Mentorless has a great list of movie dialog clichés that should be banned from all future films. I really miss the old Rotten Tomatoes show that had great compilations for lines like “That wasn’t part of the plan.” Here are a few from Mentorless:
1. Try me
2. This is your destiny.
3. Donde esta [insert english word] por favor?
4. I was born ready.
5. Are you sitting down?
6. – Is that all you got?
– I’m just getting started.
7. Cover me. I’m going in.
8. No, no, no, no, NO! I’m not going. [Cut to them going.]
9. No. Come in. ____ was just leaving.
10. We’ve got to stop meeting like this.
And there are lots more great choices in the comments. I would like to add a category that was unfortunately prevalent in two of this week’s releases, “Expendables 3” and “Let’s Be Cops,” the casually sexist bro-banter demeaning someone’s manhood. Enough of coaches and other team leaders referring to the guys as “ladies,” and especially enough of insulting men’s courage by referring to them as p****ies. Please.
And film critic Dann Gire has a great list of visual clichés that should also be banned, from the slowly circulating ceiling fan to the “Wild Bunch march.”