30 Movie Clichés We Never Want To See Again

Ever feel like you've been watching the same movie over and over and over? We're with you. We can see a coupling coming a mile away, even if the characters spend the film's first 110 minutes hating each other. We can expect a big argument to erupt about two-thirds of the way in, paving the way for a montage of sad faces, long walks, and drafted text messages that never get sent. Then there's the big realization, followed by some heartfelt speech in front of random people, none of whom seem pissed that they missed the 6:04 p.m. train home because some a-hole decided to stage a flash-mob wedding proposal.

Of course, maybe all these Hollywood clichés are still going strong because, without them, a rom-com lacks tension, or even a story. And we're as guilty as anyone when it comes to raving about a movie even when certain aspects make us roll our eyes.

But if a film were to come along without employing one of these tried-and-true clichés, we'd be pretty delighted. We think we can live without the wise-cracking granny and evil female boss for a couple of hours.


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The Mad Dash
As seen in: Hitch (shown), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Sleepless in Seattle, Bridget Jones's Diary, Trainwreck, Love Actually

Rom-com stars really need to bone up on their time-management skills. How is it that everyone just narrowly avoids missing out on an opportunity to say goodbye/profess their undying affection? Not even post-9/11 airport security restrictions can stand in their way. Maybe the next time we're cutting it close to our flight, we should just pretend to be Ashton Kutcher.
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Falling For Someone You Just Met
As seen in: Four Weddings and a Funeral (shown), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 27 Dresses

In real life, it takes about a month of chitchat to arrange a date with that cutie on Tinder. In Hollywood, hooking up twice means you should spend the rest of your lives together.
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Waiting Until Your Wedding To Call It Off, Announce Your True Feelings For Someone Else & Really Make An Ass Out Of Yourself
As seen in: It's a Guy Thing (shown), Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Sweetest Thing

Why pull your supposed future spouse off to the side for a private chat when you can simply mortify them in front of their friends and family? No, Duckface will not be re-using that meringue for parties.
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Having A Girlfriend Or Boyfriend On The Side Who Conveniently Vanishes Into The Background
As seen in: You've Got Mail (shown), 13 Going on 30, Sleepless in Seattle

Hey, it's cool. Meg Ryan's here now, you can go. No hard feelings.
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Not Realizing That You & Your Best Friend Are Totally In Love With Each Other
As seen in: Made of Honor (shown), When Harry Met Sally, A Lot Like Love

Oh, come on. We all know how this will end.
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Receiving Encouragement On Your Random Career Ambition Via A Very Twee Gesture
As seen in: Bridesmaids (shown), What's Your Number?

Her: "I'm working this retail job now, but what I really want to do is make baked goods shaped like carrots/design fugly dioramas."
Him: "You should definitely quit your job and do that. You are so talented, and nobody else sees the gleam in your eye when you reach for the epoxy glue. But I do... and that's why I called my pal who owns an art gallery and begged him to stage a show of your hideous pieces."
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Being A Douche Throughout The Whole Film & Still Getting The Girl Because You Have A British Accent
As seen in: Two Weeks Notice (shown), Music and Lyrics, Nine Months, The Rewrite

Don't fall for it, ladies. You can do better.
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Getting Shit From Your Friends Because You Work Too Much
As seen in: The Devil Wears Prada (shown), Trainwreck, Working Girl

Professional chefs and doctors don't really have a leg to stand on when it comes to bitching about your long hours. Also, why are female protagonists the only ones ever accused of being too ambitious and given the "oh my god, I don't even know who you are anymore" treatment?
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Bosses Who Leave Promotions & Other Important Work Matters Up To Arbitrary Dares & Challenges
As seen in: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (shown), Trainwreck, 27 Dresses

If your boss starts acting like a Roman emperor or Vegas fat cat, just call HR. Do not ruin all of your personal relationships so you can land a promotion that the big cheese will almost certainly hand off to your evil colleague instead.
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Putting Your Life On Hold & Spending Every Single Day With Someone You Wouldn't Even Add On Facebook
As seen in: Get Hard (shown), Hitch, The Wedding Planner

Do these people have other friends? Are their client-relations skills really that intense? Don't their families miss them?
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Having No Life Even Though You're Sandra Bullock
As seen in: Every Sandra Bullock film ever made, including While You Were Sleeping (shown)

Takeout for one has never seemed so tragic.
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Completely Out-Of-Nowhere Bonding Experiences
As seen in: 27 Dresses (shown)

Hey, I'm totally uptight, but just hang out right there and I'll do a bridesmaid fashion show. Later, we can sing along to Elton John, even though I still don't like you.
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The Sassy Senior Citizen
As seen in: The Proposal (shown), The Wedding Singer, Grumpy Old Men

While we're delighted to see Betty White on the big screen, we'd love it if she had more to do than just fake heart attacks and dance to Lil Jon.
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Friends Who Conveniently Pair Off Even Though They Don't Seem Like A Good Fit
As seen in: When Harry Met Sally (shown), No Strings Attached, 27 Dresses

And they all lived happily ever after.
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Going To Great Lengths To Avoid What Would Be At Most An Awkward 30-Minute Conversation
As seen in: The 40-Year-Old Virgin (shown), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, While You Were Sleeping

Is honesty really the best policy, or should I trust my stoner friends' advice and get embroiled in one harebrained adventure after another?
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The White Knight
As seen in: Safe Haven (shown), Sleeping with the Enemy, The Rainmaker

Because a woman couldn't possibly leave an abusive relationship without having a hero waiting in the wings.
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Falling For Someone Whose Snooty Relative Is Your Boss/Client
As seen in: Confessions of a Shopaholic (shown), My Boss's Daughter, 22 Jump Street

Just date someone else.
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Putting The Brakes On A Promising Relationship With The Perfect Person Because You Can't Handle It Right Now
As seen in: Love and Other Drugs (shown), The Holiday, A Lot Like Love

Stop playing so hard to get. Lock that shit down.
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Starting An Impromptu, Very Well-Choreographed Dance Routine Or Sing-along
As seen in: 13 Going on 30 (shown), 27 Dresses, She's All That, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

This has never, ever, ever happened in real life outside of a flash mob, and singing in a bar will get you branded as the drunks in the corner, not heroes.
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Completely Absurd Life-Decisions Supported By Your Friends, Family, & The Legal System
As seen in: What Happens in Vegas (shown), Failure to Launch, The Break-Up

You could live with someone you hate, or you could, you know, just bow out gracefully and move on with your life.
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The Grand Gesture
As seen in: Easy A (shown), Say Anything, Two Weeks Notice, Can't Buy Me Love

"So, what should we do now?"
"Um, return the lawnmower to my dad? Maybe order a pizza?"
"Oh. Cool."
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Doing The Casual-Sex Thing With Someone You Probably Want To Date
As seen in: No Strings Attached (shown), Friends with Benefits

After all, why would two genetically blessed single people want anything more?
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The Cool, Sassy Friend Who Signs Off On Every Decision
As seen in: Confessions of a Shopaholic (shown), 27 Dresses, The Wedding Planner, You've Got Mail

C'mon. You're telling us Dave Chappelle has nothing better to do than listen to Tom Hanks wax on about his online dating life?
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Sad-Sack Friends Whose Sole Purpose In Life Is To Make You Seem Like A Caring Friend For All Of Five Minutes
As seen in: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (shown), The Runaway Bride, Emma

See, I'm not that self-absorbed!
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The Obscure Hiding Place
As seen in: My Best Friend's Wedding (shown)

Oh, no! She's upset! Anyone else would have gone home, but she must be hiding out at the Cubs game. The foul balls and boiled hot dogs will set her straight.
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The Nerd Makeover
As seen in: The Devil Wears Prada (shown), She's All That, Clueless, The Breakfast Club

Wow, all she needed was a hair brush and some eyeliner.
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The Evil Female Boss
As seen in: Trainwreck (shown), The Devil Wears Prada, Raising Helen, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Chances are she has a British accent, wears her hair in a severe bob, and wouldn't dare think of mentoring our young heroine.
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Having A Million Quirky Events To Celebrate One Thing
As seen in: The Proposal (shown), The Runaway Bride, Dan in Real Life

Gosh, you have to come out for Grandma's birthday. Then there's the annual talent show and cranberry pie eating contest. And you won't want to miss the luau brunch we've got planned tomorrow!
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Attractive People Doing Really Stupid Things In Sketchy Locations
As seen in: Cabin in the Woods (shown), Scream, every other horror film ever made

Guys, there's really no shame in just booking an Airbnb in a nice, brightly lit, well-populated city.
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Getting Slut-Shamey
As seen in: This Means War (shown), Trainwreck

Why does a woman seeing more than one guy have to be such a big thing?
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