10 Most Pretentious Movies Redditors Have Ever Seen

2021 Don’t look up received a mixed response over its unique and transparent premise revolving around global warming and climate change. Some thought the concept was a necessary talking point that needed to receive more attention in today’s society, but others found the film rather pretentious in its delivery.

Pretentiousness in a movie isn’t necessarily an indicator of quality, but rather that the story was driven more by ego than ethos. Reddit users discussed some of the most pretentious movies they’ve ever watched.


Take That Waltz (2011)

With Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams, 2011 take this waltz revolves around a woman (Williams) falling in love with an aspiring artist (Luke Kirby) despite her happy marriage. Reddit user lordhallucination felt that Williams’ character Margot was presented “as being independent and liberated, but she just came across as ad*uche”.

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Margot was the singular source of the film’s claim. He is a character who only seeks his own interests, without worrying about the ramifications of his actions. In the end, Margot suffered a backfire when her new reality looks a lot like her old life.

God’s Not Dead (2014)A promotional photo for God's Not Dead (2014)

Religion-focused productions (especially Christian media) can often be controversial, as is the case with the 2014 film god is not dead. While the film spawned a Christian film franchise, Reddit user RedThorneGamerSB complaints god is not dead “think it’s smart but it’s really f**ck*ng stupid”.

What makes the film pretentious is that while there are teachings and findings to validate the presence of man upstairs, the belief of one who thinks God exists is purely subjective. god is not dead missed an opportunity to bring some logic to this timeless debate, instead using formulaic responses as shock value.

mother! (2017)Jennifer Lawrence as a mom!  (2017)

Hope 2017 mother! being one of director Darren Aronofsky’s highest ranked films on Metacritic, its positive response has been lukewarm at best. Moviegoers felt the film was a vanity project for Aronofsky and his then-girlfriend, Jennifer Lawrence, with what Reddit user thinking that “it all felt like a giant ego blow to his artistic genius”.

Although visually beautiful, mother! is pretentious in expecting its audience to understand the story rather than providing extensive depth. Incidentally, the film’s psychological and horror themes were seen as overdone when they could have had a more subtle yet impactful portrayal.

Malcolm and Mary (2021)Zendaya and John David Washington in Malcolm & Marie (2021)

The whole world was affected when the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020, with the film industry recording exorbitant losses. Reddit user NewZookeepergame4160 think “Malcolm & Marie”, the first Hollywood film to be made during the pandemic, is a rather pretentious film.

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John David Washington and Zendaya carried the film with their fervent chemistry and fantastic performances. However, this was not enough, as the pretentious element of Malcolm and MarieThe simple premise was in the dialogue. Endless monologues, in addition to a lack of coherence around its themes, caused the film to suffer.

Eat, Pray, Love (2010)Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love (2010)

Many Oscar-winning actors suffered from the Oscar curse, which Julia Roberts broke for herself. After starring in a string of flops, the actress made her comeback with the 2010s Eat Pray Lovea film adapted from Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 memoir of the same title. PreviousTea9210 call the movie”In nature” for middle-aged women.

The claim of Eat Pray Love lies in what sets it apart, which is its setting, focusing on sites rather than history. When the film reflects on spirituality, it felt more contrived when it could have been more authentic.

Mr. Nobody (2009)Jared Leto in Mr. Nobody (2009)

Jared Leto has proven himself to be a very exploratory actor with the unique roles and movies he takes on. One of those movies would be the sci-fi drama Mr Nobody, but not everyone joined the following called movies. Reddit user dougflooty2 believes that while Jared Leto has played many pompous roles, “this one is undoubtedly the most egregious”.

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Which makes Mr Nobody pretentious in its brilliance is that it’s a movie that pretends to be something it isn’t without active efforts. Leto’s performance as Nemo Nobody was effective, but the character himself failed to connect with the audience.

Principle (2020)John David Washington in Tenet (2020)

Another film that suffered from the Covid-19 pandemic was that of the 2020s Principle. The sci-fi/spy action flick marked Christopher Nolan’s cinematic comeback after 2017 Dunkirk. PrincipleThe story of was seen as turbulent by fans and critics alike, with the Reddit user St0lf having “no idea what they were trying to say, but they were definitely trying.”

Christopher Nolan prides himself on his beautifully intricate and innovative works. Principle was praised for its aesthetics and game play, but a muddled delivery greatly hindered what could have been an even more epic run. The premise was shrouded in too many paradoxes for the audience to understand clearly.

Titanic (1997)Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic (1997)

by James Cameron Titanic was the highest-grossing film of all time for 12 years, renowned for its visual effects and poignant love story. Alas, there are still some who were not charmed by the film. Reddit user MissScarlettSommer felt that the character of deep-sea explorer Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) is “maximum pretension and destroys the whole flow of the film”.

Many believe the character was Cameron’s self-insertion due to his strong interest in aquatic exploration. Since the focus was on romance and elements of epic disaster, the blatant historical inaccuracy also created cracks in Titanicthe foundation.

I Heart Huckabees (2004)A poster for I Heart Huckabees (2004)

David O. Russell is a rather experimental filmmaker, seen with the two highly anticipated crime comedies of 2022 amsterdam and 2004 I Heart Huckabees. The dark comedy indie flick is a 6° split between multiple characters, centered on Huckabees, a department store conglomerate. Despite its peculiar premise, this Reddit user offers “I love the Huckabees” like a pretentious movie.

The film’s focus on existentialism and overindulgence didn’t have the impact it should have on moviegoers. On the contrary, since the themes and the story of I Heart Huckabees were so complicated that it was very easy to go over the viewer’s head while watching.


Tommy Wiseau’s directorial debut is pretentious for having Wiseau as both writer and leading man. The 2003 film was widely considered one of the worst films ever made. In his absolute grimace, Redditor dachillees believes that the pretentiousness “is what makes it so amazing”.

Nevertheless, there is a treasure in this so-called “dustbin”, with Bedroom be a good-bad movie. Wiseau co-star Greg Sestero released a behind-the-scenes memoir titled The Disaster Artist in 2013 for the film of the same name with James and Dave Franco released in 2017.

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