View Full Version : Movies That Just Ended Wrong, Wrong, Wrong [Possible untagged poilers]
We finally saw "The Devil Wears Prada". We all agreed that the movie had the wrong ending.
In our ending, Andy keeps the job, loses the boyfriend who's keeping her back. She keeps her job at Runway. She keeps the Paris clothes. The door is open for something more to happen with the journalist who was pursuing her.
What movie ending would you like to rewrite?
12-23-2006, 01:26 PM
Ouch...spoiler tags would have been nice.
12-23-2006, 01:30 PM
Ouch...spoiler tags would have been nice.
Not really, the title kind of clues you in.
Do we have to rewrite them? I am so uncreative 3894. The one ending I am still not sure I understand is Planet of the Apes, Marky Mark style.
12-23-2006, 02:04 PM
I expect I'll get flamed, but I really hate the ending to Hitchcock's The Birds.
I'm not giving anything away by saying it ends with a car driving away and shifting into (I think) third gear. :confused:
12-23-2006, 02:20 PM
I didn't like the ending to "It's A Wonderful Life."
I think on his way home, George should have been hit by a bus.
Then dissolve to George and Clarence up in heaven playing a game of poker...and Clarence looks over his hand to George, and says, "Ya see now, dontcha? All that worry and bother fer nuttin." Trombone: Waaah-waaah. Fade to Black. Applause, applause.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!
12-23-2006, 02:46 PM
Actually, I enjoyed the Devil Wears Prada book ending better.
Emily was unable to go to Paris because she's ill. Andy goes, and while there, her best friend is the one who gets hit by a car. Miranda tells Andy to make a choice between going home to her now comatose friend, or her job at Runway. Andy tells Miranda to -Bleep- off.
Andy then goes in for an interview at Seventeen after writing her short story about the boss from hell. She gets a new job that works better for her, and she and the boyfriend remain dumped.
If only they would have left it...
12-23-2006, 02:55 PM
I hated the ending to Natural Born Killers. The fact that the bad guys never got what was coming to them really bugged me. If I could rewrite the ending I'd have them hung, drawn, and quartered. :eek: :~D
12-23-2006, 05:15 PM
I dont like the ending to In Good Company, I was hoping Scarlett Johannson (whoa mama), stayed with the guy. Kinda sad
12-23-2006, 05:42 PM
Brokeback Mountain. They should have lived happily ever after.
12-23-2006, 07:22 PM
Pay It Forward. Haley Joel Osment's character's death is completely gratuitous and totally unnecessary to the story.
12-23-2006, 07:52 PM
I agree. The *spoiler* tag won't be necessary, as 100% of the postings for movie endings will, by definition, be *spoilers*. :~D
In PENNY SERENADE, perhaps the saddest classic movie of all time, in my opinion, the baby lives.
In OLD YELLER, the dog lives.
In STEEL MAGNOLIAS, the daughter lives.
Heck, I see a trend here. -- In all movies, they all live.
:) :) :)
We should start a thread, "What happy-ending movies are so phoney, the ending demands a re-write?"
• IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE -- George Baily stays dead?
• PINOCCHIO -- He becomes a boy, but catches a bark disease from an infected beetle, and dies?
• WIZARD OF OZ -- Dorothy stays in Oz, becomes witch, grows mad with power, and takes over all of Oz; until a mobile home knocks her off here broom for ironic ending?
• RUDY -- Final play of Note Dame-Georgia Tech football game, Rudy recovers fumble, runs wrong way, commits personal foul in process, thus setting up 14 unanswered points for the opponents?
...Hey this is fun! ...
• STAR WARS -- Empire wins?
• SHOP AROUND THE CORNER -- Leading man is uncaught serial killer; Leading lady is part-time prostitute?
• ROCKY -- Balboa deliberately fouls (ouch!) Apollo Creed; shame and scandal follow; Adrian leaves Rocky for up-and-coming Latino middleweight?
... Wait! There's more! ...
;) ;) ;)
12-23-2006, 07:56 PM
I still don't get the ending to Grease. Why they fly off in the car is beyond me.
12-24-2006, 12:14 AM
I still would strongly prefer to see spoiler tags used in this thread, considering that it is a generic topic and there is really no way to predict ahead of time whether movies being discussed are ones that I have or haven't seen. This would be a fun topic to discuss, but I stopped reading any of the meat of the posts in this thread once I realized that tags weren't being used.
In fact, I'd really suggest that the subject header should be changed to more clearly state "untagged spoilers".
Sorry about that. It didn't even occur to me. With "The Devil Wears Prada", the movie's ending is virtually given away within the first five minutes of the film. Really, there is almost zero character development. The clothes are the star.
ChipmunkStar, thanks for filling us in on the book's ending. That is much, much better than the movie's.
12-24-2006, 07:53 AM
My vote for a movie with a bad ending. Jurassic Park 3.
MASS DANGER, No one will make it out.
The armed forces arrive.
Dinosaurs are gone.
All better, live happily ever after... (all in 3 minutes)
12-24-2006, 10:01 AM
The very end of Saving Private Ryan. Don't rewrite it, just lop it off (and the accompanying bookend at the front of the movie).
The Lovely Mrs. tod
12-24-2006, 10:34 AM
Prizzi's Honor. They should have gone off, had their fingerprints changed and lived happily, and honestly, ever after.
12-24-2006, 04:40 PM
• STAR WARS -- Empire wins?
;) ;) ;)
That's the ending I always want to see!
12-25-2006, 12:53 PM
The very end of Saving Private Ryan. Don't rewrite it, just lop it off (and the accompanying bookend at the front of the movie).I totally agree, especially because the whole dissolve from one pair of eyes to another at the beginning is between two different characters.
12-25-2006, 02:28 PM
I just saw The Lake House, yesterday. I won't give away the ending, or refer to anything not stated in the trailers or commercials, in case anyone hasn't seen it yet. The premise, as widely advertised, is that two people, living two years apart, correspond, and fall in love through their correspondance. There are lots of flashbacks and flashforwards, which makes things a little confusing. I won't say what happens at the end, but it's a pretty predictable "chick flick" ending. Because the two people influence each others fates, through their correspondance, and one directs the other in a very specific instance, they should have incorporated the classic science fiction plot device (used in at least one Star Trek episode, and a recent "Phil of the Future" episode), in which they explore the "alternate history" of what happens when a person changes what is supposed to happen (whatever that is). For example, maybe one of the characters would have had a child, from a different relationship, who would change the world for good or bad.
12-27-2006, 04:55 PM
I know the movie is called "The Break-up" but I hated the ending!
12-27-2006, 05:48 PM
Pay It Forward.
Absolutely, Steph. I couldn't agree more.
Pretty in Pink, I always wanted Andi to end up with Duckie. He loved her so. In fact, they had that ending orginally, but it was rejected, as it would protray that the poor should stay with the poor. :rolleyes: I always thought Blaine was a wuss.
City of Angels. He gives up heaven for her, and she gets hit by a car. Pathetic.
I refuse to watch Pay It Forward and City of Angels ever again.
Jenny, I would love a better ending to Brokeback Mountain too! ;)
I am sure I will think of more.
12-27-2006, 07:33 PM
"Pearl Harbor" should have had the Josh Hartnett character get the girl- or at least not die! And I hated that they made him make a joke as he was dying! That was wrong! (He said something like, 'Don't you make my headstone' to the Ben Affleck character because the guy couldn't spell. Seemed lame to me. ( I get that they were playing to the 'friends forever' theme, but still it was lame)
12-28-2006, 06:03 AM
The trend I'm seeing in these comments is "better ending = happier ending." Which is interesting to me since I feel that more movies have been ruined by inappropriately happy endings than inappropriately sad ones.
12-28-2006, 07:00 AM
The trend I'm seeing in these comments is "better ending = happier ending." Which is interesting to me since I feel that more movies have been ruined by inappropriately happy endings than inappropriately sad ones.I don't think a happier ending is always better; the ending should stay true to the story. I think most people usually prefer to come away with a sense of resolution, and that often is more satisfied by a happy ending than a sad one.
Can you cite some examples of movies that you think had inappropriate happy endings? Nothing is coming to mind at the moment, but I'm sure I've seen some.