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Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: hal
Date: February 27, 2022 01:08PM
These days... the most overused is the young couple or group of friends head out for a fun weekend in a remote cabin only to be killed off one by one by... something.

Previously most overused was the superbadass cop/military dude with profound killing skills comes out of retirement to go after the badguy(s) who killed his family (and/or the woman that made him change his ways) after he had sworn off killing forever.

there must be more...
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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: Fritz
Date: February 27, 2022 01:15PM
wasn't the first one the previous administrations' platform?



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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: d4
Date: February 27, 2022 01:41PM
The overused comedic plot where the male character in a relationship is the fool.



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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: graylocks
Date: February 27, 2022 01:46PM
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d4
The overused comedic plot where the male character in a relationship is the fool.

yes but art does try to imitate life.



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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: February 27, 2022 01:57PM
Rogue cop gets a new partner, shoots a bunch of people and totals some cars and endangers bystanders, loses his badge, his partner joins him in shooting more people and totaling more cars and endangering hundreds of bystanders, they murder some political figure or blow up a building, rogue cop gets his badge back.



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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: February 27, 2022 03:13PM
boy meets girl or any combination thereof
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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: archipirata
Date: February 27, 2022 04:11PM
Search for the (name your favorite) MacGuffin.



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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: February 27, 2022 04:22PM
"The guys are friends, and then they're not friends, and at the end of the movie they're friends again!"



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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: DP
Date: February 27, 2022 04:52PM
Bad Guy runs the Galaxy. Young man (sometimes a woman) finds special powers to destroy Bad Guy even tho he/she is son/daughter.





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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: lost in space
Date: February 27, 2022 04:54PM
In the last scene, with the camera down low, the hero walks away from the camera, on the dusty street of a western town or a rainy street in Chicago. Always a male.



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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: February 27, 2022 05:12PM
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DP
Bad Guy runs the Galaxy. Young man (sometimes a woman) finds special powers to destroy Bad Guy even tho he/she is son/daughter.

...Or pretty much any "chosen one" story.

Born to save the universe, but raised by an ordinary couple. "But I don't wanna!" -> Training Montage -> Manic Pixie Girlfriend (or chisel-jawed quiet boyfriend) -> Big Speech -> Hand-Wave the Victory -> Roll Credits.



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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: srf1957
Date: February 27, 2022 06:00PM
Someone going home to get married . Meets random stranger instantly falls in with true love .
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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: DP
Date: February 27, 2022 07:21PM
...Or pretty much any "chosen one" story.

Harry Potter. Rowling did a good job of not actually stating it, but Harry and Voldemort are blood-related too...





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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 27, 2022 09:10PM
Dunno if those are "overused" per se, but "used a lot" -- sure.

few years old, but 9 minute video by watchmojo

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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: testcase
Date: February 27, 2022 09:39PM
DECADES ago I remember reading that there were ONLY FOUR "basic" plots. EVERYTHING was based on one (or more) of these plots. At the time, it made perfect sense. Sadly, over the decades I've forgotten what these four plots boiled down to. I'd be surprised if some forum maven couldn't recall these four base plots. facepalm old fogey smiley
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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: February 27, 2022 09:53PM
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testcase
DECADES ago I remember reading that there were ONLY FOUR "basic" plots. EVERYTHING was based on one (or more) of these plots. At the time, it made perfect sense. Sadly, over the decades I've forgotten what these four plots boiled down to. I'd be surprised if some forum maven couldn't recall these four base plots. facepalm old fogey smiley

I thought it was seven.



It is what it is.
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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: February 27, 2022 11:36PM
“It’s a crazy idea, but it might just work!”
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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: decay
Date: February 28, 2022 10:16AM
Deus Ex Machina



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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: February 28, 2022 01:47PM
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hal
These days... the most overused is the young couple or group of friends head out for a fun weekend in a remote cabin only to be killed off one by one by... something.

You should watch Cabin in the Woods. It's about that very thing...sort of.



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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: datbeme
Date: February 28, 2022 02:16PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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testcase
DECADES ago I remember reading that there were ONLY FOUR "basic" plots. EVERYTHING was based on one (or more) of these plots. At the time, it made perfect sense. Sadly, over the decades I've forgotten what these four plots boiled down to. I'd be surprised if some forum maven couldn't recall these four base plots. facepalm old fogey smiley

I thought it was seven.


Me too.

[en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: digby
Date: February 28, 2022 04:41PM
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bazookaman
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hal
These days... the most overused is the young couple or group of friends head out for a fun weekend in a remote cabin only to be killed off one by one by... something.

You should watch Cabin in the Woods. It's about that very thing...sort of.

The thing I most enjoyed about that cabin was how it was decorated. Don't you just LOVE those lampshades...?
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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: August West
Date: February 28, 2022 06:53PM
Ecclesiastes was always my favorite piece of biblical literature,

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What is that which has been? the very thing which shall be:
and what is that which has been done? the very thing which shall be done:
and there is no new thing under the sun.



“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in."

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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: btfc
Date: February 28, 2022 07:21PM
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datbeme
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N-OS X-tasy!
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testcase
DECADES ago I remember reading that there were ONLY FOUR "basic" plots. EVERYTHING was based on one (or more) of these plots. At the time, it made perfect sense. Sadly, over the decades I've forgotten what these four plots boiled down to. I'd be surprised if some forum maven couldn't recall these four base plots. facepalm old fogey smiley

I thought it was seven.


Me too.

[en.wikipedia.org]


[www.theguardian.com]
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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: February 28, 2022 08:57PM
Dunno if those are "overused" per se, but "used a lot" -- sure.


Agreed, I don't think any of those are as overused, unless one counts using two-four times in a decade as over use.

These sound more like pet peeves than examples of overuse.



“It’s a crazy idea, but it might just work!”


That's more of a trope than a plot.

So, speaking of tropes, the most overused trope in movies and TV, cops/FBI etc., seeing a suspect or person of interest 25yds away and calling them out by their formal name, often first, middle, and last.

Suspect-POI then bolts and the chase is on.

One of the second most overused tropes is aforementioned cops/FBI etc keying on suspect-POI at similar distances, staring, sometimes nodding and/or pointing, until the suspect-POI bolts and the chase is on.

One of the third most overused tropes is — wait for it — the foot chase, followed by the car chase, followed by the fruit stand/flower stand/whatever stand/stand of cardboard boxes being plowed through by either parties vehicles.






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Everybody counts or nobody counts.

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You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

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Re: Most overused plots in movies...
Posted by: Acer
Date: March 01, 2022 07:49AM
Plots are routinely recycled. The delight is in the telling.
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