Whether it be from bad acting, bad writing, or just bad everything, there are some scenes in films where you're not supposed to laugh out loud, but do, because you just can't take it seriously. These second-hand-embarrassment-scenes can come from all genres, and all types of characters. Now, let's take a look down memory lane and watch these very iconic cringe inducing scenes together:
(*These scenes may or may not reflect the director's/actor's overall ability to direct/act, but you of course are the judge of that.)
5) The "chin game too strong" scene in A Dangerous Method (2011)
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Other works from director: A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007), The Dead Zone (1983)
In A Dangerous Method, Keira Knightley plays a Russian woman who seeks treatment for hysteria in 1940. Keira has a habit of letting her chin do its own thing at times and it can make people a little uncomfortable to watch on screen, especially when a scene is supposed to be the opposite of funny. I believe this clip will show you what I am talking about.
4) The "sand scene" in Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Directed by: George Lucas
Other works from director: Star Wars
In the Star Wars prequels (aka not Lucas' proudest moments) everyone chooses to believe don't exist, Hayden Christiansen plays teenager-with-angst Anakin Skywalker (aka Darth Vader) in Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). There are many cringe worthy lines in the prequel trilogy, but the "sand scene" comes at the top most embarrassing line (followed closely by "A*****, y***** b******* m* h****, but we'll get to that soon) ever said in a Star Wars movie. Arguably, all the actors cannot be blamed for their cheesy lines, but it will not stop people from making fun of them every chance they get.
3) "Anakin you're breaking my heart!" scene from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Directed by: you know the drill
Another famous scene from the Star Wars prequels that fans love to make fun of. Natalie Portman plays Padme Amidala (aka Luke and Leia's mother) in all three of the Star Wars prequels. Throughout the prequel trilogy, Portman has to endure crappy writing and cheesy dialogue, and because of that, we all get iconic scenes like the one above when Padma comes face to face with the birth of Darth Vader.
2) "What? Nooooooo" scene from The Happening (2008)
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Other works from director: White Washing & Self-Hating (2010) I mean The Last Airbender (2010), The Sixth Sense (1999), Signs (2002)
When a sorry-excuse-for-a-human-being like Marky Mark (aka Mark Wahlberg) comes into contact with another sorry-excuse-for-a-human-being like M. Night Shyamalan, good things never come out of it, but in this instance, it did (for us). In The Happening, Marky Mark plays a guy who is terrified of fake plants, old people and the wind. In the scene above, Marky Mark gives us his usual Oscar-winning-in-Second-Hand-Embarrassme
1) The Death~ scene in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Other works from director: The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012), Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014)
After the success that was The Dark Knight, Nolan thought it would be great idea to make a sequel that he thought would be better than TDK - well it was better, better as in funnier. Marion Cotillard plays a villain-in-disguise where she gets into a car accident and dies, or I think that's what she's trying to do. Either Nolan hates Cotillard, or everyone was high and didn't notice that this is the worst dying acting in the history of dying acting.
Do you agree with me, ONTD? If not, share your favorite cringeworthy scenes.