The Weekly Ten: Cliché Catchphrases

Everyone loves a good movie quote.
Here’s lookin at you kid. Tomorrow is another day. If you build it he will come. I love lamp.
They work their way into our lives and our vocabulary without us even realizing it. We use them in everyday conversations, and in trivial pursuit, and at bar trivia.  We use them to prove points, and to disprove points, and sometimes we use them when we just don’t know what else to say. (“Uh…I’m going streaking?”) We use them over and over and over again. We use them so often that eventually, they will end up on a list just like this one.
10. Leave the gun, take the cannoli. The Godfather. Why is every male obsessed with this movie, and this line in particular? I mean, sure, the cannoli is way more appealing than the gun, but if you were in this situation wouldn’t it make more sense to take care of the murder weapon?
9. You talkin’ to me? Oh, Robert De Niro. Oh, Taxi Driver. I’ve never seen this movie, but even I know this line. I think that alone is enough to prove that it is seriously overused.
8. I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. Normally I’m a sucker for anything Julia Roberts, and it’s not the movie itself that I find to be such a cliché. It’s the line itself. I’m just a girl asking a boy to love me. Ew. Gag me.
7. Going to the mattresses. Also from The Godfather. I hear this one all the time too. But I’ll be honest, the only reason I know that, and probably the only reason I notice it at all, is because they mention this line, specifically, in You’ve Got Mail.
6. There’s no place like home. It’s true. I’ll give them that. There is no place like home. But for some people that’s a good thing, a very good thing.
5. Go ahead, make my day! You can’t see me but I’m rolling my eyes as I remember every time anyone has ever used this phrase on me. (I always accept the challenge.)
4. Nobody puts baby in the corner. Not even Patrick Swayze could save this one from making the top five. I mean, if the phrase itself isn’t enough to induce eye rolling and gagging noises putting it into the context in the scene sure is.
3. May the force be with you. Confession: Stars Wars is my pop culture blind spot. This line is the only thing I even know about the franchise and, no offense to any fans, it’s more than enough information for me.
2. Bond, James Bond. It’s not so much the phrase itself that makes this one completely overused and ridiculous so much as it is the setup. I mean, what if every time someone asked me where I was interning I was all I write for Candy, College Candy?
1. I’ll be back. Okay. Fine. I admit it. This one takes the top spot more for the terrible accents that always accompany the use of this phrase rather than for the phrase itself. Come on – can even read this phrase without trying to impersonate the governor of California. You can’t, can you?
Your turn. Give me some other overused movie catchphrases. 

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