You know what drives me crazy with movie characters?

When there’s some kind of conflict arising from a misunderstanding, and Character A says to Character B “How could you!” B and A have known each other for a while, and B has given A no reason not to trust him before now, but A jumps right to assuming the worst. “I can explain!” shouts B, “Save it!” says A, and leaves in a huff.

B really could have explained. But he won’t get a chance to, because we need to save that resolution for the final act. In the meantime, try to somehow not think of A as an absolute sociopath.

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19. Phony phone

I also leave gaps in my conversation that are way too short for me to be getting the information I’m getting.

18. Carry on

I get everything I need with just the look on my face.

17. Afraid of the dark

“Let me just unload these groceries I’m carrying for some reason in the darkness.”

16. Period piece

What a perfect world.

15. Good police work

We’re all better cops than movie cops.

14. Seek and ye shall find

“Good thing they have it filed under ‘I’ for ‘incriminating evidence.'”

13. Do the twist

The first day you become cool they teach you how to do that neck thing.

12. Fit me in

Lose the attitude.

11. Secret surprise


10. The following

“Oh don’t mind him, he’s just a creeper.”

9. Beyond our means

Low income people in movies are somehow always rich.

8. Secret time

“Yanno, we should really do this more often, it’s lovely out here.”

7. Number one problem

Why do we not think of this?

6. The best laid plans

I mean, I guess texting exists, but even then, people usually say “I’ll text you the details.”

5. That blows

Walk off that head injury, you’ll be fine.

4. Beep boop!

I can understand this happening back when almost no one owned a computer, but now we literally all have them, and we KNOW they don’t make these noises.

3. The black spot

There is no normal coughing allowed in film.

2. Jump scare!

Those ghosts really know what they’re doing.

1. I’m late!

People in movies apparently have daily breakfast spreads that most of us would make the effort for *maybe* once a year if like, extended family was over for the holidays.

Hows come movies so dumb, yanno?

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