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
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.
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
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.