25 Movies That Were Too Smart for the Average Person

Some movies have a clear message, while others are much harder to decipher meaning from. One internet user recently asked, “What is a movie that people missed the point of?” Here are the top 25 answers.

Last Action Hero

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The cliched, over-the-top, and poorly-written bits in Last Action Hero were intended to satirize silly action films. However, some viewers mistook them for genuine elements of an action movie rather than a commentary on the genre.

Falling Down

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Contrary to what some people think, Falling Down isn’t just about a guy becoming fed up with sitting in traffic. It depicts a character who becomes increasingly relatable initially but gradually distances himself from sanity. By the end, it becomes clear that he has always been the bad, violent guy.

Inception

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Debates about the “real” setting of Inception’s ending have gone on for years. However, the movie’s central theme suggests that it doesn’t matter. The characters’ choices define their reality, and in the end, the protagonist, Cobb, picks his children.

Fight Club

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In addition to exploring toxic masculinity, Fight Club serves as a critique of consumerism. It depicts the dissatisfaction of working a job you hate to maintain a lifestyle that brings no real fulfillment.

RoboCop

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RoboCop blends sci-fi action with political satire on urbanism. It uses the action movie genre as a vehicle to comment on societal and political issues. While Alex Murphy, also known as RoboCop, is designed to be a cool character, a closer examination reveals the horrifying nature of his situation.

In the sequel, RoboCop 2, this aspect is further emphasized, particularly in its portrayal of the impact on his family. The intention is not to make viewers wish for real-life RoboCops.

American Beauty

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Contrary to popular belief, American Beauty does not endorse adults having sexual feelings toward minors. Instead, the movie serves as a critique of such behavior.

Zodiac

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Zodiac is intended to be a microcosm of America’s obsession with true crime, which is often overlooked. The marketing phrase “There’s More Than One Way to Lose Your Life to a Killer” holds a deeper meaning that some fail to grasp.

The Wolf of Wall Street

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Despite the objectionable actions of Jordan Belfort, portrayed in The Wolf of Wall Street, some individuals, particularly stockbrokers, saw him as a role model. Unlike typical movies where the villain protagonist faces the consequences, Belfort largely evades punishment for his crimes. Yet, he is still the villain.

Cast Away

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Many people overlook the hopeful, optimistic ending of Cast Away. As the protagonist heads back, his stop at a literal and metaphorical crossroad signifies an important moment of personal growth.

American History X

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American History X showcases all the flaws of racism, rather than endorsing it. Yet, many viewers fail to grasp this central message and misinterpret the film’s intentions.

Pulp Fiction

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Pulp Fiction breaks down and analyzes the harmful stereotypes associated with masculinity. However, some college students misinterpret the movie, focusing more on the depiction of “bad boys” with guns rather than the deeper critique of societal norms.

The Batman

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In The Batman, Wayne’s actions align closely with his Batman identity, illustrating the movie’s central point about his character arc. Surprisingly, some viewers miss this aspect entirely.

Goodfellas

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Despite the negative consequences faced by the characters in Goodfellas, such as Henry’s misplaced priorities and the imprisonment of those around him, some people still aspire to be gangsters like him.

Wall Street

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Wall Street features a repulsive, cheating, and criminal character who delivers the famous line, “greed is good.” Still, many people mistakenly adopted this phrase as a personal motto, failing to recognize that it was intended to be attributed to the villainous character.

A.I.

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A.I. poses an important thematic question early on that continues throughout the movie. However, most people who have seen A.I. can’t provide an answer to this question when asked, or even identify what the question represents.

Full Metal Jacket

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While Full Metal Jacket portrays the emotional crushing of young men to create killers, many viewers reduce the film to jokes about the drill instructor yelling at recruits. The concept of the “duality of man” highlighted on the movie poster is also missed by some viewers.

Showgirls

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Contrary to belief, Showgirls is not a satire on Hollywood exploitation but rather a representation of the writer’s bitter experiences during a difficult period of his life.

American Psycho

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The business card scene in American Psycho is meant to be a joke, yet some individuals watch it without recognizing the satirical nature of the scene. Many who share American Psycho memes and perceive them as expressions of “alpha” masculinity have likely not seen the movie itself.

Nope

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Despite confusion from some viewers, the film Nope is a thematically cohesive movie that explores the themes of exploitation and spectacle. Director Jordan Peele’s intended point may have been missed by many.

Starship Troopers

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Starship Troopers is often viewed solely as a mindless action movie, with its deeper satirical elements going unnoticed. This limited perspective seems to be a common view among people who have watched it.

Midsommar

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While some people interpreted Midsommar as a story of female empowerment and self-assertion, the movie delves deeper into the isolation and manipulation of broken individuals by cults.

Jennifer’s Body

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Jennifer’s Body is a movie that defies expectations and offers a different narrative than what some viewers expected. It attracted a teenage boy audience, but its intended message was aimed at young women who might better relate to its themes.

Scarface

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Many viewers overlook the fact that Scarface portrays Tony as a jealous, miserable loser who hides behind a facade of success. The movie can be seen as a tragedy with Shakespearean undertones.

Parasite

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Parasite critiques capitalism by illustrating how it turns everyone into parasites. Interestingly, the movie also highlights the parasitic nature of both the rich and the poor, offering a commentary on Korean society.

The Power of the Dog

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People often mistakenly express disbelief at Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of a tough cowboy in The Power of the Dog. However, the performative nature of his character’s role as a tough cowboy is precisely the point the movie aims to get across.

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