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Overused Movie Catchphrases That Need To Go
Internet Broadcast System ^ | 8/10/10 | Arden Davidson

Posted on 08/10/2010 7:25:50 AM PDT by MissTed

Movies and catchphrases go together like popcorn and microwaves. However also like popcorn, some of these catchphrases can get a little burnt and a lotta stale.

There are, of course, certain movie catchphrases that have stood the test of time and will continue to do so. "Here's lookin' at you kid" from "Casablanca" and "We're not in Kansas anymore" from "The Wizard of Oz" are just a couple of examples of movie catchphrases that will never grow old.

Even some more modern zingers like "You can't handle the truth" from "A Few Good Men" and "Expelliarmus!" from the "Harry Potter" series still have not lost their charm.

Then again, there is a whole slew of other movie catchphrases that make you want to pull out your eyelashes one by one every time you hear them. Here are the top five most overused movie catchphrases that we all wish would just fade into oblivion.

'Show Me The Money' - Jerry Maguire

There are many of us out there who would choose never to see a dollar bill again over having to hear the "Jerry Maguire" chant "Show me the Money!" one more time.

Yes, it was a pretty cool line when we first heard it ... more than 13 years ago. So were the other two famous catchphrases from the same film: "You had me at hello" and "you complete me." But enough is enough already.

Has there been a single negotiation since "Jerry Maguire" came out in which at least one schmuck didn't ask to be shown the money before he was shown the door? Probably no more than there has been a single time when someone standing on the helm of a ship didn't shout, "I am the king of the world!" But that's another story.

The point is no one should say "show me the money" ever again. Perhaps even more important, they should never utter the next four words.

'Hasta La Vista, Baby' - Terminator 2

When Arnold Schwarzenegger first uttered the Spanish-American hybrid "Hasta la vista, Baby!" in the action blockbuster "Terminator 2" back in 1991, it was pretty darn funny and undeniably cool.

But that was almost 20 years ago, people -- it's time to move on.

Yes, yes, we know that "hasta la vista" is a legitimate Spanish term meaning (essentially) good-bye. But it is that little addition of the word "baby" combined with Ah-nold accent that makes the phrase so annoying.

It's one thing to use the phrase if you are a robot from the future about to blow apart the bad guy you've been chasing across time and space. It's a whole different thing to use it because your girlfriend ticked you off and you want to make dramatic exit.

And speaking of dramatic exits, we sure wish the next movie catchphrase would make one ... right off the face of the earth.

I See Dead People' - The Sixth Sense

"The Sixth Sense" was a fantastic movie -- there is no denying that. And when most of us saw the previews with a wide-eyed Haley Joel Osment whispering, "I see dead people," we said, "I see dat movie!"

This once eerie catchphrase has unfortunately lost all its creep appeal due to oversaturation and over "satirization." First we have a freaked-out Marlon Wayans confessing in "Scary Movie" that he sees dead people as marijuana smoke puffs out of his mouth instead of cold mist.

Then we have the "South Park" episode "I See Dead Celebrities" where little Ike takes on the ghostly burden -- not to mention the myriad of YouTube parodies. And of course, just regular people walking around randomly spouting this catchphrase for the last 11 years has murdered its appeal as well.

Of course, at least this one is usually whispered -- the next one is usually SHOUTED!

'Say Hello to My Little Friend' - Scarface

Tony Montana was one bad, messed up dude. So when he shouted, "Say hello to my little friend" in "Scarface" while whipping out one of the biggest machine gun/grenade launchers ever conceived, audiences couldn't help but latch on to the memorable line.

The line was cool, but so was Al Pacino back then. Since then they've both kind of lost their luster.

But the moment the phrase became used on maternity wear, it truly lost its last bit of coolness. So now when people try to imitate this classic "Scarface" moment, they sound more like a loser than a delusional drug king who's about to die. Of course, when you put it like that, Tony Montana sounds like a pretty big loser too.

Nonetheless -- please, stop using this catchphrase! It was cool once, now it is just tired and lame. Speaking of which ...

'Go Ahead, Make My Day' - Sudden ImpactIn 1983 Dirty Harry held a gun on a "bad guy" who was about to reach for his own gun and smugly declared, "Go ahead, make my day." What could be cooler than that? Not a whole lot.

This classic scene from Clint Eastwood's "Sudden Impact" will live on forever. Unfortunately, so will this catchphrase.

Don't get us wrong -- this was one of the best movie moments of all time. But people just can't seem to understand that when you use a phrase over and over and over again, it loses its appeal. It's just the way life works.

You may hear a song that rocks your world the first few times, but by the time the radio plays it for the 10,000th time, you never want to hear it again. Such is the case with "Go ahead, make my day."

So please, go ahead and make our day by giving it a much needed rest.


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Although not from movies, may I add, "I was in the pool" and "Not that there's anything wrong with that."
1 posted on 08/10/2010 7:25:51 AM PDT by MissTed
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To: MissTed
'Hasta La Vista, Baby' - Terminator 2

I reserve to use that phrase one more time, when Ahnold leaves the governor's house.

2 posted on 08/10/2010 7:26:53 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MissTed

Can I add one too that isn’t from a movie?

“You go girl!”


3 posted on 08/10/2010 7:27:21 AM PDT by rfreedom4u ("A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.")
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To: MissTed

ANYTHING said by Ahnold in any of his movies.

Don’t be back jerk.


4 posted on 08/10/2010 7:28:44 AM PDT by DManA
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To: MissTed

Houston, we have a problem.


5 posted on 08/10/2010 7:31:44 AM PDT by dangus
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To: MissTed

Houston, we have a problem.


6 posted on 08/10/2010 7:31:46 AM PDT by dangus
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To: DManA
ANYTHING said by Ahnold in any of his movies.

IT'S NOHT A TOO-MUH!

7 posted on 08/10/2010 7:32:34 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: MissTed

Speaking of catch phrases, if I hear “It’s All Good” one more time.....well....


8 posted on 08/10/2010 7:33:44 AM PDT by headstamp 2 ("My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter")
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To: dfwgator
I reserve to use that phrase one more time, when Ahnold leaves the governor's house.

"I'll be back."

9 posted on 08/10/2010 7:33:50 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: MissTed

Not movie catch phrases, but two terms used in movie discussions that make me crazy: “Badass” and “Iconic.”


10 posted on 08/10/2010 7:34:22 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 ("Fanaticism is described as redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim."-G. Santayana)
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To: justlurking
"I'll be back."

To quote Darth Vader, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

11 posted on 08/10/2010 7:34:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MissTed

Heeere’s Johnny!

I love the smell of napalm...

I’m sorry, Dave, I cannot allow that to happen.


12 posted on 08/10/2010 7:35:05 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: MissTed
Frankly speaking, I'm rather tired of being told what I can say, and what I can't say.

Movies are a part of Americana, and every year a new generation sees said movies for the first time, ever. I would stand to reason that they might find "Hasta Lavista Baby" as funny as the last generation did the first time THEY heard it years ago.

If this premise were not true, then people would not still be quoting "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn", or, "Here's looking at you, kid.". These are old, old movies, but there are still generations to come who will view them, like them, and QUOTE them.

"Go ahead, make my day." has become a way to challenge someone to do something stupid...like trying to tell people to quit quoting movie lines. They are a good and familiar way to get one's point across in a humorous way.

I say, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead"...


Shutup


13 posted on 08/10/2010 7:35:16 AM PDT by FrankR (It doesn't matter what they call us, only what we answer to....)
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To: MissTed
"Say hello to my little friend." --
14 posted on 08/10/2010 7:35:23 AM PDT by BenLurkin (Will must be the harder, courage the bolder, spirit must be the more, as our might lessens.)
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To: MissTed

IN A WORLD gone made with Obamanomics...


15 posted on 08/10/2010 7:35:30 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: MissTed

16 posted on 08/10/2010 7:35:49 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: MissTed
"Get Out of Cheney's House!" - Not from a movie, but I did love yelling that one...
17 posted on 08/10/2010 7:36:45 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (You can force me to recycle, but I will NOT sing the song!)
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To: MissTed

My wife still tolerates it when I comment on her skin care rituals: “It puts the lotion on.”


18 posted on 08/10/2010 7:36:48 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: MissTed

“It is what it is...”


19 posted on 08/10/2010 7:37:27 AM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: MissTed

I think we should dust off and nuke this entire thread from orbit... It’s the only way to be sure...


20 posted on 08/10/2010 7:38:05 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (You can force me to recycle, but I will NOT sing the song!)
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To: MissTed

I use a different Scarface catchphrase. “Look at you now!” Used it the other day when a fruit fly I was trying to kill finally landed and gave me a clean shot. Thwap! “Oh! Look at you now!”


21 posted on 08/10/2010 7:39:28 AM PDT by Huck (Q: How can you tell a party is in the minority? A: They're complaining about the deficit.)
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To: BenLurkin
ROFLMAO.

Of course both Tony and Barack have a lot in common - they both rose to the top in America despite not having been born here.

22 posted on 08/10/2010 7:39:31 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: MissTed

How about “You can do eeet!” - Waterboy :-)

(guilty!)


23 posted on 08/10/2010 7:40:15 AM PDT by justsaynomore (Eventus stultorum magister)
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To: MissTed

We’re gonna need a bigger boat


24 posted on 08/10/2010 7:40:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JRios1968

“My bad” makes my head explode!


25 posted on 08/10/2010 7:40:37 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: MissTed

Oh no you di-ent


26 posted on 08/10/2010 7:40:51 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: MissTed

Not a movie phrase, but “Yeth we can!”


27 posted on 08/10/2010 7:42:03 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (I don't look for leaders. I follow my own path, my way.)
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To: MissTed; All

“In times like these, I can remember my father’s last words: ‘CAREFUL SON, THAT THING”S LOADED’”!!!


28 posted on 08/10/2010 7:42:51 AM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: MissTed
Of course, there are lots more:

"We're not worthy!"

"It's just a flesh wound."

"An African or European swallow?"

"I'm not dead yet!"

"Run away!"

29 posted on 08/10/2010 7:43:25 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: MissTed

“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore!”

“I’ll have what SHE’s having.”

“It could be worse, it could be raining..”

“It’s GOOD to be da king!”


30 posted on 08/10/2010 7:44:26 AM PDT by silverleaf (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Tony hates Commies. Barack would be the type of person he dealt with to get a green card.


31 posted on 08/10/2010 7:44:35 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (I don't look for leaders. I follow my own path, my way.)
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To: justlurking

Never! Python quotes are forever.

“Don’t Mention the War.”


32 posted on 08/10/2010 7:44:42 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rfreedom4u

and “What up, girl?”


33 posted on 08/10/2010 7:46:13 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: MissTed

On a related note, the term “jumped the shark” has jumped the shark, “thrown under the bus” needs to be thrown under the bus, “outside the box” is not outside the box, and “pushing the envelope” has pushed the envelope of overusage in recent years.


34 posted on 08/10/2010 7:47:46 AM PDT by Huck (Q: How can you tell a party is in the minority? A: They're complaining about the deficit.)
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To: dfwgator
Also, these will *never* go out of favor...

Yippee-ki-yay ... you know the rest.


35 posted on 08/10/2010 7:47:57 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
A special line just for you:

"I see NOTHING! I know NOTHING!"

36 posted on 08/10/2010 7:49:02 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: dfwgator

A moose once bit my sister.


37 posted on 08/10/2010 7:49:42 AM PDT by Huck (Q: How can you tell a party is in the minority? A: They're complaining about the deficit.)
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To: BenLurkin
Ok...I'll forgive that one!

I don't care who you are...that there is funny!

38 posted on 08/10/2010 7:52:03 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: silverleaf

“The peasants are revolting”
“Yea, they stink on ice”

“And don’t call me Shirley”


39 posted on 08/10/2010 7:52:33 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: randog
It puts the lotion on...

its skin, else it gets the hose again...

40 posted on 08/10/2010 7:53:00 AM PDT by Alistair Stratford IV (Keep calm and carry on)
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To: headstamp 2

or “It is what it is”....arghhhhhhhh


41 posted on 08/10/2010 7:54:24 AM PDT by magritte ("There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself "Do trousers matter?")
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To: Darren McCarty
Tony hates Commies

That's very true. Barack also seems wholly uninterested in the last part of this formulation: "In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women".

42 posted on 08/10/2010 7:55:27 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: randog
LOL!

Loved the South Park where Cartman was “playing with his dollies” in the basement and he had Little Miss Prissy Pants down the hole and he was saying “it puts the lotion on its skin”.

43 posted on 08/10/2010 7:57:18 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: traderrob6
“And don’t call me Shirley”

Surely, you can't be serious!

44 posted on 08/10/2010 7:57:40 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: MissTed

Lighten up Francis!

;)


45 posted on 08/10/2010 7:57:55 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: Huck

“Thass what I’M talking about”

is usually NOT what I’m talking about....


46 posted on 08/10/2010 7:57:55 AM PDT by silverleaf (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: MissTed
"Here's lookin' at you kid" from "Casablanca"

My favorite from "Casablanca" is "I was misinformed".

Why did you come to Casablanca?
I came for the waters.
But Casablanca is in the desert.
I was misinformed.

47 posted on 08/10/2010 7:59:22 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: dfwgator
‘Hasta La Vista, Baby’ - Terminator 2
I reserve to use that phrase one more time, when Ahnold leaves the governor's house.

We will say it in unison.

48 posted on 08/10/2010 7:59:53 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: MissTed

One more:

“It is what it is.”


49 posted on 08/10/2010 8:00:59 AM PDT by the lone haranguer (All civilized men love peace, but all truly civilized men must despise pacifism.)
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To: traderrob6
"I picked a bad week to quit [sniffing glue]."

-PJ

50 posted on 08/10/2010 8:01:00 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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