It’s Really Hard to Say “Goodbye” (Especially When Millions of People are Watching You)

Everyday, people are subjected that awkward moment at the end of a phone call, when the conversation’s dying down and one party says, “Alright, then…” (signaling their desire to end the call) and the other says something along the lines of, “Oh, okay. Well…”

Don’t you wish you could skip from the meaty part of the exchange to pressing that little red button on your phone? For a lucky few, there is a way; get cast in a Hollywood picture.

As a popular YouTube video uploaded earlier this month demonstrates, movie characters often don’t bother to bid farewell to the person on the other end of the line before hanging up. Of course, this is done to save time and rid audiences of unnecessary pleasantries, but it does come across as awfully rude.

The three-minute “Movie phone hang ups,” which had over 193,000 views as of Tuesday evening, splices together many examples from the American film canon, including those from The Big Lebowski, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jerry McGuire and You’ve Got Mail.

Actually, we shouldn’t make fun of these characters. Sometimes it’s really hard to say “goodbye.”

Video after the jump.

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