Should You See Contagion? This Flowchart Will Help You Decide

Here’s a handy flowchart to help you decide whether or not to go see Contagion. One tip: if you see this movie with a group of people, one of whom is very germophobic, and the rest of you have a betting pool to guess how many minutes of the movie that person will be able to take, then you should probably pick a number less than 10.

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23 comments on “Should You See Contagion? This Flowchart Will Help You Decide
  1. Reggie says:

    Giggling… I think I shall give this one a miss, just in case it *makes* me germophobic…

    You know, Laura, you make FlowCharts Make Sense. :-)

  2. nursemyra says:

    ok I’m calling the ambulance now.

  3. I do have a pet rhesus monkey, but I wouldn’t exactly call him beloved.

  4. denise:) says:

    This clears up my confusion on seeing this movie. Thank you- you’re doing a good service.

  5. omawarisan says:

    Rhesus monkeys aren’t even beloved by their own mothers.

  6. Binky says:

    What happens if you have a beloved pet human? I’m confused.

  7. I jut walk around spraying others with Lysol and using hand sanitizers.
    I don’t think I should see this movie.

    • Laura says:

      Probably not, but you might enjoy hanging out in front of theaters where this movie is playing, offering movie-goers a Lysol spritz as they leave.

  8. Rico Swaff says:

    Haha, I wash my hands after every time I shake someone’s hand, grab a doorknob, use a tv or game remote, etc. I don’t know if I should see this one. Awesome idea with the flowchart.

    • Laura says:

      The opening sequence of the movie — before anyone gets seriously ill — shows people just going about their daily business, walking around and touching stuff. It would probably make you run screaming from the theater.

  9. I haven’t heard of this movie yet, Laura. Probably, when I do, I may stay home. I’m not germophobic, but I don’t want to be either…

  10. loudlyshy says:

    I’m notoriously nongermophic… I trained for a job that involves a lot of blood and vomit and such and it just doesn’t bother me. Coughing…sneezing…touching…don’t care. Doesn’t bother me.

    This movie made me wash my hands vigorously with soap (which I almost never use due to an allergy, it makes my hands all raw and itchy) for days.

    Also, the medical geek in me was thrilled when Paltrow had her seizure on the screen…first time I’ve ever seen a real, accurate, seizure in a Hollywood movie.

    • Laura says:

      The math geek in me was annoyed that the percentage of people we saw dying from the illness was vastly different than the percentage of people that they said died from it.

  11. We saw Contagion last night. I desperately wanted to wash my hands, the monkey in the body bag was sad, and the math was ticking me off. But I really liked it. I wonder, though, if epidemiologists watch it and get mad like I get mad about shows about PR people.

  12. Laura says:

    One of the reasons I wanted to see it was that I’d heard an interview with a virologist who’d consulted on the movie and said it would be more accurate than most. Here’s an article about CDC staffers’ reactions to the movie.

  13. Luda says:

    i do not have a pet rhesus monkey but the rhesus monkey scene still had me fighting tears.


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