Whether you prefer comedy or drama, indie or blockbuster, Peeta or Gale, great movies are the ones that stick with you for years, never straying far from your mind. The true stand-outs are the ones that manage to entertain while sending home an unforgettable message.
These days, with our propensity to rewatch our favorites over and over, it's become common to notice a few extra layers to our choice of movies that have gone completely overlooked. I'm not talking about plot holes or continuity errors, I'm talking about intentional choices that can totally change the way you perceive a character, storyline, or even an overall film.
Here are eight examples of loaded movie facts that never get discussed but have rippling cinematic consequences.
1. Ewoks may just be cold-hearted man-eaters in Return of the Jedi
When Han Solo first meets the Ewoks, they briskly meet him with a festive barbecue—and he's the one on the menu. Eventually, they become the saviors of the Galactic Empire, and all is seemingly forgiven.
However, it's heavily implied that this isn't the Ewoks' first time at a callously carnivorous rodeo. In fact, at the victory banquet, there are Stormtrooper helmets without any people to claim them—not even prisoners. If they were ready to consume our heroes, what would prevent them from roasting up a couple faceless baddies? Answer: absolutely nothing.
2. The Breakfast Club starts with a reference to a school shooting
You thought The Breakfast Club was all about wholesome teenage togetherness and the merits of applying lipstick with your boobs? Think again. At the start of the movie, before the kids even show up to detention, there's one shot of a wall that reads, "I don't like Mondays." It may sound pretty typical for a school, but it's actually a reference to a devastating school shooting that occurred in 1979. Brenda Spencer was 16 years old when she brought a rifle to shoot 10 children and staff members.
When police questioned her motive, she responded, "I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day."
3. The FBI warning in Fight Club is actually a message from Tyler Durden
In Fight Club, David Fincher slips in multiple references to the fact that (spoiler!) Tyler Durden and the Narrator are actually the same person, but none of them, in my opinion, are as clever as this sneaky message. Assuming that no one actually reads these FBI warnings, Fincher was able to completely give away Tyler's entire mission statement before the movie even begins, and it went right over the heads of most people watching.
4. In Heathers, J.D. reveals himself way before Veronica turns on him
He tells her that he would be using "ich lüge" bullets on bullies Kurt and Ram. "Ich lüge" is German for "I'm lying."
5. The central conflict in Home Alone is all over spilled milk
Kevin and his mother only get into the fight that leads to his abandonment because they spill the milk. In the same scene, Kevin's dad also unknowingly throws away Kevin's boarding pass, so he couldn't have gone to Paris with them anyway.
Further proof that this is one of the greatest movies of modern times.
6. The character Fred Kwan in Galaxy Quest is high the entire movie
That's why he is always shown eating. They had to cut the scenes that overtly showed him smoking in order to turn an R rating down to PG, but it's still pretty clear if you watch it with this knowledge.
7. District 9 is not about the apartheid that occurred in the past. It's about the xenophobia happening right now.
Many people watched District 9, the incredible sci-fi movie set in South Africa, as an allegory of the long-standing apartheid that occurred in that country for decades. It makes sense with the alien race, "Prawns," being wholly separated from the rest of the public and forced to face prejudice at the hands of unbalanced systems.
However, District 9 is based on director Neil Blomkamp's short film Alive in Joburg, that also features interviews with normal folks like at the beginning of District 9. In Alive in Joburg, all these interviews are actually real, and filmmakers asked residents of Johannesburg their thoughts on immigrants from Zimbabwe and received painfully xenophobic remarks that went on to inspire the full-length movie about prejudice toward immigrant communities.
8. All the people fleeing from the Cloverfield monster are hammered
The party scene at the beginning shows them drinking and getting nice and loose—meaning that they're reasonably wasted when the gargantuan monster shows up. They had to flee the monster while staving off the spins, which may explain that frantic camera work.