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People love to complain about how movies don't try to appeal to the intelligent viewer, and that all their jokes are dumb, predictable crap written by dumb dummies. But it's not true. It's just that most of us -- and we're not pointing fingers -- aren't smart enough to notice when a film is trying to tickle our brain bone with startlingly smart references hidden in plain sight.

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14 Movie And Show Jokes Too Smart For Us

Buffy tells Giles in a really roundabout way that she doesn't want to see him wreck his life. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, after she's knocked on Gile

The way Daniel becomes fluent in Egyptian in Stargate makes perfect sense only to Egyptologists. Daniel learns ancient Egyptian crazy fast, saying it'

14 Movie And Show Jokes Too Smart For Us

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14 Movie And Show Jokes Too Smart For Us

According to Family Guy, a 19th-century nutjob was right about Jesus' lineage. Stewie went to the other side and met Jesus, who is Chinese. His last

14 Movie And Show Jokes Too Smart For Us

In Supernatural, Sam insults a frisky old lady in a nicely subtle way. To help along the investigation of a rich widow's niece's death, Sam lets the w

In Archer, Charlotte uses a Renaissance reference to kick Sterling when he's down. ollb After getting beaten and choked by the gigantic Zirk, Sterling

A taxi company in Zootopia is probably trying to say its drivers drive really, really safely. Thigmo-Tar's A sign for Thigmo-Taxis appears during Ju

House used military history to explain how a patient got sick. In House, a patient regularly cleans his bathtub by mixing ammonia and bleach. House sa

Gravity Falls' mermaid gOeS way, way back. In the series finale, Soos holds up a mermaid that's half-fish and half-monkey. P.T. Barnum exhibited e

The Penguin used an alias only an ornithologist might find suspicious. In Gotham, Oswald Cobblepot at one point takes the name Peter Humboldt. Which p

In Futurama, 70s retro is still in. 12B 13 STUDIO STUDIO Futurama's Studio 12 21 33, where Bender goes to dance so he can burn off the doomsday device
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