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Movies You Like w/ No Likable Characters?


It's hard to think of many, but if I had to pick one, it would be "The Incident" (1967). It's a great movie, too, a favorite of mine. It's a straight-forward thriller (Martin Sheen's first role, and possibly Beau Bridges), but it's also allegorical.
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Old 02-22-2020, 08:34 PM
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I don't really "like" anyone in Ferris Bueller's Day Off; even Sloane is kind of dark. If I was fond of anyone in Lifeboat or Flight of the Phoenix, I got over it well before the credits rolled. And the most likeable characters in The Player were just people we hadn't gotten to know very well.

The Grifters.

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I don't know about peripheral characters, but I wouldn't want to be close with any of the leads in The Graduate. Although as I've gotten older I find myself feeling sorry for Mrs. Robinson.
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For a recent example, in Parasite all of the main characters are either scumbags or at best hopelessly naive.
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pulp fiction although the 3 main characters do one semi redeemable thing in the movie ....

Julius in the restaurant robbery not just starting a gunfight in the restaurant

vincent not banging mia as they both want, and him saving her ta the end when he could have just left her there to die .... and bruce Willis going back for Ving Rhames instead of just taking off ....
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Off the top of my head I can't think of a likable character in Catch 22. I mean, you can be empathetic towards Yossarian, but do you like him?

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Old 02-23-2020, 05:53 AM
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind comes to mind.
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Old 02-23-2020, 07:00 AM
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"The Swimmer" (1968) is another great movie (that I like even more than my OP), also no likable characters.
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My favorite film might be Millerís Crossing. The lead character has strong sense of honor, but heís also a bad person. No one in the movie is likable ó but several are charismatic, and (again) have a code of honor. Maybe thatís true of most films with gangsters as the main characters.
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My favorite film might be Millerís Crossing. The lead character has strong sense of honor, but heís also a bad person. No one in the movie is likable ó but several are charismatic, and (again) have a code of honor. Maybe thatís true of most films with gangsters as the main characters.
Goodfellas is another example. Henry Hill might be somewhat charming but everyone in the film is pretty evil.
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Paul Verhoeven has a rather grim view of humanity. There are no heroes in his movies. Some villains are more charismatic than others.




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Each film starts with a stereotypical Good Guy and an almost cartoonish Bad Guy. As each film progresses, the Good Guy starts to alienate your affections, and the Bad Guy starts to earn a bit of respect. By the end of each film, you just want to slap some sense into both of them.
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House of Sand and Fog fits this bill for me.
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Godfather
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Two great movies about despicable people.

I disagree about Robocop. Both Murphy and Lewis are fine, and Miurphy-as-Robo is a fine honorable "person". Everyone else with more than one line of dialog, however...
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You on Netflix has almost all creepy characters. There's a child in it, but it's a lot of creeps in one story line.
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ETA: I just remembered, the kid turns evil.
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The Hateful Eight are indeed all pretty hateful.
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The Hateful Eight are indeed all pretty hateful.
I hated it so much I turned it off after 20 mins!
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It's hard to think of many, but if I had to pick one, it would be "The Incident" (1967). It's a great movie, too, a favorite of mine. It's a straight-forward thriller (Martin Sheen's first role, and possibly Beau Bridges), but it's also allegorical.
Wasn't Beau Bridges' character pretty likeable?
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Easy-going country-boy, wounded war hero, and the only one with the guts to stand up to the bad guys.
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I enjoyed In Bruges a lot, but all of the characters are various flavors of terrible.
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I thought Elisabeth Shue's character was pretty likeable.

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The Hateful Eight are indeed all pretty hateful.
Good call.

That's probably an exception for me though. Generally if I like a movie I find one of the characters likeable in some way, even if they're evil.
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Wasn't Beau Bridges' character pretty likeable?
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Easy-going country-boy, wounded war hero, and the only one with the guts to stand up to the bad guys.
Yes, you are 100% correct, but for some reason, I didn't like him.

I saw the movie as an allegory for society. "Together We Stand, Divided We Fall"
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This was the first one I thought of.

Also:

Requiem for a Dream
Gummo
Drugstore Cowboy
Rope
Death and the Maiden
Pan's Labyrinth
Pulp Fiction

and probably too many others to list.
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WRT Requiem for a Dream: I thought the characters were likable, just tragic. I didn't like what happened to them, even if it was largely due to their bad choices.

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Chicago. They're all horrible people except for the Hunyack, and she's a less than minor character.
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The War of the Roses. Perhaps the Danny Devito character evokes some sympathy, but he's just telling the story, and Douglas and Turner are pretty unlikable.
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This was the first one I thought of.

Also:

Requiem for a Dream
Gummo
Drugstore Cowboy
Rope
Death and the Maiden
Pan's Labyrinth
Pulp Fiction

and probably too many others to list.
I donít remember details, but why was the lead character in Panís Labyrinth (the girl) not likable?

And Iíll go with Bruce Willis being likable in Pulp Fiction. Yeah, he killed his boxing opponent and wasnít upset about it ó but it wasnít on purpose, and we donít know how corrupt his opponent was. Beyond that he was brave, honorable and even tender. His girl friend was also written as naive, but sweet and likable.
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I just remember all the violence in "Pan's Labyrinth." It's been a while.

Another movie I haven't seen here is "American Beauty." I didn't see it in the theater because it got such mixed reviews; I finally saw it on video a few years later, and LOVED it - although I certainly understood why so many people wouldn't have liked that movie, because they were living it.
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I just remember all the violence in "Pan's Labyrinth." It's been a while.
The only unlikable human characters in Pan's Labyrinth were Captain Vidal and the other fascists. (Of course the Pale Man was pretty horrific too, but not human.)
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What did the mother do wrong? Minus the pills, which was the result rather than the cause, I think many older widows go through her suffering on some level.
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I disagree about Robocop. Both Murphy and Lewis are fine, and Miurphy-as-Robo is a fine honorable "person". Everyone else with more than one line of dialog, however...

There was also the police sergeant character. An old school cop from before the police were privatized, he knew how bad the OCP guys were, but he also knew how bad the city would be if there was no police presence at all. He tried to walk the line between caving to the stupid corporate nonsense, or going on strike like all the other cops wanted to do.

Sure, in the end, he failed to find the balance he wanted, but he did at least try, which was more than most other people in the movie did.
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The only unlikable human characters in Pan's Labyrinth were Captain Vidal and the other fascists. (Of course the Pale Man was pretty horrific too, but not human.)
If you pay attention to the subtext, the leftists are also pretty vicious. During the final battle, they give as rough as they get. In the grand finale, they do to Vidal's son what the Argentinian fascists did to the children of their victims.

The likable characters are mostly caught in the crossfire.
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From what I can remember, all of the (main?) characters in Fight Club aren't just not likable, they're detestable - with the possible exception of the character played by Meatloaf, who is merely horrifying.

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Is anyone likable in "Burn After Reading"? It's been a while since I've seen it, but IIRC all the main characters are hilariously self-centered.
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I donít remember details, but why was the lead character in Panís Labyrinth (the girl) not likable?

And Iíll go with Bruce Willis being likable in Pulp Fiction. Yeah, he killed his boxing opponent and wasnít upset about it ó but it wasnít on purpose, and we donít know how corrupt his opponent was. Beyond that he was brave, honorable and even tender. His girl friend was also written as naive, but sweet and likable.
mmmmm i was going to concur but he murders an unarmed Travolta on the toilet...and really only because he was shitty to him in the bar. If it was a woman gangster he wouldn't have done it. If he didn't know the guy he might have kneecapped him.

I just thought of something. You know the thread we have of basically 'I'm so stupid i didn't realize...."

My brain is so stupid that it realized that Willis always planned to win the fight....but also somehow thought Willis WAS GOING to throw the fight until his dream guilted him into not doing it.

Damn im stupid.
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