* When Ray hastily makes a sandwich with peanut butter for Rachel (his daughter), she explains to him that she's allergic to it.
--> '''Ray:''' Since when?
--> '''Rachel:''' ''Birth.''
* When Rachel announces she has to go to the bathroom:
--> '''Ray:''' Stay where I can see you.
--> '''Rachel:''' Are you crazy? I'm not going in front of you guys!
--> '''Ray:''' I'm not gonna look, just stay in sight!
--> '''Rachel:''' THAT'S LOOKING!
* When a man starts attacking their car:
--> '''Ray:''' He wants a ride.
--> '''Rachel:''' [[ChildrenAreInnocent Can we give him one?]]
--> '''Ray:''' ...No.
* It's a pretty dark moment, but Ogilvy's "dead set on living" line is ActuallyPrettyFunny.
* "Okay, now come up with a plan that doesn't involve your ''ten-year-old sister'' joining the ''Army!''"
* Meta example. While shooting the scene where Ray and the kids are in the water, while the Tripods are plucking civilians one by one, StevenSpielberg and John Williams pulled a prank on Cruise, Fanning, Chatwin and the extras in the water at the time, by playing the theme from {{Jaws}} over the loudspeakers.
* While driving away from the Tripods Ray tries to explain to Robbie what's attacking everything:
-->'''Robbie:''' What is it? Is it terrorists?
-->'''Ray:''' These came from some place else.
-->'''Robbie:''' What do you mean, like, Europe?
-->'''Ray:''': No, Robbie, not like Europe!