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55 Excuses to Get You Out of Work for National Movies Day

Need help getting off work for National Movies Day? We've got you covered.

22 February 13:27

National Movies Day is a month away and you need to get your sick-day script ready! If you can’t think of anything, we’re here to help with these movie-inspired excuses.

Check them out below and see if you can guess which movie they come from!

I can’t come in to work today because…

  1. …an alien exploded out of my stomach.
  2. …I chose the red pill.
  3. …I followed the yellow brick road.
  4. ...everybody wants to be like Mike.
  5. …my stepmother fed me a poisoned apple.
  6. …I’m spying on my neighbour who may have killed someone.
  7. …Don Corleone said so.
  8. …I tied balloons to my house and ripped its foundations out the ground.
  9. …I gave birth to an evil baby.
  10. …my doll’s trying to kill me.
  11. …I feel the pull of the dark side.
  12. …frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
  13. …Voldemort is back.
  14. …I don't want to survive. I want to live.
  15. …I have to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.
  16. …I have to say hello to my little friend.
  17. …I’m Batman.
  18. …I have to phone home.
  19. …I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.
  20. …my gift is my song.
  21. …I’m having an old friend for dinner.
  22. …just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.
  23. … the path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.
  24. …I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.
  25. …life is beautiful.
  26. ... I'm just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.
  27. …I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
  28. …I’m divergent.
  29. …nobody’s perfect.
  30. …I’m singin’ in the rain.
  31. …I see dead people.
  32. …I love it when a plan comes together.
  33. …when you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
  34. … your ego is writing checks your body can't cash.
  35. …I’m the king of the world.
  36. …you can’t handle the truth.
  37. …I am your father.
  38. …you’ll never take my freedom.
  39. …you had me at hello.
  40. ...I just keep swimming.
  41. …they’re here.
  42. …I should kill everyone and escape.
  43. …I’m Bond. James Bond.
  44. …what we've got here is a failure to communicate.
  45. …I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore.
  46. …the force is with me.
  47. …I’m going to make my life extraordinary.
  48. …Johnny’s here.
  49. ...if you worry you suffer twice.
  50. …there’s something about Mary.
  51. …this is Sparta!
  52. …I missed the Hogwarts express.
  53. …we have a problem.
  54. …I have to help Stella get her groove back.
  55. ...I’m going to National Movies Day.

And here are your excuses:

Haven’t signed the National Movies Day petition? DO IT NOW with the form below and you could be joining us on 31 March.

Want more movies? Level up your obsession with the M-Net Movies Collection here.

National Movies Day

The petition is now closed and ticket winners will receive their invites this week.

Thank you for signing the petition for National Movies Day. We look forward to celebrating our new found movie freedom at the 

outdoor cinema spectacular on Friday, 31 March at the JHB Zoo & CT Castle of Good Hope

Competition winners can look forward to an amazing day with our movie buffs - Lalla Hirayama and Donovan Goliath

Winners will receive their invites this week. Make sure to clear your entire day and come enjoy a fun-filled day with M-Net Movies.

Terms & Conditions


  1. These are M-Net’s General Competition Terms and Conditions:
  2. The National Movies Day event competition starts from Mon, 21 January 2017 and ends on Tue, 21 March 2017
  3. A random draw will take place in the presence of an auditor will take place from Wed, 22 March 2017 - Friday, 24 March.
  4. Each winner gets 4 single tickets
  5. Winners will be verified announced on mnet.tv/nationalmoviesday and on M-Net Social Media pages.
  6. Winners will be contacted via social media and requested to provide contact details and email address in order to verify them and to redeem their prize.
  7. Winners will have until Wed, 29 March 2017 to claim their prize.
  8. If the prize is not claimed by then, another winner will be randomly selected to win the prize.
  9. The National Movies Day event takes place on Fri, 31 March at the below listed venues:
    • JHB Zoo in Johannesburg
    • CT Castle in Cape Town
  10. The competition is open to individuals over the age of 16 only
  11. Individuals have to take the day off as per their company policy and M-Net Movies will not be held liable for their leave application.
  12. The competition is only open to South African residents.
  13. M-Net Movies would like to use the competition winners pictures and videos, including and without limitation any adaptation, extract or still photograph (‘Footage’) on various platforms. These platforms include, without limitation, M-Net channels, M-Net online (or its affiliates) platforms, mobile platforms, multimedia platforms and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, websites, blogs, Youtube, WeChat and/or online video.  The competition winner will however be notified upon winning the competition of his/her right to accept or decline the aforesaid condition, and will be required to accept/decline in writing.
  14. The prize is non-transferable and may not be exchanged for cash. 
  15. Each winner can only 1 set of 4 single tickets only.  

Standard Terms and Conditions for Competitions

1. These are the standard terms and conditions for competitions conducted or promoted by or in association with the MultiChoice South Africa Group (“MultiChoice”).

2. Your entry into the competition and/or your acceptance of a prize (in the event that you win a prize) constitutes your binding acceptance of the terms and conditions on behalf of yourself and any person with whom you may share a prize (in the event that you win a prize which is for you and one or more additional persons (“your partner”).

3. The competition is not open to  
3.1 directors, members, partners, agents, employees or consultants of the Naspers Group of companies or any supplier of goods or services in connection with a competition; and
3.2 the spouse, life partner, business partner or associate, or the natural or adopted parent, child, or sibling, of any of the persons specified in 3.1 above.

4. Entrants under the age of 18 must obtain permission from their parents or guardians before entering.

5. Unless otherwise specified in the competition rules, you may only enter the competition once anytime before the closing date.

6. You may not participate in or win a competition if you have won a competition promoted by us within the past three (3) months. You will be eligible to participate in a competition promoted by us after the expiry of three (3)  months after the date on which you won the last competition.

7. If you use a mobile phone for entry into the competition, the telephone calls / text messages you make will be charged at the prevailing rates, which may vary from time to time.  "Free" minutes under a cell-phone contract do not apply.  

8. It is your responsibility to ensure that your entry is received by us prior to the closure of the competition.  Any entries which are not received by us prior to the closure of the competition will not be eligible to participate, regardless of the reason for the late entry.  We and our affiliates are not responsible for any entries which are not received by us, whether timeously or at all, regardless of the cause thereof.  Without limitation, we and our affiliates are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failure or malfunction, traffic congestion (whether physical, or on the Internet, telephone lines or at any service provider, web site or other device or medium), or any combination thereof, or any other technical or other problems.

9. We and our affiliates are not responsible for any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer, mobile telephone or other device used by you to enter into, or obtain any materials related to, the competition.  

10. It is your responsibility to ensure that any information which you provide to us is accurate, complete and up to date.  

11. Any costs or expenses which you may incur other than in respect of those items specifically included in a prize are for your own account.  MultiChoice will not be responsible for any costs or expenses which you, or your partner (if applicable), incur during and for purposes of your entry into the competition and your acceptance and/or use of a prize. 

12. We do not make any representations or give any warranties, whether expressly or implicitly, as to a prize, and in particular, but without limitation, make no representations and give no warranty that – 
12.1 your entry or participation in the competition will necessarily result in you winning a prize;  
12.2  a prize, or any aspect thereof, will meet your, or, if applicable, your partner’s, requirements, preferences, standards or expectations; or 
12.3 a prize, or any aspect thereof, will be satisfactory, punctual, free from defects, safe or reliable. 

13. We and our affiliates will not be responsible for any harm, damage, loss or claim relating to the provision of any element of a prize or any changes to a prize that may be made at any time.  

14. Prizes are not transferable and may not be deferred, changed or exchanged for cash or any other item.

15. You may not win a prize if it is unlawful for us to supply such a prize to you.  If you do win such a prize, you will forfeit it.   

16. You must possess whatever documents and permissions that may be required in order to accept and use a prize, including, as regards international travel, a valid passport and all necessary visa and travel documentation, which documents and permissions it is your responsibility to obtain at your own cost, and which documents and permissions must remain valid in such minimum form and for such minimum period after the prize date as may be required by the relevant authorities. 

17. The winners will be notified by means of the contact details provided to us.  If we are, or a third party supplier is, unable to contact a winner within 10 working days or if the winner is unable to collect the prize within 60 days, the winner will forfeit the prize and MultiChoice reserves the right to re-draw a new winner under the same conditions.  

18. We may invite you to be present when the prizewinners are determined or announced, to participate in any of our marketing activities, to appear in person in the electronic media and/or the print media, and/or to endorse, promote or advertise any of our goods or services, for which no fee, royalty or other compensation will be payable.  You may decline such an invitation.

19. We may publish names of the participants and winners on any of our communication platforms.

20. We may require you to provide us with such additional information and documentation as we may reasonably require in order to process, confirm and facilitate your acceptance and/or use of a prize. If you refuse to provide us with the requested information or documentation, you will forfeit the prize.  

21. In the event that you win a prize provided by a third party supplier, the supplier will contact you to arrange the collection thereof.  In this regard, you must collect the prize at the time and date arranged with the supplier of the prize.  All correspondence regarding the prize must be directed at the supplier of the prize.  MultiChoice will not be responsible for any further correspondence, harm, damage, loss or claim relating to the provision of any element of the prize. 

22. We and our third party suppliers, as the case may be, reserve the right to vary, postpone, suspend, or cancel the competition and any prizes, or any aspect thereof, without notice at any time, for any reason which we deem necessary.  In the event of such variation, postponement, suspension or cancellation, you agree to waive any rights, interests and expectations that you may have in terms of this competition and acknowledge that you will have no recourse against us, our affiliates and third party suppliers.

23. You agree that your participation in the competition, and your acceptance and/or use of a prize, or any aspect thereof, is at your own risk. 

24. We and our affiliates will not be responsible, and disclaim all liability, for any loss, liability, injury, expense or damage (whether direct, indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential) of any nature, whether arising from negligence or any other cause, which is suffered by your participation in the competition or the acceptance and/or use by you, or your partner (if applicable), of any prize, or by any action taken by us or any of our affiliates in accordance with the terms and conditions.  

25. You, and in the event of your death, your family, dependants, heirs, assignees or any other beneficiaries of your estate, indemnify and hold us and our affiliates  harmless against any claim by you, or your partner (if applicable), (whether direct, indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential) of any nature, whether arising from negligence or any other cause, relating to any injury, loss, liability, expense and/or damage which you may suffer, howsoever arising, in relation to your entry into this competition and/or acceptance and/or use by you of a prize.    

26. You acknowledge that the acceptance and use of a prize is subject to the proviso that – 
26.1.all of the terms and conditions will apply to both you and your partner (if applicable), and you will ensure that your partner agrees to be bound and complies, and will  continue to comply, therewith; 
26.2    you will take full responsibility for your partner;
26.3 you indemnify and hold us and our affiliates harmless against any claim by your partner or any third party in the event that your partner suffers any loss or damage pursuant to your partner’s acceptance and/or use of a prize; 
26.4 any minor will be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

27. If you fail or, if your partner (if applicable) fails, to comply with any of the terms and conditions, then without prejudice to any other remedy which we may have, – 
27.1 you will be automatically disqualified and you will forfeit the prize/s (in the event that you have already won a prize);
27.2  you will pay us for any loss or damage incurred by us directly or indirectly as a result of your (or, if applicable, your partner's) non compliance, including all of our legal costs (including attorney and own client costs) which we may incur in taking any steps pursuant to your (or your partner’s) non-compliance; and 
27.3   you indemnify and hold us and our affiliates harmless against any claim by any person, (whether direct, indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential) of any nature, whether arising from negligence or any other cause, relating to any death, injury, loss and/or damage which may be suffered howsoever arising in relation to your failure (or that of your partner, if applicable) to comply therewith.  

28. For purposes hereof, "affiliate" means our partners, co promoters and sponsors of this competition, our subsidiaries, our and their subsidiaries and respective holding companies, the subsidiaries of their holding companies, and our and their directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives.  

29. These terms and conditions will be construed, interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of contract and dispute resolution in the Republic of South Africa.

30. MultiChoice and the judges' decision on any matter concerning the competition and/or arising out of these terms and conditions is final and binding on you, and no correspondence will be entered into.

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