Movie lines that immediately make you think "Rewrite!"

I’m referring to lines in a movie that make you cringe. Lines that remove you from the movie due to their badness. Terrible movies, and I know that’s all relative, should be excluded - too easy. I’m looking for generally good movies that had one execrable line that stood out from the rest.

The classic example is, of course, X-Men: “Do you know what happens to a toad when it gets struck by lightning?” MY EARS!!

Another one that always bothered me, from Blade: Blade has just defeated La Magra, so he utters this badass line: “Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice skate uphill.” Ugh.

And the worst line in the entire Star Wars saga, from AOTC: “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here, where everything is soft and smooth.” ::urge to kill…rising…::

Any more brutally bad lines?

“No one puts Baby in a corner!”

From Dirty Dancing.

“That’s just like you thieves. Always taking things that don’t belong to you.”

-Dungeons and Dragons

Although in fairness, pretty much any line of dialogue from that movie works for this thread.

Little did the scriptwriters know that even priests steal for a living in D&D.

In response to the OP, though - here was this one bit in Kill Bill:


“It’s been a long time since I’ve smelled beautiful.”
–Vin Diesel, The Chronicles of Riddick

That is all that needs to be said. You can stop the thread now.

From The Empire Strikes Back:

Leiah: I don’t know where you get your delusions, laser-brain.
[shudder]. It was funny when I was 5, and I guess that was the point but it’s just a terrible line. It’s such a poor excuse for an insult, and we’re supposed to go “Oh, laser brain. I get it, cause this is a science fiction movie… lasers!”.

“Now there’s something you don’t see everyday.”

– Molly Brown (Kathy Bates) in Titanic

Okay, I’ve never actually seen this movie, but I read an interview with Joss Whedon a while ago where this came up. He wrote this line and was frustrated because it always comes up in discussions like this, but apparently Halle Berry’s delivery is not as intended. It was supposed to be low key and dry.

Imagine it being said in a droll monotone, and finished off with a slight smirk. It would’ve been fantastic. But Halle Berry felt determined to make Storm even less interesting, so there it is.

“What a lame-o.”

  • American Beauty

I know I’ve mentioned that line before on the boards. I love that movie but the one line takes me right out of it. Ugh.

“Is it raining? I hadn’t noticed.”

  • Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral

or maybe it was just delivered really badly.

“You had me at hello.”


Dammit that is the whole reason I came to this thread!

Pearl Harbor.

I’m not going to pick a particular line (although if you insist, pretty much anything that the Baldwin who plays the squadron commander says will do) because the entire freaking screenplay is crap.

Every. Single. Line. In The Village. Every line should be used as a negative example in scriptwriting classes. That script was one huge cringe from beginning to end. “What is your meaning?” :shiver:

“What the fuck was I talking about?” - Mr. Brown, Reservoir Dogs

I pick it not because the line itself is bad, but just because Quentin’s delivery of that one, particular, tiny, off-hand line is so jarring, stilted, and stumbly… terribly unrealistic.

Well the whole lot of this movie should’ve been rewritten and recast, but this thread reminded me of that line in that Arniold Schwarznegger(sq) movie, was it the seventh day? The one about the clones.
Arch-nemesis of Arnie’s falls on his clone’s body, I think they both might be dead, I can’t remember. But they’re both together, facing each other one on top of the other. Identical bodies. Arnie says this;
“Geez, when I told you to go fuck yourself I didn’t think you would take it literally”
Worst… line… ever. Especially when delivered by Arnie.

I know there’s a line in Back to the future that I don’t like, but for the life of me I cannot remember what it is.

The entire screenplay of “Eyes of Laura Mars”, but especially the part where Faye Dunaway screeches “I’m out of control!!!”
Silliest dialogue, category Westerns: “I hate the desert. It has no…pity.(collapses).”


From the X-Files movie, when the Consortium decides to stop Mulder by getting rid of Scully, and describes her as:

“That without which he cannot live without.”