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C'mon Hollywood #137

10.26.2007by:

... stop using that song!
by Sturdy

Itís sad that Hollywood has to recycle just about everything. We get more sequels than we can stomach, the same old plotlines and even the same old songs. Have you ever noticed how overused the song ďI Will SurviveĒ is in movies? It seems like every time they need a catchy sing-along, they have to bust out Gloria Gaynorís old hit. Donít get me wrong, the song is actually pretty good, itís just been so overused in Hollywood these days that Iím sick of it.

I donít know what the most overused song in film history is, but Iíd bet ďI Will SurviveĒ is in the top five. I guess we should be thankful that it's typically used in fluff movies that aren't going to earn many originality points anyway, but it still seems a little lazy to use this song. I'm not sure why it continues to get used to the extent it does, but whenever I hear it in a movie, that usually throws up a red flag that I'm probably in for a tough ride.


Uggghhh. We get it, they like the song.

It is definitely a catchy song and Iíll admit that every time I hear it I want to sing along and tap my feet, but its already been used as the motivational theme song in a movie (REPLACEMENTS), so using it at this point makes the whole movie seem too familiar. Also, if you need a karaoke song, please choose something else. Too often, when a character needs to sing a song, they sing ďI Will SurviveĒ. Given the overuse of the song, singing it during a karaoke scene will pretty much take away any point the scene was trying to make. Assuming, of course, you can make a point singing karaoke.


Ok, using the song for this film is understandable.

Sometimes, movies make the song the focal point of a gag, like in MAN ON THE MOON. At least that was based on history and was used because thatís what Kauffman used to sing. However, when it was used in MEN IN BLACK 2, it was another eye roller. The gag has been used and itís not funny anymore, if it ever was.


Nothing couldíve saved this film.

I think the most frustrating thing about the overuse of the song is that thereís no excuse for it. There are millions of songs out there and if you donít know your music, then find someone that does. Surely there are directors out there other than Tarantino that know their music. So címon Hollywood, find another song to use and let this one stay hidden away in our Ipods.

So how many films has it been used in? Hereís what I could count: REPLACEMENTS, MAN ON THE MOON, MEN IN BLACK 2, GREY MATTERS, IN AND OUT, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, COYOTE UGLY, I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, CHICKEN LITTLE and DR. DOOLITTLE 2. That gives us 12 films, and I still feel like Iím leaving some out.

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4:27AM on 10/27/2007
What a wonderful World... Most overused song ever. I challenge anybody to prove me wrong.
What a wonderful World... Most overused song ever. I challenge anybody to prove me wrong.
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9:28AM on 10/27/2007
Almost all of the movies you listed are like three or four years old. Who gives a shit? Bitch, bitch, bitch...
Almost all of the movies you listed are like three or four years old. Who gives a shit? Bitch, bitch, bitch...
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3:56AM on 10/28/2007
When was it used in "Four Weddings and a Funeral"?
When was it used in "Four Weddings and a Funeral"?
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7:34PM on 11/16/2007

Nah, I'm with the guy

I understand what he's sayin' -- it's not specifically THAT song, it's just the overuse of the same music consistantly. Like that song from Kill Bill -- the trailers, Volume 1 -- used in Transformers and others. Getting annoying.
Plus you got "I Love Rock and Roll" -- which is ALWAYS sung by two girls at a karaoke bar somewhere -- what's with ladies singin' this song? I've seen it a ton of times in film and television...same scenario. And hey, Britney even covered it. Or was it Simpson?
I understand what he's sayin' -- it's not specifically THAT song, it's just the overuse of the same music consistantly. Like that song from Kill Bill -- the trailers, Volume 1 -- used in Transformers and others. Getting annoying.
Plus you got "I Love Rock and Roll" -- which is ALWAYS sung by two girls at a karaoke bar somewhere -- what's with ladies singin' this song? I've seen it a ton of times in film and television...same scenario. And hey, Britney even covered it. Or was it Simpson? Hard to say ...
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3:15PM on 11/29/2007
I thought this was gonna be about "Apocalypse Please" by Muse. I love the song and Muse but Jesus. Every trailer uses it now. It worked for "30 Days Of Night", but "Beowulf", "I Know Who Killed Me", etc? C'mon. It's become, unfortunately, the new "Bodies" (Drowning Pool).
I thought this was gonna be about "Apocalypse Please" by Muse. I love the song and Muse but Jesus. Every trailer uses it now. It worked for "30 Days Of Night", but "Beowulf", "I Know Who Killed Me", etc? C'mon. It's become, unfortunately, the new "Bodies" (Drowning Pool).
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5:20AM on 12/10/2007

in addition

"PAPA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG", "I FEEL GOOD" and whatever that homogenized wailing piece of crap they play (something about being free and everything is alright) every freaking time some chick(s) becomes liberated from her problems or people are searching their hearts to find love again or discover who they "REALLY" are (oh why can't one of these things end where they discover they are actually a dormant assassin from another dimension and not a busines man who realizes he has been overlooking
"PAPA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG", "I FEEL GOOD" and whatever that homogenized wailing piece of crap they play (something about being free and everything is alright) every freaking time some chick(s) becomes liberated from her problems or people are searching their hearts to find love again or discover who they "REALLY" are (oh why can't one of these things end where they discover they are actually a dormant assassin from another dimension and not a busines man who realizes he has been overlooking the obvoiusly pretty girl he's been best friends with his whole life). It's always the same song like that trailer for that abomination with Hilary Swank where she's getting letters from her dead guy (so much cooler if they were derranged letters...oooh Don't use that! I copyright that right here and now) or just about anything with Mandy Moore or HOLY F*CK NOW HULK MUST SMASH! ahem. They do overplay some songs.
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