11 unintentionally funny moments in serious movies

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The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. As for the road to serious moviedom, we think you'll find it peppered with potholes that are far funnier than the filmmakers and actors could have possibly intended.

The mood of many a tragic drama and terrifying horror has been ruined when the audience burst into laughter...

1. The Hunger Games – Where's Peeta?

Admittedly, the idea that Peeta is a master of disguise because he can bake cakes didn't originate with the filmmakers, and to be fair to them they really committed to the ludicrousness. Sadly, neither book nor film explains how the hell Peeta managed to pull off his "I am a rock" disguise while seriously injured.

2. Meet Joe Black – Death kicks the bucket

It's the poignant (and not very good) tale of a romance between a woman and the Grim Reaper disguised in the body of dead Brad Pitt. But it's marred by Pitt's death, in which a CGI dummy flops around like a fish on a hook after he is hit not once, but twice by speeding cars.

3. Titanic – Propeller man

What is the most memorable part of James Cameron's epic? The romance between Rose and Jack? Billy Zane's impossible smarminess? The iceberg?

No, it's the guy who falls to his doom, smacking the propellor blade and spinning over and over and over and over before he hits the water. Shouldn't laugh, really.

4. Les Misérables – Javert goes splat

There's nothing inherently funny about Russell Crowe's character Javert's suicide in Les Mis (we're not monsters), but the unfortunate 'splat' sound effect as his crotch meets that concrete protuberance gets a laugh every time.

5. Revenge of the Sith – NOOOOOOO

The Star Wars prequel trilogy has a lot to be sorry for, and for the most part it's no laughing matter whatsoever. But Vader's completely out-of-character cry of self-pity at what is the climax of those three films might be the most ill-considered moment in seven hours of ill-considered storytelling. LOL.

6. Tough Guys Don't Dance – Oh God, oh man

Not a famous movie, but trust us, you'll love this. Legend has it that Ryan O'Neal was pretty resentful of his director Norman Mailer for leaving this scene in the movie (later, the moment spawned a host of internet memes). But the actor's wooden, Golden Raspberry-nominated delivery is enhanced beautifully with the addition of melodramatic music and the sick-making spinning of the camera. This is a real team effort.

7. Taffin – Maybe YOU shouldn't be living heeeeere

Pierce Brosnan isn't known for being a hugely OTT actor. Maybe it's because he got it all out of his system in this one, garbled burst. It later achieved fame thanks to Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish's loving (?) celebration of it on their XFM radio show. Here's the best of the (affectionate) piss-take versions:

(This Taffin trailer is also unintentionally hilarious. It's an '80s thing.)

8. Armageddon – Bruce Willis' lonely tear

Real men don't cry. But there is one exception – when saying a last farewell to your daughter pre-Noble Sacrifice, it is permitted to shed a single tear. Just one, mind – don't be getting all sissy on us.

(An Armageddon preview that was unwisely shown at Cannes famously had the audience hooting with laughter. Bruce Willis was not amused and scolded the audience, though we're not sure if he shed another tear.)

9. The Happening – Run away!

M Night Shyamalan's The Happening is arguably an accidental comedy masterpiece from start to end, but special mention has to go to the scene in which Mark Wahlberg (convincing the hell out of us as a science teacher) runs away from the wind.

10. Twilight – Stinky

We are to believe that Edward is so attracted to Bella that he can't handle her sweet, sweet human scent. Either that, or he has serious issues with diarrhoea. You decide.

11. The Bourne Identity – Quick exit

When faced with interrogation by Jason Bourne, murderous goon Castel chooses death... by running straight through a window and somersaulting into oblivion. Titanic's propeller guy would approve.

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