The 13 Most Embarrassingly Dumb Scenes of 2013

Even the best of movies can have mistakes, and 2013’s crop is no different. Bad movies tend to have more. From popular hits such as Iron Man 3 to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to flops like The Host, audiences have been forced to sit through some seriously dumb scenes.

Here are 13 of the most embarrassingly dumb scenes from 2013 movies:

13. John McClane acts like a whiny bitch in A Good Day to Die Hard

I love me some John McClane, but boy did I want to punch him into submission in A Good Day to Die Hard. In the fifth installment of his franchise, John McClane travels to Russia to help his son Jack, who has been arrested for an assassination attempt. Of course, that’s all part of the plan as Jack is actually a CIA agent on a mission.

But no, during a terrorist attack in Moscow, John McClane witnesses his son in action and proceeds to stop his kid from carrying out his mission. He practically stands in the middle of the road with hands on his hips demanding that Jack go into timeout, when clearly shit is hitting the fan. No one would do such a thing under such circumstances, especially John McClane, expert of being in the wrong place at the wrong time (or right place at the right time). But there he is, acting like a whiny bitch, and his actions cause the entire mission to go to hell.

12. The Mockingjay emblem burns up in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a good movie. Well directed, adequately written and exciting. So why, oh why, did director Francis Lawrence have to include that stupid emblem sequence – of the mockingjay crest evolving into some kind of patriotic phoenix or something – right before the end credits roll?

It’s such an inconsequential moment – five or ten seconds at most – that it’s hardly worth mentioning on this list, but I’ve heard multiple friends mention how stupid and annoying it is. I’ve never quite seen something like it, and I hope to never see anything like it ever again.

11. Superman takes down a drone in Man of Steel

Man of Steel is a good movie, despite what movie critics say. I have personally watched it three times already, and I loved it every time. Sure, I would have done a few things differently; showing a bit more of Superman saving people during the climactic Metropolis battle would have helped, and General Zod’s death could have been handled in another way.

But the only part of the movie that really bothered me was the post-action scene where Superman destroys a drone and scolds General Swanwick (Harry Lennix) for trying to find him, while Swanwick scolds him for destroying millions of dollars in property. The whole scene is clunky at best, what with Superman’s willingness to destroy American property (way to convince the military you’re on their side!) and the young female soldier’s remark that "he’s hot."

What a stupid and poorly written way to end a movie.

10. Brad Pitt survives a plane crash in World War Z

It’s no secret that the entire third act of World War Z was rewritten and re-filmed after the filmmakers determined what they had made was a piece of crap. Originally, the jet plane that escapes Israel lands in Moscow and things proceed from there, but in the version you saw in theaters, the plane crashes in England after the passengers are consumed by zombies (oh, and Brad Pitt unloads a grenade inside the pressurized cabin).

The sequence is quite exciting and entertaining, but ends in the most improbable of ways: everyone dies except, conveniently, Brad Pitt and his one-armed Israeli soldier pal (Daniella Kertesz). Pitt even survives after having a huge piece of metal go through his back and out his stomach.

In a movie about the walking dead taking over the world, the filmmakers still managed to jar audiences out of the experience with one of the most unrealistic, unbelievable and headshaking event in any film all year.

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By Erik Samdahl
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  • ty

    I get where youre coming from on the MoS thing. But that was not the scene that ended the movie. There were 3 more after that, that were the most satisfying ending in comic movies, in my opinion. It was done very well.

  • ray

    That’s why I don’t like Ironman3. Tony’s amors become pieces of crap when he meets those “men of flesh”,if he can be avenger,then so can all those villains .

  • fz

    If someone makes a list of the 13 dumbest articles of 2013, I feel this should be on the list.

  • Po

    In IM3 What´s up with Potts flameproof sports bra?

  • John Goldsmith

    Why do I keep reading these snipey articles.

  • Kayoss860

    IM3, he couldn’t summon his suits because Jarvis was not working. He tried to fix the one suit so that he can regain communication with Jarvis. But I have to agree. In the avengers his suit took a direct blow by Thor’s hammer, but falls apart right when a truck hits it. So much inconsistency.
    Man of steel, why couldn’t he just covers zods eyes or fly zod some where else?
    Fast and furious is a movie? I thought it was a video games with all its improbable stunts and scenes.

  • Nero121

    Well in the Avengers the iron man suit was literally a piece of armor, one piece, all connected and screwed together, It was my understanding that new new suits in IM3 were electronically or magnetically connected to him for whatever new science mojo he injected himself with, I.E. the suits magnetically holding together and enough force pulls the magnets apart, I could be wrong since I am no nerd that reads comic books with a magnifying glass but that was my impression.

    For man of steel I would imagine that covering his eyes would be something like putting your hand over two flame throwers until they run out of gas. As to why he couldn’t fly, it would seem to be that he was using all his strength to stop Zod, who is basically as strong as superman, from turning his head that last inch. For him to fly he would have to relax and kick off, that relaxing would probably end with Zod being able to turn his head. Unless he can fly without moving an inch of his body then I stand corrected. Though I would admit always thought the laser beams he shoots from his eyes were directed at his eyes, it makes no sense to me why Zod couldn’t just glace at the people and have the beams follow them. If anyone can explain this to me I am curious

  • Nero121

    She fell into an explosion, clothing does not burn off just by passing through flames.

  • Nero121

    Well they aren’t exactly normal flesh, they have been drugged up and all crazy. Besides the aliens shoot at tony there is nothing to suggest that they are super strong. The extremists or whatever they are called were pointed out to be super strong. I.E. pulling apart armor with ease. If the aliens were super strong don’t you think that the alien invasion might have been a touch worse

  • Edward La Guardia

    Wow, the fact that the crest at the end of Catching Fire aggravated you that much that you included it on this list shows that you clearly have too much time on your hands.

    Well, that and the fact that I don’t know anybody who thought anything remotely negative or positive towards it. I think you and your band of friends are the only people who gave a crap about that inconsequential moment.

  • nyniggazbcrying

    How is zod as strong as clark after only 6 days in a yellow sun (or however many days compared to years)? Real question

  • Tre Tastic

    it’s sooo easy to hate on the author of these. at least be constructive with your arguments.. if you don’t agree, you don’t have to sound like an a**hole trying to explain.

  • NetShark

    Stark had to learn how to fly his suit, mistakes and all. Rhodes gets in and instantly masters every control in the most amazing stunt maneuvers ever seen.

  • eriksamdahl

    Thanks, Tre. We write these to spark debate and discussion. It’s always interesting how certain people decide to just bash the author because they disagree.

  • eriksamdahl

    It’s a super cheesy moment in an otherwise good movie.

  • eriksamdahl

    Valid point. And don’t get me wrong – I loved Man of Steel. I just didn’t like that one scene.

  • Nazleen

    Dear Lord! Get a Life!

  • Nazleen

    get a life!!!!!! lol get laid!!! or something…damn!

  • howareyouanauthor

    The AUTHOR makes them self sound like an arrogant bag of dicks. Try writing in such a way that doesn’t make it sound like you’re claiming the whole movie is shit just because of one scene that you forcefully over-analyzed. It’s really pathetic that this is even an article in the first place. Do something productive for the world.

  • eriksamdahl

    As the author, I actually like this comment. Pretty good.

  • eriksamdahl

    The point of articles such as this is to evoke debate. What do you agree/disagree with? Which thing are you even complaining about?