What cinematic clichés do you want Hollywood to stop doing?

Recently, I spent a few days in Miami Beach, Florida. I love Miami Beach. The sun, the sand, the waves, the people watching. It’s all great. But one thing that I don’t love about Miami Beach is the Hollywood clichés that seem to be everywhere.

I’m not sure if it’s because so many movies and TV shows have been set in Miami Beach over the years or if it’s just because Hollywood loves to stereotype everything, but certain clichés seem to pop up over and over again.

So I did what comes naturally to me and spoke to a bunch of folks. And I asked them what film tropes they most like to see Hollywood abandon. Their amazing answers are below.

Beautiful actors.

Blanca L. from Evansville, IN
I met Blanca at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami

Using gorgeous actors and actresses in “ugly” parts.

Blanca L. from Evansville, IN

There’s nothing new about it; we’ve all seen it before. Sometimes, in Hollywood, a gorgeous actor or actress may play a part that calls for them to look “ugly.” They might portray a character that defies standards of beauty, such as a junkie or a prostitute. And although it’s not always improper for an attractive actor or actress to use their looks to get a position, it sometimes seems like that’s all Hollywood is attempting to do.

More average-looking individuals should be cast as leads in Hollywood productions if the industry is serious about challenging its audience. It’s becoming old to always watch the same stunning actors and actresses on the silver screen.

Hit me again. I dare you.

Alberta L. from Miami, FL
I met Alberta at Wynwood Walls, Miami

Characters being hit repeatedly in the face in one scenario yet showing no ill effects in the next.

Alberta L. from Miami, FL

In Hollywood, it seems like characters can get hit in the face a million times and never show any ill effects. Maybe their makeup holds up really well, or they have some kind of mutant healing power, but it’s pretty unrealistic.

In the real world, if you get hit in the face a lot, you’re going to end up with a black eye, a bloody nose, or worse.

It’s not just the characters in action movies that suffer from this unrealistic Hollywood trope; it seems to happen in comedies and dramas as well. For example, in the movie The Hangover, the main character is hit in the face with a telephone receiver and he’s completely fine.

In Bridesmaids, the main character gets punched in the face by a fellow bridesmaid and she’s also completely fine.

In both of these examples, the characters suffer no ill effects from being hit in the face, which is pretty unrealistic. If Hollywood wants to be more realistic, they need to start showing the characters getting hurt when they get hit in the face.

Ahhh, that’s amore.

I met Andrea in Little Havana!
Andrea J. from Mattoon, IL

Attempting to shoehorn an incongruous love story into a film that otherwise has little to do with love, emotion, romance, or passion.

Andrea J. from Mattoon, IL

One of the most frustrating things about Hollywood is its insistence on shoehorning a love story into every film, regardless of whether or not it makes sense. For example, in the movie Troy, there’s a completely gratuitous love story between Achilles and Briseis that has nothing to do with the plot and feels like it was only included to appeal to a female audience.

Another example of this is in the movie The Dark Knight Rises, where the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle is completely unnecessary and feels tacked on. This is a problem that plagues a lot of superhero movies, where the filmmakers feel like they need to include a love story even though it doesn’t make sense for the characters or the plot.

Hollywood needs to stop forcing love stories into films that don’t need them. If the story doesn’t call for a romance, then the filmmakers shouldn’t try to force one in.


I met Jack on Lincoln Road
Jack L from Grand Rapids, MI

It baffles me why they keep remaking successful films when there are so many box office bombs that could be turned into hits.

Jack L from Grand Rapids, MI

Every year, it seems like Hollywood churns out a new batch of remakes and sequels. And while there’s nothing wrong with a good remake or sequel, it seems like Hollywood is running out of ideas.

Instead of coming up with new and original films, they’re just remaking successful films from the past or churning out sequels to films that were only moderately successful.

For example, the live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King was a box office hit, but it’s not like the original film needed to be remade. It was already a classic that was beloved by millions of people.

Similarly, the new live-action remake of Aladdin was also a box office hit, but again, it’s not like the original film needed to be remade.

Thus, it seems like Hollywood is more interested in cashing in on successful films from the past rather than taking risks on new and original films. This needs to change if Hollywood wants to stay relevant and keep people interested in going to the movies.

Too many adults in the room.

I met Lucy at Bayside Marketplace
Lucy C. from Miami, FL

Using adults in their thirties to play teenagers

Lucy C. from Miami, FL

Hollywood has a habit of using adults in their thirties to play teenagers. This is especially evident in teen-oriented films and television shows. For example, in the movie The Fault in Our Stars, the two main characters are played by actors who are in their thirties.

Similarly, in the television show Riverdale, the majority of the cast is made up of actors who are in their thirties.

This is a problem because it’s not realistic. In the real world, teenagers are played by actors who are actually teenagers. But in Hollywood, they’re played by adults who are trying to act like teenagers. This makes it difficult for audiences to suspend their disbelief and buy into the story.


The public has spoken!

These are just a few of the many cinematic clichés that Hollywood needs to stop doing. And in my opinion, if Hollywood wants to stay relevant, it needs to start taking risks and telling original stories. Audiences are tired of seeing the same old thing over and over again. It’s time for Hollywood to give them something new.

But wait! There’s more!

What are some more overused film tropes?

  • Your typical Joe wins over the lady of his dreams.
  • The unassuming lady ends up with the attractive man.
  • Surviving a collision that would have destroyed most people.
  • Final big detective case before retirement.
  • The “chosen one” is the only person who can save the world.
  • Treasure map leads to buried treasure.
  • The good guy gets the girl in the end.
  • The underdog team no one believes in wins the big game.
  • Stereotypical rich mean girls.
  • The popular girl who is actually a total bitch.
  • The jock who is actually a nice guy.
  • The shy girl who comes out of her shell.
  • The nerd who gets the hot girl.
  • The girl who pretends to be something she’s not to fit in.
  • The bad boy who is actually a good guy.
  • The rich guy who falls for the poor girl.
  • The love triangle.
  • People with superpowers.
  • Time-travel.
  • Amnesia.
  • And finally, a character’s death for shock value.

What are some of the most used phrases in movies?

Here are a few:

  • “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
  • “We need to get out of here!”
  • “I’m not going without you!”
  • “Trust me.”
  • “Did you hear that?”
  • “It’s going to be okay.”
  • “Don’t worry, I’m here for you.”
  • “I’m so sorry.”
  • “I love you.”

And, finally…

“I’ll be right back.”

Thanks for reading!

Abby Joseph