Today, I’m looking for what you think is the most egregious case of a character carrying the idiot ball in a movie.
Pop Culture Theme Time is a feature where I put a question to you to see what you think about a particular theme. I might later revisit the theme for a future Drawing Crazy Patterns or Top Five.
As I noted a while back, the “idiot ball” is a term used in popular culture to describe when a character has to act like an idiot to further the plot along. When different characters do it each episode, then the joke (as coined by Hank Azaria back when he was a show that did this a lot called Herman’s Head) is “Who’s turn is it to carry the idiot ball?”
It happens a lot in TV shows, and I might do a future Pop Culture Theme Time about TV shows, but for now, I’d like to hear what you think is the most egregious case of a character carrying the idiot ball in a movie. What was the most inexplicably stupid thing that a character did in a film just for the sake of the plot of the film?
There are so many options, but for right this second, I’m going with the parents in A Quiet Place for not monitoring their four year old son to notice that he has both brought a toy with him AND put the batteries back into the toy (batteries that were removed but then left next to the toy as the boy was left alone) AND was walking well behind the rest of the group despite being, you know, four, just in time for the sound-seeking aliens to attack him when he turned the noisy toy on.
Okay, that’s my pick, but there are obviously SO many options out there, so let me know your picks!
And feel free to suggest future Pop Culture Theme Time topics to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!