- The king coughing in Maleficent (2014)
So, the king turns out to be a really terrible person in Sleeping Beauty with a twist film starring Angelina Jolie. So, when we see him dying, it’s really not a big deal to us because we’re supposed to hate him. But his melodramatic cough that says, “Just so you know, I’m dying here” is the funniest part of the otherwise not-so-funny movie. Whenever a king coughs in a movie, it’s automatically the funniest part because it’s always so over the top.
- When Miranda Presley (Samantha Mathis) says “Graceland” weird in The Thing Called Love (1993)
In River Phoenix’s last major film, his character, James Wright, falls in love with an aspiring country singer, Miranda. He takes her to Graceland, but she doesn’t say it like most people say it. She doesn’t say it like Elvis fans say it, and supposedly, she’s like the world’s biggest Elvis fan. Everyone says, “Gracelind.” She says, and makes a huge point of it, “Grace-land.” Pronounces every letter. No one says that. It’s hilarious.
- The obscene amount of times the characters say “Michael” in The Lost Boys (1987)
There are almost no other words in this movie. All the characters ever do is call out for new, half-vampire Michael (Jason Patric). Everyone has noticed. There’s no official tally, but it’s somewhere around 118 times. In less than two hours.
- When Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is sucking the venom out of Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) arm in Twilight (2008)
In one of the weirdest fight scenes in the past ten years, protagonist Bella Swan has been bitten by crazy, evil vampire, James (Cam Gigandet). Oh, did we forget to mention this all happened in a closed ballet studio? It did. Edward can’t have Bella turn into a vampire, so he sucks the venom out of her blood to “clean it,” and his facial expression will remind you of a four-year-old on a sugar rush, but scarier. And funnier. Because we’re supposed to take it seriously. Come to think of it, this might be a Pattinson thing. He’s reportedly said time and time again that he really didn’t like his character.
- When Jed (Patrick Swayze) cries out a snot bubble in Red Dawn (1984)
We get it. We’re supposed to take Red Dawn very, very seriously. It’s about young boys in the time before World War II, and people love this movie. But there’s this scene where Jed starts crying, and he cries so hard, there’s a little snot bubble. But he immediately snorts it back in. This might only be funny because it’s Swayze, who was one of the most handsome and charming men in Hollywood history, with snot in his nose.
- When Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) pops into Harry’s (Daniel Radcliffe) thoughts in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Arguably, this is the best Harry Potter film. Almost unarguably, this is the most emotionally intensive Harry Potter film. Ultra-villain Voldemort is possessing ultra-hero Harry Potter and trying to get him to become an evil wizard. Harry is remembering all of his happy memories, and then Voldemort comes into his thoughts, up against this school picture-esque background, smiles, and then makes this light noise. He goes, “DA!” It sounds like Dennis the Menace. It’s the most intense scene in the movie, and he Dennis the Menace-d it.
- Speaking of Harry Potter, any time in the movies when Voldemort goes, “NYYAAAAHHH!” while fighting
This is not a serious combat noise. It never will be. Author’s Note: When I was in high school, my friends and I counted how many times Voldemort made this noise in a Harry Potter movie trailer alone. We thought it was seven, but it turned out to be eight. Eight times. Eight “NYAAAAHHH’s!”
- When Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) disguises himself as the ground to avoid the other contestants in The Hunger Games (2012)
This is equal parts hilarious and terrifying. It’s terrifying because people should never disguise themselves as nature that well. But it’s hilarious because the audience later finds out he can do it because he’s so good at decorating cakes back at home. He uses an everyday skill to save his life, terrify us, and make us laugh all at the same time. We just have a lot of questions.
- When Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) complains that he doesn’t like sand in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
The exact quote is this: “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.” It’s just a ridiculous line. Why would you say something like that? It’s not romantic or cute or flirtatious; it makes you sound a bitter kindergartner. As a matter of fact, this sounds a lot more like YouTube parody, Chad Vader.
- When Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell) is reading to Johnny (Ralph Macchio) in the abandoned church in The Outsiders (1983)
This isn’t supposed to be funny. It’s not supposed to be serious, either. You’re not supposed to notice it, even. But Ponyboy’s feet are so dirty and grimy and they’re MOVING in a weird way and at an even weirder speed. It’s hilariously haunting and bad in an otherwise much-loved movie.