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Poll: Lazy Screenwriting

Surely it is possible to write an interesting script without using these same, old, mind-numbingly boring phrases. Break out of your screenwriting malaise, take a stand and say, "Enough!"

Which of these oft-used lines would you ban from use in movie and TV scripts, plays, books, etc.?

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Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    Garrick Hagon in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

    "Cover me. I'm going in."
  2. Vote!

    Michael Beck and Brian Tyler in The Warriors (1979)

    "Sit down and shut up."
  3. Vote!

    Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, and Ralph Macchio in The Outsiders (1983)

    "Let's get outta here."
  4. Vote!

    Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, Clarence Gilyard Jr., and Adrian Pasdar in Top Gun (1986)

    "I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you."
  5. Vote!

    Mercedes Ruehl in Big (1988)

    "If you touch one hair on his/her head..."
  6. Vote!

    Michelle Pfeiffer and Dean Stockwell in Married to the Mob (1988)

    "You just don't get it, do you?"
  7. Vote!

    Billy Crystal and Jack Palance in City Slickers (1991)

    "(S)he's behind me, isn't (s)he?"
  8. Vote!

    Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, and Scott Weinger in Aladdin (1992)

    "Try me."
  9. Vote!

    Geena Davis and Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own (1992)

    "You look like s***."
  10. Vote!

    Kim Basinger and Dana Carvey in Wayne's World 2 (1993)

    "Shut up and kiss me."
  11. Vote!

    Matthew Perry in Friends (1994)

    "Did I just say that out loud?"
  12. Vote!

    Benicio Del Toro in The Usual Suspects (1995)

    "In English, please."
  13. Vote!

    Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone in Casino (1995)

    "I wouldn't do that if I were you."
  14. Vote!

    Tom Lister Jr. and Sonita Henry in The Fifth Element (1997)

    "Get out of there!"
  15. Vote!

    Alicia Silverstone and Benicio Del Toro in Excess Baggage (1997)

    "We can do this the easy way, or the hard way."
  16. Vote!

    Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights (1997)

    "I was born ready."
  17. Vote!

    Jason Biggs in American Pie (1999)

    "It's not what it looks like."
  18. Vote!

    Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy in Shrek (2001)

    "It's quiet. Too quiet."
  19. Vote!

    Willem Dafoe and Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man (2002)

    "We're not so different..."
  20. Vote!

    Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

    "Don't do anything stupid."
  21. Vote!

    Tommy Lee Jones in The Hunted (2003)

    "If I'm not back in __ minutes..."
  22. Vote!

    Steve Martin in Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

    "It's/she's gonna blow!"
  23. Vote!

    Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, and Barry Humphries in Finding Nemo (2003)

    "We've got company!"
  24. Vote!

    Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy, and Christian Kane in Just Married (2003)

    "You're acting like a crazy person."
  25. Vote!

    Tyrese Gibson and Garrett Hedlund in Four Brothers (2005)

    "Don't die on me!"
  26. Vote!

    Bill Nighy and Andy Serkis in Flushed Away (2006)

    "_____ is my middle name."
  27. Vote!

    Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

    "How hard can it be?"
  28. Vote!

    Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in Hot Fuzz (2007)

    "That’s what I'm talking about!"
  29. Vote!

    Ben Stiller in Tropic Thunder (2008)

    "I have a bad feeling about this."
  30. Vote!

    George Clooney and Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air (2009)

    "Is that all you've got?"
  31. Vote!

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo in Shutter Island (2010)

    "There's a storm coming."
  32. Vote!

    Jamie Foxx and in Rio (2011)

  33. Vote!

    Jason Statham in Spy (2015)

    "Okay, here's what we do..."
  34. Vote!

    Raymond Ochoa and Jack Bright in The Good Dinosaur (2015)

    "You better run!"

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