The INSIDER Summary:
- The most annoying movie cliché is when a character says the title of the movie.
- Someone made an awesome supercut of it in 150 different films.
There are a lot of movie clichés. The most eye-roll-inducing one is when the characters say the name of the movie.
It’s annoying because it pulls you out of the movie’s narrative, often forcing it unnaturally into a line of dialogue instead of letting you stay immersed in the movie. It’s a marker of bad films, like when it’s used in “Suicide Squad” and “Failure to Launch.”
And the cliché is so frequent, that it’s sometimes used in a tongue-in-cheek way. For something like “The Guardians of the Galaxy,” a self-reflexive comedy as well as a Superhero movie, it comes across as a self-aware comment that makes the audience want to cheer. And with “Hot Tub Time Machine,” it’s okay because the audience knows its watching a silly comedy.
Another way to make the cliché work is when it’s natural, like when the title is derived from a line of dialogue. “Dude, where’s my car?” is perhaps the best example of that.
In any case, it’s so frequent, that Vimeo user Roman Holiday made a supercut of 150 of these so-called “title drops,” as spotted by Sploid. It’s well worth a watch, and it’s fun to see how many “James Bond” films use the tradition.
Check out the supercut out below:
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