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This is when a person's mouth and lips are pretty much all showing on the screen. Potentially it can be a sign of mystery, used to hide the identity of the person speaking. Otherwise it can just be to emphasize the mouth such as showing a pretty girl putting on lipstick.

This is a sister tropes of Eyedscreen, which features a screen shot of a pair of eyes. Compare Eat the Camera and Mouth Cam.


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  • Diet Pepsi: This commercial from 1984 is an example: [1]
  • Any commercial hawking teeth whitening or toothpaste is prone to this.
  • This Coors Light commercial from 1997. [2]
  • The numerous Pepsodent commercials such as this one: [3]
  • Twizzlers had a bunch of commercials with a claymation mouth advertising the product.
  • An 1980s child abuse PSA, one of the first against verbal abuse, features a series of mouths shouting harmful insults at children.
  • This IBM AT commercial from 1986 showcasing their experimental voice recognition. [4]
  • This Blistex commercial :[5]

  • In nearly every Detective Conan episode, there is a point where we get a closeup of a characters mouth talking ominous like. Sometimes making their debut or when they're saying something important.
  • The same thing can be true with Dragon Ball Z, more specifically in the Frieza and Garlic Jr. sagas.
  • It happened in a few episodes of Hamtaro as well. Case in point, here with Maxwell.
  • Mewkledreamy did this with the main villain, Yuni.
  • Lady Jewelpet did a closeup of Luea's mouth in Episode 22.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Season 7 episode 50 of Happy Heroes, when Kalo says "Goodbye to you all" as he is about to self-destruct himself to destroy invading spaceships, the shot is a close-up of the character's mouth.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 44, Wolffy sees the goats through his telescope, and as he tells Wolnie they're having goats to eat, the camera is zoomed up to his mouth. When he finishes talking, one of his fangs shows a brief twinkle.

  • The theatrical poster to Inside Deep Throat depicts a woman's mouth with the movie title in between the half-open lips.
  • In the 1985 film, Weird Science, a scene in which Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith are having a conversation in the shower stall during a party, we get shots of their mouths.
  • A closeup of Patricia Quinn's mouth lip-syncing to "Science Fiction Double Feature" is used for the opening credits of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Always Crashing in the Same Car features several close-ups of Paul McGann's mouth.
  • "Say 'ahhhh!'" "Ahhhhh!" "Say 'AAAHH!'" "AAAHHHH!" "NOW SPIT!"
  • One of the most iconic examples is in Citizen Kane (pictured above). The first we see of the title character is a close up of his lips as he says his last words: "Rosebud"
  • In David Lynch's Dune (1984), Doctor Yueh's mouth is shown in a closeup flashback reminding Duke Leto about the poison gas tooth intended to kill Baron Harkonnen.
  • The first shot in Original Sin (2001) is Angelina Jolie's lips.
  • The Little Mermaid (1989): "What I want from you is...your voice."
  • The Florida Project has this serve as the final shot of Halley, as she screams, "FUUUUUUCCCCCKKKK YOOOOOUUUUUU!!!!" to Child Services, who believe she isn't fit to take care of her daughter.
  • Status Update has a few shots of this when Kyle performs an operatic solo.
  • Videodrome has a scene where Max, in a surreal moment which may or may not be a hallucination, sees his lover Nicki in a television broadcast begging for him sexually, and early on the view zooms in on just her gasping lips, making the scene even more uncomfortable and Max's state of mind that much more suspect.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an extremely minimalist production by the BBC of Samuel Beckett's play Not I, this is all that can be seen of actress Billie Whitelaw as she performs the extended monologue, of a woman on the brink of insanity describing her life. The camera never moves from a full-screen shot of her lips and moving mouth.
  • In an episode of Red Dwarf, Lister and the Cat desperately try to con a human-hating genocidal killer into thinking they are an uninteresting alien species. They rig a telecommunications camera so all it can see is an upside-down shot of their lower faces, with false eyes glued to their chins. They conduct their side of the dialogue as disembodied alien mouths. The killer Simulant is not deceived and teleports over anyway.
    • The First Series finale also features a sendup of Citizen Kane.
      Rimmer: Gazpacho soup...
  • In an early episode of M*A*S*H, they do this with Margaret complaining to Col. Blake about something, and Blake completely hung over while she's ranting.
  • A 1990's documentary on Australian gun culture called Guns had an excess of shots like this, causing a writer to viewer reaction program BackChat to quip that it should have been titled Gums instead.

    Music Videos 
  • Freddie Mercury: "Don't Stop Me Now" have more than one close-up of Freddie Mercury's mouth singing to the tune filling up the entire frame.
  • Rick Springfield: "Bop 'Til You Drop"
  • LL Cool J: "Going Back To Cali"
  • and this parody from Colin Quinn: [6]
  • Frank Zappa: "You Are What You Is" [7]
  • One of the many, many shots in "Dare to Be Stupid" is "Weird Al" Yankovic's head, upside down and with googly-eyes stuck on his chin, with the camera pulled up close to the mouth.
  • A pair of lips sings the opening phrase in the video for Poison's "I Want Action".
  • The introduction to Meghan Trainor's "Lips Are Movin'" shows a few screenshots like this.
  • "My First Kiss" by 3Oh!3 and Ke$ha makes use of several of these shots throughout the video, a lot of which focus on Ke$ha. At the end of the video, the camera pans out to reveal that the members of 3Oh!3 are inside Ke$ha's mouth. She then slams her mouth shut and eats them before smooching at the camera.
  • Played with in the videos from the Pink Floyd album, "The Final Cut". The videos show singer Roger Waters sitting in the dark except for a light on his mouth.
  • Chicano Batman: "Black Lipstick" [8]


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    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode "The Mighty Wheezers; there is a closeup of Carl's dad's mouth when he's singing a long note before the whole family sings that singing and sitting song.
  • Rugrats episode "Stu Gets a Job"; the episode starts with a closeup of Stu's mouth eating chips and drinking soda while watching TV with Tommy.
    • An earlier episode "Runaway Angelica" has a closeup of Drew's mouth shouting out Angelica's name after finding his home-office wrecked, at the beginning of the episode.
  • Timon & Pumbaa episode "Beast of Eden"; the episode ends with Pumbaa showing he has one of the leader's teeth in his mouth.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine has been using this often as of Season 20.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • "The Fry Cook Games" After Plankton and Mr. Krabs' give their speeches, SpongeBob and Patrick give off a war cry.
    • "One Krabs Trash" with Mr. Krabs as he announces his plan to scare SpongeBob's #1 hat off of him.
    • "Truth or Square" again with Mr. Krabs as he begins to tell SpongeBob the Krabby Patty formula.
    • Combined with Medium-Shift Gag in "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture", where we get a close-up of SpongeBob's live-action mouth saying "Actors.".
  • The Simpsons episode "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish"; with Homer while he's eating a piece of toast which he compliments to Marge about.
    • Also happens in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Bart of the Jungle" when he screams "BAAART!!!" after finding him playing jungle in the backyard with his neckties.
    • From "The Old Man and the Key": "You are never driving again! EVER!"
  • Clarence episode "Belson's Sleepover" when Belson announces his second phase in his plan for pranking everyone "The Reaping."
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • "Mac Daddy" One time with Mac and Bloo when Bloo and Madame Foster acknowledge the pun on Mac and Cheese's names combined. And one more time when Cheese declares him and Bloo's names combined.
    • "Destination Imagination" with Mac and Coco when they try to convince Frankie to come home from the magic toybox world.
  • In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "The Last Resort", the camera becomes strangely fascinated with Robotnik's mouth when he comments that he loves sharing a "cozy, hot cup of lapsang souchong tea".
  • The Boss Baby sometimes has a closeup of Ted's Mouth, Tim's Mouth, and Baby's mouth.
  • "Nosebud..."
  • Care Bears: Unlock the Magic did this with Share Bear during viral video about an ice cream addiction.


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They're Using Actors!

The scene zooms in on SpongeBob's mouth as a punchline.

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