All movie protagonists face some kind of problem. That's the fundamental basis of fiction. Without a hurdle to overcome, there is no drama, no suspense, no pathos. For audiences, watching the heroes get around these problems is cathartic. When they learn a lesson from their trials, viewers can learn something vicariously. The depiction of personal growth in films is often incredibly inspiring.
Every so often, though, a protagonist doesn't learn a lesson. They don't grow. They don't change. They don't become a better person in the end. This presents a unique challenge for filmmakers, as it's important to still get the audience on the side of a character who fails to get their act together. Done correctly, pictures of this sort offer their own form of impact. They can be cautionary tales, or they can just earn laughs by giving us a hero who mentally doesn't have the wherewithal to learn from their predicament. That's precisely what happened in the following films.
- 177 VOTESPhoto: Warner Bros. Pictures
- 240 VOTESPhoto: 20th Century Fox
- 333 VOTESPhoto: New Line Cinema
- 447 VOTESPhoto: Warner Bros. Pictures
- 524 VOTESPhoto: Sony Pictures Releasing
- 623 VOTESPhoto: A24