We asked the members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what movie tropes and clichés they hate, and they had A LOT to say. Here are the best submissions:
Note: Some submissions are from this Reddit thread because they're too good not to include.
1."When people have sex, and after the woman covers her chest with sheets and runs to the bathroom wrapped in said sheets. It's been what, 60, 70 years? Even more? If you can't imagine a creative and realistic way to not show a woman's breasts, don't shoot a sex scene."
5."When a character says, 'I have to tell you something' to another character and the other character totally ignores them and interrupts with some lame statement or observation. Then the first character doesn't tell them the important thing they need to say."
7."When movies and TV shows proliferate the ridiculous trope that the third date is the sex date. This is not a real thing. People don’t go out with someone three times, then magically drop their pants and hop in the sack."
11."I hate the funny fat best friend or the quirky Black guy on the side or the smart Asian kid who has a cameo. Like damn, marginalized people can be the main characters in stories that aren't just about their trauma!"
12."The misunderstanding trope where the significant other walks in on their spouse doing something that looks kinda suspicious without context and goes, 'Wait, I can explain!' One to two hours later, their partner goes 'Why didn't you just tell me that you weren't cheating on me?' I think that's why I hate most rom-coms."
13."I hate how in horror movies they'll be stuck in the woods and there's a lazy line about there being no service and no one ever checks their phones again. I mean, if I was in danger, I’d be checking my phone for service every five seconds. My main goal would be to get service on that phone."
17."When people just park anywhere. When they're running into city hall or the courthouse or the police station or an airport or wherever, they just park here literally right in front of the front door. Not only is that illegal, it's not even physically possible in most cities/towns. They never show our heroes schlepping it from a parking garage two blocks away."
20."When characters say 'You have to trust me' or 'There's no time to explain.' In 9 out of 10 cases, there's definitely time to explain and the explanation would take less time than trying to convince the other party to just trust you."
21."I hate 'the evil guy sacrifices himself in the end so they are good!' trope. Like WTF, just because they died doesn't erase the abuse, murder, and terrible acts that they already committed. It's absolutely not a healthy way to portray people in real life either."
22."When the main character is randomly saved by some other character we haven't seen for the last 20 minutes who just sneaks up from behind and shoots or hits the villain over the head. And literally NOBODY heard them coming, even if it's wide open in a field."
24."When a date is made, and they just conclude with 'OK, see you tonight at 8!' Like, where are we meeting? What are we going to do? Do I have to have dinner before? Will it include drinking, so do I leave my car at home? What do I wear?"
25."When someone is doing a lecture, their friend or colleague enters the room, and five seconds later the bell rings. The lecturer then gives instructions for the next lecture to the students while they are leaving the room."
31."My pet peeve is when pregnant women are just walking and talking normally and then suddenly the movie has them double over in agony, indicating that they are now in labor. In reality, labor ramps up from short, mild cramps to long, powerful contractions over multiple hours, often days. It's not like a sudden punch in the gut out of nowhere."
35."I have a huge issue when characters use cellphones and either don't end the call with some kind of goodbye or press the end button when the other person has already hung up. We've been using cellphones for years now. Why don't they know how they work?"
37."When the 'unattractive" friend isn't unattractive. They just stick a pair of glasses on them and apparently that makes them look 'unattractive.' As a kid who grew up in the '90s wearing glasses, it perpetually offends me."
39."I hate how in scary movies, the kids, mom, or whoever will tell the dad the house is haunted or possessed and he NEVER believes them. I think you can tell by the hysterics if your child or spouse is being serious."
41."One of the worst is when the heroes or cops knock on a door and it either falls open or it’s unlocked. Then, instead of turning on the lights, they go through the house with flashlights and shine 'em up and down in every room. Who IRL does that?"