When movies ruin great songs

Slide show: From "Forrest Gump" to "Garden State," the films (and one TV show) that mutilate the music we love


Matt Zoller Seitz
March 19, 2011 3:30AM (UTC)

You love a particular song -- absolutely adore it. You know the lyrics and music by heart. Then you see it used in a movie or TV show in such a clumsy, ignorant or otherwise misguided way that you watch the scene through splayed fingers. And the next time you hear the song, you think of that horrible movie and re-experience the misery all over again.

Has this ever happened to you? If so, you've come to the right slide show. Suggested via email by several mischievous Salon readers, it's a sequel to a slide show from a couple of weeks ago about films that use preexisting music with such boldness and imagination that they effectively claim that music forever. I called that slide show "Owning the Music." This one takes the opposite tack. It's about movies and TV shows that ruin perfectly good songs.

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As always, these picks are highly subjective. If you want to tell me how misguided I am for beating up on a perfectly good scene -- or if you want to propose your own lists of films and TV shows that mutilate songs you admire -- join the fracas in the Letters section.


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