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What movies sound terrible when you give a brief synopsis?

Asked by Kardamom (31431points) December 20th, 2016

My mom was describing a movie to my brother that she and my father had recently watched and enjoyed. She gave a brief synopsis and my brother said something along the lines that it didn’t sound very appealing. So she added a few more details, and then my brother started laughing and said that it sounded like an awful movie.

My mom and dad both insisted that it was a really good movie and that my brother would most likely enjoy it. They usually do like the same types of movies, but somehow the description of the movie, even though it was accurate, made the movie sound terrible. We were all laughing by the end of the conversation.

Can you think of any movies, old or new, that if you were to give a brief synopsis to someone who had never seen it, would think it sounded like a bad movie? I’m talking about movies that you actually liked.

I think this question will be more enjoyable if you each give an actual synopsis of the movie along with the name of the movie.

To give you an example, the name of the movie that my parents watched was called Big Game. It was on Netflix. My mother said it was about the President of the United States, played by Samuel L. Jackson, being jettisoned in an escape pod from Air Force One after the plane was being attacked by air. The President, played by Samuel L. Jackson, was very wimpy, not like you’d expect from Samuel L. Jackson. Anyway, he crash landed in a forest in Finland where he was found by a young boy who was initially suspicious, but ultimately helped him to escape from poachers who were trying to hunt him down for money, and to stuff him, like a game trophy.

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Mariah's avatar

Reclusive old man invites children to his home, then systematically lures them to their demise one by one until just one child remains.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

janbb's avatar

Woman dies of cancer never having said she’s sorry.

(Love Story)

canidmajor's avatar

Good ones, @janbb and @Mariah!
Extremely narcissistic woman steals everybody’s boyfriends, is mean to countless people, seduces a wealthy man for his money, steamrollers over everyone to keep a piece of real estate.

Seek's avatar

The famous one is:

Girl shows up in a new town and kills the first person she sees. Then she and her band of followers set off to kill again.

(The Wizard of Oz)

Seek's avatar

A woman falls in love with a gorilla… so they shoot him.

(King Kong)

janbb's avatar

Girl in a ham outfit takes a perilous walk home from school.

Seek's avatar

Woman friend-zones seven hardworking brothers, and ditches them for a stranger.

Snow White

Seek's avatar

I think I’m going the wrong direction here… all my synopses are actually better than the films.

How about, “Two couples argue about their kids’ playground fight for two hours in real time.”

Because that movie, “Carnage” was the best, most goddamn uncomfortable thing I’ve seen in a long time.

janbb's avatar

Four girls in a New England town get nicer and nicer. The sweetest one dies.

janbb's avatar

@Seek I saw that as a play with Jeff Daniels.

ragingloli's avatar

an alien emo punches a giant laser.
(man of steel)

janbb's avatar

Big boat sinks and almost everyone dies.

ragingloli's avatar

a girl and her friends try to steal some plans and all of them die.
(rogue one)

Cruiser's avatar

An Idaho 16 yr old lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother (who cruises chat rooms for ladies) and works to help his best friend, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen bitch.

ragingloli's avatar

man walks across france for some reason and then dies while trying to destroy a tank by shooting at it with a pistol.

chyna's avatar

Mother dumps her son off on 2 old crotchety uncles who take him in and buy him a used lion.
Second Hand Lion.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Bunch of teenage punks and a disfigured mentally challenged outcast skip school and steal priceless treasures from public land, destroy archaeological artifacts and prevent worthless real estate from becoming a profitable golf course.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Guy kills a bunch of synthetic humans who are just trying to live, does not realize he is one himself. Screws and saves synthetic girl.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

soldiers run around shooting at futuristic ants in space…ants die.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Seven movies ride the coat tails of one scifi movie that was “ok” in 1977. A couple are “ok” too.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Half assed 60’s era tv scifi series on a shoestring budget with bad actors has multiple spinoffs, adored by people who will never get laid. Did have one bad ass film in 1982 that will forever be under-appreciated.

ragingloli's avatar

hooligan becomes a spy and hides in an elephant vagina while the elephant gets gangbanged by other elephants.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

^^I have no idea WTF that is

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Arnold, Amnesia, Mars, girl with three titties, aliens, air.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Alien gets stranded, makes phone call, other aliens come and get him.

ragingloli's avatar

arnold gets pregnant

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Arnold has to explain the “birds and the bees” Teaches preschool gets chased by gangsters, kicks their asses.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Danny devito and arnold have the same parents, fight gangsters

ragingloli's avatar

arnold escapes a movie and hurts his hand.

ragingloli's avatar

arnold sleeps in a house while his zombie daughter jumps from a roof.

ragingloli's avatar

arnold goes to an island to save tchenny

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

80’s movie has arnold as futuristic time-traveling robot sent to kill waitress. Bunch of shitty sequels starring has-been actors ensue, no end in sight.

ragingloli's avatar

arnold gets naked and cakes himself with mud in a jungle while hiding from a guy with dreadlocks

Berserker's avatar

Poor little boy gets stuffed in his big puffy pants so far in that everyone thinks he’s a garbage bag and then even the teacher laughs at him and doesn’t help him out of his pants.

ragingloli's avatar

arnold is a demigod and goes to new york

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Arnold becomes Gov of Cali

ragingloli's avatar

arnold decapitates darth vader

ragingloli's avatar

arnold tries to buy a doll on christmas

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Doll is possessed by serial killer, goes on rampage, killed many times…takes possessed doll bride.

ragingloli's avatar

redneck farmer goes to space and ends up behind his daughter’s bookshelf

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

It’s a sled. I saved you two hours. You’re welcome.

janbb's avatar

@Call_Me_Jay That’s funny!

ragingloli's avatar

monkey man gets sent back in time and saves a race of jelly bean people from a horned dwarf in an orange leotard.

ragingloli's avatar

monkey man fights a purple cat god who wants to destroy earth because a pink fat jelly demon refused to share his pudding.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Religious man is whipped and dies like in a snuff film.

Berserker's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 I always knew Jesus was Scottish.

Kardamom's avatar

Some (most) of you forgot to give the actual movie title along with your synopsis.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

@Kardamom It’s fun trying to guess the movie. It’s a puzzle.

Sneki95's avatar

An emo hacker gets in contact with a mysterious black man and a super hot chick. Soon enough, he finds out he’s been living in a computer simulation. He goes on adventure of learning instant kung fu, bending spoons and fighting clone agents and creepy albino twins. The most memorable scene is avoiding a bullet.
(Matrix)

In order to save her father, a young woman in France gets sold to a heavily deformed man living in a castle full of talking furniture. She falls in love with the man, and after their kiss, he turns into a beautiful prince.
(Beauty and the beast)

A young man with strange haircut and permanently confused expression on his face gets a girl pregnant on accident. They get married, but she leaves him after she delivers a baby. He is left to deal with the child alone. And then, the baby gets ill.
(Eraserhead)

Sneki95's avatar

A little girl falls asleep and dreams about a royal couple that rules over cards, an insane man with horrible memory, a white rabbit, and a worm on a mushroom, among other nonsensual shenanigans.

Sneki95's avatar

A young woman in Texas decides to get married. Her former boss and a few of her colleagues sabotage her plams. She decides to get revenge for her destroyed wedding.

filmfann's avatar

@Sneki95 Your Eraserhead synopsis is actually better than the movie.

filmfann's avatar

Assassin fails to kill himself from the future, then tries to stop himself from killing a kid.

Looper

flutherother's avatar

Man lives the same day over and over and over again.
Groundhog Day

filmfann's avatar

Director destroys his creation for the sake of money.

All subsequent Star Wars movies after the initial trilogy

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Guy loses his head a bit, plays with his food, drives to a mountain, sees aliens.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Shark kills swimmers, men get pissed, drive out with a boat and kill it.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Man is gifted a pet, told how to care for it, does not follow instructions, little monsters tear the town apart.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Hockey player swings a golf club, gets beaten up by game show host, kills alligator, wins tournament.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Farmer hears voices, builds what they say, ghosts appear.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Bunch of bratty high school kids get detention, smoke weed.

ragingloli's avatar

teenager goes back in time, plays guitar.

ragingloli's avatar

people visit an island, hide from lizards the whole movie.

ragingloli's avatar

a man and some women drive through the desert, then go back where they came from.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Big monkey likes a woman, climbs a building, dies

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Sailor gets pissed off at a big fish, searches for it, dies.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Couple of hippies sell a bunch of drugs, ride motorcycles, scew hookers, shot by rednecks.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Cuban refugee kills someone, gets green card, sells drugs, dies.

ragingloli's avatar

Dark Elf queen gets raped by orcs.

janbb's avatar

This would be more fun if people guessed the movie after the synopsis was posted.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Crippled man inhabits alien body, screws alien girl, rides a big flying bird-creature, tries to save a tree.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Scientist receives radio message, decodes it, sits in a big spinnig machine, meets her dad.

Mariah's avatar

^ One of my favorite movies of all time right there.

ragingloli's avatar

whiny emo complains about sand and then kills a room full of children.

Sneki95's avatar

A thug finds an object with unlimited magical power and uses it to become rich so he could get into the girls pants.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Girl with special powers has crazy mom, gets bullied in school, goes to prom, kills almost everyone there, kills her mom, then herself.

ucme's avatar

Wealthy businessman gives tons of cash to nazis to hire already persecuted jews, saves a few, shit loads still die horribly

ucme's avatar

Annoying nun starts job with annoying man & sings annoying songs with his annoying kids, annoyingly, they all survive the war which is annoying beyond belief.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@ucme The sound of music?

Sneki95's avatar

A girl runs around the town to stop her boyfriend from doing a robbery.

Run, Lola, run

Sneki95's avatar

A man finds out someone urinated on his carpet, so he goes to the man with the same name as his to ask him to pay for the cleaning.

janbb's avatar

@Sneki95 What film is that? I don’t have a clue.

Sneki95's avatar

@janbb The Big Lebowski. My bad memory didn’t save all the details, so I accidentally changed the story a bit there heh.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Three scientists lose their jobs, buy a hearse, chase ghosts.

Seek's avatar

A bunch of cackling broads try to trick various abusive, rich men into marrying them.

(Basically anything written by Jane Austen)

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Three underpaid, overworked office women kidnap their boss, tie him up and then run the company behind the scene.

flutherother's avatar

Good guy is pursued by bad guys in a prolonged car chase involving crashing into street stalls high speed manoeuvres down narrow one way streets and multiple pile ups.
Film: almost all of them.

ucme's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 Well yeah, I mean it wasn’t exactly rocket science.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Guy gets drunk and uses pipe cutter on parking meters, goes to a work farm, eats 50 eggs, plays poker, killed by police.

ucme's avatar

Irritatingly dumb woman screams at big monkey, big monkey wants to fuck her if only to shut her up, big noisy metal flying machines shoot monkey, monkey dies…a virgin.

ucme's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me “You see, what we got here is a failure to c’moonicate”

Sneki95's avatar

A bunch of strangers try to get out of a giant cube.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Aliens park their ships near cities, blow shit up, then die.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Family takes a cross country trip to a theme park, they get in a wreck, their aunt dies, the park is closed, the security guard gets shot with a bb gun.

ucme's avatar

Peck peck peck peck squark peck peck peck peck “ooh my hair”
Peck peck peck peck squark peck peck peck peck “that’s the end of those tights”
Peck peck peck peck squark peck peck peck peck…white shite all over the place

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Boy wants bb gun, asks for it, gets it.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Man kills Santa and takes his place.
(The Santa Clause.)

Berserker's avatar

Jew gets betrayed by Roman big shot, fucks him up five years later in horse race. Visits leper colony.

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Brian1946's avatar

Dorky New Yorker gives lurve a bad name.

Annie Hall

SavoirFaire's avatar

Orphan gets abused by his adoptive parents, then goes away to school where he gains fame by killing another orphan that no one likes.

(Harry Potter)

olivier5's avatar

A 12 year old girl falls in love with a grown up man and they both go live in a cabin for a while.
(Lamb, excellent movie on a risqué subject)

ragingloli's avatar

private teacher gets seduced by his pupil.
(Lolita)

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Couple of guys hang around a telephone booth, kidnap famous people, do their history homework.

LostInParadise's avatar

Child trespasses into strangers’ house and eats food in it and destroys furniture.

Child trades cow for a handful of beans and ends up committing theft and murder.

ragingloli's avatar

alien girl comes to earth to save her planet, goes to high school instead.
(supergirl)

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Haha, I remember that part. I thought at the time “I think you should be doing something else…”

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Girl stays in hotel, takes a shower, dies.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Girl finds new high school social click, boyfriend. She is well liked because she “smells nice”, they play baseball.

flutherother's avatar

Fairy tale about ghosts playing baseball.

Pachy's avatar

Clouds of Sils Maria, about an accomplished actress in midlife crisis personally and professionally.

It’s a beautifully acted and photographed 2014 film which reveals to me new insight every time I watch it, but whenever I try to explain its allure I get nothing back but “Meh.”

olivier5's avatar

Transvestite jazz band players gold-dig a millionaire.

Sneki95's avatar

A neglectful family goes on vacation and leaves the youngest child alone in the house.

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