15 Nominees for Worst Dialogue in a Movie

There are some movies that are just destroyed by their dialogue. The dialogue is just TOO important to a movie to screw up. Great lines can make a good movie great.

You can screw up the soundtrack (Ladyhawke) and still have a great movie with incredible dialogue. But put out some corny lines and it is enough to make you uncomfortable in your seat. Entertainment Weekly has compiled its nominees of the top 15 worst lines of dialogue in a movie. In no particular order:

Notting Hill – “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – “Hold me, like you did by the lake on Naboo.”

Jerry Maguire – “You complete me.”

Ever After – “A bird may love a fish, signore, but where will they live?'”

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me – “I’m gone, like a turkey in the corn. Gobble gobble!”

XMen – “You know what happens when a toad gets struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else.”

Sin City – “My warrior woman. My valkyrie. You’ll always be mine, always and never. Never. The Fire, baby. It’ll burn us both. It’ll kill us both. There’s no place in this world for our kind of fire.”

Pretty Woman – “And she rescues him right back.”

She’s All That – “I feel just like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. You know, except for the whole hooker thing”

Love Story – “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

A Cry in the Dark – “A dingo ate my baby!”

As Good as it Gets – “You’re why cavemen chiseled on walls.”

Four Weddings and a Funeral – “Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed.”

Dirty Dancing – “I carried a watermelon.”

City of Angels – “We were made to fit together.”

Though I don’t actually agree with the list entirely, however it does hit a few of my pet peeves in movies such as Storm’s horribly delivered line in XMen. other lines may be on this list undeservedly. Baby’s line in Dirty Dancing was deliberately a verbal stumble which she reflects on moments later.

So what lines in a movie ruined it for you?

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25 thoughts on “15 Nominees for Worst Dialogue in a Movie

  1. Maybe this one is so evident that everybody forgot about it:
    From “House of the Dead”:

    Character 1: You did all this to become immortal. Why?
    Character 2: To live forever!

  2. “No time for love! We got company!” -ShortRound
    “I lied.” -Arny in Commando
    “While you were still learning how to spell your name, I was being trained to conquor galaxies!” -Travolta in Battlefield Earth

  3. “The Dingo ate my baby” is one of the best lines ever. I’ve never seen the film, but say that line to anyone with an Australian accent and they’ll crack up.

  4. Big Fish – “A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal.”

  5. Rusty James, my nominee for worst line in the Matrix sequels is:

    “Trinity: Six hours ago, I was ready to give my life for you. Do you know what has changed in the last six hours?

    Neo: No.

    Trinity: Nothing!”

    That being said, I do like the Matrix sequels *guilty pleasure*

  6. The worst line of all:

    “In thirty seconds you’ll be dead, and I’ll blow this place up and be home in time for Corn Flakes.”

    (From Total Recall)

  7. Yep, that is a bad line from “As good as it gets”. But there are many great lines in that film by Melvin Udall (Jack) such as “…I’m drowning here, and you’re describing the water!” and “How can you diagnose someone with an obsessive compulsive disorder, then act like I have some choice about barging in here?” and “People who talk in metaphors oughta shampoo my crotch” which offset this one. Classic.

  8. that line by storm in x-men has to be one of the biggesr clunkers ever ever.
    i dont know who is more at fault for it- whedon for writing it or singer for actually filming it.

  9. If you want the worst line of the Star Wars pre-quels had to be given by Darth Vader, “Where is Padme? Is she alright? Is she safe?” “NOOOOoooo!” That was worse than anything.

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