologue from A Few Good Men, signature sneer and all. (“Son we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg?”)

Watching a favorite movie is like spending a couple of hours with an old friend—it’s familiar, it’s soothing, it’s the epitome of self care. But if you’re looking to switch the experience up a bit and dive in even deeper, Reddit user u/Focksycleopatra has a suggestion: Turn on the subtitles.

If you have a favorite movie you’ve seen several (or hundreds) of times, try watching it with subtitles/closed captioning on. You might be surprised just how many lines you heard wrong or missed entirely.

It is especially useful for content dense movies, i.e. Saving Private Ryan. If you are a fan of the movie I highly recommend starting with this one… total game changer for me.

Focksy is right that this would be especially good for content-dense movies, and also for movies where the dialogue is low, the accents are thick or the action moves quickly. And, yes, we suggest this with the caveat that not all closed-captioning is 100% accurate. But it might help you catch a muttered-under-the-breath insult or that pesky phrase that was lost within the rumble of bombs and gunfire.


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