12 Movies That Would Be Over in 10 Minutes if the Main Character Wasn’t a Fool

Ever found yourself yelling at the screen because the main character did something so utterly foolish you couldn’t believe it? You’re not alone.

It’s a common thread in some of the most iconic films out there, where the whole premise hinges on decisions that, frankly, don’t make a whole lot of sense to the rest of us.

1. “Home Alone”

Home Alone.
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Picture this: a young boy, Kevin McCallister, finds himself accidentally left behind as his family jets off to Paris for Christmas. The premise of “Home Alone” hinges on Kevin’s initial panic followed by his elaborate, and quite frankly, dangerous traps to fend off burglars.

But let’s be real, if Kevin had simply gone to a neighbor’s house or called the police immediately upon realizing his family had forgotten him, the movie would wrap up faster than you can say “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.” It’s Kevin’s blend of naivety and bravery that stretches this holiday mishap into a full-length feature.

2. “Jurassic Park”

Laura Dern in Jurassic Park (1993).
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When John Hammond and his team decide to play god by cloning dinosaurs and putting them in a theme park, you know trouble is just around the corner. The main folly here lies in underestimating nature’s power and overestimating human control.

If the characters had prioritized safety protocols and ethical considerations over spectacle and profit, the chaotic events of “Jurassic Park” might have been avoided. Instead, the blend of arrogance and ignorance leads to a thrilling, yet entirely preventable, disaster.

3. “The Hangover”

The Hangover.
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Warner Bros.

 

This comedy classic starts with a bachelor party gone wrong in Las Vegas, leading to a missing groom and a tiger in the bathroom, among other chaotic discoveries. The foolishness of the characters is the lifeblood of “The Hangover.”

If they had just appointed a designated sober friend or avoided the roofie-laced shots, the entire plot would dissolve into a calm, forgettable night. Their poor decision-making skills provide the foundation for this unforgettable adventure.

4. “Titanic”

Titanic.
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Twentieth Century Fox.

 

While not solely the fault of one character, the collective foolishness aboard the RMS Titanic leads to one of the most tragic events in maritime history, at least in James Cameron’s retelling. The main folly? Ignoring iceberg warnings and prioritizing speed over safety.

If the crew and the ship’s owners had heeded the cautions and slowed down, Jack and Rose might have had a love story that didn’t end in freezing waters. Their romantic tale is cut short by the hubris of those who believed they had mastered nature.

5. “Romeo and Juliet”

Romeo and Juliet.
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Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy has been adapted into countless films, and each one ends with the heart-wrenching suicides of the young lovers. The foolishness here is multi-layered, stemming from impulsive decisions, miscommunications, and the infamous failure to verify Romeo’s death.

If Romeo and Juliet had exercised a bit more patience or their messenger had been a tad quicker, their story might have concluded with an embrace rather than a double tragedy.

6. “Finding Nemo”

Finding Nemo.
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At its heart, “Finding Nemo” is a story about a father’s journey to rescue his son. However, if Marlin, Nemo’s overly cautious father, hadn’t been so overprotective, Nemo might not have rebelled and been captured by a diver.

And, if Nemo had listened to his father’s warnings about the dangers of the open ocean, he wouldn’t have ended up in a dentist’s fish tank in Sydney. Their tale is a lesson in balance, showing that both foolhardy bravery and excessive caution can lead to trouble.

7. “Dumb and Dumber”

Dumb and Dumber.
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It’s all there in the title, isn’t it? Harry and Lloyd’s cross-country adventure to return a briefcase is the epitome of foolishness turned into an epic journey. If either of them had a lick of sense, they might have realized that turning in the briefcase to the authorities or even ignoring it altogether would have been the smart move.

Instead, their blissful ignorance and misinterpretations lead them into a series of mishaps and unintended heroics that define this comedy classic.

8. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
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Ferris Bueller’s elaborate plan to skip school and have an unforgettable day off in Chicago is a masterpiece of teenage rebellion. However, if Ferris had decided to just attend school like a regular kid, the entire plot would crumble.

It’s his knack for scheming and fooling adults, combined with a charismatic disregard for the rules, that turns a normal day into an adventure. His foolish courage not only makes for a memorable movie but also endears him to anyone who’s ever dreamed of beating the system.

9. “Elf”

Elf.
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New Line Cinema.

 

Buddy the Elf’s journey from the North Pole to New York City in search of his biological father is heartwarming and hilarious. His naivety and elfish manners make him a fish out of water, causing chaos in a cynical world. If Buddy had any sense of human norms or a tad less enthusiasm, his quest might have ended before it even began.

Instead, his foolish yet genuine approach to life and relationships transforms those around him, proving that sometimes, foolishness is just what the world needs.

10. “Scream”

Scream.
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Dimension Films.

The horror genre often relies on characters making questionable decisions, and “Scream” is a meta-commentary on this very trope. The characters’ consistent choice to investigate strange noises, split up, and disregard the rules of survival in horror films propels the plot forward.

If any of them had decided to stay together, call the police at the first sign of trouble, or simply leave town, the killer’s game would have been cut short. Their foolishness, while frustrating, is precisely what makes “Scream” a thrilling and innovative slasher flick.

11. “The Little Mermaid”

The Little Mermaid (2023).
Image Credit: Disney.

 

Ariel’s fascination with the human world leads her to make a risky deal with Ursula, trading her voice for legs. If Ariel had been content with her life under the sea or sought advice from her father or friends before making such a drastic decision, her story would have lacked conflict.

Her youthful impatience and desire for adventure, while foolish, are what drive her to explore new worlds and ultimately find love. Ariel’s journey teaches us that foolish decisions can sometimes lead to personal growth and understanding.

12. “The Wizard of Oz”

The Wizard of Oz.
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Dorothy’s accidental journey to Oz is filled with whimsical characters and perilous adventures. Yet, if Dorothy had heeded the advice to stay inside during the tornado, she would have never ended up in Oz in the first place.

Her naive bravery and desire for something more than her grey life in Kansas lead her down the yellow brick road. Dorothy’s foolishness not only introduces her to unforgettable friends but also teaches her that there’s no place like home.

Critics Agree: These 12 TV Shows Are the Absolute Worst

The Secret Life of an American Teenager
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What’s the worst show you’ve ever watched? Not just a bad show. Not a show you found boring, or didn’t like, or couldn’t get into. I mean the worst of the worst.

If you’re critical (like I am), it can be hard to narrow down the list, so I pulled some fantastic fan suggestions for this one instead.

Critics Agree: These 12 TV Shows Are the Absolute Worst

19 Hyped-Up Movies That Were Actually Terrible

Brid Box.
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So, you know how there’s always this buzz around those hyped-up movies, right? Like, the ones that everyone’s talking about, the trailers that give you goosebumps, and the anticipation that’s through the roof?

Yeah, those. But here’s the kicker- sometimes, they turn out to be total duds.

19 Hyped-Up Movies That Were Actually Terrible

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