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Disappointing Lines That Ruined Entire Movies

When it comes to movies, there's no such thing as perfection — unless someone is talking about the "Paddington" film series, of course, since those are masterpieces. Even in features that are critically acclaimed and beloved by audiences, there are moments when a disappointing line creeps in and derails everything that comes afterward. It could be a genuinely terrible line, an unnecessarily heavy form of exposition, or an out-of-character piece of dialogue — the point is, if these lines had been removed, the film would have been much better off for it.

While it would have been all too easy to cut and paste the entire script from "Fifty Shades of Grey" here, there are other culprits who also deserve a special spot on the dishonorable mentions list. From batty Batman to cringey Bond and even a dinosaur that should have roared instead of spoken, let's take a look at the disappointing lines that almost ruined entire movies.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Out of the prequel trilogy, "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith" is arguably the strongest entry as it marks the dark transformation of Anakin Skywalker from Jedi to Sith. Watching Annie break bad and go on his raucous rampage is riveting entertainment. However, it's his clash against his former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, that provides both the best and worst moments in the film.

Like any fantastic fight between good and evil, each individual receives an opportunity to monologue. Anakin and Obi-Wan trade barbs and state their case for each side; however, there's one line that had most viewers groaning. After Obi-Wan tells him Chancellor Palpatine is evil — which no one can argue, not even Palpatine himself — Annie replies, "From my point of view, the Jedi are evil." Well, duh. The "from my point of view" is redundant and not something anyone would say in the middle of an argument, so that entire part could have been omitted. Heck, Anakin could have even said, "No, you."

The Karate Kid

Johnny Lawrence — the real hero of "The Karate Kid" — has his fill of Daniel LaRusso in the movie. This new kid from out of town moves in on his girl, Ali Mills, and has quite the mouth on him, too. Like any good '80s storyline, their conflict culminates in a karate bout at the All-Valley Tournament, where Daniel defeats Johnny after utilizing a crane kick — illegally, we might add.

Before Daniel receives his trophy, Johnny grabs it. Instead of clocking him over the head with it, he hands it over and says, "You're all right, LaRusso." How did this happen? These two have had beef throughout the entire film, Daniel kicked him in the face with an illegal move, and Johnny suddenly forgets about everything else. Has anyone checked Johnny for a concussion? Also, this creates something of a plot hole because "Cobra Kai" shows how Johnny still harbors resentment towards Daniel, definitely not thinking he's "all right."

For Your Eyes Only

While James Bond's on-screen adventures have brought action-packed delight to multiple generations of fans, the films have also featured questionable — and often sexist — dialogue. From "I thought Christmas only comes once a year" to "It's just the right size for me," 007 has the dishonor of being a cringe-lord at the best of times, too.

However, he takes the proverbial cake in 1981's "For Your Eyes Only." After figure skater Bibi Dahl tries to seduce him by lying naked in his bed, Roger Moore's Bond turns down her advances due to her young age. He ends the discussion by saying, "You get your clothes on, and I'll buy you an ice cream." He'll buy her an ice cream because she's an ice skater and she's young — get it? Yeah, not a lot of people did either. It isn't exactly award-winning dialogue and another reminder of why some of the Bond films haven't aged well in retrospect.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter thinks he's special because he speaks to snakes. Buddy, this is what anyone working in corporate does all day, every day. In "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Harry discovers his ability to ascend to middle management when he visits the zoo with the Dursleys and has a chat with the boa constrictor behind the glass. Harry strikes up a conversation with the snake, uttering, "I've never talked to a snake before. Do you talk to people often?"

Harry, do you think this snake would be locked up in a zoo if it had the chance to state its case to someone? This poor creature would probably be Chatty McChattens if anyone lent it their ear, explaining how it dreams of slithering around in wide open spaces and capturing its own food. Fortunately, the snake manages to escape and even thanks Harry for his inadvertent helping hand here.

The Shallows

Blake Lively's Nancy Adams goes through the most in Jaume Collet-Serra's "The Shallows." All she wants to do is hit the waves until she spots a whale carcass and a great white shark sinks its teeth into her leg. Trying to escape from Jaws' younger cousin, Nancy climbs on top of the whale carcass, hoping someone will see her from a distance and help. At least she's out of the shark's bite range, right?

All of a sudden, the shark starts to pull the whale carcass and move her along the water. Instead of screaming bloody murder, Nancy does something unexpected. "Where are you taking me?" she asks the shark. It's a laughable moment, really, because no one is sure if she actually expects the shark to reply here or to drop a pin to the coordinates on Google Maps. Of course, it's likely that since she is in panic mode, and she might be thinking out loud, but it's still an odd piece of dialogue.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Robert Rodriguez's "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" isn't afraid to get ridiculous when it wants to be. The 2003 film is bursting at the seams with amusing exchanges of dialogue and outrageous action sequences that defy logic. However, there's one line early on in the film that sounds like it was written by a fifth grader and stands out for all the wrong reasons.

As Agent Sands (Johnny Depp) walks into the restaurant to meet El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), Cucuy (Danny Trejo) airs his concern about the meeting. Without missing a beat, a straight-faced Sands turns to Cucuy and says, "Are you a Mexi-can or a Mexi-can't?" Look, a decade earlier in a time when people spoke about Nintendo and Nintendon't, the line might have been pure gold, but it's awful in this context, and not even the quirky Sands can save it.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

As entertaining as MCU movies are, they also feature some atrocious, eye-rolling dialogue. Sometimes, in an effort to provide quick quips, the films suffer as a result. Case in point: "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." While the movie features decent one-liners and genuine moments of levity, there is a single line that turns Doctor Strange into a bona fide doofus.

Now, remember, he is the former Sorcerer Supreme. Someone who knows about the multiverse, magic, and probably Mephisto, too. Yet, when Baron Mordo tells him the Illuminati will see him, his instinctual reply is, "The Illum-what-i?" Seriously, how does Doctor Strange not even know about the concept of the Illuminati? Maybe he might not know all the members, or what purpose it serves on this Earth, but there's no way it's a foreign term for him here. He even knows all about the Fantastic Four — and they hadn't even debuted in the MCU — but he has no clue about a secret society? Sure.


There has long been a debate if there was space for Jack Dawson on Rose DeWitt Bukater's raft in "Titanic." It's an argument that fans have had for years and it's unlikely to ever go away as long as the film remains relevant in the pop culture zeitgeist. However, the real question should be: Would Rose have allowed Jack on it, though?

After Jack freezes to death and Rose realizes he's gone, she pleads and urges him to come back to her. Holding his hand, she says, "I'll never let go, I promise," and then she lets go of him immediately. While her words are a metaphor for her feelings for him and how he will always have a place in her heart — like the Celine Dion song says — it's actually pretty funny how she does the one thing she promised she would never do in a heartbeat. Sadly, it takes away from the desired emotional effect of the scene.

Jack Reacher

To be fair, "Jack Reacher" was never going to win an Oscar for its screenplay or contributions to cinematic greatness. The film is all about the action and watching Tom Cruise's Reacher kick the snot out of people. However, there is a moment when "Jack Reacher" tries to recreate the infamous phone scene from "Taken" and it becomes a lesson in why filmmaking needs to be more about showing rather than telling.

Reacher picks up the phone and dials Jai Courtney's Charlie. In a seething tone, Reacher says, "You think I'm a hero? I'm not a hero. I'm a drifter with nothing to lose." Uh, doesn't that last part sound like the synopsis for the DVD cover? Who tells someone they are a drifter in the first place? The line would have worked better if he had simply said, "I have nothing to lose" and left it at that because this is just plain weird.

Jurassic Park III

"Jurassic Park III" gets an unnecessarily bad rap. While it might not have the same lightning-in-a-bottle effect of the first film or the dialed-up terror of "The Lost World," it still had dinosaurs chasing humans; therefore, it should be considered excellent entertainment. Unfortunately, most people remember "Jurassic Park III" for the single moment when it jumped the shark — or velociraptor in this instance.

It's expected Dr. Alan Grant would have trauma from his first trip to Jurassic Park after nearly being eaten alive several times. As he falls asleep on the plane ride back there, he dreams of the pilot disappearing. The terror engulfs him and as he looks to his side, he sees a velociraptor staring at him. The raptor opens its mouth ... And says, "Alan," as Dr. Grant snaps out of his daze and sees it's someone else calling him. While it's clear director Joe Johnston was going for comedic effect here, it completely ruins the threat of the raptor from here on out. All that anyone could speak about afterward was the talking raptor from the movie.

Blood Diamond

Regardless of Leonardo DiCaprio's highly inaccurate Zimbabwean accent in Edward Zwick's "Blood Diamond," the 2006 film is fondly remembered for its intense action, phenomenal performances, and garnering several awards nominations in the process. However, there's one cringe-worthy line in the film that screenwriter Charles Leavitt should have certainly omitted several drafts beforehand.

When DiCaprio's Danny Archer meets Jennifer Connelly's Maddy Bowen at the bar, they talk about the state of the world and who they are. Maddy asks Danny if he's a smuggler — which he is — and he responds, "You know, in America, it's bling-bling. But out here it's bling-bang, huh." While it's intended to be clever wordplay, no one in Africa speaks that way at all. It would have made more sense if Danny had said something such as, "Out here it's bang-bang," since that emphasizes the point better and isn't as cheesy as "bling-bang," which sounds like the name for a brand of crisps.

The Fast and the Furious

Dom Toretto and pals have never mastered the art of cunning linguistics. Instead, they are more than happy to put the pedal to the metal and rejoice in being "family" and all the nonsense it brings with it. While 2001's "The Fast and the Furious" isn't exactly a Shakespearean sonnet to begin with, there is one extremely puzzling line Dom's sister, Mia, utters while speaking to Brian O'Conner at the restaurant.

"Dom ... He is like gravity," Mia says, "everything just gets pulled to him. Even you." While it sounds like a deep and thoughtful metaphor about how her brother attracts people, it's technically wrong. The way gravity works on Earth is it pulls everything down to the center. In theory, Dom is only dragging others down to the ground, not toward him. Again, this isn't entirely wrong in the grand context of the story, but Mia's definition of gravity has a fundamental flaw in its basic logic.

The Dark Knight Rises

No, this isn't because of Christian Bale's gravely Batman voice, because while it does sound funny and memeable, "The Dark Knight Trilogy" showcases some fantastic writing and iconic one-liners. That said, "The Dark Knight Rises" is often thought of as the weakest entry in the series, and for good reason as well.

Bane receives all the best dialogue in the film, while Batman appears to be an afterthought in the writing department. No more is this evident than in the scene when the Dark Knight returns to Gotham City to face off against Bane after recovering from his broken back. The villain asks him if he came back to perish with the city, and Batman replies, "No. I came back to stop you." Wow. That sounds ... boring. Does the Dark Knight need to speak here? He could have slugged Bane in his silly mask, then said something like, "No. I came back to do this," if he really had to.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

"Star Wars" fans know the conclusion of the Skywalker saga was riddled with studio problems and numerous changes. After the divisive reaction towards "The Last Jedi," Lucasfilm swooped in and chose fan service instead of attracting more controversy with its original plans. Expectedly, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" suffers as it tries to retcon the previous film and close off the trilogy. For the most part, the movie operates on the premise of "just go with it"; however, one of its worst lines is symbolic of the overall shambolic nature of everything here.

After two films where there was no inkling that Palpatine was back, the evil emperor rises up in "The Rise of Skywalker" with a paper-thin explanation of his return. Yet, nothing is quite as bad as when Poe Dameron tells the others: "Somehow, Palpatine returned." Hey, no one can fault his honesty here. Poe seems to be in the same boat as the audience and probably the filmmakers, too, since no one understands how or why this happened. Just like Backstreet, Palpatine is back all right.

Total Recall

Always expect the eccentric from a Paul Verhoeven film. If he isn't having RoboCop shoot a criminal in the nether regions, he will have Arnold Schwarzenegger's eyes bulging out of their eye sockets. In "Total Recall," though, it isn't Schwarzenegger who gets the most bizarre moment in the movie, but the villain Vilos Cohaagen, played by Ronny Cox.

In a typical third-act scene, Vilos points a gun at Schwarzenegger's hero and monologues away about his master plan. He tells him: "In thirty seconds you'll be dead, and I'll blow this place up and be home in time for cornflakes!" Wait, what? Out of all the things the bad guy is looking forward to doing after he succeeds, it's eating cornflakes. Now, look, a villain needs to eat, though one would expect him to be excited for caviar, shrimp, a Texan steak, or even mac and cheese — but bland cornflakes? On second thought, this man must be a monster.


Oh, "Twilight" is the gift that keeps on giving. Even star Robert Pattinson couldn't believe the books were actually published. As some form of cruel cosmic fate, R-Pattz's bemusement of the source material resulted in him receiving more than a few pearlers to deliver during his time in the franchise. "Hold on tight, spider monkey" is just chaos and something that elicits a chuckle from fans even today. However, there's another moment that turns "Twilight" into total comedy fodder.

After Edward Cullen exposes his sparkly secret to Bella Swan, she remarks how "beautiful" he is. Disgusted, Edward replies, "Beautiful? This is the skin of a killer, Bella." Okay, what he says is factually accurate, but how could anyone fear someone who shines that brightly? Watching the scene back carefully, it's amazing how Pattinson was able to keep a straight face while delivering such a hilarious line. Even Kristen Stewart must have been in stitches as he said it.