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A Retrospective of Movie Phone-Fails

Cinema owes cell phone technology a lifetime of hand jobs for this never-not-useful plot device.

via @R_SRS & fourfour


  1. Jo says:

    No wonder why I’m always Loaded my phone dont wanna end up get wacked out dead lol stranded in the midle of no where zone that I cant find a pay phone ….to my bbf => call 911 ….(.)(.)

  2. ModstRob says:

    This explains the terrible feeling of horror I get when my phone dies or goes out of range. Also why I hate camping…

  3. You notice one thing about all those movies, they all SUCK! I am sure that GOOD movies will use this stupid plot device as a tension builder, but ALL of these movies blow donkey cock.

    It just goes to show you how crappy writers come up with plot twists. The no signal crap is probably from writers experience with AT&T wireless. That might explain why they think it’s normal for the “no service” banner to pop up on their phones. Perhaps if more Hollywood writers switched to Verizon, they wouldn’t have used it as often. I think I see a commercial in there for Verizon. I just want a 5% kick back, no big deal.


  4. Julia says:

    Nice! I always love how they magically don’t work in movies.

  5. Deltus says:

    They can’t all have had AT&T, could they? :)

    Seriously, though, the one military guy had a goddamned SATELLITE phone. Those things work in the middle of the fucking ocean. Bullshit he didn’t get any signal.

    Still, Renee is right. Without this, too many plot twists would be foiled.

  6. Renee says:

    They have to add in these lines now. Have you ever watched an old movie and thought “If they only had a cell phone…”? Well now most people do so they have to create a fail for the plot to work! :)

  7. Drew says:

    Was that a movie montage or an AT&T commercial?

  8. Danielle says:

    … and yet still every bloody telephone in the Scream movies worked fine …..

  9. Danika says:

    AND….it better be waterproof! AND….oh whatever….

  10. Danika says:

    AND….a back up battery!

  11. Danika says:

    That’s it, I am totally getting a SATELLITE phone before my next trip!

  12. Cami says:

    They should make a horror movie in the basement of the Humanities building at my university. You can’t get any signal there either. The actors could get really frustrated and curse. They seem to like doing that.

  13. Charlie says:

    ohhhhh me

  14. Johnny Oz says:


    How the hell does one think of a list like this?
    Not to mention cutting them all up. 😐

    I loved the ‘Can You Hear Me Now’ one. :)