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C'mon Hollywood #151

02.19.2008

... Iím sick of people getting hit by cars!
by Sturdy

Thereís just something about watching someone get hit by a bus that makes you laugh. Iím not sure if itís the shock value of the act itself, or perhaps the satisfaction of watching the person get hit, but when it happens, itís usually funny. However, the random act of someone walking in the street and getting hit by a bus is no longer random in Hollywood anymore. Itís used in virtually all genres, whether it be dramas, horrors and of course, comedies. In fact, itís become so commonplace that whenever someone walks into the street, I fully expect a bus to come and hit them.


I liked the movie, but there were times I wanted him to get hit by a car.

Correct me if Iím wrong, but I think the first movie to feature someone get hit by a car in such a violent manner was MEET JOE BLACK. I still remember the first time I saw that. I was at the theater and my jaw literally dropped open. I was shocked. After that initial shock, I started laughing because it came out of nowhere. I wasnít expecting it and I wasnít sure how to react. I knew Pitt was going to die, but I never thought heíd get hit by a carÖtwice. I think thatís the reaction it was going for and the whole scene worked. I was shocked, and it was mildly amusing. Unfortunately, it hasnít worked as often since then.


Yes, this is the girl that got hit by a bus in FINAL DESTINATION

The next time I remember it was in FINAL DESTINATION. This one was not quite as much of a surprise since you expect every character to die at any moment in that series. I definitely wouldnít say this was scary, but it did make some audience members jump. The good thing about this one was that there wasnít a long pause between her stepping in the street and getting hit. The worst use of this gag is when the character walks into the street, pauses for a long stretch, and then gets hit. I donít walk across many streets, but when I do, I donít usually turn in the middle of the street and wave or tie my shoe.


Iím looking forward to Sambergís next movie

Unfortunately, thatís what most comedies do. I guess having a character get hit by a bus isnít funny enough, so they have to create a long pause while the character is in the street. Both THE EX and HOT ROD did this and it didnít work on either account. I was disappointed in THE EX, but the bus scene was really unnecessary. It wasnít funny and the movie was pretty much over at that point. I really enjoyed HOT ROD, but again, the scene where he gets hit by a car was unnecessary and it was even worse that we all saw it coming.

So as much as we all love a good guy-getting-hit-by-a-bus gag, I think Hollywood has run it a little thin. I hate the fact that I grip my seat every time anyone, in any movie walks into the street. I canít really think of a film where this would be appropriate. Since itís not funny anymore, I say find new and creative ways to kill off characters in a shocking and hilarious manner.

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4:29PM on 05/15/2008
you just know someone will read this and do a gag where someone's hit by an airplane instead.
you just know someone will read this and do a gag where someone's hit by an airplane instead.
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9:19AM on 02/27/2008
also happens in vantage point and number 23
also happens in vantage point and number 23
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1:25AM on 02/20/2008
The title of the column itself was funny, I dont mind the fact in itself that people get hit by a car, if its relevant, its relevant. But what I do hate, and it was kinda mentioned, is that the characters don't realize a car is coming towards them or viceversa the car dont see someone standing for over 3 minutes in the same spot, sure maybe they're distracted but I don't know about you but I usually see, hear and even feel when a car is aproiching. This also happened in Mean Girls and maybe not
The title of the column itself was funny, I dont mind the fact in itself that people get hit by a car, if its relevant, its relevant. But what I do hate, and it was kinda mentioned, is that the characters don't realize a car is coming towards them or viceversa the car dont see someone standing for over 3 minutes in the same spot, sure maybe they're distracted but I don't know about you but I usually see, hear and even feel when a car is aproiching. This also happened in Mean Girls and maybe not a walking person but it also happened in No COuntry for old men :p
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5:35PM on 02/19/2008

Hmmm...

Don't forget "Chances Are", "Pet Cemetary", "Devils Rejects" and "The Bride of Chucky".
Don't forget "Chances Are", "Pet Cemetary", "Devils Rejects" and "The Bride of Chucky".
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3:20PM on 02/19/2008

I AGREE

This is becoming very tiring and repetitive, is not even scary, it also happens in: Constantine, Lost S3, Scary Movie 3, Smallville S5 and recently in The Orphanage.
This is becoming very tiring and repetitive, is not even scary, it also happens in: Constantine, Lost S3, Scary Movie 3, Smallville S5 and recently in The Orphanage.
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1:28PM on 02/19/2008
Hahaha! There was a recent episode of Supernatural where Sam relives the same day over and over ala Groundhog Day and everytime he wakes after Dean has been killed. And one time Dean gets hit by a car and when Sam tells him about it he asks if looked really cool like in the movies. :D
Hahaha! There was a recent episode of Supernatural where Sam relives the same day over and over ala Groundhog Day and everytime he wakes after Dean has been killed. And one time Dean gets hit by a car and when Sam tells him about it he asks if looked really cool like in the movies. :D
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1:01PM on 02/19/2008

I disagree

It happened twice in Superbad, to the same person and it was still awfully funny to me, and I'm sure it was definitely amusing to many other viewers as well!
It happened twice in Superbad, to the same person and it was still awfully funny to me, and I'm sure it was definitely amusing to many other viewers as well!
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12:00PM on 02/19/2008
I second the motion! This feels like an old and tired gag.
I second the motion! This feels like an old and tired gag.
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