Hold up, men! We'll head 'em off at the pass! Lamarr:
"Head them off at the pass"? I hate
that cliché! [shoots Taggart in the foot]
"Analysis and pattern recognition is the antidote to cliche. If you can see formulas, then you can break them."
The reason that clichés become clichés is that they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox of communication.
"People regurgitate the same old cliches and it becomes like a photocopy of a photocopy of something that's vaguely interesting." Clichés become clichés because theyre valid enough to bear endless repetition.
"Well kitten," I said, taking her gently into my arms. "I suggest you and I live happily ever after."
She raised her eyebrow in a really cute manner. "But isn't that just another Hollywood cliche?"
"In this city there are a thousand cliches," I said. "This...is one of them." And I pulled her into a kiss that was hotter than any coffee I'd ever tasted.
— The Last Kiss Goodbye