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This movie just got more and more ridiculous.


The part that really wound me up is when they track the British couple to the church where they suspect their son is being held. So what do they do? They sit in back quietly waiting to be seen? WTF? Why? Then, after they have been seen, Doris pops outside to call the cops? Really? Because every other opportunity they had to tell the cops they inexplicably decided against it.

So, then everyone gets shown out of the church and Stewart sits quietly waiting for them to leave and lock him in with them alone? Oh good that's helpful. Why not call the cops immediately after having found them instead of watching the fcking service and waiting patiently to be seen? Or if they are so adamant that their son will be in danger if they tell the cops and think that their son is in the building, why not sneak around back and look for him instead of passively waiting to be rumbled for no reason at all? Seriously what the hell?

Not to mention the silliness of the whole assassination plot and the the foiled by screaming ending. I know this movie was made in the 50s and a lot has changed since then, but logic isn't one of them. The behaviour of the couple in this movie is implausible at best.

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a lot has changed since then, but logic isn't one of them. The behaviour of the couple in this movie is implausible at best.

I'm just wondering:

Do you live in a world where people always (or even "routinely") do the most logical, rational thing in all situations (even when stressed by things like having their child's life threatened)?

The reason that I'm asking is that when I watch what's going on in the world, that's not what I see. People behaving wholly irrationally is commonplace, especially when they are under stress.

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I live in a world where actions are explainable and I think "they were under a lot of stress" is a pretty weak explanation for the behaviour exhibited throughout this movie. Let's be entirely honest, the couple behave the way they do because Hitchcock was fitting their actions around a plot outline from the original movie. Instead of reacting in a plausible way the couple react however the plot needs them to react to get to the next point whether it's credible or not.


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I live in a world where actions are explainable

That's not my experience at all.

Some actions, a pretty fair percentage, are explainable. However, people do wholly inexplicable [email protected] all the time.

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OK. I disagree.

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I do not even need to look at other people. I do irrational, inexplicable crap plenty of times myself. Later I might say, "What the hell was I thinking??" It can seem quite stupid to me later, but I can't deny that I made whatever decisions I did, or that I acted--or failed to act--in whatever stupid way that I did.

For some reason, people seem to look at movies as if they want all characters to be a reflection of themselves, and in that, to be at least as smart, wise, etc.--if not smarter, wiser, etc.--than they believe themselves to be.

If you think the actual world is like that, then you must not think that you're that smart after all--because everyone else would be at least as smart as you are.

But I'd bet you do not think the actual world is like that. So then why can't films also show people who do not always act in an ideal way? Why should it be off-limits to show that? Why is it necessarily a flaw if we show that?


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Who said anything about acting in an "ideal" way? I said explainable. Plausible. I do dumb sh!t all the time. I make poor decisions, stupid mistakes... but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about implausible actions (or inactions) that are only explainable as a means to further the plot.

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I don't get it. Are you unfamiliar with the word "inexplicable"?


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What don't you get? And yes.

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If you watch the Alfred Hitchcock episode of the series The Filmmakers you'll hear Hitchcock discuss how he began his career making silents and how he cares how something looks, not how it sounds. He agrees that his plots make no sense but isn't interested in that. Tarantino, Allen and others present equally implausible plots.

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Some of this already seemed odd and silly to me; other aspects of it I hadn't consciously thought of, but you are right. What a mess. Really half-assed scriptwriting there.

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This movie was 100x more entertaining than REAR WINDOW

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In my mind, the parents were in a blind panic for at least 24 hours, maybe more. They had no sleep and were physically and mentally exhausted, which, by the way is not conducive to rational behavior. When I am in a blind panic, I can't seem to think my way out of a paper bag.

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So you know exactly what you'd do if you were actually faced with this situation?? You've had your child kidnapped by dangerous assassins and asked to do things for them or else??

You can't judge characters for their actions until you've actually been there. It's a MOVIE for one. Two, it's just ignorant.

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