For families looking for something a little less wholesome and cheery this holiday week, Bird Box has been captivating Netflix watchers everywhere and inspiring some pretty hilarious hot takes on social media. Some mild spoilers follow, but here are the 15 Bird Box memes that made us laugh (nervously) about the Sandra Bullock horror-drama.
1. Nobody is Team Olympia.
I don't often wish a movie character dead within the first five minutes of meeting them, but that sure was the case with Olympia, the annoyingly cheerful mother-to-be played by Danielle Macdonald, who wanted to name her daughter "Jasmine or Ariel." (At least she recognized naming her kid Cinderella would be a bridge too far).
But questionable baby names ended up being the least of our problems with Olympia. Honestly, it almost ruined another Netflix movie for me, Dumplin', which stars Danielle as the far more likable Willowdean "Dumplin'" Dickson.
2. An accidental trilogy.
@TimberlandJo wasn't done making on-point observations though. These three recent horror films definitely have a lot in common. 🙉🙈🙊
3. Don't act like you weren't scared...
Admit it, you peed a little during the rapids scene.
4. Finally, a Helen Keller joke that doesn't make you cringe!
Seriously, if the apocalypse turns out at all like 2018 is telling it, we're all going to want to do some serious blindfold training and learn sign language ASAP.
5. Defenestration (noun): the action of throwing someone or something out of a window.
If you weren't familiar with this five-dollar word, well, Bird Box definitely provided multiple opportunities to use it. Probably not the way I'd choose to commit spontaneous suicide, but it gets the job done.
6. Sometimes the angry drunk is right.
That look of "I told you so" satisfaction on his face didn't last too long, though.
7. Your new earworm.
Just as a general life skill, definitely do not listen to crazy guys who just hang out in rivers getting hypothermia. Not super reliable for good advice.
8. For the commitmentphobes out there...
Can I see us together? I can't even see this boat I'm rowing.
9. Is it safe?
I know it's just a movie, but I definitely pulled my hood over my face for a while.
10. Something smells fishy...
Those ads really did have an air of "I'm walking into a scene from a horror movie" about them, so this one ticks a couple boxes.
11. Well, OK then.
Poor Girl. Nothing made it clearer which kid Mallory favors than this scene of the movie.
12. It's happening!
This headline would be tragic on any day, but coming so close to the release of Bird Box it took on an extra layer of terror.
13. Maybe Cinderella isn't such a bad name after all.
I get that when you're pretty much poised to lose someone at every waking moment you might want to emotionally distance yourself from them, but Mallory depriving those kids of actual names for five whole years was pretty next-level.
14. Birds be knowin
I will never ever hear birdsong again without getting a little chill up my spine.
15. Thanks for the super clear directions, guys.
Seriously, Mallory is living an actual nightmare in freezing water while the community at the school for the blind is in literal utopia under a canopy with a bunch of birds. You'd think maybe they'd check in once in a while to see how she was doing?
16. Hey, at least it's easier to spell than Daenerys.
In the end they got renamed Tom and Olympia, but I think 2019 is going to be the year of Boy and Girl.
17. Open your eyes!
This one has been given a lot of applications. My edit: When my husband says we're out of something in the fridge because there's like one thing in front of it.
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