10 Classic Hollywood Cliches Still Used Today


Beautiful, Butt-kicking Babes

Model LeeAnna Vamp, dressed as the character Lara Croft from the 'Tomb Raider' at Comic Con in 2013. The beautiful babe who can also kick butt is becoming a latter-day cliché. Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic
Model LeeAnna Vamp, dressed as the character Lara Croft from the 'Tomb Raider' at Comic Con in 2013. The beautiful babe who can also kick butt is becoming a latter-day cliché. Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic

Women have definitively broken through the cinematic glass ceiling. No longer are female actresses always expected to bat their lashes and wait for a big, strong man to save them. Nope, characters like Katniss Everdeen ("The Hunger Games" series, in case you've been stranded on a desert island), Tris Prior ("Divergent"), Lara Croft ("Tomb Raider") and many others are wowing movie-goers with their beauty, brains and biceps. Of course, they aren't the first to do so. Scarlett O'Hara was shooting rogue soldiers and picking cotton with her bare hands before most of these ladies were even vague fictional concepts.

This movement toward butt-kicking, tight pants-wearing, perfectly coiffed and typically virginal female leads is certainly better than the hapless, helpless women of yesteryear, but it is turning into a bit of a reverse stereotype. Nevertheless, expect to see more of it since casting experts are well aware that audiences prefer female leads who are both attractive and amazing, rather than one or the other.

Author's Note: 10 Classic Hollywood Clichés Still Used Today

This article could easily have been turned into a list of 100 awesome Hollywood clichés, there are so many in constant cinematic rotation. A personal fan of the slow-motion walkaway and one-at-a-time fighting, I appreciate tropes for the humor and twists they supply, even if I usually am screaming at characters: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON'T GO IN THE BASEMENT!

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