The Irishman demands a commitment from viewers. It requires three and a half hours of concentration and that might be a bit much after taking down some turkey. Martin Scorsese has created something pretty dense and there is not a lot of room to drift off and check emails or reply to a group text.

The movie's producer Jane Rosenthal appeared at a Q&A prior to a screening at Tribeca Film Institute in October and warned the crowd, "Use the bathroom now." The Irishman runtime is officially listed as 209 minutes. So when is the best place to take a breather during the latest epic from Scorsese since you can watch it from home now?

When watching The Irishman at home, the two-hour mark is probably the best place to take a breather. Just prior to the two-hour mark finds Al Pacino's Jimmy Hoffa as he takes a meeting with Tony Provenzano (Stephen Graham) at an empty club. Hoffa is not happy with Tony's tardiness, nor his casual attire. The scene escalates rather quickly until Robert De Niro's Frank Sheeran comes on board to smooth things out.

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Taking a break at the two-hour mark of The Irishman allows for one more 90-minute block, which is still plenty of movie. Obviously, since one can watch from home, a break can be taken at any time since we have the power of pause in our hands. Over three hours is a lot to commit to these days, but we live in the era of the Netflix binge, so it really isn't all that much time. Plus, the reviews for the latest offering from Martin Scorsese have heaped praise on it, with many noting that the runtime seems to fly by.

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hit theaters at the end of summer with a runtime just over three hours. While many were skeptical of the runtime, many left theaters wanting more. Avengers: Endgame opened in theaters earlier this year, and is also just over three hours. Marvel Cinematic Universe fans also left wanting more, though Martin Scorsese might have an opinion about that. When the movie is good, it really doesn't matter what the runtime is, but being able to take a break to stretch and use the restroom is pretty nice.

The Irishman came with a pretty hefty price tag. It has been estimated that it cost Netflix over $160 million to make the movie, which is a lot of cash, especially considering that it has had a very limited theatrical release. The Irishman has been getting great reviews. With that being said, there have been some rumblings of the movie possibly having a presence at the Thanksgiving holiday weekend box office, which would be pretty amazing. However, we'll just have to wait and see if anybody treks out to the theater instead of watching it at home where breaks are possible. You can head over to Fandango to find a theater screening The Irishman.

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