Top 10 Worst Movie Lines
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
August 31, 2010
Filed Under Movies
Contributed by Rosemary O’Brien, Catalogs.com Info Guru
When it comes to the 10 worst movie lines, there are too many to whittle down to only 10.
So I limited my list to contemporary movies rather than delving into the classics. After all, movie buffs have within their memory banks so many bad movie lines from so much bad writing that I could not compete. Besides, I do not go in for slasher movies or what I call “guy movies” – those movies that contain fast cars crashing into everything in sight while people shoot up whatever remains standing. Yes, there is a market, but I am not their target audience and have not seen most of them.
I wanted to concentrate on movies I have seen, so here are my choices complete with comments. Enjoy!
10. “I carried a watermelon.” Dirty Dancing (1986)
When Baby (Jennifer Grey) is finally invited to the cool party at camp, this is all she can come up with when she gets there. She carries a watermelon to help out one of the counselors. This line is in explanation to what she is doing there. I can image being a kid, trying to be cool and this being the first thing that came to mind! Poor Baby.
9. “You’re the disease, and I’m the cure” Cobra (1986)
With a cure like that, I do not want this man to be my doctor! Sly utters this line right before he throws a concealed knife into the stomach of the bad guy. The bad guy is holding hostages and pointing a gun at Sly and I figure that Sly did not have time to use his words in this instance.
8. “Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed.” Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Andie MacDowell’s character, Carrie, delivers this line in the pouring rain to a soaked Hugh Grant as Charles. I almost wanted Grant’s character to say, “Well, yeah! Come in the house if you want to talk. It’s cold out here!” Andie MacDowell is beautiful, but she really is out of her element when on the big screen.
7. “I’m also just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her.” Notting Hill (1999)
Another movie with Hugh Grant. Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) is in William Thacker’s (Hugh Grant) bookstore asking him for another chance at love. This almost made me groan and many of the audience members actually did groan! Two beautiful people, one cute movie, and a line that makes you cringe when you hear it. It made me wonder if the actors read the script before they got to the set that day.
6. “I’ve never wanted a human’s blood so much before.” Twilight (2008)
Can I just say, “Ew?” What a lovely way to tell someone how much they mean to you. It should be printed on a greeting card. Honestly, if someone had just told me I looked as good as their dinner, I think I would be off in a flash. Besides, who falls in love with their dinner?
5. ”A dingo ate my baby!” A Cry in the Dark (1988)
This one just made me laugh! The thought of Meryl Streep shouting this in the courtroom with that dress in that accent was hilarious when I first heard it and still makes me laugh. I mean, she could have just hired a sitter for the weekend if she needed to get away that badly.
4. “Tell me about it… stud.” Grease (1978)
The character says this after seeing her love interest’s jaw drop at the sight of her sudden, and out of character, lusciousness. He does not ask her anything, he does not say anything, and there is no reason for this line other than as a cue to start singing the song.
3. “They may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!” “Braveheart” (1995)
Well, sweetie, if they take your life, it stands to reason you will not be around to fight for that freedom. He would have to be around to groom the next batch of doomed freedom fighters, but he would not be around because he would be dead already. Then again, I guess you could say that is the epitome of freedom.
2. “Some people play hard to get. I play hard to want.” The Adventures of Ford Farlaine (1990)
This film did not get a lot of love from critics or the public. I guess you could say the film played “hard to want to see it.”
And the number one worst movie line I have ever heard in my life…
1. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Love Story
Seriously? This is probably the most groan-inducing line anyone has ever heard. Allie MacGraw delivers this line to her lover, Ryan O’Neal in this story about two doomed lovers. After searching all day for her in order to apologize, MacGraw’s character delivers this line which has to be the most inaccurate sentiment ever uttered, in my humble opinion. If you ask anyone in a long-term relationship, saying you are sorry is one of the basic tenets of love. This line is so bad that it has been parodied in movies, books and TV shows everywhere.
There are dozens of cheesy lines throughout movie history. Next time you are watching a movie, keep your ears open.
As is the case with Notting Hill or even Love Story, it may be a pretty good movie, but that does not mean there cannot be a couple of groaners in the script.