Some hashtags go incredibly viral on Twitter for a few days only to disappear in the blink of an eye, but the #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly hashtag is still going strong two whole years after it initially took off. If you're looking for an in-depth description of a film's plot so you can better decide if you'd actually be interested in it before going to the theaters or watching it on Netflix, check out sites like IMDb or Wikipedia. If you're too lazy for that and want the plot of epic films to be broken down into one sentence that's under 14o characters, however, the #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly hashtag was made just for you! These easy-to-read responses are absolutely hilarious, and they might even enhance the plots of some of our favorite films!
15 Bruce Wayne, sadistic cosplayer
In Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire who has all the means required to turn the dark and dangerous city of Gotham into a much safer place. Instead of using his wealth and power to help people in need as Bruce Wayne, he spends a ridiculous amount of money on cosplay and spends every night showing off his expensive cape and cowl as Batman. He even steals a multi-million dollar tank from his company to draw additional attention to his "superhero" persona, and accessorizes his outfit with a wide assortment of pricey weapons! When he isn't playing dress up, Bruce stays busy beating up on clearly mentally ill "supervillains" like Scarecrow and The Joker. Okay, that's not exactly the best way to describe three of the best superhero films of all time, but you can't say it's not at least slightly accurate!
14 They should have kept the receipt
We all know how much of a hassle it can be to return something to the store you bought it from. The return lines are always ridiculously long (especially if you make the mistake of going within a month of any holiday), and the customer service agents are a nightmare to deal with if you misplaced your receipt. We've never had as bad of an experience as Frodo Baggins and his merry band of Hobbits, elves and dwarves, though! They spent nine whole hours trying to return some jewelry, and nearly died in the process. We know that's probably the worst possible breakdown for the plot of the epic Lord of the Rings films, but how else can you really describe a series that's so insanely long in less than a paragraph?!
13 Leave them alone, Kylo
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, an angry, privileged white man chases after an innocent interracial couple with a burning cross, threatening to kill them if they don't join him. This plot description confused us a bit at first and we probably wouldn't have guessed what film was being referenced if the Twitter user didn't include an image of the film's poster, but thinking about it, it's actually entirely true—Kylo Ren repeatedly harasses Rey and Finn throughout the film, and attacked them with his three-pronged lightsaber during the final battle. Rey and Finn weren't exactly a "couple" (and we totally ship Finn with his BFF Poe Dameron), but there was definitely some adorable sexual tension between them... so this #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly response, while admittedly awful, is spot-on.
12 Kevin was the true villain
Some viewers of the first two Home Alone films mistakenly believe that the Sticky Bandits were the villains, but Harry and Marv were actually the victims of the true antagonist—Kevin McAllister. The neglected 8-year-old was an undeniable sociopath. Some of the traps he set up in home weren't designed to merely incapacitate the homeless burglars... they could have killed them. Kevin could have just called the police on the Bandits or given them a warm meal and sent them on their way, but instead he repeatedly tried to humiliate and murder the two down-on-their luck "criminals." This plot description totally opens our eyes about Kevin's villainy, and helps us understand why the McCallister family left him behind every single time they went on vacation.
11 Ice bucket challenge
Titanic will always be one of our absolute favorite films, and we'll never quite get over the fact that Leo didn't earn an Oscar for his role in it. It had everything you could hope for in a film—there was the epic Romeo & Juliet-style romance between Jack and Rose, an endless supply of drama thanks to Rose's snob of a mother and her arrogant fiance and intense danger courtesy of the iceberg that sank the "unsinkable ship." That's why we are so torn on whether we should laugh or scream at this horrible plot description! Sure, everyone in the film had to deal with the ice-cold waters we all experienced when we got tagged in the Ice Bucket Challenge a few years ago, but come on!
10 Leo's Oscar curse
Leo didn't take home the Oscar he deserved for Titanic, but surely he'd get one for his phenomenal work in the critically beloved Inception, right?! Wrong! Even though this film had everything you could possibly want—amazing acting, a star-studded cast and one of the coolest and most unique plots ever—he was snubbed yet again. That's why, instead of trying to describe the actual storyline of Inception, this Twitter user chose to simply write "Leonardo DiCaprio finds out he can't even win an Oscar in his dreams" as the film's plot summary. It certainly doesn't explain anything that happens in the movie, but it does cover the lesson it taught us pretty perfectly: Leo is cursed. Thank goodness he finally won for The Revenant... even though that's probably our least favorite of his films.
9 Quite the temper tantrum
Just watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians or any of the Real Housewives shows and you'll notice that rich, entitled socialites can't stop creating drama, despite all of their privilege. When most people lose their parents, at worst, they sink into a fairly short depression. When Elsa—a young princess who never wanted for anything—lost her parents, she had an absolute temper tantrum and caused millions in property damage destroying the kingdom she was supposed to rule over. She turned Arendelle into a nightmarish frozen wasteland, so why on Earth do so many little girls adore Elsa and dress up as her every Halloween?! Maybe because that's not quite the best description of Frozen. It's honestly not that far off from the truth, though.
8 Still a better love story
People still joke that basically anything is "still a better love story than Twilight" today, 12 whole years after the first novel hit shelves and nine years after the first film was released in theaters. We'll never get all the hate because we low-key love Twilight, but we do agree that this bad plot description is pretty accurate and can't help laughing at it. Bella Swan was definitely a grumpy emo chick (especially when portrayed by the fairly emotionless Kristen Stewart) who couldn't decide whether she wanted to shag a corpse or a dog. Calling a vampire a "corpse" and a shapeshifter who frequently takes the form of a wolf a "dog" seems off, but that really is exactly what they were and it's kind of gross that Bella wanted to mess around with either of them when you stop to think about it.
7 Dorothy of Kansas, American terrorist
Dorothy is another classic film hero who should actually be considered one of Hollywood's most heartless villains. Some praise the young Kansas girl for making it through a terrifying new world filled with witches and flying monkeys and learning some valuable life lessons along the way, but she also did plenty of bad things during her time in Oz. She invaded the foreign land and immediately killed local leadership when her house fell on one witch and she dumped water on (and subsequently melted) another. She then searched for an exit strategy and left the magical land before ensuring new leadership was ready to step forward and provide the munchkins and other citizens of Oz with a stable government. This doesn't exactly sound like the Wizard of Oz we remember... but it might actually have been an even better film!
6 Sandy totally did this
Even people who hate musicals can agree that Grease is a great film. It's filled with romance, drama, an awesome soundtrack, comedy and car racing, so there's a little something for everyone! Unfortunately, the film delivers a fairly disappointing message in its final scene—if things aren't working out with your crush, completely change your personality for him! Sandy was a "good girl" who didn't quite match the leather-wearing, cigarette-smoking type that Danny Zuko was typically attracted to, so she decided to just fake it. It wasn't until she donned a tight, black leather outfit and gave herself a perm that the horny, greasy object of her affections decided "You're The One That I Want." It's a sad way to describe such a beloved film, but it's not wrong.
5 Yet another problem with the prequels
The Star Wars prequels will always divide fans of the franchise. Some love them because podracing looks cool and Anakin Skywalker is a fascinating character who deserves a background story, while others think Jar Jar Binks is the most annoying character in cinematic history and Anakin was made out to be a whiny little brat. Well, this bad plot description provides some fuel to the fire and provides haters with another reason to bash the prequels—The Phantom Menace can easily be broken down to "priest kidnaps child for cult and eventual marriage to politician twice his age." It's really creepy that two older dudes stole Anakin away from his mother and forced him to join a cult he barely understood, and it's even worse that Padme ended up marrying him despite the fact that he was a child when they first met!
4 More problems with Batman
We were so excited to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when the film was first announced. We've seen the two superheroes fight alongside each other in a number of DC comics and animated film, but this was a chance to see the two titans face off for the first time in live action! Then we actually watched the movie... and could barely hide our intense disappointment. While Ben Affleck made a solid Bruce Wayne and we enjoyed Gal Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman, the film's dialogue was weak and the big fight scene was cut short because the two heroes' mothers share the same name! That's why we totally support describing the flop as "paranoid billionaire afraid of immigrant." It hits a bit too close to home with Trump being so openly distrustful of immigrants, but its a solid enough plot summary and might save some people from wasting their time watching the movie.
3 Spider-Man has a kinky side?
"Young man forcibly binds other men and photographs them for money" might sound like the description for a 50 Shades of Grey film, but it's actually one clever Twitter user's plot summary of Spider-Man! In the OG Spidey film starring Tobey Maguire, Peter Parker gets bitten by a radioactive spider and uses his newfound powers to sling around New York City and stop bad guys... but in the process, he definitely binds some men against their will and sells pictures of them to the Daily Bugle. We're pretty sure the comics never portrayed Peter as kinky, but his secret hobby sounds a little BDSM-y when you put it that way, doesn't it?! Guys, if you need to convince your Christian Grey-loving girlfriend to watch Spider-Man with you, this might not be a bad way to describe the film!
2 The creepiest children's movie ever
We're not entirely sure why Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is considered a children's movie. Sure, it's a fantasy film starring a cute young cast, but it's absolutely terrifying! The classic features a drug-crazed lunatic who "slowly kills children in front of their parents one by one," and everyone just... lets him get away with it! No one stops to ask why tragedy befalls everyone who entered the factory thanks to their Golden Ticket, they just accept that accidents happen and move on. And don't even get us started on those creepy Oompa Loompas! This description might be a bit simplistic and it may be a crime to summarize an award-winning classic in under 140 characters, but we can't really think of a better way to explain the disturbing events of Willy Wonka.
1 Unhealthy obsession
How can you describe the plot of the seven book, eight film Harry Potter series in one tweet? So much happened, and leaving out beloved characters like Dobby, Tonks and the Weasley Twins or unforgettable events like the Triwizard Tournament or the Battle of Hogwarts in a plot description could definitely upset a lot of fans. Maybe that's why one Twitter user gave up on offering any sort of revealing details about the series, and instead merely described its plot as "noseless guy has an unhealthy obsession with a teenage boy." At the end of the day, the series was all about Voldemort and his intense need to kill The Boy Who Lived, so this brief and comedic sentence covers that main storyline quickly and efficiently!