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C'mon Hollywood #137

10.26.2007

... 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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