10 Supposedly Sympathetic Movie & TV Characters Who Were Actually Just Jerks


val-kilmer-top-gun-2In movies and television sometimes you get a morally ambiguous character whose journey is a fascinating deconstruction of the heroes’ journey, taking them on a path of redemption or damnation. Characters like Avatar’s Prince Zuko or Walter White come to mind; characters who moral ambiguity serves to shine a light into our own motivations and morality, giving us insight into the human condition.

–And then there are these turds.

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Keeping Mum

keeping-mum-poster“You can’t just go ’round killing people just because you don’t approve of them!”

The Scoop: 2005 R, directed by Niall Johnson and starring Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Patrick Swayze

Tagline: Some family secrets are best kept… buried.

Summary Capsule: Housekeeper cleans, cooks, counsels and bludgeons.

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Better Off Dead [Savage Steve Holland Week]

better“Didn’t ask for a dime. Two dollars.”

The Scoop: 1985 PG, directed by Savage Steve Holland and starring John Cusack, Diane Franklin and Scooter Stevens.

Tagline: Teenage life has never been darker or funnier.

Summary Capsule: Boy loses girl, tries to kill himself many times, fails, then Overcomes All Odds to become an 80’s icon. As parodied on South Park.

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Louise does Cloud Atlas

cloud-atlas“From womb to tomb, our lives are not our own.”

The Scoop: 15 2013, directed by Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski and starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving.

Tagline: Everything is Connected.

Summary Capsule: Fifteen actors, six stories, three directors, one film. Continue reading

The Royal Tenenbaums

royal-tenenbaums-poster“The past six days have been the best six days of probably my whole life.”

The Scoop: 2001 R, directed by Wes Anderson and starring Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, and Owen Wilson

Tagline: You Are Invited To A Remarkable Family Gathering.

Summary Capsule: The squandered potential of an upper class family of geniuses gets one last chance at redemption when the deadbeat dad, the architect of their woes, attempts to win his back into the fold.

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