It’s very rare that you can claim a movie is absolutely perfect. Sometimes even our most beloved movies can contain scenes that for one reason or another just don’t seem to gel with the rest of the film. These are the scenes you take a bathroom break during, fast forward, or just sit there wondering what the filmmakers were thinking. You’ve seen our 10 Amazing Scenes In Terrible movies, now here’s 10 Awful Scenes in Amazing Movies.
The Breakfast Club
Considered by many to be one of the best high school films of all time, 1985’s The Breakfast Club was marketed as a realistic look at the lives of teens in the 80s. In one scene, several of the characters get high in the library, but the pot has a strange effect on Emilio Estevez’s jock character who for some reason decides to hot box a room on his own before going into a high energy dance, complete with gymnastics and shadow boxing. He caps this odd sequence by shattering a window with his powerful scream. I’ll have what he’s having.
By the third act of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, several of the film’s main characters have been killed off and we expect the former slave’s final revenge to be imminent, instead a narrative detour is taken to make room for the director’s worst cameo to date. Taking Django away from Candyland not only stops the film’s action dead in its tracks, but it also contains a highly questionable Australian accent from Tarantino who should have left this sequence on the cutting room floor.
In 1977, audiences didn’t yet know the full history of Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, nor had they ever seen a lightsaber duel, so when the two faced off there was little in the way of expectations to be met. Looking back at the blockbuster classic, this fight does not hold up, but seems stiff, lifeless, and completely lacking in the action and emotion that even the following film, The Empire Strikes Back, was able to achieve with its lightsaber duel between Vader and Luke.
Lord of the Rings -The Fellowship of the Ring
In the first Lord of the Rings film, the hobbits had their own little adventure before the fellowship had even formed. While on Weathertop, Frodo receives a wound from a Ringwraith that almost kills him. When he comes to in Rivendell, he believes his journey has come to an end, and Peter Jackson treats it like an epilogue, one that will later be echoed in the many epilogues of Return of the King. The hobbits have a gleeful reunion and talk of going back to the Shire, but with two and half movies remaining we know their journey is just beginning and watching them celebrate feels as redundant as second breakfast.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1
The trend of breaking up popular franchise conclusions into two parts can often result in some pretty blatant filler scenes. Perhaps the best example of this is Harry and Hermione’s awkward dance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1. It’s a grim point in the film for the characters and this is Harry’s attempt to lighten the mood, but Harry’s goofy dance moves paired with Nick Cave’s brooding music make for a strange and uncomfortable moment. Clearly Hermione doesn’t know how to react to this either. Thanks for the Grade 8 dance flashback Harry.
Captain America: Winter Soldier
Captain America: Winter Soldier is one of the highest rated Marvel movies to date. One of the reasons for this was the plot’s many twists and turns. One red herring involved Nick Fury faking his death. Just so there’s no doubt left in the audience’s mind, we’re made to witness several minutes of characters wordlessly watching doctors try to revive him. They even ran out of reaction shots and felt it necessary to include this one where Black Widow is clearly speaking but her dialogue has been cut. Once he’s been pronounced dead, Black Widow decides she needs an even closer look, you know, to poke him and make sure he’s not faking it.