14 Embarrassing and Tawdry Moments in Otherwise Dignified Franchises

14 Embarrassing and Tawdry Moments in Otherwise Dignified Franchises

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You know the feeling. You’re slamming popcorn, deep in the world a great movie has created for you, then boom! One moment shakes you right out of it. A moment so abrupt and off-putting that it might as well have come with a record scratch sound effect. Whether it was a tone-deaf joke, a completely insane plot point, or a god awful CGI blunder, this moment undid all the work that went into suspending your disbelief. If you’re a big enough fan, you’ll check out a “making of” doc, but when they pull back the curtain during the film itself… Not cool.

You might be able to shake it off and get right back into the movie, but sometimes it’s all you can see. Forever. Blogs will be written. Parodies and memes will be made. And from now on, any time you google the movie, this moment is sure to pop up. If you’ve seen any of these 14 movies, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.

In case of nuclear war, find the nearest fridge.

Embarrassing moments in dignified franchises Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Indiana Jones survives a nuclear blast Fans have followed Jones through some wild, barely believable stunts, but when he emerges unscathed from a nuclear blast blowing him (and his fridge) hundreds of feet in the air, it's just too much. CRACKED

Paramount Pictures


Darth Vader’s voice is more laugh inducing than fear inducing.

Embarrassing moments in dignified franchises Revenge of the Sith Darth Vader's Nooo! The visuals of Anakin Skywalker becoming Darth Vader are so cool, but Vader's anticlimactic NOOOOO! when he hears that he killed Padme has been endlessly parodied and memed. CRACKED


Know Your Meme

Bro! Our moms have the same name?!

Embarrassing moments in dignified franchises Dawn of Justice The Martha scene As Batman is about to kill Superman, Supes says that his mom's name is Martha. This causes Batman to let him go, because Batman's mom is also named Martha. OMG we have so much in common! CRACKED

Warner Bros. Pictures


Spidey’s darkness in 'Spider-Man 3' was out of place.

Embarrassing moments in dignified franchises Spider-Man 3 Peter Parker's emo phase Director Sam Raimi said Venom was shoehorned in, and that he didn't like Spidey's dark phase. Tobey Maguire's dancing in the jazz club scene lives forever in cringe infamy. CRACKED

Columbia Pictures


'Transformers' get into semi-legal, semi-moral territory.

Embarrassing moments in dignified franchises Transformers: Age of Extinction 96 The statutory rape get-out-of-jaîl-free card When Mark Wahlberg threatens to call the police on the 20-year-old dating his 17-year-old daughter, the guy pulls out a card with a law stating that he can date her. What does this guy's creepy need to date 22.011 : Texas Statutes a minor have to do with Autobots?! T: ROMEO & JULIET LAW 45 an affirmative defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(2) that:(1) the actor was not more than three years older than the victim and at the time of the offense:(A) was not

Paramount Pictures

The Richest

Harry Potter and the nude make-outs.

Embarrassing moments in dignified franchises Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Harry and Hermoine kiss... Naked! In a vision of Ron's greatest fears, he sees Harry and Hermoine making out naked. Having followed these characters since they were kids, fans were off-put and questioned why they needed to be naked. CRACKED

Warner Bros. Pictures


'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' needed more sex appeal.

Embarrassing moments in dignified franchises The Last Jedi Kylo Ren goes topless for some reason They insist Adam Driver needed to be shirtless to prove that Rey could see him, not just hear him, but a lot of fans thought it was for the muscle flaunt (and it still doesn't explain those high-waisted pants). CRACKED



Superman’s powers get a tad date rapey.

Embarrassing moments in dignified franchises Superman II S The amnesia kiss After Lois finds out that Clark is Superman, he pulls out a new superpower that erases her memory with a kiss. Не alters her mind without her consent, and diminishes her character's importance in the franchise. CRACKED

Warner Bros.


‘Star Trek’ couldn’t begin to explain the underwear scene.

Embarrassing moments in dignified franchises 3 Star Trek Into Darkness The blatantly gratuitous underwear Carol Marcus had no reason to change (especially in front of Kirk). Co-writer Damon Lindelof said, I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress. CRACKED

Paramount Pictures


In case the hero needed more incentive to save the world.

Embarrassing moments in dignified franchises Kingsman: the Secret Service The anal joke The very abrupt moment where a princess tells Eggsy, If you save the world, we can do it in the asshole, isn't just shock value-it demeans the characters and lessens the overall stakes. CRACKED

20th Century Studios


Han’s unnecessary journey over Jabba’s tail.

Embarrassing moments in dignified franchises Star Wars A truly terrible moment in CGI The CGI Jabba the Hutt in the 1997 special release looks terrible, but even worse, Han Solo's walk over Jabba's tail looks like he was clunkily walking up and down some stairs. CRACKED


Screen Crush

Holy rock hard nipples, Batman!

Embarrassing moments in dignified franchises Batman Forever The nipple suits Answering for this since the 1995 movie, Joel Schumacher said, Such a sophisticated world we live in where two pieces of rubber the size of erasers on old pencils, those little nubs, can be an issue. It's going to be on my tombstone, I know it. CRACKED

Warner Bros.


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