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The Romantic Misunderstanding

Every romance film in the past 20 years or so has done this cliche and I AM SICK of it. It's when the romantic lead have a misunderstanding at the beginning of the third act that breaks them up, when we know that they are going to get back together, thus removing all tension and basically brings the movie to a grinding halt.
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The Egg and I (1947)
I swear I'm not kidding, the misunderstanding in this movie lasts for AN ENTIRE YEAR. That is the biggest misunderstanding I've ever seen.
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The Last Song (2010)
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Leap Year (2010)
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Shrek (2001)
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The Disney Death

I borrowed the name from TV Tropes. Basically it's when a main character is presumed dead for a few seconds, and then suddenly miraculously they're alive. I hate this cliche because, especially in kid's films, you know they're not really dead, and thus eliminates all sense of tension.
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How did Indy survive that tank falling off the cliff?
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From "Peter and the Wolf"
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Robin Hood (1973)
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Cringe Comedy

A point for all you aspiring filmmakers. Cringe comedy usually isn't funny, in my opinion. It's grating and toe curling.
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You Again (2010)
The scene with Tim on stage is toe-curling, mostly because it reminds me a lot of the things my cousin would say.
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The Liar Revealed

I did borrow this title from Doug Walker, no need to point it out. It's when a character or characters lie about who they are or what they do, and they become friends or heroes, and then when the truth is revealed, they suddenly don't trust them and tell them to go away. Kills the pacing, and is pointless.
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In addition to the third act romantic break-up.
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Avatar (2009)
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A Bug's Life (1998)
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Rango (2011)
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1 Second Left

Whenever there is a bomb it will always stop when there is only one second left. Always. That is the law of movies. It can be done well, but it's especially done horribly when the bad guy puts way too much time on the clock.
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Galaxy Quest (1999)
This is more of a parody of this cliche and it is hilarious.
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This is one of the rare times where the use of this cliche is actually good. It builds up the tension and draws it out as long as possible, making you believe for a split second, that they won't pull it off.
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The Girl's best friend/boyfriend

A boy and a girl can never be "just friends". It's too complicated, especially if their teens.
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Monster House (2006)
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Dream/Fantasy Fake Out

Or as I like to call it, the laziest way to show you what's going on in a character's head, or as a poor exposition dump. It's when something is going on, and then it's revealed it was a dream or a fantasy. In worst cases, this scene is never mentioned or brought up again. I am so sick of that stupid device.
Seriously Zack Snyder, WTF?
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The Star-Struck Characters

This is when a character or a group of characters are suddenly being filmed, for some reason, and they act tougher than they normally are, or try to make an impression. It's irritating because it's basically the same joke repeated ad nausea, no variation on it whatsoever, and it wasn't even that funny in the first place.
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Showtime (2002)
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Castle (2009)
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Monk (2002)
Episode: Mr. Monk Gets Fired
Episode: Mr. Monk's 100th Case
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Psych (2006)
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Here is a list of film cliches that I wish would just die and wither away.

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Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jun 27 13:44
I don't think "Galaxy Quest" should be on the list because, as you even point out, it cleverly subverts the one second cliché to humourous results, rather than being an example of it.

I believe what you called 'The Romantic Misunderstanding' is what Roger Ebert would call 'The Idiot Plot'. It's not always in romances, just whenever someone can fix a problem immediately if they would just explain something to another person and they don't, just so that the movie can go on. Your comment on "The Egg and I" is really funny.

Cringe humour can be funny if it's done right. I've only seen one movie in your section about that ("Napolean Dynamite") and I agree that it's an example of cringe humour being done badly.

In my opinion, examples of movies with effective cringe humour are "The Graduate" and "The Odd Couple" movies in the '60s and "The Heartbreak Kid" from the '70s, in which people say things that are awkward or embarrassing. It makes the viewer cringe to watch them say such reckless things that sabotage themselves or demonstrate unintentional insensitivity, but it's also funny. I like how you use the term 'toe curling' =).
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Jun 28 19:33
Perhaps it's just the classic movie fanboy in me talking, but I find in old Hollywood movies whenever a character's true identity is reveled or a lair is exposed, the other characters don't seem to care or just shrug it off, where as in modern films when the same thing occurs the characters have to turn it into a big fiasco.

I also remember as a kid being aggravated by The Disney Death. Although I can forgive it in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" because of the rest of the movie's awesomeness.

"1 Second Left" though is one cliche I find more humorous than annoying, especially when the time taken to diffuse a bomb is about a dozen times longer than the timer actually indicates.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Apr 24 13:13
Great list!

I agree with you that cringe comedy isn't funny, at least most of the time. Unfortunately, it is in a lot of so called comedies today.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Apr 24 15:23
I always thought "toe curling" was a good thing. Hmmm.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Oct 20 11:10
great list, i would add the most overused cliche in action movies, when the hero/protagonist is captured by the bad guys, they don't kill him instantly, they either tie him up with a bomb, in which he eventuality escape from, or leave him with some incompetent people who would fail to kill him, i hate this cliche.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Oct 20 18:04
I don't like The Disney Death cliché either but it may have made for a better ending for Turner & Hooch (1989).

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