Movie catchphrases can be amusing, clever, sometimes even pleasantly strange- when seldom used. But we all know someone who liberally sprinkles their favorite movie lines into regular conversations every chance they get. And that person annoys us.
This list should be hidden from that person; they need no encouraging. Compiled only for those of you who will never quote from it, is a list of the top ten most over-used movie catchphrases:
“I’ll be back.” Unfortunately, this catchphrase from The Terminator never went away to begin with.
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” When Rhett Butler uttered that line in Gone with the Wind, he’d had enough of Scarlett O’Hara. Frankly, my dear, we’ve had enough of this sixty-year-old catchphrase.
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” The iconic Godfather movie seared this line into minds the word over. Now if you don’t stop using it, I may just have to make you an offer…
“Say hello to my little friend.” In Scarface, the ‘little friend’ was a big weapon and it’s just not cool any more- so please say goodbye to this one forever.
“You can’t handle the truth!” Okay, I may not be able to handle the truth, but this line from A Few Good Men is enough to make me go AWOL. Sir yes Sir!
“You had me at ‘hello’.” This line lingers on from the 90’s in the same infuriating manner as the TV show Friends. It’s time to say ‘goodbye’ to this saccharine-sweet line from Jerry Maguire.
“Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” said Chris Tucker to Jackie Chan in Rush Hour. Funny when he said it, not funny when everyone else says it.
“Here’s Johnny.” He said it through clenched teeth, he was unshaven and his head was jammed through a door. Despite these horrible things, this line from The Shining has become a particularly resilient catchphrase. Those who insist on quoting this line are also frequently guilty of acting out the whole scene, much to the irritatation of anyone who has ever seen some other nut do it before.
“I coulda been a contender.” Another line performed by Marlon Brando makes the list, this time from On the Waterfront.
“Hasta la vista, baby” Arnold Schwarzenegger, that fine Austrian actor, delivered this immortal line in Terminator 2. This catchphrase seems destined to be around long after Schwarzenegger’s most current career is terminated.
There you have it. These movie catchphrases have been used, abused and milked dry. So next time the opportunity presents itself for you to throw one of these little gems into the conversation- resist the temptation at all costs.