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50 CLICHED DIALOGUES TO BAN FROM YOUR SCRIPT
« on: October 02, 2013, 11:23:37 am »
50 CLICHED DIALOGUES TO BAN FROM YOUR SCRIPT

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013


Thatís a good line Ė Orange Is The New Black
Great lines can outlive a movie and transcend its story, no matter how good or bad it was. Great lines make their ways to playgrounds and office spaces, become private jokes that can cement friendships for decades and become cultural symbols for generations. Cliched Dialogues? Not likely, and if so, for all the wrong reasons.

Writing cliched dialogues can be as tempting as writing memorable lines is hard. But, if it seems ok to use them while you are going with the flow and trying to move forward on a draft, they are a no-no when the times come to show your script around.


Look, another good line Ė The Deep Blue Sea
Below is the selection of 50 Cliched Dialogues I still read in scripts, and hear in movies and TV Shows, and I really wished I wouldnít. A huge chunk of it comes from Go Into The Story & Kevin LehaneĎs collaborative effort to make the 121 Definitive List of Cliched Dialogues, the first three are my personal addition.

*UPDATE* check the comment section, more cliched shared that could definitely make the list!

50 Cliched Dialogues to Keep Out Of Your Script
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. Ė Is that all you got?

- Iím just getting started.

7. Cover me. Iím going in.

8. No, no, no, no, NO! Iím not going. [Cut to them going.]

9. No. Come in. ____ was just leaving.

10. Weíve got to stop meeting like this.

11. (Greeting) Well, if it isnít ____.

12. Iím just doing my job.

13. Ė Youíll never get away with this!

- Watch me.

14. Now . . . where were we?

15. How hard can it be?

16. You go girl!

17. What part of _____ donít you understand?

18. Donít even go there.

19. Is this some kind of sick joke?

20. Oh haha, very funny.


Unintentionally funny lineÖ
21. Did I just say that out loud?

22. Itís just a scratch.

23.  - How is he?

- Heíll live.

24. . . . and thereís nothing you or anyone else can do to stop me!

25. You say that like itís a bad thing.

26. Note to self . . .


 
27. What seems to be the problem, Officer?

28. Whatís the worst that could happen?/ What have we got to lose?

29. I have a bad feeling about this.

30. Donít you think I know that!

31. Whatever you do, donít look down.

32. Weíve got company.

33. Oh thatís not good.

34. Awkward!

35. What just happened?

36. Weíll never make it in time!

37. Ė Stay here.

-  No way, Iím coming with you.

38. Okay, hereís what we do . . . [and cut to a different scene]

39. Try to get some sleep.

40. Hi, sis.

41. Wait! I can explain! This isnít what it looks like.

42. Thatís it! Youíre off the case!

43. In English, please.

44. Ė What are you doing here?

- I was about to ask you the same thing.

45. This just getts better and better.

46. Shut up and kiss me.

47. Not on my watch!

48. You just donít get it, do you?

49. Itís called ____, you should try it sometime.

50. That went well!

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Re: 50 CLICHED DIALOGUES TO BAN FROM YOUR SCRIPT
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 01:06:51 pm »
51. This is just the beginning!


Mostly spoken by bad guys but way overused nonetheless!

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Re: 50 CLICHED DIALOGUES TO BAN FROM YOUR SCRIPT
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2013, 03:02:24 pm »
Hmph. :-\
Some of these pieces of dialogue are so old and tiresome that they could be ad-libbed by actors instead of being written into a script.

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Re: 50 CLICHED DIALOGUES TO BAN FROM YOUR SCRIPT
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2013, 04:39:13 pm »
addendum:
go to hell/I'll see you in hell*
*(optional retort): You first.
Be Kind to Someone Today.

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Re: 50 CLICHED DIALOGUES TO BAN FROM YOUR SCRIPT
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013, 10:44:17 pm »
Go without me... Save yourself!


Usually said in a horror or disaster movie although not always exactly as stated but with the same cliched implications!


You think you're better than me! (Or better than us)


Often said in movies but also in real life by someone lacking self esteem enough not to state the obvious!