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    Posted: 11 Feb 2014 at 11:56pm
I am sick and tired of seeing these 2 plot devices in romcoms. One, I don't need to hear people who can't sing, try to sing, and add extra time to a film. The other just makes me hate the main characters of a movie--just hate them!

There are so many singing scenes in all movies that it is pathetic. Do real families/people burst out singing in the middle of a restaurant or some other public place:

Best Friends Wedding, Must Love Dogs, etc.

Why is it okay, maybe even cute/endearing/acceptable for a person to break into a wedding (as in the church)and interrupt the wedding of other people because they have been bad/stupid and now can't wait 10 minutes until it's over. And these aren't movies where the bride or groom is trying to stop the wedding (see Made of Honor):

I can't stand to watch Wedding Crashers. I think Luke Wilson's character is absolutely awful, he never, ever thinks about anyone else and only does what's best for himself.

The other night this pretty awful movie, Picture Perfect, was on. I had only seen parts before then and I caught the end where Jennifer Aniston just has to go to Jay Mohr, RIGHT now. He is photog at wedding, she starts to leave but then walks right down the aisle to him while he is taking wedding ceremony shots. Draws the attention off the wedding to them. I hate that character. He should tell her to go f herself. Who does this?

I think I'm weird because other people don't seem to be bothered by this but if I can't like some of the main characters, movie is pretty much wasted for me.
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There are quite a few movies I've seen where the characters are "unlikable".   Maybe it's the acting or the actors.  Or the story/script.   I tend to be indifferent to them (and if it's an action pic, hope they 'die'), and just view them as another prop on the set.
  Weirdly, most "bad guys" in shows/movies have a lot more character than the "good guys" they are up against.  I chalk it up to poor writing....
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Those 'transformation' sequences when a seemingly frumpy character is made over....and while sometimes it's done well (Princess Diaries, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), more often than not they just re-do the hair, nicer clothes and a dab of make-up...oh, and swtich the character from glasses to contact lenses, and you end up with them looking exactly the same, just a bit neater, and yet every single person acts as if it's the hugest transformation since Ron Jeremy became Kim Kardashian.

I think the best example of this plot gone wrong is in what's otherwise one of my favourite Taiwanese Dramas, "Love Keeps Going"

Mei Le makes the amazing transformation of going from:



to:



Basically, glasses off, hair down.

Even throwing in a "Mei le, Where's Mei Le? Excuse me, have you seen Mei Le" line that's joking, but still a bit cringe-inducing.
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Agreed, and it's particularly stupid when you can see that the unattractive" girl is really quite pretty anyway.
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People who think those are major changes are the same people who could never tell that Clark Kent was Superman.  Even when I was 5, I wondered how no one recognized him.


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Originally posted by Papa Lazarou Papa Lazarou wrote:

Those 'transformation' sequences when a seemingly frumpy character is made over....and while sometimes it's done well (Princess Diaries, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), more often than not they just re-do the hair, nicer clothes and a dab of make-up...oh, and swtich the character from glasses to contact lenses, and you end up with them looking exactly the same, just a bit neater, and yet every single person acts as if it's the hugest transformation since Ron Jeremy became Kim Kardashian.


Not Another Teen Movie satirizes that (especially the way she calls herself a "miracle worker" despite the marginal makeover):




Bad plot devices were in the first 2 Die Hards (both which I like a LOT, by the way).

In the first one ... why does McClane not take the emergency stairs down to the parking garage where he knew his limo driver was at to call for help?  Instead he only goes up from the 30th floor as if that was the only way he could go, but there's no way there wouldn't be accessible stairs all the way to the ground floor, otherwise the building wouldn't even be allowed to open per city ordinance. 

In the 2nd one ... why the hell is a military aircraft carrying a federal prisoner flying into a civilian airport on Christmas Eve i.e. the busiest travel day of the year?  Seems to me they would fly him to a military airfield which is more heavily guarded and no civilians.  Being a billionaire drug lord, the US Government is bound to know he'd have people who would try to help him escape. 


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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:


People who think those are major changes are the same people who could never tell that Clark Kent was Superman.  Even when I was 5, I wondered how no one recognized him.



What!?? I never knew that....wow.   I suppose Batman is really Bruce Wayne too.
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ConfusedI gotta admit I am TIRED of the violence in movies when it is all so stupid and unbelievable - especially in a bad movie.
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