There have always been scenes that are awkward to watch, especially when your parents are sitting next to you; those are obvious and there are too many to list. But there are movies, or more specifically, there are scenes that have been able to create such an enormous amount of tension in the audience, that, even if you’re alone, eating cheesy poofs all to yourself on the couch, are difficult to watch. The scenes on this list are from that category. They are awkward for different reasons, whether they make us feel weird or dirty because the scene is so wrong or so ridiculous, or they make us squirm because we get a brief nightmarish glimpse of it happening to ourselves. The only way to get through these gems is to squint, cringe, shift or stop breathing, but the most effective way is simply to look away.
Since the first films, awkward tension between two or more characters has been a major device in screenwriting. The moments from this list are some of the best examples of how to use that awkward tension to make an impact on the audience. I’ll describe the scenes as best I can, but you may need to watch them yourself to relive all of the agony yourself. Most of the scenes herein are from very memorable and recognizable movies, so they should instantly trigger those big ol’ brains of yours. Plus, most of these scenarios are awkward enough, even without seeing the movies or knowing the characters, so, if you haven’t seen them or don’t remember, you can still join in our fun. We wouldn't leave you out. There are also some scenes that have been done similarly by other movies. In those cases, I chose the scenes that I felt did it better and eliminated the duplicate to keep it fresh. Here are 15 movie scenes that are so awkward you had to look away.
15 Puppet Love – Team America: World Police
14 Quality Family Time – American Pie
13 Trouble With Laxatives - Dumb and Dumber
12 Prom Night Zipper – There’s Something About Mary
11 The Kiss – Boogie Nights
10 Rex Kwon Do – Napoleon Dynamite
9 Poker Buddies – 40-Year Old Virgin
8 Dinner Scene – Borat
7 Eat Your Strudel – Inglourious Basterds
6 In Between Two Pillows – Planes, Trains and Automobiles
5 Little Super Freak – Little Miss Sunshine
4 A Funny Guy – Goodfellas
3 The 'Chest' Punch – Superbad
2 Mike’s Messages – Swingers
1 The Fake 'O' – When Harry Met Sally
The faked climax that Sally lets out in the bustling restaurant when she tries to convince Harry that women can fake it is absolutely horrifying, especially for people who shy away from public embarrassment. While she screams, moans, slams the table, squirms and yelps, people look on wondering what in the world she is doing. Even though the two seem completely unbothered by the whole thing, anyone in their right mind would be hiding. Luckily for us though, the tension is immediately broken by an onlooker (director Rob Reiner's mom) saying, “I’ll have what she’s having,” giving us a cathartic laugh to end our misery, and ending one of the most iconic scenes in film history.
Sources: IMDB; Rotten Tomatoes; Movieclips
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