Overthinking while watching movies/tv shows

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I often overthink little details while watching movies/tv shows. This makes watching them stressful and mentally taxing, rather than relaxing and enjoyable . After every event, I find the need to pause and process what had happened, as well as periodically recap (in my head), all the previous major events. I often find the need to put something, which could be understood intuitively, into words, like why a character was crying, for instance. I've tried ignoring the urge to do these things and adopt a 'don't think; feel' mindset, which sometimes works, but more often than not makes me feel uneasy throughout the movie. I should also mention that this hasn't always been the case; it started maybe around a year or two ago. I've considered quitting movies/tv shows as a whole, but there are days where I feel completely fine, so it'd be a shame to miss out.

Does anyone else do this? Any advice?
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I do this very often. Just tonight after a late dinner I was watching something and I was observing just how tuned up their teamwork and communication skills were. It was a life lesson to me.
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Sometimes I do overthink. Usually if I spot something in a film about a historical event that seems unreal. For example, noticing in the Macbeth film where Marion Cotillard is Lady Macbeth that her bra outline is visible underneath her dress.
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Sometimes when I watch a movie, I notice old plot devices, and if the movie is bad, I can then predict the ending. I then turn it off. Other times, such as when I watched the new Blade Runner movie, I could not understand why I should watch it. Everybody was ecstatic, but I thought the visuals so annoying, tresome and exhaustive that I spent half an hour examining the roof constructions inside the cinema. I then found myself with an opinion quite contrary to the accepted dogma. That is not allowed where I come from.
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Overanalysing everything that happens in a movie, to the point where it's becoming mentally exhausting for you to watch, is a big problem. It takes away from your enjoyment of the story. Yes there are movies that are designed to make you think and concentrate, but if you do it even in movies that don't need you to focus very hard then it's probably time to watch something a bit less taxing. Easy watching, such as sitcoms that don't require you to use your brain. If you balance that with stories which are a bit more complex then I'm sure you will find them easier to process. Movies are designed to be easy to understand and follow - they shouldn't make you think so hard about every line or action that happens. It's ok to miss a few bits and pieces here and there. Don't take them so seriously, relax when you watch and I'm sure your overanalysing will calm down.
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me too, it's truly stressing me out. I want to try rewatching the episode i overthinks later this day idk if it will help
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i'm the exact same way, no one gets it lol. i overthink every little thing in stuff that i watch, like a lot. always have to pause and put events into my own words or excessively explain or recap. i wouldn't say it makes movies/tv unenjoyable for me to watch, it's still enjoyable but a bit exhausting mentally cause my brain won't stfu for five seconds. i tell myself "just pay attention, don't think", my brain's just like nah no thanks. i don't have any advice though, but one thing that helps me is rewatching stuff. i find that if i watch something (especially a show) the full way through the 2nd time, my brain finally shuts up since i'm watching something i already overthought.
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