EVERYTHING WRONG WITHReading. *ding*CinemaSins is a web series created by Jeremy Scott and Chris Atkinson in 2012, dedicated entirely to pointing out the "sins" in movies. Sins include continuity errors, Critical Research Failures, anything that breaks Willing Suspension of Disbelief, editing mistakes, instances of "Dude, Not Funny!", instances of Idiot Ball or Idiot Plot, plot holes, Logical Fallacies, overused and misused tropes, or just anything the guys can make a snarky joke or reference to. Currently, there are seven shows playing on the channel (though three appear to have been discontinued):
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- Everything Wrong With...: Jeremynote points out all the sins in a particular movie.
- Conversations with Myself: Through editing, Jeremy has a discussion with Jeremy about a recent movie, including a hint towards the next episode of CinemaSins. Was eventually moved to CinemaSins Jeremy (see below).
- Movie Recipes: Came in two seasons with vastly different formats:
- In the original run, Jeremy visits the kitchen to make an inedible edible creation, with all the ingredients based on one film.
- In the reboot, Jeremy hires a celebrity chef to make an actually good meal with thematic ingredients (again, based on one film), while shooting the breeze with movie trivia.
- What'$ the Damage? The guys tally up the monetary cost of all the physical and property damage in a movie, not counting human lives (because "that's just morbid"). Appears to be discontinued.
- Sin Dissection: Further in-depth explanation of a particular movie sin. Only one episode, on the sin "This movie exists", was ever released.
- CinemaSins Voicemails — Best of the Hotline: Highlights from the CinemaSins Hotline (405-459-7466, or 405-459-SINN), reenacted by Jeremy or actors. Appears to be discontinued, however.
- "How To Make...": A series of videos (made by Bobby Burns) showcasing some of the more regular sins of a particular genre (Michael Bay films, British crime films, slasher films, etc.) as a "how to" video.
- Dear Hollywood: Jeremy writes a letter to Hollywood complaining about particular trends, suggesting improvements for the industry.
- Before & After Movie Reviews: The guys discuss their expectations for a movie while driving to see it, then give a review after having watched it.
- Adventures in Audio: Basically like the ending funny audio bits on a Sins video, except applied to good movies.
Tropes picked apart by the Everything Wrong With series:
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- 1-Dimensional Thinking: They call it "The Prometheus School of Running Away From Things," using an infamous scene from the movie where a character is crushed to death by a giant rolling wheel instead of running to the side to avoid the wheel altogether.
- 20 Minutes into the Future: Jeremy pointing out how in Looper, those are clearly 2010s model cars being driven in 2044; that according to Star Trek, "Nokia still has that shitty ringtone 250 years in the future"; that in Avatar, a film set in the 24th century, Ranger Rick is apparently still a relevant reference; and pointing out how The Running Man predicts we'll still be listening to music on cassettes 30 years later.
- Acoustic License:
- "Hammond's dad can hear his son's conversation 10 feet away at a fairly loud party."
- Multiple instances of characters entering a scene and responding to something said when they realistically were probably too far away to hear what they're responding to.
- Actor Allusion: Point Break (1991): When "Patrick's road house" is mentioned in a scene, Jeremy isn't amused by the film's attempt at an In-Joke and sins it.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Whenever Jeremy legitimately finds a joke funny, he'll break out into a fit of laughter and will remove a sin.
- Conversely, when a line of dialogue or a scene is so obviously hypocritical or absurdly unbelievable, he'll also break into a giggle fit and add a sin.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: After V's little speech, The Narrator adds:Also... Anti-Hero arrives and alliterates annoyingly to authenticate aptitude at alliteration.
- Adorkable: Invoked. The narrator accuses Paper Towns of being a "desperate, over-the-top attempt at being adorkable" and sins the movie for it.
- Adults Are Useless: Jeremy points this out in every movie with kids as main characters. Special mention to the parents in The Boss Baby, who didn't have a problem with their seven-year-old taking their newborn ANYWHERE, or the mother who apparently didn't hear the adult voice coming from the squeak toy on her daughter's high chair, or notice the radio antenna sticking out of it.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Sinned in Brave with Angus (a horse), when he does a roll-over.Jeremy (the narrator): Horse-dog. *ding*
- Air-Vent Passageway: Jeremy frequently sins this, pointing out why would the bad guys make vents large enough for the heroes to crawl into.
- All Men Are Perverts:
Jeremy: "All bad guys are pervy rapists" cliche.
- He counts that as a sin occasionally, most notably, in EWW Terminator 2: Judgement Day, when one of the mental hospital wards licks Sarah Connor after she's strapped to a bed.
- Two of the channel's "running gag" sins are "scene does not contain a lapdance," and "(attractive actress in the film) is not my girlfriend in this scene."
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Sinned numerous times in Tangled with Maximus, whose competence seems to fluctuate on the needs of the plot.
- Anatomically Impossible Sex: Sins Nine 1/2 Weeks several times for clearly staged sex that is in no way possible. Also sinned The Room for the infamous scene of Tommy Wiseau appearing to be gyrating over the actress' bellybutton, and many other implausible sex scenes.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: When the characters of Noah think it's impossible for a barren woman to become pregnant...Jeremy: You just saw a forest grow out of one seed, and a bunch of animals board the ark without an announcement. "Impossible" shouldn't be in your vocabulary.
- Ascended Meme: There is a scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past in which a general finds out that the girl he seduced is actually Mystique. The narrator said: "X-Men franchise continues to believe that men wouldn't find mystique attractive like this. (...) Just once, I'd like to see one of these dudes not freak out. Call her on her bulls*it. Then get his ass kicked anyway". Then, How It Should Have Ended made a video with alternate endings to the film.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Occasionally counts this as sins.
Jeremy: You know, for all Ann's been through in this movie, she still looks f*cking dynamite!
- From the 2005 version of King Kong:
Jeremy: After this, somehow Marty doesn't even have a black eye or bloody nose or anything!!!
- In the EWW Back to the Future Part II, when Marty is hit in the face by Biff's elbow during the final chase to get the almanac back:
- Behind the Black: In The Two Towers, Jeremy points out that Saruman somehow hid an army numbering in the tens of thousands from Grima Wormtongue, even though there is no way the man could have missed such a massive grouping of Uruk Hai when he works at the very building from which they were spawned.
- Berserk Button: More like Sin Button, since the narrator hardly ever truly goes berserk, just Tranquil Fury at most.
Jeremy:I swear to fuzzy Zeus on a cracker, if one more person says "hope" I'm going to lose my sh*t. Star Wars movies are hereby forbidden from ever using the word "hope". If you f*ckers ever cast soccer player Hope Solo in a movie... you'd better f*cking change her name in the credits. I'm serious!
- Child abuse. Sometimes this can spread to meta examples, such as when Child's Play gets a sin for Andy's jarringly well-acted crying. The narrator is horrified to think about what the directors told him to make him cry.
- Rape or unwanted sexual advances are surefire ways to set the narrator off. The weird-tongue bonus round for Showgirls had the sin count multiplied to a million (69,000,000 total) for a part in the rape scene, with the caption, "Because...this scene is that bad."
- Exploitation. A good portion of the sins in The Greatest Showman are about the film's glossing over or whitewashing the character of P. T. Barnum, calling them out for his abrasiveness and willingness to say or do whatever he needs to, to get someone to see things his way, as well as the half-baked attempt at social commentary re: miscegenation in the 19th century.
- Usually it's used passively or jokingly, but "That's racist." can become one if the narrator becomes legitimately angry by a racist comment. Doubly if said racist comment is Played for Laughs.
- Long opening credits. The emphasis on the sin will be greater the longer that they are.
- And opening narration for that matter. The narrator believes in "show, don't tell" for these situations.
- The narrator does not like sex scenes that don't make sense. The narrator will bring the video to a halt to point out how the sex would either be too uncomfortable for pleasure or just impossible.
- Anytime the laws of physics are broken. The Fast & Furious series is loaded with a countless amount of sins for this. At one point, it drives the narrator to Angrish.
- Dysfunctional parents, which many films argue are the only ones that exist.
- The Pronoun Game: when characters refer only to others as he, she, or they, making it ambiguous to viewers as to whom they are talking about. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has this so much that at one point, the narrator sounds utterly overwhelmed:Narrator: WHO IS HER?
- When characters are not given important information, just so that it can be a shocking reveal later. For example, when the main character is told not to do something, but is never told why he or she should not do it.
- Jeremy is pretty livid after how many times he hears the word "Hope" in the Star Wars movies, especially after Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Adds a sin for the kiss between Leo and Ari in Planet of the Apes, subtitled "Ewww."
- Big Word Shout: Jeremy's not a fan. Any time someone lets one out, Jeremy counts it a sin with:Jeremy: *repeats word in deadpan*. *ding*
- As the video for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shows, he'll add a sin even if it's not audible.
- *Bleep*-dammit!: There is at least one instance where Jeremy bleeps out the word "fuck" but forgets to censor it in text. There are also several instances where the bleep is either too late or too early, thus making the swear word audible.
- Blown Across the Room: Sinned in Batman: The Killing Joke:"Man, this bullet has unbelievable propulsive powers!"
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Occasionally puts this as a sin.Unconfirmed kills. *ding* Also the Shredder is content not to look for his body, even though it would take just a fraction of his army to go find it. *ding*
- In his video on Terminator 2, he has calls out the T-1000's not so smart decisions.
- When he smashes the back window of a cop car that has the T-800, Sarah Connor, and John Connor, Jeremy sins the fact that the T-1000 doesn't just spill into the backseat in his liquid form and kill John.
- When he's chasing our heroes in the SWAT truck in the helicopter, he doesn't bother shooting the tires.
- During the fight in the factory, where the T-1000 makes the T-800 stuck in a gearshift — "The T-1000 says 'Oh, OK, you're incapacitated. No need to finish this job."
- He tries to get Sarah to "Call to John", instead of just killing her and impersonating her.
- The T-1000 apparently forgot that his inferior predecessor had the ability to re-route to alternate power after impaling him.
- In his video of Attack of the Clones, he brings up the problems with Zam Wessel's assasination attempts at Padme
- Waiting to hit Padme's ship, where they used a decoy, until everybody deboarded.
- Jango tells her they need to try something more subtle this time. "WHY!?"
- Not programming the probe that carries the poisonous centipedes to carry missiles or explosives instead.
- Zam decides to use her sniper rifle to shoot at the probe and let Obi-Wan fall to his doom, instead of just shooting Obi-Wan himself.
- In the nightclub, "Also, why didn't she just shift into her other self for a disguise and simply walk out."
- In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, he sins how Charlie's robotic arm could have just crushed Eggsy's windpipe after Charlie himself was thrown out of the car instead of waiting to hack into the car's computer system after Eggsy left.
- In his video on Terminator 2, he has calls out the T-1000's not so smart decisions.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: When Noah from The Ring says "Roll credits", Jeremy asks if a Title Drop was made without him knowing.
- Brick Joke: In the video of Avengers: Age of Ultron we get a scene set in Seoul, Korea. Jeremy sins this with "Just in case you confused it with Seoul, Norway". Later in a scene set in Oslo, Norway, Jeremy sins it with "In case you confused it with Oslo, Korea".
- Brown Note: Jeremy states that projectile vomiting is the inevitable consequence of attempting to sing any Ace of Base song.
- Butt-Monkey: Jeremy doesn't hide the fact that Hawkeye is his least favorite Avenger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spending a good deal of the Age of Ultron video mocking his uselessness, and bringing him up again to mock in both the Ant-Man and Furious 7 videos.
- California Doubling: Called out in The Matrix, in which various signage gives away the fact that the supposedly American locale was actually shot in Australia.
- Camera Screw: Jeremy is unhappy with how Paranormal Activity 2 sets up its night surveillance camera footage in a way that deliberately avoids showing us key information by taking footage from an unhelpful camera that picks up a sound like the baby crying or the dog barking that could be given context and is surely being filmed by another camera.
- Canadian Equals Hockey Fan: In Everything Wrong With Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, this is the narrator's response to a photo of a young Justin Bieber in a hockey suit.Narrator: No way. Justin grew up in Canada and played hockey? Now this movie is just fantasyland.
- Captain Obvious: Jeremy calls Nightwing verbatim in Batman: Under the Red Hood.Jeremy: Is one of Nightwing's superhero aliases Captain Obvious?
- Cliché Storm: You better believe that they point out each one.
- Conspicuous CG: A common sin.I don't know what my problem with [whatever is happening] is. It might be because it looks fake as shit.
- Contrived Coincidence: Tons upon tons. From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1:Harry: Does he have a name? Do you know?
Guy: No, I...
Jeremy: But this random newspaper on the floor does! I'm just gonna sit down and relax, because Harry's entire quest is about to be solved by plot-bots.
- Conveniently Empty Building: Jeremy gets sick to death of this trope in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Creative Closing Credits: Jeremy removes a sin for this in the Inside Out video, calling the end credits inspired.
- Cuteness Overload: One sin is removed from Big Hero 6 because of this, courtesy of Baymax.
- Happens again with Despicable Me, due to Agnes's reaction to winning the stuffed unicorn.
- Damsel Scrappy: "Mary Jane is in some type of danger cliche."
- A Date with Rosie Palms: "Masturbation cam."
- "Whoa, Gizmo! Don't do that in Billy's room!"
- Department of Redundancy Department: A Running Gag whenever there's something convenient is a Running Gag."This easily escapable basket is easily escapable."
- While sinning V for Vendetta, he says "Only 8 hours late, fellas" twice in a row.
- The V For Vendetta video also contains the line "...this bishop's exact awful clandestine awful underage awfulness,..."
- The words "DC Comics" appearing in a title screen is always sinned; for the longest time it was assumed that Department of Redundancy Department was the reason, but now they throw sins at DC just because they can.
- After saying that the villain of several movies have the same weakness as the aliens from Signs, he dedicates one sin to the aliens from Signs for having the same weakness as the aliens from Signs.
- Designated Hero: Sinned in Daredevil: "Um, by my count, we're halfway through the movie and you've already committed murder, stalking, assault, breaking and entering, and evidence tampering. You are the one who knocks, bro."
- Designated Villain:
"The only things these attractive people have done are be successful and offer a fair price for a robot and let a child have his wishes right? And yet, villains!"
- Jeremy sinned Real Steel for portraying Tak Mashido and Farra Lemkova as villains.
- Jeremy points out that Skinner's first "antagonistic" actions in Ratatouille are just him reacting the way you'd expect him to react to Linguini's actions, i.e. refusing to believe that he didn't make a soup that Linguini did not make.
- Destructive Savior: The mechs in The Lego Ninjago Movie are called out for causing just as much destruction as Lord Garmadon's attack on the city is.
- Deus ex Machina: They add a sin whenever a contrived plot convenience saves the heroes, such as the eagles in LOTR. They later call the trope the worst movie sin to ever exist.
- At one point in their Kingsman: The Golden Circle video, Jeremy says they should have called the movie Ex Machina: The Movie for the absurd number of times some Contrived Coincidence or spy gadget the heroes just happen to introduce in that moment saves their bacon. This is doubly so for the Bag of Holding that is Eggsy's suitcase in the mook-mashing finale, which serves as a rocket launcher, a machine gun, and then unfolds into a riot shield, making it patently impossible for the briefcase to have held anything at all, let alone weapons requiring moving parts and magazines like machine guns and rocket launchers.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Scenes like this are occasionally presented in The Stinger with a "This scene is only a sin if you remove the video and leave only the audio" narration.
- Double Standard: From Step Up we have "Movie wants us to hate the guy for wanting to focus on his art, but sympathize with the girlfriend for wanting to focus on her art."
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: When the Invisible Woman uses her barrier powers to encase and slightly squish Mr. Fantastic:"This is cute, but it's also legally torture in most states, and spousal abuse in most others."
- Dramatic Necklace Removal: Deconstructed and Played for Laughs in his TMNT review:
- Dramatic Thunder: Mocked frequently.[About X-Men Origins: Wolverine] The weather knows something dramatic just happened.
- Dude, Not Funny!: They actually change the wording of one of their sins pertaining to Leia's age in the third The Force Awakens trailer twice.Jeremy: Holy sh*t, Maggie Smith is in everything!
[Gets slapped off-screen, caption says "TOO MEAN!"]
Jeremy: Ow! Sorry! Grandma Leia.
[Gets slapped again]
- Earworm: In-Universe, the tune that plays in the Conversations with Myself and Movie Recipes videos.
- Empathic Environment: Like the Dramatic Thunder examples above, this trope is sinned in The Incredible Hulk:"Hey, look, it started raining just at the time the movie started getting emotional!"
- Enhance Button: Called out in Taken, among others."Zoom and enhance" cliche. *ding*
- Ending Fatigue:
- The Return of the King has multiple sins dedicated to the fact that it goes through several ending-like points before the ship literally sails off at the end... then has one more."OH MY GOD YOU WHORES!"
- Lampshaded in the intro for their Transformers: Age of Extinction video, which is a whopping 30 minutes long and split into two videos."In a fraction of the length of this f*cking dog-sh*t movie"
- Lampshaded all throughout Star Trek: The Motion Picture as he nicks off multiple scenes, including giving twenty for one portion, of nothing but Leave the Camera Running scenes. They didn't call it "Star Trek: The Motionless Picture" for nothing.
- Not only is the 150-minute movie length sinned multiple times throughout Transformers: The Last Knight, but its final sentence is "Just End Already."
- The Return of the King has multiple sins dedicated to the fact that it goes through several ending-like points before the ship literally sails off at the end... then has one more.
- Enraged by Idiocy: Jeremy gets so irritated with the insipid Pete's Dragon (1977) that he pauses the review three times to call his producer (Chris) and complain about his assignment.
- Epic Tracking Shot: Jeremy removes one sin from Citizen Kane for the tracking shot of El Rancho, which he calls as innovative even by today's standards.
- Everyone Has Standards:
"'All bad guys are pervy rapists' cliche."
- Even if he occasionally deducts sins for fanservicey stuff, he'll count moments of people being raped as a sin.
- The narrator spends most of the Twilight series videos poking fun at the series' weirdness and narm-y moments, but makes it clear that it's okay if you like it. However, he refuses to dismiss the fact that Jacob imprinted on a baby, a quickly-aging one or not.
- Everything Wrong with Fifty Shades of Grey also pokes fun at the awkward writing and whatnot, but at one point, the narrator acknowledges that the relationship between Ana and Christian is physical and emotional abuse.
- Values of human lives are not calculated in the What's the Damage? videos alongside the property because "that's just morbid".
- In his bonus round for The Hateful 8, he does not have n-word uttered, due to being a derogatory racist slur. He instead replaces the usages with words that also end with "-er".
- Everything Is Racist:
- "White guy should definitely not be chasing black guy" in the Twilight sins video.
- "Black could be anywhere" (referring to the character) in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
- The Wolverine had this in spades, since the Culture Clash was a recurring theme of the film.
- "That's racist" in response to something that's not actually racist, but isn't PC either, such as making fun of the handicapped, or making sexist comments.
- "An orangutan riding a pile of bananas. That somehow feels racist." in the Life of Pi video.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Invoked in the sins video for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which, as a bunch of monkeys all attack Irina Spalko during the chase through the jungle, Jeremy claims that "the monkeys of the Amazon are anti-Communist by nature."
- Evil Counterpart: has one (or rather a Good Counterpart) in CinemaWins, a fan channel which was created for the express purpose of being CinemaSins' foil antithesis; that is, finding everything GREAT about movies.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: During his review of The VVitch, he pronounces it exactly how it's written on the logo, calling it "The V-Vitch". Even the icon for the video is written as "The VVitch".
- Failed a Spot Check: A common sin.
- Fainting: "Well, someone needs a sandwich." Said whenever someone faints.
- In keeping with his "Scene does not contain a lap dance" Running Gag, any actual lap dance will not be counted as a sin (and, in later videos, a sin may well be removed).
- He ends up subtracting four sins from Sin City thanks to Carla Gugino strutting around naked for several scenes, then sins the film for trying to distract him from his job.
- He subtracts five from Death Race 2000 for a scene of naked women having a fight.
- Kate Beckinsale gets three subtracted for the shot of her butt in tight leather pants in Underworld: Evolution. The subsequent sex scene, however, gets sinned because it's PG-13 sex in an R-rated film.
- Natalie Portman gets five removed for her schoolgirl outfit in V for Vendetta. No commentary is given nor is it needed.
- Emily Blunt gets one removed for her sexy pushups in Edge of Tomorrow, though the same scene is also sinned twice, first because she's randomly doing it and second because it is shown again at the end.
- Five sins are subtracted from Return of the Jedi for the infamous Slave Leia scene.
- Famke Janssen has a sin abstained in GoldenEye where her character is having very rough sex with a man and is doing some sort of "sexual based thing" that is close to a lap dance but is not quite there.
- A sin is added in The Legend of Tarzan for Alexander Skarsgard's on-screen shirt removal, however (but then Jeremy implies that his wife approved of said shirt removal rather than him personally).
- Jeremy does comment in Fifty Shades Darker that Dakota Johnson has a nice butt (while wholly expecting his editor to remove it).
- Feedback Rule: Sinned in Big Hero 6 and A Bug's Life, the latter sinned in particular because it's a rolled-up leaf that's having feedback.
- Fridge Logic: Invoked and regularly lampshaded in the sins videos.
- Fun with Acronyms: In the EWW Pixels video, they sin the film for having the main character saying he got a degree from MIT. No, not the one in Massachusetts, the fictional Mississippi Institute of Technology. Jeremy says that, since the film was already making fictional schools with acronyms, they could have gone for something more obvious, like the South Harmon Institute of Technology.
- G-Rated Sex: Cinema Sins accurately predicts the sex in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 will be racier than the sex in Finding Nemo.
- Gag Dub: After the criticism, a series of scenes from the film are Gag Dubbed or use Visual Puns.
- Gambit Roulette: Any appearance of this earns their scorn. Put blatantly in the Now You See Me video.
Narrator: The Joker's plan to break Lau out of prison requires him to be able to get rid of Batman and Gordon so that he can make a phone call and blow this dude and this prison up. There's simply no way the Joker could have known precisely when the polce would realize Dent was gone, when they would interrogate him about it, when Batman would join the questioning, and when things would escalate to a beating, meaning there's no way he could have had timers on the bombs for Rachel and Harvey that would be timed so perfectly for Batman—just in that moment—to have only enough time to rescue one of them.
- The Dark Knight:
- Gave Up Too Soon: Criticizes Yoda for doing this in Revenge of the Sith, where after getting knocked away by Darth Sidious during the fight in the Senate Building, Yoda crawls away into one of the tunnels and gets into Bail Organa's vehicle and escapes, and says that he must go into self-imposed exile, instead of simply getting back up and jumping back to where Sidious is and keep fighting him. This was also mocked at the end of the video, where the sentence is "Exiled to Dagobah (for quitting)".Jeremy Scott: I know we need a reason why Yoda goes to Dagobah, but he very much gave up the fight with the emperor too soon. All that cool stuff Yoda did in the past 10 minutes… forget about it.
- Gay Paree: In the video of the first film from The Bourne Series, Jeremy laughs about how almost every single one of the transition shots when Bourne and Marie are in Paris are establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower. When in one shot, where the transition shows the Arc de Triomphe instead, Jeremy sins it anyways.
- Genre Blind: Mentioned in their Prisoner of Azkaban video:"If, while trying to hide from a werewolf, you back into a clearing, you deserve to die."
- Giant Robot Hands Save Lives: "Don't worry, Optimus was using his soft legs to try and catch Sam and Mikayla."
- Gilligan Cut: Apparently, as of the sins video for Cars 3, this classic comedic trope is starting to feel a little clichéd.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: A running gag in the Showgirls sin video is taking questions of context and adding a Les Yay implication to them, along with "Please God, say yes!" At the end of the movie, when there's an on-screen girl-on-girl kiss, a sin is absolved.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: In the Kung Fu Panda sin video, as Shifu tells Po about the Pool of Sacred Tears, Jeremy comments that "The Pool of Sacred Tears" was the name of his band in 8th grade.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Invokes this in the bonus round of The Hateful 8, where he counts the movies usages of racial slurs, such as the n-word, by replacing the usages with narration of his own, saying words with "-er" in them (like "banker" or "dinner").
- Government Conspiracy: Deconstructed in the video of 2012. One of the many ludicrous things taken apart is how the government is somehow able to hide The End of the World as We Know It, despite the attempt to save humanity requiring such a massive undertaking, that they couldn't possibly monitor every scientist on the project to keep them from squealing. Hell, the Russian billionaire's children told it to Jackson.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Tangled's guards get numerous sins for being terrible at their jobs.
Jeremy: Man, the lookouts on the Titanic were never doing their job!
- The same goes with the guards in Frozen.
- Also, Titanic is sinned for Rose not being noticed while climbing up on the rail to commit suicide.
- Harmless Villain: Played with in terms of the mirror-possessed mother in Oculus, who offers a mean strangle yet constantly finds herself being outrun by her own kids, and seems to have a door shut in her face as her weakness.
- Harsher in Hindsight: In-Universe. Jeremy has this reaction in his video on Super Mario Bros., where Koopa's towers (which bear some resemblance to the World Trade Center towers) replaces the twin towers of the World Trade Center, giving off a ruined and destroyed appearance, considers it a creepy foreshadowing of the events of September 11th, 2001, where the towers were destroyed by Al-Qaeda terrorists using hijacked planes.Jeremy: Whoa, that is some weirdly prescient creepy bulls*it there.
- Heel Realization: In the sins video for The Fault in Our Stars:
- Hero Insurance: Jeremy notes in Batman: Under the Red Hood that insurance must be insane in Gotham, because it seems like buildings explode several times a month there.
- Hollywood Homely: Sinned on Fifty Shades Darker, in which the beautiful Dakota Johnson has to look like the shy and awkward Anastasia, which pisses Jeremy off.Jeremy: I'm sorry, Dakota Johnson is gorgeous. Who decided to style her with these bangs and too-red lipstick for this movie, Mugadu?
- Hollywood Law: From The Wizard of Oz, "How can you order the removal of a dog without any investigation into whether or not it was in fact the same dog that did the biting? For that matter, how do you issue this order but then have the victim carry out the eviction?"
- In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Jeremy points out that even with impeachment and being removed figuratively from office, police would NEVER handcuff the President of the United States and especially not in the actual fucking Oval Office.
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Invoked in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, when Vice-Admiral Holdo rams the Raddus into the Supremacy at light speed, taking out the imperial fleet with her. 5 sins are deducted.Jeremy: Holy. F*ck!
- Hypocritical Humor:
Jeremy: Now, I know nobody else would do such a thing [a little CinemaSins logo pops up in the screen], so this character has already pissed me off beyond belief. [another CinemaSins logo appears] And I am really angry about it!!
- In Pitch Perfect, Jeremy sins Beca for doing remixes and trying to become successful by making her own thing of works of other people.
- In Star Trek Into Darkness, Jeremy comments that "unlike some idiots on YouTube, I know there's gravity in space." This is a Call-Back to the video for The Avengers (2012), in which Jeremy mistakenly claims that there is no gravity in space.
- Jeremy sins Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for "using Neil DeGrasse Tyson for your own personal projects", after having had Dr. Tyson for Gravity, Interstellar and The Martian.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Referenced nearly by name in the Captain America sins video, about the Hydra soldiers being utterly incompetent at handling weapons designed specifically for them.
Obi-Wan: Only imperial Stormtroopers are so precise.
- In the Guardians of the Galaxy sins video, he really lets the Kyln guards have it for this, claiming that even Stormtroopers are laughing at them for their terrible aim.
- When they actually do A New Hope, they sin this twice. Once for the opening scene for the infamous aim of Stormtroopers managing to hit something and the other.
Jeremy: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha <deep breath> ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
- Ignored Expert: In The Rock Jeremy wonders why Goodspeed's girlfriend would ignore his warning not to come to San Francisco when she knows he's a chemical expert with the FBI who's there on business, thus something serious must be happening.
- Instant Expert: Invoked regarding Captain America: The First Avenger, wherein the American soldiers are able to instantly figure out how to use and become crack shots with the Hydra Weapons, when the Hydra soldiers who have been using them for the entire movie can't aim them at all.
- Invincible Hero: Jeremy chews out Furious 7 for this.OK, so now the parachute is already deployed, miles up in the sky, attached to a f*cking car, and somehow Tyrese is going to survive this. We're supposed to be concerned that anybody can die in this - that's why they've been talking funerals so much... but I'm not really all that worried and that's a problem.I mean, seriously, all we're asking is just once where one of these things does not work and the person doing the stupid thing dies. I could accept loads of bulls*it if there were more hero deaths in these situations. In fact, I'd be the first to say, "Bulls*it Enchilada Supreme, please, with extra bulls*it!"Another impossible survival... but for those of you who enjoyed the movie... what's it like being in The Matrix? Ignorance is bliss, right?
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Mentioned in EWW Attack of the Clones:Anakin: TELL US NOW!
Jeremy: They don't even TRY to Jedi mind trick Zam. They just go the old-fashioned Batman and/or Jack Bauer route
- He also mentions that Doc Ock could've just conducted an interrogation by torture on Harry Osborne for him to give him the tritium for his sun machine.
- The Jail Bait Wait: From the Snow White and the Huntsman video:
- Magic Mirror: On this day, one has come of age fairer than even you.
CinemaSins Jeremy: We had to wait until she was 18 because it was creepy to say she was hot just yesterday.
- Also, the Running Gag of "Hermione isn't old enough to be hot yet" *ding*
- Jerkass Has a Point:
"Anna Kendrick is all of the following things here in this scene: hot, correct, inappropriate, judgmental, selfish, and hot."
- When one of Bella's friends (played by Anna Kendrick) goes to Bella's wedding in Breaking Dawn Part 1, she assumes Bella is pregnant because "who else gets married at eighteen?" Jeremy's response:
Jeremy: Despite being an asshole, this Bumper Allen dickhead is right. How the f*ck did the Bellas get into the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP singing stuff that the audience and judges immediately found boring?
- Also in the video for Pitch Perfect:
- Just Eat Gilligan: Jeremy points out several moments where the characters don't think of an easy to do solution which would solve a problem.
Jeremy: So Elrond knows that this is a ring of supreme evil. All the evil in the world can be ended by throwing the ring into the fire, but... he lets Isuldur go without a fight.
- In EWW The Fellowship of the Ring, he wonders why Elrond lets Isildur leave Mount Doom after he's possessed by the Ring without even trying to stop him, which if he did, could've ended the story and solved everybody's problems here and now.
Jeremy: Let me get this straight, so after Gandalf knocked Denethor unconscious, no one decided to get Faramir any medicine? They didn't just leave him out in the white tree court, did they?
- In EWW The Return of the King, he points out that after Gandalf knocked out Denethor after he yells at everyone to abandon their posts and run for it, no one (including Pippin) takes advantage of this opportunity to get Faramir (who was knocked out from a poisoned arrow) medicine or to the House of Healings and instead leave him unattended, and is taken to burned alongside his father, Denethor, in the Tomb of the Stewards.
Jeremy: Is this guy programed to be a torture bot? One of the tricks he showed he can do earlier in the film is perfectly imitate someone's voice. He does not need Sarah to call to John. He could kill Sarah and do it himself. He even does her voice here in a minute!! Buuuut we're buying time for Arnold to save the day, so... (Ding)
- In EWW Iron Man 3, Jeremy calls out on Tony not activating the House Party Protocol (which activates all the other Iron Man suits and remote controls them) when Killian's minions attack Tony Stark's house.
- In his EWW video on Terminator 2: Judgment Day, he also brings up why the T-1000 needs to force Sarah Connor to "Call to John", when he could just kill her, and then imitate her voice and complete his objective of killing John Connor.
- In his video on Terminator Genisys, Jeremy points out that Skynet (who was disguised as one of John Connor's soldiers) should've just prevented Kyle Reese from going back in time since he was in the same room as the time traveling device or even send more than one Terminator back in time to kill Sarah Connor or John Connor in the past.
- In his video on Return of the Jedi, when Han and Leia aren't able to get into the shield generator bunker, Jeremy points out they didn't just try shooting at the doors' lock again like they did earlier, instead of relying on R2, and when that doesn't work, Han hot-wiring the doors to open.
- Near the end of Citizen Kane, Jeremy wonders why none of the workers who were throwing away Kane's stuff and burning it didn't hear about them talking about "Rosebud" and didn't point out to Thompson about Rosebud being Kane's sled from his childhood.
- Justified Trope: Sometimes, if it's a film Cinema Sins particularly likes, a Plot Hole or Contrived Coincidence will be justified along the lines of "because then there would be no movie".
- Kindness Button: Or, as the opposite Berserk Button entry above, Sin Removal Button.
- Impressive C.G.I.
- Awesome one-liners, usually threats.
- Liam Neeson. (if he's killing enough people in a scene)
- Fanservice (such as Leia's infamous metal bikini).
- Good movie directors.
- Awesome violence.
- Girl-on-girl action.
- Simply adorable or heartwarming scenes.
- Good actors.
- Attention to detail.
- Something Actually Pretty Funny occurs.
- Kung-Foley: Batman & Robin is sinned for playing a "cha-ching" sound effect as Batman produces his Bat Credit Card. note
- Magical Security Cam:
- Causes a Cluster F-Bomb in Batman & Robin, since there is no way Batman could even have recorded the scene, much less at the angle depicted.
- He goes into a sputtering confusion rant when this is used in Star Trek: The Motion Picture as they show the footage of V'Ger destroying the three Klingon D7s, whose angles couldn't of been seen from the listening post who picked it up in the first place.
- Magic Countdown: Called out in Independence Day, Godzilla (1998), and Star Trek Into Darkness, among others.
- Magic Poker Equation: He points out in Casino Royale that this trope doesn't make Bond or the other players good at poker since there is no tough call if there is one or two hands higher possible to beat you.
- Matte Shot: "Bye, Dorothy! Be careful not to run into that painted background that's ten feet away!"
- Meaningful Name: When Jeremy makes fun of the clan names in Brave.MacGuffin clan leader: MACGUFFIN!!!
Jeremy: They're the family that you worry about, but turn out not to be that important to the story after all.
MacIntosh clan leader: MACINTOSH!!!
Jeremy: They're the family that will eventually lose to the well-regarded "Pentium" clan.
- Memetic Badass: Invoked: The makers see Liam Neeson as one; becoming disappointed every time he is on screen and not killing someone.
- Funnily enough, not only does Neeson hardly ever kill people in most of his movies (because who can forget that Rambo-esque killing spree he went on at the end of Schindler's List?), when they finally get round to doing Taken, they still complain about him not killing people and give him zero points when he does (as well as rip into every badass thing he does as unbelievable or cliché). Of course, that kind of Hypocritical Humor could well be intentional, crossing this over into Fridge Brilliance.
- At one point, when they're reviewing The Grey, Liam Neeson spouts a line that is so awesome they actually absolve a sin.
- Arnold got a similar reduction for a line in The Running Man.
- Wolverine's cameo in X-Men: First Class absolved the film of a sin because of how awesome it is.
- Godzilla (2014) had a total of eight sins removed, beating out Death Race 2000 at six. It gets two absolved for Godzilla's roar (Jeremy states it to be so scary that Liam Neeson got scared), another for an admittedly cool skydiving scene, and five for Godzilla breathing fire down the female MUTO's throat.
- David Carradine's credit in Death Race 2000 warrants a sin removal because of his badass status.
- Mind Screw: Called out in Oculus, in which the rapidly shifting viewpoints render the film so incomprehensible that it deflates any suspense.
- Misplaced Wildlife: Movies including lots of animals will often get sinned for this. Although it's notable that there are also frequent aversions, on account of Jeremy tending to misidentify animals.
- Missing Steps Plan: When Jeremy questions why The Grey Lady decided to give Tom Riddle Ravenclaw's Diadem in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2Jeremy: Yeah... so... why did you give it to him, again? I'll give him a perfectly good diadem...question mark...profits!
- Monster Clown:
- When a student in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban uses a spell to morph a Boggart from something scary into something funny, she creates an even scarier-looking jack-in-the-box clown from a giant snake.Jeremy: Holy sh*t, she just turned that cobra into something even scarier. Why is everyone laughing?!
- When Jeremy sees a clown as one of the monsters in Goosebumps, his reaction is simply "Nope."
- When a student in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban uses a spell to morph a Boggart from something scary into something funny, she creates an even scarier-looking jack-in-the-box clown from a giant snake.
- MST3K Mantra: In-universe; Jeremy takes the Paranormal Activity 2 characters' annoying Weirdness Censor and snidely turns it on them by saying "just ignore it" or some variant when a clearly demonic happening occurs.
- My Car Hates Me: They hate this trope and call out any film that uses it to prolong any danger the protagonists might be in, especially when the car showed no signs of mechanical trouble beforehand.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg:
- In Twilight, they make a point of noting that, "In general, 'cold ones' live in these vast countries, and this one very specific part of North America. Sure, if I'm worried about vampires in the Pacific Northwest, I go straight to the information about Egypt."
- In Saw, they state that Jigsaw is a murderer "in like, every state and every civilized country and probably even Idaho."
- Neck Snap:
- Never Give the Captain a Straight Answer: Use of this trope or just variations of the phrase "you better come take a look at this" is an automatic sin.
- Never Say "Die": Jeremy takes issue with how Megamind's plotline was kicked off by Megamind murdering Metro Man, but Roxanne says that he "destroyed" him.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Throughout Pacific Rim, they wonder why the various Kaiju and the Jaegers spend five minutes wrestling before unleashing a never-before-seen ability and weapon that ends the battle in seconds.
- "No. Just... No" Reaction: His reaction to the Monster Clown in Goosebumps is "Nope."
- No One Could Survive That!: A recurring sin is that someone should definitely be killed or seriously hurt by something (typically great falls, rolls, rocketed away by explosions, etc.), only for the character to inevitably walk it off like they jumped a few feet. For example, there's this instance from The Two Towers:"This fall would kill some people, and break bones in pretty much anyone except Grima Wormtongue."
- Oblivious Astronomers: The Running Gag of "no one who watches the sky for a living notices this" serves as the trope quote, and has been retooled into other gags like "No one who cops for a living notices this."
- Obviously Evil:
- "Scar pretty much had no choice but to be a villain, since his parents named him Scar and he was born with evil eyes."
- Name actor with a bald head tells us exactly who the surprise bad guy is four and a half minutes into the movie." "
- "This guy looks like the Devil and his name is based on the word 'sinister'. This dude was destined to turn evil."
- Of Corset Hurts: Sinned in Brave.
- One of Us: Invoked, as Jeremy's so amazed at the Lampshade Hanging at the start of The LEGO Batman Movie, his third "sin" is that the film was a FAN of CinemaSins, and the fourth "sin" has him exclaiming, "If the movie had just said, 'Narreading,' I would have stopped the movie and sins video right here. Shortest sins video ever. Job would be done. We'd have an internal discussion about even releasing it."
- The Only One: Jeremy is quite annoyed in both Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan that the Enterprise is the only starship around that can drop in and handle some sort of crisis.
- Orgy of Evidence: Name-dropped during several videos, dinged each time. Also used for less conventional overuse, like an abundance of typical boyish things (race cars, action figures, etc.) inside a boy's room.
- The Other Darrin: Lampshaded in Everything Wrong With Iron Man 2, when Don Cheadle enters the scene: "A hush fell over the crowd at Rhodey's alarming weight loss and substantial plastic surgery work since his last public appearance."
- Outrun the Fireball: 2012 takes this to such ridiculous extremes the first time alone that he tacks 50 sins onto the count with a few token sins for all the other times.
- Also called out in the cliché-fest of Oblivion (2013).
- Overly Long Gag: "This goes on for some time."
- Percussive Maintenance: Sinned in The Incredible Hulk:Jeremy: "Hitting the machine makes it work" cliche.
- Place Worse Than Death: The final sentence for Spider-Man: Homecoming is "Washington D.C."This place is horrible. Smells like balls.
- Plot Armor: Sinned in multiple movies when prominent character survive certain death.Jeremy: "X survives this."
- Police Are Useless: Sinned whenever possible.
Jeremy: I kinda feel that the detectives did a shit job in this investigation. He's not wearing gloves or anything. She was his NANNY. His former coworkers all think he is a slutty asshole. How was he never even CONSIDERED as a suspect?! How was there no DNA evidence? I mean, shit, when we saw real-time West Wing lady, she was convinced RACHEL did it.
- The Girl on the Train: Jeremy sins this movie hard for it's unreliable narration, but the second thing most sinned is how absolutely incompetent the cops were in their investigation: nobody seems to question Tom (known for being abusive, hiring Megan as their babysitter and sleeping with whoever he can), no one investigates Megan's calls despite calling Tom in the night prior to her murder and apparently take the psychiatrist's word without a grain of salt.
- Gone Girl: The cops fall for every one of Amy's plans, even if they don't make any sense and were only possible because of their incompetence and avoiding questions they should ask. They apparently only investigate things that would incriminate Nick, never investigate the ex-boyfriend that tried to kill himself after their break-up, not check the fact that Amy had been buying murder related books and watching documentaries and when Amy comes back, they ignore the evidences she fabricated framing Nick for being an abusive husband, acting like the one detective to bring it up is crazy.
- Basic Instinct has this sinned a lot due to the Anti-Hero's very awful practices, lots of his detective friends do the same. Everyone knows about the fact he is sleeping with the therapist, attacks his coworkers, nobody seems to know what alibi really means. The iconic interrogation scene is sinned for the fact that a group of trained cops shouldn't be unable to guide an interrogation like that and command absolutely no respect from the main suspect of the murder.
- Poor Communication Kills: Called out in Frozen, where much of the plot hinges on the fact that the characters don't rationally discuss their issues like normal people would.
Jeremy: HE doesn't even have a name, but DEFINITELY has a penis.
- The Pronoun Game, where characters are averse to mentioning the important parts for some reason. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 1 sums it up:
- Possession Implies Mastery: "Steven will apparently be able to pilot the alien ship because he saw it one time while being chased through a canyon."
- The Producer Thinks of Everything: Docks a sin from Toy Story because Jeremy was impressed that the animators shifted shadows on the floor during a jump cut to show the passage of time.
- Product Placement: Regularly pointed out.
- Perhaps, most notably in the Independence Day video, where no fewer than six sins point out the Coke product placement.
- The Skyfall video also calls out the product placement.
- Godzilla (1998) had its Pepsi placement called out many times.
- The Bonus Round for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is based on pointing out instances of Sony product placement, but it goes beyond just sightings of stuff like the Sony Vaio. Anything Sony related is counted as a plug, such as the Sony and Columbia Pictures (featuring the Sony byline) logos at the opening and closing of the movie, and Harry whistling the theme to Jeopardy! (produced by Sony's television division).
- Similarly, one of the three (!) bonus rounds for Transformers: Age of Extinction is for instances of this trope.
- Especially of note during the Fight Club video, since the film derides consumerist culture, but still features heavy Pepsi product placement. They briefly consider it to be done in an ironic way, but in the end decide it's not and lambaste the movie for it.
- Not limited to a specific movie, Dell computers appearing also gets a *ding* whenever they show up ("A Dell" *ding*), and so does Adele.
- The Astin Martin DB5 in Goldfinger cancels out the product placement sin for being a Cool Car.
- They not only insinuate that Kick-Ass should have been called Kiss-Ass because of it; but also express incredulity at how Honey Puffs cereal and Clover Milk had greater visibility in the shot than Minute Maid, which is is owned by Coca-Cola.
- Lampshaded in the sin video for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, in which one of Bieber's baby pictures shows him on a pillow with Cookie Monster on it."Man, even Bieber's childhood had product placement."
- The Paranormal Activity 4 video makes note of the Xbox 360 Kinect being an integral part of the film's progression as well as one moment where a protagonist complains "Fucking Prius!" after almost being hit by one, leading Jeremy to claim that that wasn't the product placement Toyota had asked for.
- Ragnarök Proofing: In National Treasure: Book of Secrets:"Wait, this latch over here controls those stones over there? How does it work and how does it still work after eighty years?"
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil:
- A Rare Sentence:
- Jeremy calls this out in Everything Wrong with Ant-Man:Jeremy: Darren Cross is a dick to tiny baby sheep that used to be normal sized! I...honestly can't believe I just wrote that sentence.
- Breaking Dawn, Part 2 gets one as well.Jeremy: Also, good thing this baby is super-flammable what the f*** did I just say.
- Even Star Trek: The Motion Picture gets one.Jeremy: Northern lights rib cage. Wait, what?
- And then there's Inside Out:Jeremy: How does news about the various emotions travel outside of headquarters to imaginary friends or employees of a human head? Is that the weirdest thing I've ever written? Yes it is!
- One in Super Mario Bros.Jeremy: Koopa is a dick to Yoshi. What am I doing with my life that I just said that sentence?!
- And another one in Cars:Jeremy: Jesus, how long is this firetruck going to water those flowers? And did I just say that?
- There's also one in Jaws:Jeremy: Ah, the days you could smoke in a hospital. Wait a minute. What am I saying!?
- Pocahontas gets one as well:Jeremy: "That's enough of the horny willow tree" is a sentence I never thought I'd write, yet here we are.
- From Despicable Me 2:Jeremy: Lucy, who is supposed to be a highly trained spy, allowed her actual work badge to be stolen by a chicken. <giggles> It really does sound silly if you say it outloud.
- Jeremy calls this out in Everything Wrong with Ant-Man:
- Readings Blew Up the Scale: Right after the 161st sin, The Fate of the Furious completely breaks the Sins counter when Hobbs gets out the side of a car at high speed and pushes a torpedo skidding along the ice into the path of an enemy car in front of them. The counter flickers and reads with garbage symbols like "@*#&^@". The final sin tally reads "R.I.P."Jeremy: God damn! This scene... this scene just broke the f*cking sin counter!
(Sin counter flatlines)
Jeremy: Are you OK? Are you OK? Help!... Chris, the sin counter isn't breathing, man!
Chris: I'll dial 911! Oh, my god! It's dead, isn't it? It's f*cking dead! WHY, GOD. WHY!? TAKE ME!
- They replaced it with the "Sin Counter 2.0" for the next few videos.
- Lampshaded in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Jeremy says that the bank heist scene at the start of the movie would've broken the scale, but it's already been through five Transformers movies, seventeen Fast and Furiouses, and four and half Pirates films, so it's used to it by now.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is given a sin that complains of how long it takes for a random mook to die after being Thrown Out the Airlock. The argument being that he should've been dead within a second or two. The human body (and by that precedent: warm-blooded aliens who also have skin that fully encompasses their body) can actually survive for up to 90 seconds in the exposure of a cold vacuum with no permanent damage. Skin in particular, is designed to keep everything out that's supposed to be out, and everything in that's supposed to be in; so there wouldn't be any shards of ice forming around orifices or eyes, there wouldn't be any boiling blood or anything like that. The scientists that Jeremy states would back him up on this, like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, would be happy to prove him wrong.
- Remember the New Guy?: Any time they have to ask "who the f*ck is this guy?" it's flagged as a sin. The Room gets really bad about it.
- Redundant Parody: "What do you call the thing that is trying to parody a thing but ultimately ends up BEING the thing? That's what this movie is."
- Required Secondary Powers: In Spiderman 2, Otto Octavius has mechanical arms to let him safely control his reactor experiment, and an inhibitor chip to protect his brain and let him control the arms. Jeremy can't help but point out that these should get as much, if not more, attention as his experiment.
- Retirony: A common cliche that pops up every now and then, such as in The Lego Ninjago Movie.
- Rockstar Parking: In "Everything Wrong With Fifty Shades of Grey", he points out that Anastasia gets a really great parking space considering that she's in Downtown Seattle during peak business hours.
- Rooting for the Empire: Invoked in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Jeremy wishes for Salazar to kill Jack Sparrow so many times throughout the film, and adds a sin every time he doesn't.
- Rouge Angles of Satin:
- Rule of Funny: Majority of sins fall under this. They even hang a lampshade in their Taken 2 video:Jeremy: You know what, when we did Skyfall, we gave it a sin for ripping off this rooftop location from Taken 2. Now that we're doing Taken 2....f*ck it! We're giving it a sin for ripping off the location from Skyfall. If that makes you laugh, awesome. If that makes you rage at the inconsistency...well...also awesome!
- Also played with (along with Rule of Cool) in that Jeremy will take sins off for something he finds sufficiently funny or awesome, but will also sin certain things in spite of having found them funny or awesome.
- Rule of Sean Connery:
- "Movie thinks it can earn back points by casting Sam Rockwell far ahead of his fame and actual coolness, and you know what? Movie is right. Take one sin off for Rockwell!"
- "Movie thinks it can bank some early negative sins with us by casting a bad-ass like David Carradine. And you know what? Movie is right."
- Russian Reversal: In his run-down of The Expendables 2. "In America, you can always find Chuck Norris. In Soviet Russia, Chuck Norris finds you." Also, in the same video, "In Soviet Russia, party finds you."
- Saved by Canon: Sometimes a sin is added in a prequel, during scenes where there's no tension because the characters involved are alive in later films.
- Say My Name:
- Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Though he clarifies he's not a pervert, he's confused as to why, in Alice in Wonderland (2010), Alice shrinks out of her outer dress, yet the undergarments underneath shrank with her, asking for consistency.
- Shoot the Television: When watching the Super Mario Bros. movie, Jeremy gets so fed up after Luigi asks "You got a problem with that?" that he shoots his TV.
- Skewed Priorities: In Titanic (1997), where despite the "unsinkable" ship heading straight to the bottom of the Atlantic and the passengers being rapidly evacuated to the lifeboats, a steward is more concerned about Jack and Rose breaking a door."Is this guy really that clueless about the current situation?"
- The Snack Is More Interesting: All over the place, as a running gag whenever it happens."At some point the director said 'Here, eat an apple. It'll make you look like even more of an asshole.'"
- Status Quo Is God: After breaking the sin counter in The Fate of the Furious, the next few videos read the "Sin Counter 2.0". It returned to the regular sin counter in Scream 2.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Throughout the Spider-Man Trilogy, usually criticizing Peter Parker's spidey-sense for being oblivious to someone right behind him.
- Stock Scream: Unnecessary Wilhelms in Man of Steel, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Captain America: The First Avenger, King Kong (2005), and Toy Story. There's also the Cat Wilhelm in Prisoner of Azkaban.
- He also sinned the trailer for The Force Awakens because he knew that a scene in the trailer without a Wilhelm scream would have one when the scene occurred in the actual movie. He was right.
- String Theory: Jeremy calls out its absence in his Sherlock Holmes (2009) review when sinning Holmes' preference of scrawling words on his ceiling while trying to solve a mystery.
- Surveillance as the Plot Demands: From The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: "[If] they have cameras everywhere...then how can Katniss somehow sneak out into the woods into restricted areas whenever she wants? Let's face it, these cameras are wherever the movie needs them to be for the convenience of the plot."
- Tastes Like Diabetes: Their In-Universe description of a scene in Spider-Man 2: "Diabetics with low sugar have been known to pop this scene in to give their glucose levels a boost."
- That Poor Car: In their Green Lantern video, they point out how every single car in the film has an alarm that goes off when someone slams into it... or that every single car in the film has an alarm at all.
- That Poor Cat: Referred to as the "Cat Wilhelm Scream" and sinned when it's used very randomly in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when the Knight Bus vanishes into thin air. Also sinned in Big Hero 6.
- Theseus' Ship Paradox: Alluded to in the sins video for Cars:"Also, if every part of these cars are actual living appendages and need to be changed periodically, like the tires — it really starts to make you ponder the question, 'If I replace all the parts of an old car, is it the same old car or is it a new car?'"
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Invoked.
- In Brave, a sin is added because a character snatches an arrow out of the air while barely acknowledging it or the entire volley fired at him. They note this would normally be a reduction because of how awesome it was, but decided the lack of focus or development for such a badass character was a sin in itself.
- In The Force Awakens, Jeremy laments that the film uses two actors from The Raid 2: Berandal in forgettable non-action roles. He subsequently awards the film 10 sins for this.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Invoked. They point out any time a film has a concept that would have made a decent film on its own.
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Became a running gag."Indy makes a casual reference to an adventure that would easily have made a better movie than this one."
- ''The A-Team":Any one of those 80 missions was probably more entertaining than the one we're about to watch.
- Inside Out: The potential idea of memories from very early childhood being broken, thus explaining why people do not have memories of that stage in their life.
- Terminator Genisys: The idea of a Terminator being sent to 1973 and protecting Sarah as a child and the idea of "Pops" preparing for Sarah and Kyle's return in 2017.
- The prequel films of Star Wars have a lot of this. Sometimes, the plot is so boring that the narrator points some other plot of his own design that may have been greater (for example, start the prequels with a murder at a Jedi cave somewhere). Sometimes, he points Fanfic Fuel turning points that may have been long expected to be seen on screen (such as the first meeting of Obi-Wan and Anakin, the first appearence of C-3PO, or even the Clone Wars themselves, only seen in its start and its end), that receive less-than-interesting resolutions. And in most cases, he points that the characters name-drop Offscreen Moments of Awesome, which would have been great to see incorporated to the plot and actually depicted, and compares them with the "boring" moments depicted instead.
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Became a running gag.
- Throwing Out the Script: Sinned in The Fault in Our Stars:"'I had something prepared, but now it's time to speak from the heart' cliche."
- Title Drop: "Roll credits" ding.
- Toilet Humor: Jeremy finds this trope cheap, overused, and unfunny. Sometimes he sins it without a word of explanation, letting the sin counter speak for itself.
- Despicable Me 3 was levied a "fart tax" of 10 sins for introducing a fart joke within the first minute of the movie.
- Too Dumb to Live:
- Calls the Wicked Witch this in The Wizard of Oz for having a bucket of water around which will cause her to melt if it gets on her."Why would a witch whose only weakness is water have a bucket of water just lying around in her castle for any reason?"
- The protagonist of The Woman in Black is called out for his curiosity in the face of obvious danger, when any rational person would have fled.
- In the Jurassic World video, Jeremy calls out on the chubby park employer, Nick, for not using the truck he's hiding in front to drive away and escape from the I-Rex after it escapes.
- Calls the Wicked Witch this in The Wizard of Oz for having a bucket of water around which will cause her to melt if it gets on her.
- Vanity License Plate: Sinned in general, but explained in "Everything Wrong With Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea — 'Pretty Girls'"."[I]f you have one, you're a dickhead. There should be no explanation for this sin."
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: They've complained about this a few times such as in The Mummy (2017).
- Weaksauce Weakness: Whenever a bad guy or monster is defeated by water: "[Bad guy] has the same weakness as the aliens from Signs."
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Invoked in Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryWillie Wonka: Do you like my meadow? Try some of my grass.
Jeremy: I am guessing there were many involved in this head trip of a movie that did indeed "try some of Wonka's grass."
- What Have I Become?: Said by Jeremy on the Sins video for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, in the middle of nitpicking that this movie shows a Federation starship like the Enterprise is so automated that it can be flown by a skeleton crew of six people while Star Trek Into Darkness implied that said ships (although on an Alternate Universe) were so sophisticated that this was something only a Super Prototype like the Vengeance could do.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?:
- A recurring sin is bad guys insisting on a monologue before shooting the heroes, which inevitably leads to someone/something foiling them.
- In Pacific Rim, he questions why, if the plasma guns are so effective against Kaiju, they don't simply build long-range defense cannons aimed at the Breach, instead of giant wrestling robots who use them as a secondary weapon.
- Also called out in the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, where Mutt fails to consider that the machine gun he is leaning against could be used on the Big Bad.
- Worst News Judgment Ever: Exaggerated. Jeremy will always point out instances where a film's printed newspaper's story has nothing to do with what the headline reads, such as Batman Forever's "Two-Face Robs Nygmatech Party" story actually being about the death of Bruce's parents, a story which the neighboring headline "Grateful Witnesses Praise Batman" copies.note
Tropes applying in general to CinemaSins productions:
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- Accentuate the Negative: Premise of the channel.
- Action Insurance Gag: A variant: "What'$ the Damage?" keeps a running count on particular movies.
- Actor Allusion:
- One of the stinger gags in the Kick-Ass video has the How I Met Your Mother narration play over Dave and Katie making out. Katie is played by Lyndsy Fonseca, Future Ted's daughter.
- A gag in The Stinger to the Die Hard video has audio of Snape's first Potions lesson in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone play over Hans Gruber.
- As a gag in The Stinger after the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug video: Sherlock's first Sherlock Scan of John plays over Smaug's conversation with Bilbo.
- In The Stinger after the Man of Steel video, a scene of Jor-El, played by Russell Crowe, talking to Lois Lane has audio of Javert from Les Misérables (2012) being played over it.
- In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
- And again in Thor: The Dark World:
- When Nick Fury reveals his laser cutter:
- In one of the stinger gags of Finding Nemo, for the scene where Gil is launched out of the fish tank, they replace the original line with, "AVENGE ME!". Gil was voiced by Willem Dafoe, who played Norman Osborne (aka The Green Goblin) in the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man film.
- In one of the stingers of EWW Toy Story, when Sarge is yelling at Woody after Buzz Lightyear is knocked out the window, an audio clip of Sgt. Hartman from Full Metal Jacket plays. R. Lee Ermey played both of those characters.
- In one of the stingers of EWW RoboCop (1987), they play audio of Admiral Marcus demanding Kirk to hand over Khan to him over the scene where RoboCop walks into OCP room to confront Dick Jones. Peter Weller played both Admiral Marcus and Alex Murphy (aka RoboCop).
- In the video for Batman Begins, when Batman sees a kid played by Jack Gleeson, they count it as a sin that Batman didn't kill Joffrey. Likewise, another scene when his character is asking for his mom, the narrator, Jeremy, respondes with another reference, this one to Joffrey's parentage.
- Some of the stingers for the Guardians of the Galaxy video have Groot, Gamora, and Star-Lord deliver lines from The Iron Giant, Avatar, and The LEGO Movie, respectively.
- In the EWW video for Mission: Impossible II, Jeremy refers to Hugh Stamp as "The Duke". Richard Roxburgh was the actor who played both Hugh and the duke.
- From Batman: Under the Red Hood:
- Actually Pretty Funny:
- Jeremy admits in that Carly Rae Jepsen using emojis to tell Tom Hanks "run, Forrest, run" in her music video for "I Really Like You" was actually rather well played.
- Jeremy apparently found the scene in Doctor Strange (2016) where the Cloak of Levitation beats up one of Kaecilius' goons hilarious enough for him to actually remove a sin.
- While he doesn't remove a sin, you can clearly hear Jeremy chuckle at the thought of Beni from The Mummy having a necklace full of symbols from major world religions just in case some otherworldly being threatened him.
- In the video for The Expendables 2, Jeremy cracks up at Jason Statham's "Chinese takeout" joke, even as he sins it for being racist.
- The sin video for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has Jeremy crack up when Legolas reaches for his quiver, only to find that he's run out of arrows.
- Some of the videos themselves have earned this reaction.
- Max Landis, who wrote Chronicle, has seen and enjoyed the CinemaSins video of his movie, calling it "the modern day equivalent of a Friar's Club Roast."
- Roger Corman is familiar with the channel and challenged them on Twitter to cover one of his movies. They selected Death Race 2000 and sinned it in August 2014.
- Jeremy pretty much can't find any fault with David Bautista's performance as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He removes multiple sins each time a scene focuses on Drax, because he's just that entertaining.
- Adaptation Decay: While CinemaSins is normally averse to pointing out sins based on this trope, an exception is made to Dragonball Evolution, seeing that it was highly-requested for this very reason, dedicating a bonus section dedicated to instances where the film strayed from the source material.
- All There in the Manual: The creators absolutely despise this trope in movies, and do not note ever take the source material into account when counting the sins. In fact, this is used to sin the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug twice for the same scene: first for the eagles not taking the group all the way to their destination, and second for not including even one line of dialog to explain why the eagles don't when doing so would be trivial.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe: In his Die Hard review, he speculates that either the Nakatomi corporation or Takagi (or both) may be a lot more corrupt than how they are presented to the audience, due to the absurd amount of bearer bonds in the vaultnote .Holy sh*t... Nakatomi has $640 MILLION in bearer bonds? After the Fiscal Responsibility Act was passed in 1982? After this revelation I'm not sure John McClane is killing the right people in this movie. I mean, sure, Hans and his crew are a bunch of murderous thieves, but what kind of sh*t is Nakatomi involved with?!
- And Now For Something Completely Different: The Bonus Round in the Dragonball: Evolution review scrutinizes the film's many deviations from the source material, in defiance of the normal attitude that the source material is meaningless.
- The runway climax of Fast 6 contains a car stunt so implausible and physics-defying that the caption box reads "%&%#$@^@&" with Q*bert noises.
- The same thing happens again with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies after a character manages to dodge an arrow aimed at the back of his head by complete accident.
- When Jack is told it's his wedding day in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jeremy can only say, "GOD......................................... DAMMIT!"
- April Fools' Day: In 2016, Jeremy made an EWW video on Troll 2, a film famous for being declared as one of the worst movies ever made...only to find nothing but good things to say about it and end up giving the movie -10,000 sins. However, the whammy ending of the film irks Jeremy so much he adds all of the sins back, making its final score an equally appalling zero.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: From Angels and Demons:Jeremy: It's a sin to kill, period. It's an actual sin, along with stealing, commiting adultery and egregious plot holes.
- The Artifact: Originally all Sins videos were 3 to 5 minutes in length, with the opening caption of "In XXXX minutes or less" referring to the video fitting all of the sins into that restricted time range. As the series progressed the time for individual videos increased depending on the requirements of the humor and sins presented, with different videos ranging anywhere from less than ten to more than twenty minutes in length. Despite no longer having a set length that they need to adhere to the videos still retain the "or less" caption for each opening.
- Artistic License – Paleontology:
- In ''King Kong", he calls the Apatosauruses "Brontosauruses". note
- In Jurassic Park III, he refers to Pteranodons as "dinosaurs" (they're actually a separate but related type of animal called a pterosaur). He also refers to them as "Pterodactyls", though this could be forgiven if you're going by the subgroup name "Pterodactyloid" as opposed to the genus name "Pterodactylus".
- Ascended Fanboy: Anyone who gets their sin placed in the crowdsourced Iron Man 3 sins video.
- Atomic F-Bomb:
- Bizarro Episode: Their April Fools' Day 2016 special, in which they took on the So Bad, It's Good film Troll 2 and kept giving it negative sins.
- Black Comedy: In Everything Wrong With The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Jon Bailey of Screen Junkies' Honest Trailers points out that while Gwen Stacy's death may be sad, it also means that 14-year-old kid just got himself an Oxford scholarship. Yay!
- Bleached Underpants: Played with. The narrator bleeps out all the swear words (except the one mentioned below) he uses. The bleeps are short enough though to exactly know which word he's saying, in the subtitles only one letter is blanked out (f*ck as opposed to ***), and he is prone to Cluster F Bombs. Also see *Bleep*-dammit!.
- Averted for the word "asshole", which is used gratuitously to refer to characters, and uncensored. One of his catchphrases:[Character] is asshole for [some act / whatever / just existing].
- Averted for the word "asshole", which is used gratuitously to refer to characters, and uncensored. One of his catchphrases:
- Bonus Round: Some movies get one, with an arithmetic progression of sins for a single phrase uttered over and over in the movie (like "Oh God!" for Cloverfield). This can put a movie into the thousands (whereas the average non-bonus film scores about 100).
- One example of this comes from Transformers: Age of Extinction, which got three separate bonus rounds: one for explosions, one for Product Placement, and one for American flags. All combined, it brought the movie's sin total to over two hundred thousand.
- Tommy Wiseau's The Room received three bonus rounds: one for declarations of love from Lisa, one for Johnny saying "Hi" to someone, and one for throwing a football. The bonuses racked up at over 3 billion.
- There are two in Justin Bieber's concert movie Never Say Never. One that doubles the sins every time Bieber appears without a shirt, and one that triples the sins every time someone who is way too old to be listening to Bieber appears in concert.
- The bonus round for Showgirls adds a sin for every time someone sticks out their tongue, except during a rape scene, when it multiplies the bonus sins by a million.
- As for Dragonball Evolution, each sin was based off on how it deviated/went against the source material of Dragon Ball, making it the only time CinemaSins did research on a movie.
- Face/Off's has instances where a character will run their hand down someone's face to "smell my hand."
- Inverted (from the CinemaSins' usual) in Deadpool; in the bonus round, one sin is deducted for every time Deadpool "does [CinemaSins'] job" and also for being hilarious.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In the video on The Smurfs:"Smurf dominos! Smurfinos!"
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: How Movie Recipes often add normal ingredients plus absolutely insane ones. For the most prime example, check out the Braveheart fries video.
- Brick Joke:
- After sinning V for Vendetta in November for the rhyming narration, he adds that that will be his own sin next month. Next month, The Nostalgia Critic assisted him in a rhyming video of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
- He sins John Wick for employing the It Always Rains at Funerals trope, noting that with that and the black umbrellas, the scene is only missing an Evanescence song. After the sins are done, during the usual Gag Dub of various scenes, he puts an Evanescence song over the funeral scene.
- During Everything Wrong with Split, Jeremy makes sure to mention Anya Taylor-Joy's role in The VVitch (pronounced like that).
- Call-Back: While pointing out one of the sins in The Bourne Identity, Jeremy remarked how the chase scene inspired the car chase scene in The Matrix Reloaded, "which is totally not that great", clearly still bitter about losing their The French Connection argument against Screen Junkies' Reloaded in the Movie Fights question: "which movie has the best car chase?".
- Call-Forward: In the video for Tangled, Jeremy makes an accidental rhyme at one point, and immediately says "Dammit, Grinch!" Everything Wrong With How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was released the next day.
- The Cameo: The Honest Trailers guy at the end of the Superman Returns video, Neil deGrasse Tyson in the Gravity episode.
- Hostile Show Takeover: And in the fan contributions to the Iron Man 3 video.
- Early in the show's history, Chris narrated the video for the movie Prometheus. Since people already preferred Jeremy's voice by that point, however, he has since only made brief cameos in Finding Dory and The Fate of the Furious.
- Catchphrase: Many, many of them. Mostly to establish links and continuity between videos.
- "Scene does not contain a lap dance." This one is so iconic they made a T-shirt out of it.
- The Dark Knight Trilogy gets (i.e. "Liam Neeson isn't killing anyone in this scene". Iron Man 3 gets "Ben Kingsley isn't Gandhi in this scene". Thor gets "Natalie Portman isn't making out with Mila Kunis in this scene". The Lord of the Rings movies each get "Andy Serkis isn't being nominated for an Oscar in this scene". Many, many movies get "Sean Bean isn't dying in this scene"
"(Typecast actor) isn't (doing the typecast thing) in this scene." Each movie in
- A large subset of this is "(Actress) isn't my girlfriend/wife in this scene."
- "Discount (actor/actress)." For when a much lower-paid and less-famous actor somewhat resembles a more famous actor.
- Occasionally used for the actual actor/actress if the film was made before they became famous.
- "X is a dick to Y."
- "I believe in [impossible thing]. I really do. But I don't believe in [stupid, unlikely, or implausible thing]."
- "This [adjective] [noun] is [same adjective]" (For example, "Convenient rescue is convenient" or "Stupid teaser is stupid.")
- "Sh*t, there goes HBO (again)." (Any time a satellite is destroyed)
- "F**king Sprint." (Any time poor streaming is shown)
- "(Visionary) [genre] director rips off [classic movie]." Sometimes this is used when a director does something they'd done in their own previous work, such as Sam Raimi ripping off the camera work of Evil Dead in Oz: The Great and Powerful.
Fu*k, me... We interrupt this superhero movie to bring you Tangled.
- Similarly, "We interrupt this [genre] movie to bring you [another movie]." Used plenty in the Thor: The Dark World sins video.
- (after a Title Drop) "Roll credits!"
- "X seconds of opening logos" if X is ever more than about 40 or so.
- "X Cliché."
- (Some off-colornote remark) "That's racist."
- "That's X-ist." (when not relating to people races)
- "In the not too distant future..."
- "X ex Machina."
- The related trope is name dropped while sinning Noah.
- "Also, X." (eg. Also, bat credit card.) For when they point out that the way a prop or concept is used is ridiculous, and then point out that the thing is ridiculous in and of itself.
- "Haven't heard back yet." (Always included in the descriptions of the Dear Hollywood videos, a series dedicated to writing inflammatory letters about the author's pet film peeves.)
- Variant: If a particular sin is repeated several times in a video, eventually it will get to the point where all Jeremy says is "[Beginning of sin description]...aw, f*ck it."
- "THINGS! EXCITEMENT!" (During big ol' pointless action movie sequences.)
- "No one who watches the skies for a living notices this sh*t."
- "They dragged poor <actor> into this, didn't they?"
- "The power of boners is stronger," for when a protagonist's powers that have been faulty suddenly work in the presence of a cute girl. Or when a character is clearly neglecting something more important (e.g. saving the world) in order to flirt.
- "A paradox of Terminator proportions."
- (Character makes remark about how ridiculous or stupid the current scene is) "<character> would be good at Cinema Sins."
- "If X is suggesting to Y what I think he/she is, that beats my fanfiction."
- (Opening to Movie Recipes) "Sometimes watching a movie just isn't enough. You also want to eat that movie."
- "Today, we're going to show you how to make a (insert movie title and random food name). That is, a (said food) that tastes like the movie (said movie title)."
- "Reading." (whenever words, such as opening forewords/prologues/song titles in music videos/etc., displayed on screen)
- "Narration." (whenever a film has narration)
- Related to the above, "What are you, the narrator?" when a character describes what's going on in a way that might as well be narration.
- "In case you confused it with <City Name, Totally Different Country Name.>" (whenever a caption onscreen shows up informing the audience where the scene is right now, listing the city and the country despite the city itself being a well known landmark.)
- Any sarcastic repetition of a Big "NO!" or Say My Name moment, done in Jeremy's signature softly spoken swift tone.
- "The director said 'Here, eat this apple. It'll make you look like even more of an asshole.'" When an evil character is shown eating an apple.
- Cats Are Superior: Referenced in the Troll 2 video. "This painting shows God as a cat, looking down on humans... wondering why they aren't offering him treats. That's some accurate religion!"
- Caustic Critic:
- That said, they're much nicer and more joke-y than most Caustic Critics.
- Censored for Comedy: Adventures in Audio — Frozen uses this to play with the dialog, making it sound dirtier than it really is.
- Compressed Adaptation: Particular pet peeve of theirs, and often a big source of sins. To head off fan complaints of "It's explained in the book. Read it", most of their film adaptation videos contain the disclaimer "The Book Does Not Matter;" they critique films, and they believe if a movie cannot stand on its own or feels incomplete because of missing information, then it detracts from its quality, plain and simple.
- Continuity Nod: Transformers: The Last Knight nearly bricks the Sin Counter again (after The Fate of the Furious), but they had a back-up counter prepared just in case.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Most of the sentences. Up to Eleven with Iron Man 2's sentence: "I Took Your Stuff" (How does that make you feel?)
- Critical Research Failure: Invoked in the Sins video for X2: X-Men United, with the first "Sin" being DC Comics, complete with a buzzer to signify the error.
- Naturally, these usually get called out when the film does it.
- Invoked by Guest Narrator Matthew Santoro in the video for Underworld: Evolution, who complains about the inconsistency of what blood has healing properties (generally, it's freshness and volume, rather than the source), then adds that while the film probably has some sort of explanation, he isn't willing to watch it again to figure it out.
- Cuteness Proximity: In a filler video, they spell out that the number one difficulty with releasing videos isn't angry fanboys, apathetic casual viewers, or even the danger of copyright fiascoes. It's Wallace, an ordinary cat.
- Deadpan Snarker: A lot!
- Distinction Without a Difference: "What$ the Damage?" doesn't assign a monetary value to human life and health. However, if said life and health might incur related expenses, that gets a value; for example, getting punched in the face is a $6,000 rhinoplasty appointment.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Happens in the Sin City review. Jeremy eventually catches on, however.Jeremy: Carla Gugino's breasts are probably worth removing a sin for. Oh hell, maybe two. [Ding] Carla Gugino's breasts while holding a gun... that's probably worth another couple of subtractions. [Ding] Carla Gugino...ya, you know what? This movie is trying to distract me from my job. Intruder in your house—get some clothes on, already!
April [to Casey Jones] I got it on my last trip to Japan. You like it?
- He also gets distracted for a bit by April O'Neil's skintight ninja outfit in TMNT.
Jeremy: Yes I do. Oh wait, she was talking to Casey, wasn't she?
Jeremy: Thandie Newton isn't...my...I'm sorry, what were we talking about?
- Instead of the 'X isn't my girlfriend in this scene', when an actress is really sexy, he forgets his line. In Mission: Impossible II:
Jeremy: Holy sh*t... Eva Green isn't...sssjums jdddkss nerrbbssmm bsssjsjsk...God, I can't talk.
- And in Casino Royale (2006):
- Duelling Movies: Lampshaded at the end of the Volcano review.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- In one of the first sins videos, Prometheus, Chris narrated instead of Jeremy. It's the only video thus far where this is the case.
- Early sins videos are much shorter and spoken at a much faster pace.
- The Dear Hollywood videos initially took place in a white studio. Starting with the horror film video, the locale has changed to a public park.
- The first three videos all have the sentence "HELL"; the next few all have the (hell) in parentheses. Since then "(Hell)" has been reserved for some horror movies.
- Censorship is mostly reserved for words like "shit" and "fuck" nowadays, but profanities as mild as "damn" were bleeped out too in the early videos.
- The Room doesn't have end with series of Gag Dub scenes, just a stinger of Mark saying, "Why do you do this to me?"
- Establishing Character Moment: The very first sin. "This movie exists." Funnily enough, this is also a subversion: so many people got the wrong idea from this sin that Jeremy put up a video dedicated to explaining what it actually means. It's a reference to the movie being made just so that Sony Pictures Entertainment could keep their hands on the intellectual property rights for the Spider-Man series, not because Cinema Sins thought it sucked so much that it literally did not deserve to be a movie. (In fact, Jeremy has claimed he actually loved the movie.)
- Everyone Has Standards: In the Troll 2 April's Fools video, the gag is Jeremy repeatedly removes sins despite how infamously bad the movie is. This doesn't stop him from still adding a sin for a homophobic joke in the movie.
- Fan Hater: Normally avoided, but the video for Furious 7 has several "sins" that are nothing more than potshots at people who enjoyed it. "To people who liked this movie: what's it like living in the Matrix?"
- Felony Misdemeanor: Most of the sins, by Jeremy's own admission:Jeremy: Like Catholicism, our sins can be based on very minor things.
- Parodied in The Conjuring 2; there's a newspaper with the protagonists' house's paranormal happenings making the headline, while one of the side stories is "No Bread". Jeremy claims that this should've gotten the whole front page.
- Fun with Acronyms: "Everything Wrong With" can be shortened to "EWW". For a brief time, videos were uploaded using this acronym instead of the full phrase.
- Gag Censor: The sin video for Showgirls has two sex scenes where the on-screen sex is covered up by a giant picture of an Easter bunny. The bunny also appears over the brief shot of the infamous rape scene in the "licks" bonus round.
- Gag Dub: Many videos are followed by gag dubs and edits of the same film with material from other shows.
- Glasses Pull: Mocked frequently: "My response to this will require the removal of my sunglasses".
- Heh Heh, You Said "X": Jeremy's reaction to Fifty Shades of Grey which starred Dakota Johnson and was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson:Jeremy: Haha...Johnson.
- Hypocrite: In their The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug video, they add a sin for the film including characters who either barely appeared in the book or did not appear at all, despite their standing rule that the source material does not matter. This was after adding a sin for not mentioning why the eagles couldn't take the group to their destination when including a line of dialogue explaining why would be trivial (see: All There in the Manual, above).
- Hypocritical Humour:
- "Movie censors the word 'f*ck', who does that?"
- From the New Moon video: "Movie that sucks casts judgment on fake movie that sucks."
- Further in the same video, still referring to the fictional "Facepunch" movie: "Fake movie that apparently sucks has way better dialogue than the real movie it's in."
- In his "Dear Hollywood" video for the practice of splitting one book into two films for more profit, he ends with "P.S., end of Part 1".
- In the video of Pitch Perfect, the scene where Anna Kendrick is remixing music, a rant follows how dare someone try to be creative by using someone else's work. There are CinemaSins logos superimposed on the screen.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Jeremy refers to the Breaking Bad referencein Zootopia (played by a sheep character) as "Breaking Baaaaa'd", then apologizes to the viewers.
- In-Name-Only: They make an exception to their "The Books Don't Matter" policy for Dragon Ball Evolution just because of how heavily derided the movie is by fans of the franchise.
- Jump Scare: In the "How to Fix Horror" episode of "Dear Hollywood", Jeremy's item #1 on the list is "no more jump scares", as they're more annoying than scary. While signing his name at the end of the video, it suddenly cuts to a loud scream... along with a picture of a cute orange cat.Jeremy: See how annoying that was? And that was fucking adorable!
- One of Jeremy's biggest gripes with Sinister was its excessive reliance on this, including ending the film with one.
- Jump the Shark: Parodied in The A-Team.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Jeremy seems to have a soft spot for cats but that doesn't stop him from giving them sins when he thinks they deserve them. When sinning The Good Dinosaur, Jeremy admits he has a pet cat that brings him dead mice as a present when mocking Spot's inability to kill something before offering it to Arlo as food.
- Laugh Track: The Stinger of Training Day adds one to the "King Kong ain't got shit on me" scene.
- Lethal Chef: Invoked in his Movie Recipes. He's out to make a comedy sketch, not anything edible. Doesn't stop him from tasting it, though.
- Lets See You Do Better: Invoked by Damon Lindelof on Twitter after watching the video of Prometheus.
- Lucky Charms Title: What'$ the Damage?
- London England Syndrome:
- Done with every single onscreen telop telling the audience where the scene is set. Especially if it is in a famous or well known city.. "Just in case you confused it with London, Ontario." *ding!*
- They take off a sin in Thunderball for not doing this in its establishing shot of London.
- Multiple sins are added in Transformers: The Last Knight for doing this by establishing locations set in "England, UK". A later shot in London itself says "London, England", and gets called out for not adding the "UK" part.
- Mood Whiplash: In What'$ the Damage?, the life and well-being of a human being is not assigned any monetary value "because that's just morbid". Bearing this in mind, if their horrible deaths have collateral damage, that is counted, such as when the T-1000 stabs an innocent man through the face... only to get interrupted by a CHA-CHING!! sound, charging the film two whole dollars for a wasted carton of milk said man was drinking.
- Most Writers Are Male: They give Noah a sin for Ila just knowing that she's barren, reasoning that there'd be no way she could know that with limited medical technology. People with menstrual cycles would disagree.
- Multiple Endings: The Superman sins video.
- Musical Episode: "Sh*tty Acapella Movie Review Songs: Gravity", which they initially didn't release because it was "just a little too sh*tty".
- No Endor Holocaust: Defying this trope is the whole purpose of the "What'$ the Damage?" clips.
- Noodle Incident: From Life of Pi: "Movie reenforces the stereotype that stalking women makes them attracted to you, which I can tell you from personal experience is definitely not true".
- Non-Answer: Why is "This scene does not contain a lap-dance" considered a sin? F*ck you, that's why. note
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In his Gravity video, Special Guest Narrator Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is followed by the caption "(yes, it's really him)".
- Older Than They Look: Jeremy is forty-one. Not that you'd know it from looking at him.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Invoked as a Running Gag in the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull video, whenever Indy references a previous unseen adventure that sounds far more interesting than the plot of the movie he's currently in, such as being a spy during World War II.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Jeremy usually does his sins videos in a Deadpan Snarker tone, but when he covers The Room, he gets increasingly agitated by the many things wrong with the film and even comes to borderline yelling.
- Parallel Porn Titles: The sentence for Thor: The Dark World is "Thor & Jane Fan Porn: Thor 2: Welcome to AssGaurd".
- Person as Verb: Jeremy does this frequently when he sees a movie utilize something from another movie. For example, in The Secret Life of Pets, a group of animals use an Air-Vent Passageway, which Jeremy calls "John McClaining".
- Pet the Dog: If the reviewer comes across a scene he does like, he will point that out. For example, after spending fifteen minutes savaging Order of the Phoenix, he exclaims that the duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort is perfect, and better than anything in the Star Wars prequels. He'll also occasionally deduct sins from a film if something impresses him enough.
- Phone Word: The (possibly now defunct) CinemaSins hotline is 405-459-7466, or 405-459-SINN.
- Pinball Scoring: Most movies generally get a single sin for each issue, resulting in final tallies of around fifty to one or two hundred. However, for particularly bad movies, single complaints can earn multiple sins, and in the most extreme cases a single gripe can garner hundreds or thousands of sins. And the bonus rounds can add up the sin tally of a movie to millions or even billions.
- The bonus rounds in the video for The Room were scored on an exponential scale, with the occasional multiplier, resulting in a final sin count of over 1.5 billion.
- The Last Airbender gets similar treatment, with a bonus round at the end which ends with an increasing multiplier, giving it a final sin count of over 271 million.
- Superman: The Movie has two bonus rounds, one standard, the other musical. The "normal" sin count for the movie is 43, while in the musical bonus round it's 183, and in the non-musical bonus it's 185,753.
- Transformers: The Last Knight adds 500 sins for suggesting that famous abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass were part of a secret society to keep the existence of Transformers a secret. Jeremy was pretty sure they were involved in something much more urgent. He then adds another 500 sins because he has no clue what the soldiers are shooting at in a later scene. 1000 more sins are added at the end when the Sin Counter experiences a malfunction at the mention of Michael Bay.
- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York gets one billion sins for Donald Trump's cameo.
- Place Worse Than Death: The sentence for Armageddon is Bowling Green, Kentucky, with Oscar's line about "the scariest environment imaginable" dubbed in.
- Poe's Law: At the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:Jack Sparrow: We shall need a crossbow, an hourglass, three goats, one of us must learn to play the trumpet while the other one goes like this: *(makes weird face and finger movements)*
Jeremy: Maybe this movie is making fun of itself. But this is no sillier than what we just watched, and just as tedious.
- Poor Man's Substitute: The "Discount X" running gag.
- Porky Pig Pronunciation: In EWW The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jeremy trips over the word "anthropomorphizing" and instead says Sarah Harding is "giving human characteristics to the dinosaurs."
- Rage Quit: While it is at the end of the episode, Jeremy storms out on Looper because he can't take the paradoxial nature of the movie any longer.
- Readings Are Off the Scale:
- One particularly ridiculous scene in The Fate of the Furious managed to brick the Sin Counter, to the point where the sin count at the end just reads "R.I.P.". The next video has the sins counter labeled "Sin Counter 2.0"
- Transformers: The Last Knight almost breaks the Sin Counter again, but they had a back-up prepared just in case. 1000 sins were still added onto the final tally due to the failure though.
- Reality Ensues: Among the main reasons why this channel exists is pointing out when films don't play this trope straight.
- Review Ironic Echo: During the Pixels review, Adam Sandler's character asks, "What are we doing right now?" and Jeremy comments that apart from seeming like a moment of self-awareness from Sandler, the question is also applicable to the movie itself.
- Rhymes on a Dime:
- In keeping with Dr. Seuss, the sins on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! are (almost) entirely in rhyme.
- The Tangled sins video was made shortly after the Grinch sins video (they were uploaded two days apart) and thus had this line added:"Kingdom is great at finding hidden flowers but not so much at hidden towers. Damnit, Grinch!"
- Running Gag: All of the Catch Phrases. Even with its own page.
- Rule of Three:
- When a single type of sin is counted more than twice in the same movie, the third time he will start as usual then say "Ah, f*ck it" and just give the sin.
- Subverted in his V for Vendetta episode.
- Self-Deprecation: They regularly label themselves "idiots" and "assholes", apparently believing that this to be a good way to pre-empt criticism.
Jeremy: Bruce Wayne has the technology to reconstruct a fingerprint from a shattered bullet that went through a brick, so why hasn't he also invented time travel or a woman who has orgasms?
- The sins video of their own channel, "Everything Wrong With... Cinema Sins". They take potshots at themselves, as well as the arbitrary nature of what constitutes a "sin".
- In their Star Trek: Into Darkness video Jeremy drops the line "unlike some idiots on YouTube, I know there's gravity in space." This is a Call-Back to their Avengers video where he made that very mistake.
- In their Battle Royale video, they claim the contest to be so arbitrarily designed that it must have been made up by the guys at CinemaSins.
- Their Guardians of the Galaxy video gives us this:Jeremy: Vin Diesel reprises his Iron Giant role for Groot. Man, that must have been great, sitting around all day, doing virtually nothing, growling into a microphone for a couple of hours, and that's your job? It's like those assholes from CinemaSins.
- Later, when John C. Reilly tells Glenn Close "I don't believe anyone is 100% a dick, ma'am," Jeremy replies that he must never have seen CinemaSins.
- The implications in the video for The Dark Knight:
- In Jeremy's review of the second Batman v. Superman trailer, he says that "Finch" is a "terrible, stupid, cliche bad guy name." "Finch" is the name used by the Big Bad of Jeremy's book The Ables.
- In Jeremy's review of The Transformers: The Movie, he proclaims Blurr's appearance in the film as the inspiration for a "dickhead nitpicky YouTube channel 26 years later".
- Shaped Like Itself:
- She Is All Grown Up: Inverted in the earlier Harry Potter videos, while the Deathly Hallows Part 1 video plays it straight.Earlier films: "Hermione isn't old enough to be hot yet."
Deathly Hallows Part 1: "Hermione is definitely old enough to be hot now, right? RIGHT?!"
- In one running gag, while a smart character is going on about something they'll be drowned out by a big "NEEEEEEERRRRRRDDDDD!"
- In Thor and Oz: The Great and Powerful they listed the female leads not making out with Mila Kunis/Natalie Portman respectively as a sin.
- In Death Race 2000, one of the sins is "25 years into the future, America has learned to stop worrying and love the Nazis."
- In Captain America: The First Avenger, when the scientists and military are celebrating the successful implementation of Project Rebirth, Jeremy remarks "Let's not start sucking each other's dicks just yet."
- For any sunrise: "NAAAAAAAAAAAAANTS ingonyama..."
- Similarly, whenever an aurora appears, the related clip from The Simpsons is played. note
- Ditto for Lost soundtrack whenever there's a beach scene in a stinger.
- In Paranormal Activity 2, surveillance footage of a large home pool is shown with the sin being "This pool doesn't have dozens of dead cartel members who wronged Gustavo Fring floating in it."
- In the description of the sin video of the Super Mario Bros. movie:
- Sincerity Mode: Whenever they deduct a sin, normally because a movie pulls off Rule of Cool.
- Skewed Priorities: Calls out the couple in Paranormal Activity 2 for bickering about a pot falling when a fire broke out just the prior night (but was thankfully interfered and stopped before it could do much harm).
- So Bad, It's Good: The In-Universe rationale for not counting The Room's infamous "You're tearing me apart, Lisa!" line as a sin.Jeremy: There's nothing wrong with this scene. This is gold.
- Spell My Name with an "S": For some reason, in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, he constantly spells "Raiden" as "Rayden".
- The Stinger: Basically an AMV Hell treatment of the actual movie at the end of EWW.
- Symbol Swearing: The climax of Fast 6 contains a car stunt so implausible and physics-defying that the caption box just reads "%&%#$@^@&".
- Take That!:
"Female A Cappella group actually thought that singing Ace of Base would not end in at least one of their singers vomiting on stage."
- Comcast. In the sins videos for Universal movies, Jeremy points out the Comcast Company footer under the Universal logo and immediately adds 1 sin (5 sins since Jurassic World) right off the bat.
- Michael Bay's very name at the credits is given a sin without comment. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) video goes the farthest yet by calling the minutes "Fuck Michael Bay" minutes and Bad Boys continues it with "Fuck Me" minutes. The Sin Counter experiences a technical failure when his name shows up at the credits of Transformers: The Last Knight, adding 1000 more sins to the counter.
- Nickelodeon Movies is given an automatic sin in the aforementioned Turtles video as well as in The Last Airbender.
- DC Comics is also considered an automatic sin albeit with comment — it was originally a sin for Department of Redundancy Department when their logo appears ("Detective Comics Comics") but they have since sinned unrelated movies for namedropping DC characters.
- Whoville's package abuse is deemed still superior to Fed Ex.
- For After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan's name also gets the Michael Bay treatment.
- In Fast 6, after the reveal that Mia is a traitor to Hobbs, the narrator is so fed up with the movie — and the franchise as a whole — that he tacks on one hundred extra sins for no reason. The beginning also features "I've Lost All Hope In Humanity" as the minute count much like the case with later Bay videos.
- Jeremy seems to really hate Hawkeye as he consistently claims he sucks balls whenever he's on-screen in his sin video for the third Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer on his channel.
- Jeremy doesn't seem to be very fond of Ace of Base, as evidenced by their video for Pitch Perfect:
- Bizarrely enough, Lucasfilm gets sinned without comment in Jeremy's The Force Awakens trailer but gets no sins in the proper A New Hope video or in Jeremy's other The Force Awakens sin video.
- In The Martian, Neil deGrasse Tyson offers two obvious reasons why the film is fiction. First, the fact that scientists are also the ones making decisions. Second, that China would ever aid the American space program for any reason.
- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York immediately went up one billion sins for its Donald Trump cameo.
- Take That, Audience!: In the second episode of fan mail answering.Cinema Sins Guy 1: 500,000 [subscribers], man. That's really a lot of people. I mean, you have half a million fans.
Cinema Sins Guy 2: Nah, they clicked a button.
- They did genuinely thank their fans, though.
- Tastes Like Diabetes: From the Warm Bodies episode:This montage is so sweet it's giving me diabetes.
- That Came Out Wrong: During the Warm Bodies episode, the narrator mentions "Boneys" before they appear in the video.Are people who were at work when they turned in to a zombie doomed to do their job until they become boney? That last question may sound dirty to those of you watching who haven't seen this film.
- This Is Gonna Suck:Jeremy: [depressed] I already know I'm going to hate this movie.
- The Bad Boys and Fast 6 minutes counters change the minute count to a very preemptive loathing reaction.
- Title Drop: Roll credits! *ding!*
- Too Much Information: The Narrator frequently brings up a former girlfriend saying/being told something that a character just said in a film. For instance:
- In the video for V for Vendetta, The Narrator mentions that a girl once broke up with him because he said "Cameras. We need cameras."
- In the video for Madagascar, the Narrator says that his college girlfriend said "Excuse me, you're biting my butt!" shortly before breaking up with him.
- In the video for Ratatouille, the Narrator says that his college girlfriend said "Congratulations. You were able to repeat your accidental success." after they had sex for the second time.
- Trash Landing: Noted in the Sin City video after Marv does it.Jeremy: Ah, nice and soft garbage bags. Nothing hard or jagged is ever in one of those.
- Understatement: In Hook, he says that the script that made Peter Pan a forgetful and mean old workaholic was "a bit disrespectful" from how Peter Pan was really conceived (Barrie based him on his brother who died at 14). He then adds five sins.
- The Unintelligible:
- The version of the Cinema Sins guys holding the boom mic in Behind the Scenes of Conversations with Myself About Movies.
- Repeatedly calls out Bane for being this in The Dark Knight Rises. Two scenes of the freakily-masked Bane talking are shown, with Jeremy replying to Bane with "What!?"
- Unusual Euphemism:
- In the Bonus Round for The Hateful 8, Jeremy dubs over every instance of the N-word with something mundane, like "lawyer" or "banker" or what-have-you.
- Up to Eleven:
- The What'$ the Damage? video for the 1998 Godzilla film notes items as cheap as a $2 bag of candy and as expensive as the $1.1 billion USS Anchorage. The damage total, adjusted for inflation, was $4.8 billion.
- The video on Justin Bieber's Never Say Never ends with two bonus rounds: one that doubles the sins every time Bieber is in the movie without a shirt on, and another that triples the sins every time someone who is really too old to be listening to Justin Bieber is seen among the crowd of prepubescent girls. They combine to bring the sin total to over 13 billion. Only Les Misérables (2012) got more than that — and with one bonus round, no less.
- The Everything Wrong With Cinema Sins video ends with a bonus of one point for every upset fanboy. The counter breaks and displays infinity.
- Everything Wrong With The Fate of the Furious. See Wham Episode below.
- Donald Trump's cameo from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York: 1,000,000,000 sins.
- Weirdness Censor: Notes in Paranormal Activity 2 how people are ignoring the evidence that something's wrong in the house.
"Dad is pacing back and forth trying to figure out how to blame the wind for this. [Ding]"
- Special note and spite goes to the jerkass dad who is especially stubborn with his disbelief in the evidence (for example, when his daughter shows him footage of a door closing on its own, the dad bluntly says it was the wind).
- What the Hell, Hero?: Dear Hollywood is essentially Jeremy calling out the industry on their practices, which are outdated and self-defeating.
- Wham Episode: As a film-nitpicking series with no overarching plot whatsoever, it didn't seem to be the type of show to have any. But then came Everything Wrong With The Fate of the Furious, where after years of suffering and billions of sins, the sin counter is so overwhelmed by the movie's sins that it breaks down and dies. Pretty game-changing there.
- Worst Whatever, Ever!: In Batman Forever, Robin got to the batcave with the security alarms on, a platform raised showing the batmobile (as in "yes, Bruce Wayne is Batman!"), and he gets on it and drives away... with the alarms still on. "WORST. SECURITY. EVER!"
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In the Taken 3 video, Jeremy predicts that a stuffed panda bought early in the movie would be a Chekhov's Gun. It wasn't, so he removes the sin for it at the end.
TV Trope Tally: 262
Sentence: Permanent Red Link Club (Lock included)