Health and Safety Efforts Undermined on Screen
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Conservative Trope Examples
- Nobody (2021) | Smoking NormalizedHutch (Bob Odenkirk) casually smokes a cigarette inside an interrogation room during the opening credits while the Animals "Don't let me be Misunderstood" plays in the background. Later in the movie we are taken back to the same interrogation room and Hutch continues to smoke his cigarette while officers unsuccessfully try to get information from him.
- Why Him (2016) | Healthy Foods Depicted NegativelyLaird's (James Franco) private chef offers Stephanie's (Zoey Deutch) parents vegan surf and turf, which consists of edible soil and plankton foam. Her parents both awkwardly stare at the dish then walk away without having a bite.
- This Is 40 (2012) | Healthy Foods Depicted NegativelyPete (Paul Rudd) grimaces after he's told grilled tofu is for dinner after he excitedly asks if they were having grilled cheese and then then mockingly says "dressing always get in the way of the natural taste of the lettuce" after finding out his wife is cutting back on salad dressing in order to eat healthier.
- My Best Friends Girl (2008) | Smoking NormalizedTank (Dane Cook) smokes a number of cigarettes both indoors and out despite the fact that smoking indoors was outlawed years earlier in Massachusetts, the city the film takes place.
- Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason (2004) | Smoking NormalizedBridget (Renée Zellweger) and all of her close friends smoke cigarettes in multiple scenes throughout the movie. Whether they are at a bar, outside, or at one of their residences, cigarette smoking is a constant even though Bridget claims she's trying to quit.
- Old School (2003) | Smoking NormalizedVince Vaughn smokes a cigarette while performing an exercise on the still rings during a gymnastics competition. He starts coughing and loses his cigarette, but proudly yells "I'm still holdings! Still holding!" as everyone applauds.Staff AsideIt's funny because smoking and gymnastics don't go hand in hand.
- Central Perk manager Gunther (James Michael Tyler) dramatically inhales and slowly exhales a cigarette and says "oh, dark mother. Once again I suckle at your smoky teat."
- Pulp Fiction (1994) | Smoking NormalizedMia (Uma Thurman) asks Vincent (John Travolta) if he would "roll me one of those, cowboy?" and he responds "you can have this one, cowgirl," handing her a pre-rolled cigarette. Vincent rolls one for himself and then they slowly smoke their entire cigarettes while conversing before their dinner arrives.