12 More Movie Endings That Trolled Audiences

No lessons learned, no closure provided, and no protagonist left alive...

Wolf Of Wall Street
Paramount Pictures

There’s nothing more annoying—or sometimes deliriously, surprisingly satisfying—than when a film decides to end not on an obvious or logical note, not with one last killer twist, but with an ending which seems tailor made just to mess with the audience.

It’s a phenomenon so recognisable that there’s already a WhatCulture list which looks at endings that seemed determined to troll the audience of the preceding movies, but it’s also so common that there were a dozen more examples which deserved a spotlight of their own.

Some of these endings come at the close of comedies which are determined to leave their audiences with one last laugh even if it means destroying the film’s apparent themes until that point, whilst a few come at the close of completely self-serious films and are a total surprise to audiences expecting a more fitting ending.

In each case, these twelve endings all trolled audiences expecting something sensible at the close of their respective films, so let’s look at how they did it—and try to work out why.

12. Sausage Party

Wolf Of Wall Street
Columbia Pictures

From its opening moments Sausage Party, the absurd R-rated “Toy Story with talking food” adult animation film from 2016, seems to be laughing at its own audience for buying into its absurd premise.

The flick never really explains its central conceit and uses the idea as a launching board for some sophomoric humour and puerile set pieces. But Sausage Party takes this approach up a notch when proceedings culminate in an extended sex scene which is designed to amplify how stupid we all are for even watching the movie in the first place.

It could have all been delightfully dumb, but between allegations of the filmmakers never paying animators for the flick and some seriously tasteless analogies for the ongoing Palestinian occupation, this one really leaves a gross taste behind.


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