Remember the show “Seinfeld?” It was often described as a program about nothing. In fact, that’s how Jerry described it in one self-parodying episode.

Well, movies can deliver nothing too.

Here are the Top 10 movies where nothing happens:

10) “The Big Chill” (1983) — Former college friends (Tom Berenger, Glen Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum) get together following the funeral of a friend and do nothing … to the tune of music from the 1960s and ’70s.

9) “The Tree of Life” (2011) — From the beginning of time up to present day is explored as a context for the memories of a kid in 1956 Waco, Texas. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn add to the hazy nothing-happening depiction.

8) “My Dinner With Andre” (1981) — Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn talk over dinner. Period.

7) “Diner” (1982) — A gang of teens (Kevin Bacon, Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke) hang out at a 1959 Baltimore diner. Yep, they just hang out.

6) “Napoleon Dynamite” (2004) — A listless teen (Jon Heder) helps a friend run for class president of a school in Idaho. Funny, but nothing happens.

5) “Kids” (1995) — Larry Clark films a bunch of New York teenagers just being kids. Skating. Drinking. Smoking. Just hanging out. You know the routine.

4) “American Graffiti” (1973) — George Lucas recalls 1962 teens (Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Candy Clark, Charles Martin Smith) who hang out at Mel’s Drive-In and cruise the town to the tune of 1950s and ’60s hits.

3) “Clerks” (1994) — The first appearance of those dope-smoking slackers Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith). We learn that convenience store clerks may serve you, but they don’t necessarily like you.

2) “Dazed and Confused” (1993) — The story of kids (Jason London, Matthew McConaughey, Wiley Wiggins) doing nothing much on the last day of high school in 1976.

1) “Lost in Translation” (2003) — An older man (Bill Murray) hangs out with a younger woman (Scarlett Johansson) in a Tokyo hotel. Brilliant acting makes it watchable. The plot? Nothing happening.

Am I right? Or did I doze off during these screenings?

North Carolina native and Florida resident, Shirrel Rhoades writes movie reviews and can be reached at

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