- Done constantly in Airplane!.
Dr. Rumack: Captain, how soon can you land?Captain Oveur: I can't tell.Rumack: You can tell me. I'm a doctor.Oveur: No. I mean I'm just not sure.Rumack: Well, can't you take a guess?Oveur: Well, not for another two hours.Rumack: You can't take a guess for another two hours?
- The most comical example might be this exchange:
Elaine: You have a telegram from headquarters.Ted: Headquarters? What is it?Elaine: Well it's a big building with lots of generals, but that's not important right now.
- There's this exchange between Ted and Elaine:
- Johnny is this trope. He's constantly asked to get coffee, as in "Johnny, some coffee?" to which he always replies "No, thank you!" He also is asked what kind of plane it is that's in trouble (meaning model, passenger compliment, etc.) but describes the plane's physical look. When handed a print-out of the plane's flight pattern, he's asked "What do you make of this?" to which he replies that he can make a hat, a broach, a pterodactyl, etc.
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has this little gem:Veronica: I'm good at three things: fighting, screwing, and reading the news. I've already done one of those today, so what's the other one gonna be? Huh?Ed (hopefully): Uh...screwing?Veronica: (smacks him across the face)
- Brick: "I would like to extend to you an invitation to the pants party."
- Dr. Evil of the Austin Powers films misses the point when Frau Farbissina tries telling him that she's pregnant.Frau Farbissina: Herr Doktor, I'm late.
Dr. Evil: No, you got here right on time.
Frau Farbissina: No, I mean, I'm late.
Vanessa: Did you at least have protection?Austin: Of course, I had my 9mm with me.Vanessa: No, I mean did you use a condom?Austin: Only sailors use condoms.Vanessa: Not in the nineties, Austin.Austin: Well they should, the filthy buggers, they're going from port to port.
- The first film Lampshades this trope with a memorable exchange:Vanessa Kensington: Mr. Powers...let me be perfectly clear with you, perhaps to the point of being insulting. I will never have sex with you, ever. If you were the last man on Earth and I was the last woman on Earth, and the future of the human race depended on our having sex simply for procreation, I still would not have sex with you.
Austin Powers: What's your point, Vanessa?
- And later, in the same film:Vanessa: You know, I sometimes forget youve missed out on the last thirty years: the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first female British prime minister, the end of apartheid...
Austin: Yeah, and I can't believe Liberace was gay. I mean, women loved him! I didnt see that one coming!
- And twice in a row in this gem:
- The first film Lampshades this trope with a memorable exchange:
- Perhaps the trope's aversion was Subverted, resulting in playing the trope straight, in Back to the Future. After the first testing of the newly built time machine, Marty McFly understandably freaks out, and asks Doc Brown this iconic question, where he initially sounds dumbfounded that Doc managed to build a working time machine - but then expresses shock as to what kind of car he built it out of:Marty: Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you tellin' me you built a TIME MACHINE... (beat) out of a DeLOREAN?!
- The baker in The Baker's Wife doesn't pick up on the fact that the shepherd is flirting with his wife, thinking instead that he is complementing his bread-baking skills.
- In Bertie and Elizabeth Edward the Eighth complains about the annoyances of "tradition". Whereupon his father growls "Monarchy is tradition". Well, duh!
- In Bringing Up Baby, David tells Susan she has to leave her apartment after he finds out there's a leopard in it. She says she can't, because she has a lease.
- This frequently occurs in Burn After Reading; especially notable is this exchange:Osbourne: If you ever carried out your proposed threat you would experience such a shitstorm of consequences my friend your empty little head would be spinning faster than the wheels of your Schwinn bicycle back there.Chad: (laughing) You think that's a Schwinn?
- In Canadian Bacon, Sherriff Boomer, Kabral, and Roy Boy steal a truck and paint anti-Canadian graffiti on it. They later get pulled over by a Canadian highway patrolman because of it. However, it's not because the graffiti is anti-Canadian. It's because it's only in English and not also in French. He then helpfully provides translations and the spray-can to do them with. Aren't Canadians just the nicest people?
- In one of the endings of Clue, after Mrs. Peacock is arrested as the murderer:Wadsworth: You see, like the Mounties, we always get our man!Mr. Green: Mrs. Peacock was a man?! (gets slapped repeatedly by the others)
- From Diamonds Are Forever, after Shady Tree gets James Bond out of the retort for questioning concerning the phony diamonds:James Bond: Now don't tell me... you're St. Peter?
- Dracula: Dead and Loving It dips into this early, when the rather obviously British Renfield stops in a small village outside the Count's castle, in a hurry for directions, as not to be late. Most of the villagers are horrified at his new boss, but...Renfield: I'm scheduled to meet Count Dracula.Villager 1: Dracula!?Villager 2: Dracula!?Villager 3: Dracula!?
Villager 4: ...shed-yool?
- Dr. Strangelove - as the Russian ambassador horrifically explains his country's newly finished Doomsday Machine and how its imminent activation would mean the end of the world, General 'Buck' Turgidson excitedly whispers "Boy, I wish we had one'a them Doomsday Machines!"
- The protagonists in Dude, Where's My Car? are two stoners who are trying to figure out what happened the night before after a drinking binge, as well as locate their car. While searching, they meet a hot girl they know but never talk to.Jesse: Hey, have you seen my car?Christy Boner: Well, I saw it last night. I saw the back seat.Jesse: No, I'm talking about the whole thing.
- In Dumb and Dumber, Lloyd is with Mary, who he's infatuated with, and asks:Lloyd: What do you think the chances are of a guy like you and a girl like me [sic]... ending up together?
Mary: Well, Lloyd, that's difficult to say. I mean, we don't really...
Lloyd: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?
Mary: Not good.
Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
Mary: I'd say more like... one out of a million.
Lloyd: So you're telling me there's a chance? YEAH!
- As Lloyd and Harry are on the road out of Colorado on foot, a bus pulls up filled with hot bikini girls and... Look, just read the exchange:Bikini girl: Hey, guys. We're going on a national bikini tour and we're looking for two oil boys who can grease us up before each competition.
Harry: You're in luck... There's a town about three miles that way. I'm sure you'll find a couple guys there.
Bikini girl: (weirded out) Okay... Thanks.
(the bus starts leaving)
Lloyd: (upset at Harry) Do you realize what you've done?! (starts running after the bus) Hey! Wait!
(the bus stops as they get to the door)
Lloyd: Y-you'll have to excuse my friend. He's a little slow... The town is back that way! (points at the opposite direction Harry pointed to earlier on)
- As Lloyd and Harry are on the road out of Colorado on foot, a bus pulls up filled with hot bikini girls and... Look, just read the exchange:
- In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the principal is chewing over the fact that the title character is absent from school yet again, and he mutters, "I don't trust that kid any further than I can throw him." This prompts the cheerful secretary to respond, "Well, with your bad knee, Ed, you shouldn't throw anybody." He's somewhat less than calmed by her concern.
- In Field of Dreams Terrence Mann does this at Fenway Park.Ray Kinsella So, what do you want?Terrence Mann I want them to stop looking to me for answers, begging me to speak again, write again, be a leader. I want them to start thinking for themselves. I want my privacy.Ray Kinsella I mean, what do you want? [Gestures toward concession stand.]Terrence Mann Oh. Dog and a beer.Ray Kinsella Two.
- Played straight in George of the Jungle.Narrator: When they finally beheld the mighty Ape Mountain, they reacted with awe.
Expedition: [affectionate] Awwww...
Narrator: I said "awe". A-W-E.
Expedition: [awestruck] Oooooh!
Narrator: That's better.
- Grease 2 features the very 'patriotic' musical number "Lets Do it For Our Country" Where Louis is trying to trick Frenchette into doing it...to bad she's singing about him joining the army.
- In the movie Half Baked, Thurgood is telling his friends not to spend any money, as they have to save it. Then:Scarface: You said you gave Mary Jane a pearl necklace!
Thurgood Jenkins: Obviously you missed the whole point of that story.
- Happens several times in The Hangover, invariably by Alan.
- "I didn't know they gave out rings at the Holocaust!"
- Again when they return to the hotel roomAlan: Guys. What about the tiger? What if he got out?Phil: Oh, fuck! I keep forgetting about the goddamn tiger! How the fuck did he get in there?Stu: I don't know, because I don't remember. (Referring to Alan who slipped them roofies)Alan: One of the side effects of roofies is memory loss.Stu: You are literally too stupid to insult.Alan: Thank you.
- In A Hard Day's Night, Ringo Starr inexplicably puts on a bizarre wig and sits under a hairdryer flipping through a magazine.John: Ringo, what are you up to?Ringo: Page five.
John: What are you doing?Ringo: Posting a letter.
- It gets a Call-Back in Help!, when Ringo attempts to mail a letter and ends up getting his hand grabbed by a cult member hiding inside the mailbox, resulting in him wildly thrashing about.
John: What are you doing on the floor?Ringo: I'm tired.
- Seems to be a running thing - earlier on, a cult member is tugging at his ring finger while he sleeps with an extendable claw mechanism and pulls him out of bed.
- In Heathers:Veronica: All we want is to be treated like human beings, not to be experimented on like guinea pigs or patronized like bunny rabbits!Veronica's father: I don't patronize bunny rabbits!
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Boozehound pilot Tyler Fitzgerald wants another Old Fashioned mid-flight, insisting on going in the back and mixing it himself, having Benjy take the controls. In a case of famous last words:Ding: What if something goes wrong?Tyler: What could possibly go wrong with an Old Fashioned?
- One of the few things played straight in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and verging on parody. Jay's monkey is kidnapped and driven away in a van with a poster on the back that clearly shows its destination. After about 3 minutes of stupidity, "Silent" Bob is forced to set his friend straight.
- Jay does this again in Dogma. When Rufus explains that Bethany is a descendant of Jesus due to the logical explanation that Joseph and Mary probably WOULD HAVE had more children and, thus, be related to him by blood in some way, all Jay got out of it was "So you mean Bethany's... part-black?"
- In Jurassic Park, when they first arrive on the island, Ellie is excited by all of the plant life, including species that had been extinct for millions of years. Alan has to work to get her attention before she notices the herds of dinosaurs wandering around in the background. Of course, as a paleobotanist it's basically the same thing from her perspective.
- In Kingpin, this happens twice. Once, he holds out his rubber hand to Ish, to show him is bowling championship ring and Ish comments on his hand. Later in Reno, he holds out his hand to demonstrate its fakeness and the guys he's showing think he's going on about the ring.
- Three times, when he's signing up at the end and tries to put his ring up for collateral on his dues, the response is 'what am I supposed to do with a rubber hand'
- This exchange in Lord of War (Yuri wants his uncle (a Red Army colonel) to fudge his weapon stocks numbers to sell the rest to him on the black market).Yuri: How many Kalashnikovs do you have?Uncle Dimitri: Forty thousand.Yuri: Is that a four? Doesn't look like a four to me. Looks more like a one.Uncle Dimitri: [Looks at clipboard] No, it's a four.
- From The A List:Lacey: Hannah, you do have beautiful hair, however, I sense that you have some deep-rooted insecurities, therefore you like to emphasize superficial things in fear that people might notice you aren't as perfect as you look.Hannah: Aw, you think I have beautiful hair?
- Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- Iron Man 2 has the scene where Tony tells Pepper he wants her to run Stark Enterprises and she, not unreasonably, points out she does run Stark Enterprises. His attempt to clarify that he means actually run the company just make her feel less appreciated, until finally he says "Pepper, I'm trying to make you CEO. Why won't you let me?"
- Happens frequently in Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Drax the Destroyer has no concept of metaphors. They go right over his head.Drax: Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it!
- When planning a prison break, Rocket suggests that Gamora use the fact that a number of the male prisoners find her attractive to her advantage. Her reply of "You must be joking." is answered with "No, I really heard they find you attractive."
- One happens at the end: Reasonable Authority Figure Rhomann Dey relays a message from Star-Lord warning of an impending invasion by the Big Bad and of an offer of help. The message concludes with Peter admitting to being an "a-hole" but also saying that he is not "100% a dick". When Dey is asked if he believes Peter, he replies that he isn't sure that he believes that anyone is 100% a dick.
- Drax the Destroyer has no concept of metaphors. They go right over his head.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:
- After Peter calls Rocket out on accidentally launching a Stealth Insult at their current clients, Rocket is so dense he thinks Peter is pointing out he screwed up the "stealth" part and not reprimanding him for insulting their clients.
- When a frantic Mantis wakes up Drax to warn him of Ego's intentions, he thinks she wants sex and goes to elaborate lengths to tell her how much this squicks him out.
- Avengers: Infinity War:
- This exchange:Iron Man: You're from Earth?
Star Lord: I'm not from Earth, I'm from Missouri.
Iron Man: Yeah, that's on Earth dipshit!
- This exchange:
- In M*A*S*H, as Frank "Ferret Face" Burns is loaded into an MP Jeep in a straitjacket following an act of violence against Hawkeye, Duke poses this question to Colonel Blake:Duke Forrest: If I nail Hot Lips and hit Hawkeye, can I go home too?
- When Brian writes treasonous graffiti in Monty Python's Life of Brian, all the Centurion notices is that the Latin is wrong... and then makes him correct it and write it out 100 times.
- Also, when Brian tells his unwanted followers "You are all individuals!" they all (but one) mindlessly repeat the statement in lockstep unison.
- Charlie in Mystery Team, mainly because he's Too Dumb to Live
- One, Two, Three:Peripetchikoff: "We have emergency meeting with Swiss Trade Delegation. They send us 20 car-loads of cheese. Totally unacceptable... full of holes."
- Roger de Bris (the camp director in The Producers) insists on giving the play (about Adolf Hitler and World War II) a happy ending, because the protagonists losing would be a downer.
- The movie version of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca has an example that is at once comical and dramatic.Maxwell (from an adjoining room): Either you go to America with Mrs. Van Hopper, or you come home to Manderley with me.Narrator: You mean you want a secretary or something ?Maxwell I'm asking you to marry me, you little fool.
- One of the Scooby-Doo movies has Scooby and the gang investigate a house, only to be captured in a booby trap that has already claimed a girl scout selling cookies and a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses. They're all alive, of course, leading to the following exchange:Girl Scout: Would you like to buy some cookies?
Jehova's Witness: Have you heard the good news?
Scooby-Doo: Yeah, there's cookies!
- In Shaun of the Dead, Shaun invokes this trope upon finding a zombie in their garden softly moaning.Shaun: Oh my god...
(Shaun and Ed stand there mouths hanging open as the zombie slowly turns around.)
Shaun: ...She's so drunk!
(They look at each other and laugh)
- In Some Like It Hot, when Joe learns that Osgood proposed to Jerry (as Daphne):Joe: What are you talking about? You can't marry Osgood.
Jerry: Why, you think he's too old for me?
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), when April sees the turtles for the first time, Michelangelo thinks she was more scared by their bandanna masks than the fact that she sees giant talking turtles standing before her.
- 10 Things I Hate About You:Cameron: She kissed me!Patrick: Where?Cameron: In the car!
- This exchange in There's Something About Mary where Pat Healy is pretending to have the same interests as Mary:Pat Healy: Really, [architecture is] only a side thing for my true passion.
Mary: And what's that?
Pat Healy: I work with retards.
Mary: Isn't that a little politically incorrect?
Pat Healy: Yeah, maybe, but hell, no one's gonna tell me who I can and can't work with.
- In This Is Spın̈al Tap, after the band's 18 foot tall model of Stonehenge turned out to be 18 inches tall:David: We had a Stonehenge monument that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf.Derek: We could redo the choreography. Keep the dwarf clear.
- In a related example, after the Stonehenge debacle has caused a major fight in the band and driven their manager to quit, Derek's only question is, "Are we going to play 'Stonehenge' tomorrow night?"
- In This Is the End, when Jay is going over the signs of the apocalypse in the bible (specifically the mountains being set on fire), everyone else gets caught up on weather the Hollywood Hills count as mountains then what's the fastest way over them.
- Near the opening of the 1983 To Be or Not to Be, authorities rush into the theater, stopping the performance of "Naughty Nazis." The complaint was that it could be construed as an insult to Chancellor Hitler.Construed! It was meant to be an insult!
- In Tremors 2: Aftershocks Earl throws a timebomb into the bed of a large army truck loaded with explosives, hoping it will kill the Shriekers trapped in the building in which the truck is parked. When he gets back outside and tells the truck's owner, Burt, what he has done:Burt: That's two and half tons of high explosives, Earl!
Earl: You mean that's not enough? Oh Burt, don't tell me it's not enough!
Burt: Not enou... Never mind, just run! Run!
- They're dealing with creatures that asexually reproduce exponentially when they eat too much, inside a warehouse full of snackfood and MREs in Burt's truck. Earl's worry is justified, as Burt is the only expert on explosives present in the movie.
- More accurately, in the parts where Earl has to remind Grady to stay off the ground. And when the Graboid eats the radio.Earl: You left the radio on the ground?!
Grady: Sorry, I forgot...
- In Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, the eponymous friends explore the cabin they bought and see the a board filled with several newspaper-clippings of the brutal murders the previous owner committed in the area. The only clipping they actually pay any attention to is the discount-coupon for a local hotdog stand.
- In Unaccompanied Minors Mr. Porter brings the five kids back to the UM Room after their night of chaos throughout the airport. The kids notice the previously wild room has cleared out including Spencer's sister Katherine. Then this exchange takes place between Mr. Porter and the five kids:Grace Where are my friends?Spencer Oh man. Where's my sister?Mr. Porter They went where all the good little boys and girls go for Christmas. They went somewhere nice. Where you ask? Why the comfortable and festive...Hoover International Lodge. Which is just a few thousand yards down from this delightful little room, which now smells like a horse died in it.Beef Oh, so we're going to the lodge?
- Weird Science: Chet discovers his grandparents frozen in the pantry:Chet: What are they doing in here?
Lisa: I put them in there. I didn't want to Gary and Wyatt to get into trouble. Quite frankly, they weren't having a very good time at the party.
Chet: Not having a good time? Do you think they're having a good time being catatonic in a closet?
- There was this gem from the beginning of The Wizard of Oz:Ms. Gulch: Mr. Gale!Uncle Henry: Howdy, Ms. Gulch!Gulch: I want to see you and your wife right about Dorothy.Henry: Dorothy? Well, what has Dorothy done?Gulch: What's she done? I'm all but lame from the bite on my leg!Henry: You mean she bit you?Gulch: No, her dog!Henry: Oh, she bit her dog, eh?(Henry lets go of the gate and it hits Ms. Gulch from behind.)Gulch: No!
- Of course, given the type of person she was, it's probable he was simply Obfuscating Stupidity in an attempt to protect Dorothy.
- In The World's End, after first discovering the robots, Andy is more concerned with the fact Gary lied about his mother dying rather than Gary accidentally killing a teenager who is actually a robot.
Gary: I fucking know what I fucking said!
- At the end of the film, Gary triumphantly declares "There's only one Gary King!" after ripping the head off the Network's teenage duplicate of him. Later, when he points out that the Network's plan is flawed because humanity is filled with people like him, the confused Network points out that he just said there was only one Gary King.
- X-Men Film Series:
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: When Hank unveils his set-up so that any mention of what happened in Paris on TV is recorded, he proudly notes that it'll record from all three networks and PBS. Logan, coming from a future where there are far more than three networks, makes a sarcastic comment about it. Hank gets slightly offended and reiterates he's also got it set-up to record PBS, thinking Logan was making fun of him for only being able to record from three networks.
- X-Men: Apocalypse:
- When Hank inquires to Charles about what he's seeing with Moira through Cerebro, Xavier completely misinterprets the question.Hank: Moira MacTaggert?
Charles: (with a goofy grin on his face) Uh huh.
Hank: Give me the details.
Charles: She looks amazing. She has barely aged a day.
Hank: No, I meant, what is she doing there?
- Peter mentions that he's the son of Magneto, causing a Big "WHAT?!" When Raven asks him how was that possible, he says that Magneto had met his mother and the two of them had sex.
- When Hank inquires to Charles about what he's seeing with Moira through Cerebro, Xavier completely misinterprets the question.
- In Year One, Jack Black's character doesn't understand what lesbian means and gets into an awkward situation when he tries to sleep with one. She even tells him she likes to have sex with women and he stills doesn't get it. Admittedly he's just that stupid.
- Zoolander. The eponymous character, observing a model of the school building he plans to open: "What is this? A center for ants?!"
- Also the scene where the lead, a male model, reads a magazine with his picture on the front. The title reads, 'A Model Idiot.' Not getting the insult, the main character reads it as 'A Model, Idiot.'
- Later in the story, Zoolander strikes a pose that saves a vital character from dying. When he is cheered on for his actions, he thinks it is because they noticed he turned left to do the pose. (Zoolander admitted that he was incapable of making left turns, and has to make a full right turn instead.)
- In Last Action Hero, Danny questions why there is _an animated cat_ (it's not an animated film) in the police station. Jack Slater explains that the cat's suspension was only for 2 weeks.
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: After the family gets home with the new Christmas tree this is the exchange that takes place:Rusty: Dad that thing will never fit in the front yard.Clark: It's not going in the front yard, it's going in the living room.
- Ghostbusters (1984) has this:Stantz: Everything was fine with our system until the power grid was shut off by dickless here.Mayor: Is this true?Venkman: Yes it's true. (beat) This man has no dick.
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