Christy Lemire: You know that old cliched response after walking out of a movie or a play: “I laughed, I cried”? This time, it’s really true. I laughed my ass off — and then I cried. A 3-D, animated movie about a bunch of tiny pieces of plastic made me cry.
The game of peek-a-boo famously played during the Grendel fight in the film of Beowulf (unless anyone out there can think of a logical reason for fighting an insane, man-eating giant whilst in the buff).
Toy Story 3's ending. Watching a college student play with a toy cowboy has never been so heartwarming.
Eric Idle's over-the-top Villain Song in The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue. It's the most idiotic thing one can do right after the supposedly dramatic twist that the villain is the hero's brother, but the song is so entertaining.
In Disney's take on Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent awesomely delivers the line "and now shall you deal with ME, oh prince, AND ALL THE POWERS OF HELL!"
Fievel and Tanya's rendition of "Somewhere Out There" in An American Tail has this, because they cast untrained children to voice the song. But despite how their voices crack at points, it adds a kind of genuine feel to the song that is missing in Linda Ronstadt's version (which turns it into a romantic ballad).
And the Joker's socks when he's sitting in his cell. Helps that both they and Heathy are Made of Win.
Batman's infamous "Bat-voice". In a lesser movie it would end up killing the drama of every scene Bat's talks in. However, The Dark Knight is so well staged that it's not uncommon at all to joke about Batman's voice and yet still highly praise the film.
Batman Returns: "The heat's gettin' to me... I'll murder you momentarily after a nice cup... of... water" The Penguin dies right then and there, but what really makes it work is the guard of penguins doing the burial and Danny Elfman's score.
Naturally the film of the Adam West series Batman: The Movie continues the campy glory it was known for.
Speaking of The Dark Knight Rises, there's Bane's voice to some people. His voice is full of Vocal Dissonance and is quite silly, but at the same time it can still roll into a horrifyingly unexpected variation that utilizes Narm to it's advantage: the Narm of it all makes you have to tell yourself that Bane is a Neutral EvilKnight Templar with a false politeness that can really catch you off guard if you don't look past the Narm.
A lot of the enjoyment found in Batman & Robin is from this and Freeze's puns.
When the protagonist's wife in Burning Man gets cancer, she hides her hair loss under a very cheap and unruly wig. It would seem silly in any other context, but here it only drives home how badly she's handling the situation and that some things will inevitably be gone forever.
Many of the classic Universal Horror movies. Dracula is this trope at it's finest. If it wasn't for Bela Lugosi's hammy, heavy-accented, over-the-top performance as the Count, the film would have surely drifted off into obscurity as a boring old vampire movie (regardless of it's place in cinema history). Lugosi delivers every line with such intensity and charm, it's makes you wonder if he even knew what he was saying, but it makes the character and the film all the more memorable, and not only made the film and character such classic pop-culture touchstones, it also helped bring the horror genre into the mainstream from the film's success. He also had some help from Dwight Frye and Edward Van Sloan's scenery chewing performances as Renfield and Van Helsing.
Frye himself embodied this trope with pretty much every performance he gave, such as Fritz in Frankenstein, Karl in Bride of Frankenstein, and other crazy roles in many, many terrible thirties horror films. He's the only reason some of them are even watchable.
SFDebris: While Shatner is often mocked as a ham actor, the quiet way he expresses [his grief] shows that while, yeah, sometimes he's the guy that screams 'Khan,' sometimes he's the also the guy that can scream even louder without going above a whisper.
Him screaming "KHAAAAAAN!" seems like narm, unless you remember what Khan said to prompt that. And the fact that He was Narming it up on purpose to trick Khan.
Used to absolutely AWESOME effect in Lemon Jelly's song '64 aka Go. Nobody monologues better than Shatner.
A lot of moments from the Spider-Man Trilogy may qualify note (surprise surprise, they were directed by Mr. Evil Dead himself, Sam Raimi), such as the Green Goblin bombing the Parker residence and demanding Aunt May finish her prayer ("deliver us... deliver us... from evil!"), or when Peter embraces a normal life to the tune of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head."
"We'll meet again, Spider-Man!!" Corny? Oh yes. But somehow incredibly appropriate for a Spider-Man movie.
Many a viewer waited reluctantly for the typically-cheesy scene of a dying family member (Uncle Ben, in this case) giving an inspirational speech to the protagonist before kicking it. But instead of a speech, all we got was "...Peter..." While still cheesy in its own right...damn.
In the wonderful shooting contest scene, Monco walks around Mortimer, glaring at him; Mortimer walks around Monco, glaring at him; Monco steps on Mortimer's shoe, getting it muddy; Mortimer does the same to him, et cetera — until Mortimer proves himself to be the better shot by perforating Monco's hat, but up until then it's hilarious. Two little boys hang a lampshade on it: "Just like the games we know!"
Another one from Mortimer, when he spots a wanted poster of his nemesis. And looks at it very hard.
Arguably, anytime their conflict turns physical is somewhat ridiculous. It makes sense in the context, though: Daniel doesn't want it to look cool, he wants to bitch-slap/kill the fucker!
In general, Arnold Schwarzeneggershould be extremely narmful all the time because of his incredibly thick Austrian accent, but people have got so used to hearing it it barely matters anymore. To quote Jack Slater in Last Action Hero, "Vot accent?"
Parts of the 1973 film version of Jesus Christ Superstar are rather corny today, yes, but the corny lines in no way detract from the rest of the movie.
In that exact same scene: The Witch-King's ridiculously large mace. Everyone from the prop designers to the actor who had to swing it all thought it was the largest, heaviest, most ridiculous part of the scene.
People who like the Prequels can feel this way about them (especially if you are from the younger generation and grew up on them). The Original Trilogy gets this too, for the same reason Star Trek: The Original Series does: the special effects can be so bad, but the story so good.
Those who saw the Original Trilogy when it first came out were amazed at how good the special effects were. There's a reason Industrial Light and Magic were the go-to guys for exceptional special effects for decades, and that simulation sequence during the rebel pilot briefing, while laughable by today's CGI standards, was done on a computer graphics system that was at the time cutting-edge State of the Art. The original trailer, on the other hand, was narm in its purest form.
Logan jumping over the guy on the bullet train, whilst screaming.
During the climax, Viper chases after Wolverine and Mariko, and hisses as she does so.
The 1973 scenes in X-Men: Days of Future Past may look a tad colorful and flamboyant if not outright dorky to a 21st Century audience. But they really do give an authentic '70s feel and even add to the tension.
The international dubs for the japanese movies are hilarious and charming in their own way. To a lesser extent, there's also the official english dubs produced for someofthemovies' original theatrical releases.
Galaxy Quest: "By Grabthar's hammer... by the suns of Warvan... you shall be avenged." Though in that case the original line was trying to be silly in an Affectionate Parody sort of way for Star Trek. The context the line is delivered in is genuinely badass and makes up for it. It helped that it was Alan Rickman saying the line.
It also didn't hurt that a visibly long-suffering Rickman had earlier delivered the variant "By Grabthar's hammer ... *sigh* ... what a savings" while doing a publicity appearance at the opening of some Big Box Mart.
Logic doesn't get in the way of the narm-charmtastic climactic scene of the 1966 Italian film Dio, Come Ti Amo! The heroine Gigliola, played by Eurovision Song Contest winner Gigliola Cinquetti, taps into the p.a. system of an airport in order to sing a love song to Luis, her boyfriend who is departing on a plane that is on the runway about to take off. Her song is broadcast not only through the airport, but, in a quirk of Italian electrical engineering, also into the headsets of the ground crew and the pilots of Luis' flight. Sure, in reality the pilot, the ground crew and the airport's p.a. would probably not all share the same system, but that's besides the point. Adding to the inexplicit absurdity of the scene is the fact that her love song is also audible to the passengers on the departing plane, one of whom is Luis who disembarks from the plane to return to Gigliola. Yet for all of the gaps in plausibility, your heart can't help but be moved when Gigliola and Luis kiss on the tarmac.
Titanic may have the typical movie cliches on the book, but it is so silly, yet so romantic! Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips once called it "the worst-written movie I ever happily saw twice".
Even with lines like "You must do me this honor, Rose. You must promise me to survive" - toward the end of the second half of the film audiences will be dreading Jack's inevitable demise.
Speaking of James Cameron, while certain scenes from Avatar may be narmy whenever Neytiri gets pissed off or cries (like when Jake revealed his secret to her, causing her to lose her trust in him), they are actually quite sad.
Gran Torino: The phrase "Get off my lawn!" may sound like a typical senior citizen phrase, but Eastwood being Eastwood, boy did he make it work.
Most of the werewolf scenes in the remake of The Wolfman (2010), starting with their decision not to change the werewolf appearance from the black and white original.
A lot of The Road Warrior is Narm but especially this scene with Wez, the Lord Humungeous' dragon has Narm Charm. After the Feral kid's razor boomerang kills his lover, Wez goes nuts "NO! WE GO IN! WE KILL! Humoungous puts him in a sleeper hold to subdue and says "Be still my dog of war! I understand your pain! But we do it my way! We do it MY WAY!" Wez: "Losers! Losers wait!" before becoming unconscious. It should be just funny but it's somehow funny AND awesome. Even when the audio was used years later in South Park episode, "Eat, Queef and Pray" when a woman demonstrates a "Road Warrior Queef"
The Hellboy films have quite a bit of this in small doses throughout, but they pull it off with deliberate bravado in the second film when Abe and Hellboy get drunk and sing the incredibly cheesy song, "Can't Smile Without You." Who hasn't gotten drunk with a friend and sung bad music to try and get through the blues?
George Bailey's friends and family spontaniously bursting out into Christmas carols at the end of It's a Wonderful Lifeshould be Narmy ... but really isn't. At all.
It might be more accurate to say that since Narm is what the movie is made of, this scene doesn't stand out as particularly Narmy in comparison until the kid pops off with the line about bells and angels, which is pure distilled essence of Narm.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is entirely about the great enjoyment one can have at the late night double feature picture show, a classic way to see the best in B-Movies.
The B-movie Zombie Bloodbath is so cheap and cheesy, with an almost nonexistent plot, by every definition it should be terrible. But the fact that it was produced by hundreds of town locals who volunteered to do it for fun makes it incredibly heartwarming to watch as zombies crack up while running.
What keeps Zombie Bloodbath from being so bad is the fact that it was a community project in which practically the whole town volunteered to take part completely for free, because they all liked the director's silly movies so much. We ended up with zombies stumbling around with their little zombie children, people trying not to crack up while they're being eaten, and people doing kung fu roundhouse kicks to zombie nuns.
It: "Oh yes, Georgie! They float! And when you're down here with me... YOU'LL FLOAT TOOOOO!!!!!"
The King's Speech had this moment where Bertie is encouraged to talk about his childhood, and he tries to... but because of his stammer, he has to make himself sing parts of it. Hearing him suddenly sing something instead of speaking would almost be funny if he wasn't talking about how he was abused by a nanny, who would deprive him of food and hit him so he'd cry in front of his parents, and that his parents didn't notice what was going on for years.
The film Cast Away features a scene with the main character crying over his lost volleyball. By all means, it should not be heartbreaking, but somehow... it is.
Some of the actions in the fight scenes of Ip Man can easily be mistaken for slapstick. However, the choreography was so good that such scenes fit right into the fights.
General Zod in Superman The Movie and Superman II is made of this. He's a titanic ham with lots of dialogue that could have been very painful, but he tends to come of as genuinely deranged and dangerous rather than goofy considering on that Earth, he can cataclysmically make good on his threats with his bare hands, or simply by blowing. It also helps that he can bounce back and forth between Large Ham and dangerously understated almost at will, as his introductory scene shows.
Likewise, Superman's lines like "Don't thank me, Warden. We're all part of the same team!" for almost any actor would have come off as naive and trite, but Christopher Reeve had the consummate acting skill and sincerity to make it feel charming.
According to the people who cast the film, the role of Buttercup in The Princess Bride was given to the only actress they found who could deliver the line "You mock my pain".
Al Pacino's first scene with Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco was noted on the Director's Commmentary as one that could have been pathetic, but worked due to Pacino's skill. Lefty's line, "In all the five boroughs, I'm known. I'm known all over the fuckin' world. Anybody asks anybody about Lefty from Mulberry Street..."
The only actor in history who could deliver the line "If it had to happen to one of us, why did it have to be you?" in An Affair to Remember was Cary Grant. Combine this with the explosive chemistry between Grant and co-star Deborah Kerr, and what could have gone down as one of the sappiest, glurgiest movies ever produced is instead one of Hollywood's most epic love stories.
The SyfyB-MovieMeteor Apocalypse has just what you'd expect of a B Movie — low budget, bad script. But for film shot in only 12 days, the acting (even through the badly-written dialogue) is actually pretty good.
The final scene of Dead Poets Society is almost universally considered to be a very powerful and moving ending to the film. But think of how it would sound written down on a script and what one would think it would end up like...
Young Neil in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was cast because he could deliver "He punched the highlights out of her hair!" with the perfect mix of rage, disbelief and conviction. He went on to ad-lib several hilarious moments throughout the film.
The Neverending Story: When Artax starts sinking into the Swamps of Sadness, Atreyu's reaction is shameless and over the top... but damn if that isn't the key to making that scene work without viewers wondering what the horse has to be depressed over.
It's a little less Narmy when you realize the actor got caught in the elevator that was lowering the horse and nearly drowned. When they brought him back up he was already unconscious, had to be rushed to a hospital, and took two days to recover.
Also, Bastian's over the top reactions to what he's reading.
Let's face it: Both the Harry Potter books and films can be quite narmilicious... but the thing is, the quality of it is just so good, it can easily be forgiven. One particular example is the ending of the fifth film when Harry gives his "Reason You Suck" Speech to Voldemort; which boils down to "I have The Power of Friendship. You don't. I pity you (though I still want you to die)". This, coupled with the shots of Voldemort's kind of goofy poses in the visions Harry sees during the film, could be extremely Narmy... but it's not. The reason being that when you've spent all this time reading the books and/or watching the films, you really do understand what Harry is saying no matter how corny it might be. This is doubly true for the movie, which also shows clips from all the previous ones before it, most of those clips being of other Narm Charm moments from the series.
Starcrashis Narm Charm. The endearingly bad acting (thanks in no small part to Joe Spinell as the villain Zarth Arn), the obvious fake ships, the ridiculous clothes, and the never-ending sound effects make it tons of fun to watch from start to finish.
Eight Legged Freaks lives off this with corny characters and cornier monsters (Seriously, the spiders make grunts and squeaks and throw in a 'wee' at times) but it's all extremely good fun.
The Wizard of Oz. The backgrounds are obviously painted backdrops, everyone's in rather silly costumes, and the villain is defeated by pure Deus ex Machina but for some reason none of that matters because the acting has such pathos and a lot of people grew up watching it. It's to the point where no film studio has the guts to do a remake (though other Oz movies have been made), for fear of a I Liked It Better When It Sucked reaction.
Just the names make this film overblown. When telling a story where STACKER PENTECOST tells his men to assemble at THE SHATTERDOME to power up GIPSY DANGER so it can battle KNIFEHEAD, one can either mock that to death or take it completely seriously. Pacific Rim takes the latter approach, and thus is all the better for it.
The Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes films have a bit of this. Some of the plots are a bit ridiculous, and Bruce's comedic portrayal of Doctor Watson can cross the line into buffoonery at times. (Memetically so.) Yet they're still classics of Holmes on film with memorable performances from the lead actors and genuine suspense.
The Muto courtship scene, where the male offers the female a nuclear warhead, comparable to the Spaghetti Kiss from Lady and the Tramp. Yes, it's kind of silly and clashes a bit with the mood of the film, but it also shows a more sympathetic side to the monsters.
Some of Godzilla's mannerisms make him come off as less an unstoppable juggernaut acting on nature's behalf and more a grumpy old man who simply wants everything to be done with. Surprisingly, this sort of works; his bouncing between the two gives him a large amount of sympathy and personality while reminding the audience he's a walking engine of chaos, both frightening and endearing the audience.
In the aftermath of the monster battle, the news banner declaring Godzilla to be "Savior of our City?" can feel a bit over the top, but what takes the cake is some San Francisco people cheering Godzilla. It doesn't last long, but it seems more like a reference to the cheesy films of the 60s and 70s, rather than the grim 1954 original that inspired the rest of the film.