1. a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser, or strong as an ox.
2. (in art, literature, drama, etc.) a trite or hackneyed plot, character development, use of color, musical expression, etc.
3. anything that has become trite or commonplace through overuse.

There's not much that's more irksome than clichés -- the flesh-eating fungus of Hollywood, the virus that makes Tinseltown's already rampant repetition all the more tiresome. They're completely trite and overused, but the cinematic machine clings to them like they're energy-giving oil.

The men of Hollywood certainly have a lot of clichés to contend with (the man-boy, crotchety letch, misogynist playboy), but some of the movie world's biggest gems get thrown to the women. In fact, female clichés in Hollywood are so rampant that I often wonder what a complete and total outsider would think of women if shown our filmmaking. They'd probably think we all fit into the clichéd norms I've listed after the jump. What follows is four of the biggies -- the ones I always try to escape, the ones that never go away.
categories Cinematical