15 Movies That Thought They Were Smart But Totally Weren't

14. Midsommar

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Midsommar, a folk horror film about a group of Americans who end up in the hands of a crazy Swedish cult, is a good, interesting movie and definitely the best film on this list, but it was held back by the hit-or-miss script and was less smart than Hereditary, director Ari Aster's debut film.

It always seems to be under the impression that it is a genuinely deep film and it's quite off-putting, since a fair amount of its drama doesn't really land and this is actually an often ludicrous film which is mostly people getting stoned and cult members doing stupid cult shenanigans.

Aside from that, there are several other issues here. Firstly, Midsommar can never decide what its main theme is. Is it about protagonist Dani's (Florence Pugh) break-up? Or her mental illness? Or her desire for a new family following the loss of her parents? It seems to change every fifteen minutes.

Secondly, the majority of its gruesome and horrific content never feels connected to Dani's issues and it all just feels like shallow, OTT shock for shock's sake material.

Finally, it opens with one of the most appallingly offensive depictions of mental illness in recent memory. Bipolar people do NOT murder their parents. In fact, this particular scene is so awful it nearly ruins the entire film before it's even properly begun.


Film Studies graduate, aspiring screenwriter and all-around nerd who, despite being a pretentious cinephile who loves art-house movies, also loves modern blockbusters and would rather watch superhero movies than classic Hollywood films. Once met Tommy Wiseau.