While a picture is worth, 1,000 words and a movie is worth millions, there’s still something precious about reading the movie’s synopsis right before watching it.
But the hilarious comedian Jimmy Fallon has taken things to a whole new level with his fans and followers on Twitter. When the famous TV host posted a fun challenge to #DescribeAMovieBadly—which means describing plots of movies in the most hilarious of ways—his fans did not disappoint. They shared hilarious recaps of their favorite movies.
From 2013’s Frozen to 1999’s Fight Club to the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, how many of these hysterical yet “badly” described movies do you know?
Heads up, there might be some spoilers for films you haven’t seen yet!
There’s no doubt that one of the most popular horror films that we dare to love is the only 1980’s The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Starring the highly-admired Jack Nicholson, the sensational Shelley Duvall, and a young Danny Lloyd, the movie is about a family that travels to an abandoned hotel in the middle of a mountain town and encounters all sorts of paranormal and terrifying experiences.
Twitter user Perkinskii summed up the movie’s description hilariously by describing, “a family’s first Airbnb experience goes horribly wrong.”
We don’t know whether to laugh or cry at how accurate this description is!
Whether you’re into musicals or not, one of the more popular rom-com out there is 1978’s Grease. Starring the glorious Olivia John-Newton as the innocent girl-next-door “Sandra Dee” Sandy, and the dazzling John Travolta as bad boy Danny Zuko, the two teens, are living proof that opposites attract and can fall head over heels for each other.
But just because opposites attract doesn’t always mean it will work—unless you apparently “Change everything about yourself to make a dude like and accept you,” just as this creative Twitter user pointed out.
There’s a high chance that you’ve seen Forrest Gump, as this is one of the most iconic films ever to grace the world with its presence. In this movie, Forrest, played by the magnificent Tom Hanks, participates in America’s most significant moments of the 20s century.
While this was pretty cute and interesting at the time, this tweet makes a good point. He was just the best photobomber this world has ever seen.
While it might not be considered a typical “horror” film, there’s no doubt that when the thriller movie Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in 1975, it spooked all sorts of folks!
But with all of the technology and after-effects that the film industry is capable of nowadays, watching the movie today can be seen as more of a comedy than a scary flick.
While the movie is about a shark that ends up on a hunting spree at a local beach on the east coast, this Twitter user sure got us with a laugh attack with their description: “A shark goes on an underwater food festival tour in the summer.”
We all know that the first rule of fight club is to never talk about fight club. At least, according to Tyler Durden from the movie Fight Club.
With Edward Norton and Brad Pitt starring in the 1999 movie directed by Davin Finch, the psych thriller film is still considered one of the best ones. And while the whole film revolves around the two creating the entire Fight Club concept, it’s not until the very end that we truly understand who Tyler Durden truly is—leaving viewers with this jaw-dropping and profound twist.
But thankfully, this Twitter user summed it all up and explained that the movie is actually about a “guy beats himself up but can’t talk about it.”
There’s nothing like a good, heart-warming animated movie to mix things up, but Frozen went off the charts with how popular it became for both adults and kids. One of the biggest reasons why it was set apart from other Disney princess movies is because the plot was focused on the bond between two sisters, Anna and Elsa, who were as close as can be until Anna isolated herself from everyone once she discovers she has a potentially dangerous and harmful superpower. Her younger sister, Elsa, sets out on an adventure to her rescue to bring her back from her dark rabbit hole so that they can both reunite and get their happily ever after.
But if you wanted to simplify the inspiring and emotional story, then Lily Pedlow has got it covered—“Girl gets mad and gives everyone the cold shoulder.”
There have been multiple versions of the live-action adventure superhero story of your friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man.
From the incredibly romantic love story between Mary-Jane “MJ” and Peter Parker to Spider-Man swinging from building to building with his super-strong spider-webbing skills, both 2000’s Spider-Man directed by Sam Raimi and 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming directed by Jon Watts, have main themes that overlapped, even if the story itself in each film is entirely different.
But at the end of it all, they all seem to have the same plot according to this hilarious and spot-on movie description that it’s about a “Guy in spandex finds some perfect silly string.”
What can we say? It’s not wrong!
Whether they were an ABBA music group fan since the ‘70s or just discovered their hit songs via the film, there’s no doubt that both the soundtrack and movie from the 2008 musical drama film Mama Mia, directed by Chillida Lloyd, were favored by fans from all around the world.
Starring the adorable Amanda Seyfield from Mean Girls, the marvelous Meryl Streep, and the heart-throbbing Pierce Brosnan, the film filled with lots of dancing and music is about a girl living in Greece who is eager to have her real biological father there for her on her wedding day.
With that said, though, this Twitter user narrowed down all of the extra flash and pizzazz of the storyline by describing it as “a paternity test went wrong.” We can’t deny that it’s pretty spot-on!
After a dozen phenomenal films with different highly-talented directors, diverse and incredible cast members, and a whole new and outstanding production crew per movie, the Star Wars franchise has been one that fans keep healthy and alive for decades and decades, no matter what.
But even though the storyline differs from movie to movie, there’s no reason to worry because this Twitter user can sum up every one of them in a cleverly hilarious way. With all the twists and turns in every direction, we all know that there can only be two Sith Lords at a time. However, there seems to be just one plot—a “dysfunctional family that reunites in space.”
Snakes on a Plane
If we thought that a killer shark storming the beach shores was scary, what about a box full of venomous snakes released 30,000 feet in the air?
That’s right, 2006’s Snakes on a Plane, directed by David R. Ellis, starring the legendary Samuel L. Jackson and the remarkable Julianna Margulies, gave us all shivers down our backs thinking about what if we were trapped on a plane with a box full of slithering snakes placed there by the Mob.
However, to ease the scare just a little, this Twitter user summed up the film as “a documentary about why emotional support snakes are a bad idea.”
If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, then you know that the vampire series, Twilight is full of all sorts of twist and turns and intense character development.
Not just that, but the drama fantasy film, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, and Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, kicked off the whole #TeamEdward vs. #TeamJacob debate and trend back in the late ‘00s.
This is why this Twitter user summed things up correctly, giving a clear-cut explanation that the movie is just about “a love triangle between a sad teen, a dog, and a glittery man.” Talk about fantasy!
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz sure threw us around for a satisfying thrill ride in the 2001 hilarious, heart-warming animated film, Shrek.
This DreamWorks story is about an outcast ogre who enjoys his space and solitude but soon finds out just how important it is to have others in your life. While Shrek the ogre is on an adventure to rescue the land’s beautiful and precious Princess Fiona, the two fall in love, and she ends up “cursed” to look like an ogre herself.
The newly transformed Princess Fiona and Shrek find that there is more than meets the eye and falls in love. Or in the words of the Twitter user, it’s about how “a guy learns to love a girl without her Instagram filters.”
In 2010, Christopher Nolan surprised film buffs with the awe-inspiring psych thriller, Inception.
With a great cast consisted of the legendary Leonardo DiCaprio, the gracious Joseph Gordon-Levitt, illustrious Ellen Page, and heart-throbbing Tom Hardy, how could you resist seeing it?
While there’s still debate today about the meaning of the film and its ending, if this movie showed us anything, perhaps dreams are a much more powerful tool than we think.
But to cut to the basics, this Twitter user is right; the film indeed is just about “someone [who] has a dream, then another one, and another one, and maybe another one?”
Director Michael Bay is known for his dramatic and intense scenes of exploding fires in the background, and the Transformers series is chock-full of them. But even with a great cast starring the astonishing Shia LaBeouf, the magnificent Megan Fox, and the jaw-dropping Josh Duhamel, the action-packed movie and all of its impressive special effects features somehow left us all to wonder if there was even a plot to the film in the end.
But don’t worry, this Twitter user has got that covered by validating that feeling of confusion by declaring that the movie is just about asking yourself, “Wait, those cars are not actually cars?”
From 1998’s Saving Private Ryan to the more recent 2017 film, The Post, there’s no question that both the sensational and imaginative director Steven Spielberg and the incredibly talented Tom Hanks always blow us away with their movies together. But one of the favored movies by film buffs is the peculiar yet the moving movie, 2004’s The Terminal.
What exactly is this movie about? Well, it’s technically about an Eastern European man who chooses to live at JFK airport. But this Twitter user found a significantly positive way to spin this tear-jerking movie by describing it as “Man finds affordable living space in NYC!” How hilarious!
Groundhog Day, directed by Harold Ramis and starring the brilliant Bill Murray and astonishing Andie MacDowell, is one of the classic rom-com to come out of the ‘90s.
Murray’s character, Phil the weatherman, gets stuck in a loop of reliving the same day, Groundhog Day, which falls on February 2nd, repeatedly. Not only did this movie teach us how important it is to appreciate the next day, but also to always look at things positively.
With that said, this Twitter user found an optimistic way to describe this traumatic nightmare of a plot by claiming it’s just “a brilliant way to avoid taking more than one vacation day.” Talk about a positive spin!
Fast & Furious
Another big franchise in the film world is the Fast and Furious movies. With a full cast of incredible actors like the fantastic Vin Diesel, the remarkable Paul Walker, and the fierce and feisty Michelle Rodriguez, it’s no surprise that the series is so successful and made its way to the top of the fan-favorite movie lists.
But at the end of the day, what are the action-thriller movies really about? According to the mind of this Twitter user, it’s basically “A bunch of guys re-create Mario Cart.” If anything, it’s safe to say that the film’s characters seem to be as tight-knit as the Mario Brothers themselves!
At the beginning of the 1999 film The Matrix, Morpheus, played by the legendary Laurence Fishburne, asks Neo, played by the awe-inspiring Keanu Reeves, to take the red the blue pill. Why?
Well, the red pill would expose Neo to an “unpleasant truth” of what The Matrix truly is. In contrast, the blue pill would keep him in “blissful ignorance” and go back to living his life naturally—making this decision the defining factor for where the story would go.
This is why this Twitter user’s hilarious description of the movie is so spot-on! The whole plot indeed is based on “choosing your medication wisely.”
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games book series was a huge success, followed by the films being an even bigger hit worldwide! Directed by Gary Ross, Jennifer Lawrence, and Josh Hutcherson star as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, and make quite the dynamic dueling duo!
But the whole reason that Katniss ended up in the intense round of 24 randomly selected teenagers dueling to the death for society’s entertainment is that she volunteered herself in place of her younger sister. Hence why the description that this Twitter user suggested, stating that the movie is about how “a girl ruins her sister’s chance to be on TV,” is right on target. Talk about a bullseye!
Over a decade, we grew to love the characters in the Harry Potter series. And while every single one of the wight movies had their different storyline and action-packed adventures to accomplish during one school year at Hogwarts, the overall plot is the same throughout the whole series.
In the short, sweet, and simple words of this terrifically hilarious Twitter user, the story is about “a kid with a bowl cut [who] fights a man with no nose, and the ginger gets the girl.”
In 2019, the crime drama biopic The Irishman, directed by the one and only Martin Scorsese, came out, and movie buffs went wild. And once the movie was released on Netflix, how could film fanatics not rush to stream and watch it with a cast line-up of the remarkable Robert De Niro, the astonishing Al Pacino, and the famous Joe Pesci?
But it turns out that this film was quite difficult for people to watch all the way through, which is why this movie description is quite comical. Twitter user Ryan Bartholomew writes that it’s “a test of endurance for Netflix viewers.” Yikes!
Whether it was the animated Disney version released in 1950 or the live-action version released in 2015, Cinderella’s story sounds inspiring and heart-warming as a whole.
How could we not root for Cinderella to end up with the Prince after being orphaned and then treated so poorly by her step-family for years?
But when you nail the story down to one sentence, how she gets the guy is pretty hilarious in hindsight. As a Twitter user, MadamZombi hilariously remarked that the information is about a “girl successfully catfishing prince.” Talk about a catfish queen!
If there’s anything that we have learned to relate to in a way we never would’ve expected in 2020, is Tom Hanks’ character of Chuck Noland in the 2000 iconic movie Cast Away. Dealing with isolation during the lockdown during the pandemic hit hard for many of us and challenged us in ways we never saw coming.
However, just like many people jumped on the opportunity to utilize this time to get into shape, one could say that Chuck Noland did too. Especially since Jimmy Fallon himself explains that the movie’s plot is about how “a man gets a new beach bod.” How hysterical!
Lord of the Rings
Another incredibly popular franchise in the movie industry was the legendary Lord of the Rings series, starring the illustrious Elijah wood and the heart-throbbing Orlando Bloom.
Whether you watched all three Hobbit-themed movies or not, if there’s one line that stuck around and has been used as a pop culture reference over the years is, of course, the phrase that Gollum sates about the ring, “My precious.”
It makes sense that this would be one of the most famous lines, considering that the movies are basically about “a group [that] spends nine hours returning jewelry,” according to Twitter user squirrelthepam.
The Breakfast Club
Without question, one of the most classic and iconic must-see movies of the ‘80s is The Breakfast Club.
As one of the first movies to touch on the issues of high school stereotypes, from the jock to the trouble-maker, and from the nerd to the popular girl to the quirky girl dressed in black, each character found a place in our hearts by the end of their Saturday detention.
However, we can’t say that Twitter user ZachMyles is wrong when he says that the movie is about a “Group of students who don’t actually have breakfast.” The title sure is misleading when you put it like that!
It’s a Wonderful Life
We’ve talked about all genres of movies, but what about a cherished holiday film? For decades, the 1946 fantasy drama film It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra, has been a fan-favorite for film buffs. The story takes us all on an adventure and gives us a taste of what life would be like if you never existed.
But what did this Twitter user get out of the movie? That fact that “Life sucks. But your friends give you a lot of money.” Interesting point!
The idea of dinosaurs walking around the earth is fascinating, and scientists are still working hard to learn more and more about them. But Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Jurassic Park opened up our minds to a whole new perspective on what life would be like if these ancient creatures walked among us now. With that said, as scary as it would be for us, it’s a big adjustment for them too.
Hence this insightful Twitter user’s movie description explaining that the movie is about “socially awkward dinosaurs [who] have a hard time adjusting to their environment.” What can we say? It’s all about perspective.
If there’s any movie that might not be best to watch while you’re on your way to Europe, it’s probably 2008’s action thriller movie Taken directed by Pierre Morel. Then again, there’s probably a thing or two we can all learn from the legendary Liam Neeson’s character of a retired CIA agent with a very “particular set of skills” when it comes to tracking down kidnappers.
But we like how this Twitter user put a positive spin on such a dark, twisted film by enlightening the crowd that it’s a film about a “divorced dad [who] wins over daughter after exciting Paris adventure.”
Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, indeed, you’re aware that the 1997 film Titanic is one of the romantic film stories out there.
As the wondrous James Cameron directed the film, a young Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet were cast as the stars. They did a phenomenal job winning over the hearts of everyone around.
While there’s still debate on whether or not their character’s love for each other in the movie was mutual or not, this Twitter user has found a different way to look at the plot altogether. Ria Sachdeva describes the film as an “ice bucket challenge gone wrong.” So sad, and yet true—yikes!
Over the years, we’ve seen Leonardo DiCaprio land incredible roles in all sorts of excellent movies. But it was finally in 2016 when he received the hard-and-well-earned Oscar he’s been waiting to receive all these years.
It was his award-winning performance in the 2015 action adventure-drama film The Reverent, where his character wandered through the dreadful tundra as an abandoned frontiersman in the wild, that got him the Academy Award for Best Actor.
This makes this clear and savvy Twitter user’s explanation for the movie so funny and fitting: “Leonardo DiCaprio wanders a frozen wasteland in search of an Oscar.” Talk about a happy ending!
Beauty and the Beast
We don’t know if we’re supposed to cry or laugh at this description of one of everyone’s treasured Disney movies.
As much as we love our Disney princesses and all of their love stories, it’s no secret that there’s always something a little off with each word.
We already discussed how Cinderella kind of catfished her Prince charming, but what about Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
This Twitter user explains the plot for both the 1991’s cherished animation and the more recent 2017’s live-action version of the movie showing that this tale as old as time is really that “Stockholm syndrome works.”
The 2005’s action rom-com Mr. & Mrs. Smith was a huge hit. And how could it not be with a fantastic cast that included the hilarious and iconic Vince Vaughn, the stunning Adam Brody, and of course, the dynamic duo of the iconic Angelina Jolie and remarkable Brad Pitt?
And while the two might no longer be together, there’s no question that Pitt and Jolie realized that they had some real chemistry with each other during that movie, just like their characters of Mr. & Mrs. Smith did, too.
And as rough as it is to hear, Kelz seemed to hit the bullseye with this description, referencing Friends episode names and stating that this movie was “The one where Jennifer Anniston lost her man in front of the world.” Yikes!
In 1862, Victor Hugo released his French historical novel Les Misérables. In 2012, director Tom Hooper directed the film adaptation of the intense, successful musical based on the book.
With an incredibly talented and diverse cast of the glorious Hugh Jackman, the remarkable Russell Crowe, the astonishing Anne Hathaway, and the fantastic Amanda Seyfried, it’s sad to know how the story all ends.
But this Twitter user summed the story all up in just two simple yet significant words: “Everyone Dies.”
We’ve talked a lot about movie plots, but this cherished and iconic 10-year-long TV show that defines the ‘90s seemed to be a great addition to the lousy movie plot challenge.
Let’s be real. If the whole gang of Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Ross from Friends aren’t all hanging out in one of their two great Manhattan apartments, then they’re spending time at the café located right below them—the one and only Central Perk.
Whether they’re talking about chasing their dream jobs or going on dates, it’s safe to say that the show indeed is focused around “people drink[ing] coffee for 10 years.”
In 1994, Keanu Reeves and sensational Sandra Bullock co-starred in the action-adventure movie Speed directed by Jan de Bont.
The movie focuses on Reeves’s character of a young police officer who, alongside passenger Bullock, needs to prevent a bus from going below 50 miles per hour before rigged explosives go off.
Twitter user Scott Tobias’s description of the story “Public transportation running ahead of schedule for once” is quite a hilariously good.
In 1987, the original Robocop action crime film, directed by Paul Verhoeven, was released. While nowadays, the movie’s special effects and features might not be impressive, this sci-fi flick was a fan-favorite for many until today!
Starring Peter Weller as Robocop himself, if there’s anything that this movie has taught us, it’s that once you’re on the side of justice, you’ll do whatever it takes to make sure it’s served. And just like this Twitter user pointed out, this movie is about a “civil servant is forced to continue working, even after he dies.”
There’s no need to delve in too deep to understand just how excited DC Comic fans were to finally have an official movie about their favorite underwater superhero, Aquaman.
In 2018, the incredibly talented and heart-throbbing Jason Mamoa, the breath-taking and clever Amber Heard, and the legendary and highly-admired William Dafoe made quite the team. They put on a spectacular performance in the film Aquaman.
But what was the story of the whole movie? According to this Twitter user, it was just like “bath time, but bigger.”