‘It’s Not What it Looks Like!’: The definitive supercut of the cinema cliché
If you’re a regular reader of TVGuide.co.uk, you’ll have seen our recent supercut features on two film and TV tropes that frustrate us with their frequency; emotionally distressed females cutting their hair, and the gratuitous objectification of men. Continuing this theme, today we’re looking at a classic cliché in film and TV dialogue exclaimed when a character is caught in a compromising situation, quite often with their pants down in romantic comedies, or with blood on their hands in actions and horrors, to hilarious effect.
“It’s not what it looks like!” has become the go-to uttered line in humorous misunderstandings, commonly followed up with “I can explain”, and a garbled, unconvincing attempt at clarification.
Featuring such titles as ALF, My Boss’s Daughter, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Wild Hogs, Love & Other Drugs, The 40 Year Old Virgin, The Simpsons, The Sopranos, New Girl, and of course, American Pie, here’s our definitive “It’s not what it looks like!” supercut, with special shouts out to Owen Wilson, Keanu Reeves, and Steve Carell for their repeated mastery of the phrase.
Budding filmmakers, take note; “It’s not what it looks like” never gets old.