Last month I posted a list of weird situations that are common in movies.
Continuing the fun, I now present a list of really, REALLY overdone things that are in a LOT of movies. Most of these are visual tropes, but some are just plain old cliches.
Got any more?
I've seen enough to last me forever of:
- Runaway Ferris wheels rolling through city streets
- Fruit carts being crashed into by cars
- Random St Patricks Day or Chinese New Year parades
- Unhinged scientists
- People/vehicles bumping into ladders and causing workmen to fall off them
- Men jumping off things into rivers before other things crash into them
- Vehicles mounting footpaths during chases
- Cars driving the wrong way down freeways
- Dogs stealing strings of sausages from butchers
- That really insanely heavy rain
- Really mean high school football coaches
- Drill sergeants
- Women screaming (or crying hysterically)
- Men not screaming (or crying hysterically)
- Overly literal, unimaginative scientists proven wrong by mystic/wonderous events
- Any character living in a houseboat, for any reason
- Young boys who are smarter/calmer than their grown women carers
- Mysterious strangers at funerals
- People running through airports being chased by security
- Female villains wearing dark lipstick
- Pies cooling on windowsills
- Old guys in denim overalls sitting on porches
- Dogs chasing cats through other people's houses
- People caught kissing via their shadows behind a lit curtain/screen
- Mechanics spitting on the ground
- Bus passengers in third world countries traveling with cages of chickens
- Ululating women in black abayas
- People escaping being run over by lying down under trains/trucks
- Cute children's drawings or painted signs that were obviously created by an art department
- Creaking wooden screen doors banging while a wind chime twirls ominously
- Cork boards with papers tacked all over them to help the hero think
- White boards with crime figure head-shots tacked to them and arrows joining them up
- People hiding in bedroom cupboards with slatted doors
- POV shots through camera lenses (complete with freeze-frame and clicking for photos taken)
- Partners who refuse to take the hero/ine's claims seriously despite mounting evidence
- Children's school concerts that descend into chaos
- Assistants saying "You can't go in there!" and then "I'm sorry sir, s/he just barged in"
I feel like I could go on, but I will pass it on to you.
What other scenes and visual tropes are totally overdone in movies?
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