Top 11 Funniest Shyamalan Moments – Nostalgia Critic

With so many to choose, the Nostalgia Critic counts down the funniest moments that were probably never meant to be funny in the first place.

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  1. Hey, at least this “To Be Continued” told us what the Number 1 spot was before he decided to review it.

  2. I’m sure if Shyamalan made comedy movies instead suspense thrillers, he would find some way of screwing THAT up, too.

    11. I haven’t seen The Visit, nor am I planing on doing so, but I MIGHT whenever it premieres on TV.
    10. James Tiberius Kirk: not funny. Jean Luc Picard: not funny. Cypher Rage: …sounds like a character from a 90’s Image comic.
    9. I’ve already new about the ending to The Village sometime after the movie was released. It was spoofed in Scary Movie IV, it was spoofed on Robot Chicken, and it was on a few Top 10 Worst lists on WatchMojo.
    8. Like you said in your Last AirFarter review, this works better in a Tom & Jerry cartoon or a slapstick comedy.
    7. I was thankful enough not being as bland, uninteresting, and not kid like like the kids in Signs when I was their age. Good thing Abigail Breslin went on to star in better movies than that.
    6. My response to Hotdog McLuvem would be this: “I like hot dogs, too, but I don’t talk about them out of the fuckin’ blue, you goddamn idiot!”
    5. I thankfully haven’t seen Devil, but I’ve heard of the twist ending and “jelly side down” from that one episode of Ask That Guy with the Glasses sometime after the movie was released, and it makes me feel like wanting to read Dr. Seuss’s The Butter Battle Book instead.
    4. Some fan of Avater: The Last Airbender Shyamalan turned out to be after making his trainwreck of a live action film adaptation.
    3. Yeah, M. Night, thanks for introducing an alien race who a weakened by water invade our planet, WHICH IS OVER TWO-THIRDS COVERED IN WATER!
    2. “I’m gonna talk to a plastic tree. Hey, plastic tree. How’s it going? …I like your leaves. They look really good. …So you’re made of plastic, huh? What’s that all about? …Okay, it was great to meet you. Say hi to your mother for me, okay?”
    1. My mom used to have a copy of this movie on DVD. Thankfully, I was never interested in watching it, ’cause I was more interested in seeing BETTER movies in her collection, like Shawshank Redemption, Sideways, 12 Years a Slave, and The Imitation Game, thank you very much.

    I’m actually looking forward to seeing your review of Lady in the Water next week. Good luck to ya, Doug, and, uh, …God be with you.

  3. How much do you want to bet that next week the real M. Night Shamyllan will appear at the end of “Lady In The Water” episode. It will be an incredibly ironic twist, but I saw it coming.

  4. I actually saw someone else who said they not only liked after earth but straight up loved it. They said it was comeback. Eh, after earth I guess too horrible.


  6. You thought the twist to the Village was predictable? I wouldn’t get that. #8 was pretty funny. #6 was VERY funny. #5, 4 & #2 were HILARIOUS! LOL. 😀 I’ve never seen Lady in the Water. In fact, the only Shyamalan movies I’ve seen are Signs and The Last Airbender. While Doug’s fake audience was going BOOOOOOO, I was going YAAAAAAAAAY!

  7. I thought Devil was funnier then Lady In The Water

  8. 8. I thought it was cute. It’s a kids movie. You see sillier stuff like that in Indiana Jones movies.

    7. Why just dialogue be “realistic”? Tarantino’s movies don’t have realistic dialogue. Neither do Coen bros’ movies. Very few people are that eloquent in real life. Especially not gangsters or criminals. Dialogue was fine in the movie, realistic or not, and very funny. “Why can’t they get girlfriends?”

    3. Aliens are only harmed by tap water. Tap water isn’t the same as other water. Chemicals and everything. Maybe the fluoridation was draining their essence. The aliens in Close Encounters were pretty stupid. Weren’t consistent when it came to kidnapping people. And they came billions of light years to play cat and mouse games? At least with the Signs aliens they were probably desperate and running out of food and materials.

  9. MartialKaiju98(Andrew)

    Surprised he left out Yue’s penis hair from The Last Airbender! XD

  10. You’re seriously going to try and not spoil Shyamalan movies while discussing them?

  11. oooh, you just callled Avatar the “greatest anime shows of all time”…. the fans will have your head for that, as I noticed they are adamant that Avatar is not anime despite having all its tropes and signs.

  12. I wonder what XCOM would have looked like if these were the aliens invadinjg earth in that game?

    Central Officer Bradford: “Commander, news reports indicate the aliens have an odd vulnerability to… common water?”
    Chief Engineer Shen: “With a little work, commander, my engineers can throw together a sort of “water pistol” for our troops to use in the field.”
    Dr Wahlen: “One has to wonder, commander, why a species so evolved to be capable of intersteller travel would attack a planet where 80% of tthe surface is composed of an element that is deadly to them… Or why they issued no weapons to their soldiers?”

  13. I was disappointed when Doug said #1, because I haven’t seen that movie, so I was really glad to hear there’s going to be a whole review!

  14. If I’ve counted correctly Lady in the Water is going to be Nostalgia Critic’s 300th episode. I wonder if it’s going to be acknowledged in it.

  15. I don’t get the bit about The Village. We’re watching what’s seemingly a period piece with maybe some strange beasts or something. How would you figure it’s set in modern times so early? Up until it’s revealed it’s never really hinted at from what I remember. Or is this just a thing people expect? Like watching Django Unchained and thinking it might really be set in the 1980’s.

  16. *waiting idly for the blue color of the wall to be part of a mind-blowing twist :3

  17. I really hope you review of Lady in the water isn’t clipless. I’m fine that you try out new thing, and hell, I liked the Force awakens video and absolutely loved the Pixels video, but I feel like reviews with clips is needed to fully appreciate the unintentional hilarity of Shymalan.

  18. I feel like you can do a whole countdown of funniest airbender moments, because that movie is flawed as shit and has some spectacularly bad shit. On a serious note The shriners do great work I had to go to their hospitals as a kid and they were wonderful to me.

  19. I legitimately enjoyed lady in the water. I think the key is to look at it like a literal fairy tale. What if the world worked like fairy tales? Well, you’d have events like lady in the water.

  20. “Lady in water” was my wake-up call.

    Up to that point, I was kinda-sorta a Shyamalan apologist. I LOVED the Sixth Sense and I enjoyed Unbreakable. I thought Village was actually not that bad, lazy twist nonwithstanding, and that Aliens managed to have a rather neat atmosphere of dread which suited the movie greatly (even though the ending was dumb, dumb, dumb).

    And then came Lady in Water. I mean.. wow. Try as you might, you just can’t defend it. It’s insane. It’s egoistic. It’s dumb. It’s shit. In fact, if you set to do the movie with one thought in mind, one criteria – to make it as much a shit as you possibly can, you will not be able to end up with this much shit. The worst thing is – that was it for Shyamalan. You can’t just come back to it. Or maybe you can if you manage to completely outdo yourself, give the most brilliant movie you can make….and even then it’s not a given. I mean…geez, pool nymphs, Tatooteeks, cookbooks that can save the world, written by Shyamalan’s version of himself….. ugh.

    Can’t wait for the review.

    • At least you can take comfort in the fact that you gave him the full benefit of the doubt for as long as possible. You recognized that Shyamalan has some great ideas but poor execution and didn’t jump to condemn him after a bomb or too (even the best directors have a few). It was only after he proved himself to be something of a one shot wonder that you jumped on the bandwagon. This is a good thing, to wait for proof before judging. Kudos to you.

  21. Ungg, Doug you cock tease.

  22. “The kids act like adults and the adults act like kids.” So, Signs is Sonic X?

  23. Nice to see The Critic so excited for the next video.

  24. Doug…. you are kinda a Shyamalan yourself.

  25. Really? He didn’t put Princess Penis Hair from The Last Airbender?

  26. To be honest, the reason I didn’t guess “The Village” twist in the first three minutes of the film was because the gravestones were post-dated. I figured they’d have no need not to give the correct year.

  27. What is the music played at the number 1 spot (Lady in the water) called?

  28. Ok I get what you’re going for the most part here NC but you can’t make a blanket statement about the Village twist ending. Heck since I first saw it (and was surprised by the ending) I’ve shown the film to at least 5 groups of people and not one saw it coming. If it’s one thing I’ve found in following Shyamalan’s movies its that there was very little majority on the opinion to that twist. SOME said the twist was too obvious and that they could see it coming from the beginning, Some said it just came out of nowhere, Some said the twist ruined a perfectly good movie, some said the only thing good about the movie was the twist, some felt the movies should have been more about the aftermath of the twist.

  29. I never did see Lady in the Water

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