If you have your favorite movie of all time, nobody can ever convince you it’s crap. Because film preferences are totally subjective, they vary from one person to another, and if you and your crush can’t find common ground about it, it raises a red flag.

All seriousness aside, some movies are genuinely nothing more than a piece of crap and it doesn't take another person to prove that to you. So when someone posted the question “What 100% ruins a movie for you every time?” the comments started to pour in on r/AskReddit and reached 20.8k in total.

The inquiry has surely resonated with 32.6k people who pressed upvote, and many felt relief that finally, we just laid it all out on the table. From flawed characters to self-explanatory dialogues that make viewers feel like they're first graders, these things will spoil any top-notch movie. Film directors, take notes.

#1

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies Having to constantly have my remote in hand to turn down the absurdly loud action scene, to then have to crank the volume for the next dialogue that is far too low.

I'm freaking sick of it.

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MagicalUnicorn
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5 months ago

this needs to be higher!

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#2

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies When the movie calls for an ugly guy, they get an ugly guy.

When the movie calls for an ugly girl, they get a sexy girl and dress her in dumpy clothes.

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Lord Mysticlaw
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5 months ago

And glasses

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#3

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies The bit where hackers take 20 seconds of furious typing to disable a countries infrastructure.

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Biljana Malesevic
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5 months ago

or even alien computer, which is somehow, pretty similar to our earth computer.

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In a world where every single opinion counts, getting your voice out about a movie you just watched may be quite hard. Luckily, we live in the world of reviews, and if it’s not you who writes one, then there will be film critics who do this job for us. Or you may simply go to Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregation website, that will tell you the truth about what it is that you'd like to watch.

According to Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, the award for the worst movie of all time goes to Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002). Critics’ synopsis describes it as “A startlingly inept film, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever offers overblown, wall-to-wall action without a hint of wit, coherence, style, or originality.”

The second worst entry is One Missed Call (2008), as it’s thought to be “one of the weakest entries in the J-horror remake sweepstakes,” completely undone by bland performances. The third worst is the 2012 movie A Thousand Words, which is described by critics as a “painful mess” with “bland jokes.” So yeah, not all movies are born to be perfect, but some of them are hardly watchable.

#4

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies "There's no time... save yourself!" when there's clearly ample amount of time for both characters to get to safety. made even worse by the fact that they usually waste a minute or more arguing about it, saying teary-eyed goodbyes, and making out before character 1 finally gets up and leaves.

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Leo H
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5 months ago

Or that only 1 gets to float on a door and the other drowns

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#5

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies When the trailers reveal most of the plot.

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

And it's usually the only good part of the movie

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#6

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies Overused female tropes. The angry black woman, plus sized women always being loud and clumsy, and of course, the manic pixie dream girl. This isn't some feminist soapbox, it's just lazy and uninspired writing.

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Something
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5 months ago

It's okay if this is a feminist soapbox. This really does affect women.

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#7

I can often tell when actors carry fake (well, empty) suitcases, and even when they carry empty to-go cups. There's just something different in the way their bodies/muscles work then.

Jesus Christ, it's a 50 million dollar movie, how hard would it be to fill the cup and toss a couple of bricks in the suitcase?

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MrsPossum
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5 months ago

Yes, especially when they do a shot from above and you can literally see how empty said coffee cup is 🤣

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#8

Unnecessary sex scenes.

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Kisses4Katie
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5 months ago

This one so, so much. I don't mind people have sex. I don't mind if the story calls for it. Do I need to see it? No. There are certain types of films just for that.

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#9

Women wearing heels through out an action movie where they are running constantly and never once take them off.

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Stephanie Did It
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5 months ago

Jurassic World!

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#10

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies SFX volume: 11

Dialog volume: 3

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EA
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5 months ago

AMAZON PRIME I’M LOOKING AT YOU

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#11

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies If the dog dies.

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Biljana Malesevic
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5 months ago (edited)

Whenever I see thriller/action when some maniac stalks the leading girl and it turns out she has a dog or a cat I stop watching, immediately. I know, I just know, poor innocent puppy or kitty is going to end up killed first as a stupid "warning". I hate this cliche!

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#12

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies Added love story to an adaptation of a book with no love story.

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Kathryn Baylis
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5 months ago

Or create one in a story based on a historic event. Titanic is a prime example. I’ve been a Titanic buff since I was a teenager. Saw the movie in the theatre, hated it, and have never watched it again. The true stories on that ship are so much more interesting than the fake ones, but the true stories were pushed to the background or completely changed. Just so the fake characters could be pretty, have sex, and one of them—-but only the young female, even though there was an attractive male character too—-could be seen fully nude. Totally detracted from the more gripping true story.

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#13

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies When things explode for no reason. “Vehicle had minor collision or simply rolls over and spontaneously explodes”

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ƒιѕн
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5 months ago

What if this was actually true, cars would be blowing up constantly world wide.

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#14

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies When the premise for a major conflict in the movie is something that any sane person would have just said "oh no there's a misunderstanding" and they all have a laugh and go on with their days... But instead it turns into some convoluted drama.

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

This bugs me sooo much.

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#15

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies Fake snow and low temperatures that never matter. Like in Game of Thrones where nobody wore a goddamn hat on the wall. I was watching “his dark materials” the other day and I almost started to applaud when heroes actually got dressed for the cold weather.

Also, Russia in snow. We have summer too.

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

People are outside in freezing temperatures wearing a light jacket and no gloves and they're not dead yet! Also why can't we see their breaths?

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#16

Sex scenes. They're always really cringey to me and I prefer the implication rather than the blatant butt shots. Idk, sex scenes to me always seem kind if unnecessary.

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Something
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5 months ago

They're really not necessary. There are other movies people can watch for that kind of content, so please focus on plot.

Fiona Messenger
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5 months ago

How else would they fill the time? Uh, no, that would mean a decent script.

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Amy Pattie
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5 months ago

Yes yes 1000 times yes. So often I’m watching and it draws me right out of the story thinking about two naked people in a room with twenty people watching, wondering if they really understood what was in their contract.

Kathryn Baylis
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5 months ago (edited)

Anyone who has achieved experienced adulthood doesn’t need to have it graphically portrayed. Example: A Streetcar Named Desire. After the poker game, Stanley and Stella argue and Stella runs to the upstairs neighbor’s place. Stanley cools off, misses Stella, goes into the courtyard and stands at the bottom of the staircase to the upper floor, in a torn tee shirt showing his chest. He cries out Stellllllaaaaaa! Hey Stellllaaaa! Stella appears at the top of the stairs. Their eyes are intensely locked on each other. Stanley falls to his knees crying for his girl. (The script for the play called for them to make low moaning sounds as Stella descends the steps.) Stella reaches the bottom and Stanley throws his arms around her waist and buries his face in her slightly rounded pregnant belly. Then he raises himself up and kisses her, passionately. He lifts her up, carries her back into their apartment, and closes the door behind them. Sexy as is. No need to show them in bed. We already know.

B
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5 months ago

Same as celebrities thinking the world needs to see a photo of their bare a**e to sell their perfume or song or pet food or whatever. Ugh.

Jace
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5 months ago

This is the second duplicate. Bad & unrealistic sex scenes irritate me. Sex scenes in general do not. I’m more bothered by excessive violence where it’s unnecessary. The US has so much anti-sex bullshit... women’s nipples are treated like some kind of doomsday weapon... but showing someone’s eyes gouged out, face melted off, or multiple bullets to the face, people being disemboweled, tortured, raped, murdered, etc... that’s all fine for most television? Violence on TV doesn’t make people violent, but it does desensitize people so that they don’t have the proper response to violence in the real world. I much prefer the normalizing of sex, over the creeping normalizing of violence.

OogieBoogie
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5 months ago

All modern sex scenes usually have the woman on top and she keeps her bra on ! ?

Cynthia Bonville
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5 months ago

They are too intimate and I feel bad for the actors and their family so usually I fast forward, it is hard tho because like in GOT often important dialogue occurs then. I want the action and plot not the sex please.

bossbob64
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5 months ago

If they wanna' add sex scenes cause it's part of life, I wanna' see and hear toilet scenes - cause it's part of life, don' cha' know.

Michael Capriola
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5 months ago

The worse the film or TV show, the more they need sex scenes to keep people in those seats.

Paula Swanson
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5 months ago

In regards to sex scenes...Less is more...Mystery is more...allusion is more....

Susan Widomski
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5 months ago

Sorry, I like the butt shots or the artfully lit and draped bodies. Sometimes it is part of the plot - the characters becoming more intimate with each other. I am more offended by the language. THAT is something not necessary unless you are trying to do actual representation of real people that talk that way everyday.

Freya Fluharty
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5 months ago

To me, sex scenes are just there because the director/writer thought - uh, what can I put in here to jazz things up and take up some time??

Xavier Wescott
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5 months ago

I think the Wonder Woman movie did a really good job of that, the implication that it had happened.

Dorothy Cloud
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2 months ago

Can I vote yes to this, about 50 times. Those scenes are so un-needed!

dido74
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5 months ago

Some of my favorite movies are the ones that let you use your imagination. It’s really more fun than actually watching!

Yehudit Hannah Cohn
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5 months ago

"They always make me cringe." "Cringey" isn't a word. Really. Yes, I felt that was necessary.

M Kate McCulloch
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5 months ago

Let's remove all the violence and death too. That always makes me cringe. I mean I've had plenty of sex, and I prefer it private, but I don't see blown up bodies and people getting shot and bombs in buildings well, ever so that is totally unrealistic.

Cheryl Fontaine
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5 months ago

Especially when every other scene is a sex scene.... I interpret that as meaning the creators of the show have very little imagination or creativity....

Celtic Pirate Queen
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5 months ago

Or when the woman still has her bra on, IN HER OWN BED. Yeah, we all do that.

elfin
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5 months ago

Also the actors are usually doing it all wrong.

Robin DJW
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5 months ago

"The pleasure is momentary, the position Is ridiculous, the expense Is damnable." He could have added "visually is unappealing."

Mickie Shea
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5 months ago

Yep, rather imagine then see it actually happen. You do know what a crocodile with two heads is?

bossbob64
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5 months ago

If they wanna' add sex scenes, as they are part of life, I wanna see (and hear) toilet scenes, as they too are a part of life. Yep.

Danieletc
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5 months ago

If sex scenes were that unnecessary, you wouldn't be there griping about it.

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5 months ago

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What you prefer is what you prefer. It's an opinion ;) You can direct your own movie.

WilvanderHeijden
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5 months ago

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Sex sells, so they have to have it in the movie. Context is irrelevant, just show some steamy scenes, that's what the audience wants to see.

Bacony Cakes
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5 months ago

Just make it Steampunk. Then you don't need to add anymore steaminess.

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#17

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies When there is a timer and it takes longer to count down than the time that was called/shown. It drives me crazy.

Generic example, 50 seconds until a bomb explodes. Dialogue for 30 seconds. Timer is showing 30 seconds left. More dialogue for 40 seconds. Timer is at 5 seconds. Quick one-liner, bomb defused with one second to go.

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Biljana Malesevic
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5 months ago

Sometimes, timer show like 20 sec but characters talk and they are kissing and talking for minutes. And yet, there are still some seconds left. Bomb is always defused in last 3-5 seconds, never like when there is 30 minutes left.

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#18

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies When one character who's an expert in some field stops to explain the most basic concepts to another character who's also an expert on the same subject.

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Biljana Malesevic
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5 months ago

well, audience needs to know too.

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#19

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies Maybe not 100%, but close to it. Fight scenes where someone make a big blow(usually the villain), but instead of finishing the deal by smashing the brains out they start talking, bragging or some other cocky sh*t. And woops, the fight is back on like nothing happened..

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MrsPossum
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5 months ago

Also (sorry if this is listed further down and I haven't got to it yet), but when the "good guy" is fighting multiple "bad guys" and the bad guys all stand politely waiting for their turn to fight 🤣

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#20

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies "We only use 10% of our brain"

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Luther von Wolfen
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5 months ago

A lot of people believe that 10% thing. Movies just reinforce it.

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#21

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies The whole "america good, russia/middle east/any other f**king (insert noun here) bad" trope. It's such a tired and obnoxious ego stroke. Case in point... Independence Day. People are shooting at the aliens with all sorts of guns and they don't even flinch... Willy punches one wearing a full space suit and somehow knocks it out cold?! Then says "welcome to erf!" Ugh... cringed so hard it hurt.

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Lord Mysticlaw
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5 months ago

The US is extremely US-centric, so if that's where the movie came from... 🤷🏻‍♀️

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#22

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies When there’s a 20+ year age gap between the leading actor and actress and it’s not addressed in the movie, especially when the movie pretends like they’re around the same age.

“We’re both experienced, leading scientists in our fields, even though I look like a grizzled war veteran and you’re fresh off the set of High School Musical.”

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Luther von Wolfen
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5 months ago

Like I wanna see gnarled old Jack Nicholson with a woman half his age.

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#23

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies The very strong/smart main villain turning weak/dumb in the end fight so the heroes can win.

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WilvanderHeijden
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5 months ago (edited)

The lesson we have learned from all of those movies is that you kill your enemy by simply filling them up with lead. Forget those contraptions, no pools with sharks or bombs with a timer so you can escape in your airplane. Shoot the hero and live a long and happy life as a successful villain.

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#24

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies When all you have to do is beat the boss and the entire army just collapses. Pretty much every alien and robot-using invasion has this hive concept.

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Tiari
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5 months ago

To be fair: in Lord of the Rings it’s like that in the books already. You cannot really change it when making a movie from it.

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#25

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies When it's very obvious when someone isn't actually having a conversation on the phone. They just say their lines without giving enough pause for the other person to respond. I also hate when you're supposed to be looking at security footage but it's clearly just a previous shot that's had a filter put over it.

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Steve Barnett
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5 months ago

Also, when someone phones someone, the person being called answers within a second.

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#26

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies Just 10 seconds left before the bomb explodes. The hero is taking all the time in the world to kiss and hug his girlfriend a last goodbye before returning to deactivate the bomb..

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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5 months ago

*cringes*

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#27

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies Badly implemented product placement. Product placement itself doesn't bother me. If there's a character driving a Toyota, or eating a Pizza Hut pizza, I don't care. If there's a pointless shot in the movie that shows the f**king Bud Light logo for 10 seconds, I mind

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N G
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5 months ago

Product placement that's been forcibly inserted too. James Bond has to drive an Astin Martin or whatever - it's part of the spy fantasy. The British Secret Service would be in dire straits if Q gave him the keys to a Ford Focus, even one with exploding rockets behind the headlights! But if, when he makes his regular drink order, he says "Vodka martini, shaken, not stirred. And use Grey Goose, it's smoother", James Bond just became The Truman Show. (Which I think captured the weirdness of forced PP just beautifully)

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#28

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies I know it sounds cliche, but movie clichés. Like in hallmark films. Busy business woman doesn't have time for love. Goes home for Christmas because something is wrong and could be her parents last Christmas. She meets a guy. Too busy to enjoy life. A parent dies. She realizes she needs to enjoy life more. Gets together with guy. You can just tell the way s**t is going to go because the movie is already cliché. Or in action films. Oh let me guess, X is behind that door isn't he? Or he was. Look at that.

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Something
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5 months ago

But cliched movies are great for lazy viewing. You don't have to worry about missing part of the plot because you know the whole story from beginning to end before you even start.

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#29

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies Teenagers who sound like screenwriters trying to sound cool.

Never in the history of humanity have two 15 year olds randomly recited 18th century poetry to each other on the day they met, and all those snarky remarks makes the kids sound insufferable and annoying a lot more than clever.

Also notice that somehow every clever 15 y.o. always listens to music that was huge when the screenwriter was growing up, never something that is... you know... listened to by 15 year olds... as if there was no good music around presently.

PS. Also the whole sarcastic genius with no social clues...yes we get it Dr. House was a hit 20 years ago, now can we get Cumberbatch to play any other freaking role?

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Noez 🇸🇪
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5 months ago

Or when a character has a job which requires a 5+ year long higher education, 2-3 years of speciality training, and further 2-3 years of experience is needed, but that character is also 22 years old. Example: in 50 Shades of Gray, Mr Gray is a certified helicopter pilot, finished college, runs his company and apparently is excellent at it, developed all the kinks, - at 27 years old.

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#30

Moments-Things-That-Ruin-Movies When they explain the plans like...to an 8 year old.

I like movies where things just happen.

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Nigel Rodgers
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5 months ago

It depends. In a sport movie it's good for non-fans. But fans will be like why is the coach teaching an elementary move at half time in the final?

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