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Subverted Rhymes in live-action movies.


  • In (500) Days of Summer, the main character Tom writes greeting cards. After he and Summer break up...
    Tom's Boss: I'm a bit worried about you, Tom.
    Tom: Oh? Why?
    Tom's Boss: Well, your latest card reads: "Roses are red. Violets are blue. Fuck you, whore."
  • The father in Catch That Kid (a.k.a. Mission Without Permission) uses subverted rhyme when starting go-kart races to tone down the language:
    Tom: Let's step on the gas and kick some...butt!
  • In The Cat in the Hat, during the Cat's song about fun:
    There was this cat I knew, back home where I was bred,
    He never listened to a single thing his mother said,
    He never used the litterbox, he made a mess in the hall,
    That's why they sent him to a vet and they cut off his b- *pauses* ...bo...bo...bo...BOY!
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    • A second verse that was later cut from the film did the same thing.
  • In the Broken Lizard movie Club Dread:
    But from that point on, Phil Coletti was known as...Machete Phil!
  • In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, thinking he's terminally ill, a strippergram/prostitute dressed as a nurse is sent to his house, and greets him (actually his sister) with the rhyme:
    I heard that you were feeling ill,
    headache, fever, and a chill.
    I came to help restore your pluck,
    cause I'm the nurse who likes to...
    (the door is slammed in her face)
    • This was still too vulgar for network TV, and most showings have the door slam before the nurse says anything. Other airings show only the first two lines of her speech.
  • The Hot Chick had a little rhyme that went like this:
    Boys are cheats and liars, They're such a big disgrace
    They will tell you anything to get to second...
    Baseball, baseball, he thinks he's gonna score,
    If you let him go all the way then you are a
    Horticulturists study flowers, geologists study rocks,
    All a guy wants from you is a place to put his
    cockroaches, beetles, butterflies and bugs
    Nothing makes him happier than a giant pair of
    Jugglers and acrobats and a dancing bear named Chuck
    All boys really want to do is
    Fff...orget it no such luck
  • Done randomly in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!:
    "We have a snoozaphone for your brother Stew, and a sousaphone for your brother Drew, a muncle for your uncle, a fant for your aunt, and a fampa...for your cousin Leon."
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    • Not to mention when the Grinch invokes it:
      Why, for year after year
      I've put up with it now!
      I must stop this Christmas from coming...
      But how? Er, I mean, in what way?
  • During Kill Bill Volume 1, The Bride is molested whilst in a coma by an orderly named Buck, who likes to...well, you know. When this movie is played on syndicated television, the rhyming swear gets amusingly censored:
    Buck: My name is Buck, and I'm here to... PARTY!
  • From The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:
    Pretty little fly
    Why does it cry?
    Caught in a web...
    Soon will be ...eaten
  • The song "Back in Time" from Men in Black 3 has a subversion of the subverted rhyme- "Give credit where credit is due don't cha. / Know that I don't give a number two."
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian: "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life":
    Some things in life are bad,
    They can really make you mad.
    Other things just make you swear and curse.
    When you're chewing on life's gristle,
    Don't grumble; give a whistle,
    And this'll help things turn out for the best.
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  • The soundtrack version of the song "Cabin Fever" from Muppet Treasure Island has an extra verse, which goes like this:
    My sanity is hanging by a thread,
    Since we're going nowhere, I've gone out of my head,
    We were sailing, sailing, over the bounding main
    Lew Zealand: ...And now we're not! Heh heh heh!
  • Nacho Libre:
    I ate some bugs
    I ate some grass
    I use my hand
    To wipe my tears
    • Justified, considering his character is a Catholic monk.
  • In The Private Eyes, the killer subverts a rhyme in each note to the detectives. For example:
    If Jock could talk, he'd give you a clue.
    But now that he's dead, what can you do?
    He deserved what he got. I don't regret it a bit.
    By the way, you're standing in bull ca-ca.
  • Lampshaded in Matthew Patel's musical number in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
    Fireballs, Girls. Take this sucker down.
    Let us show him what we're all about.
    Scott: That doesn't even rhyme!
    • Well, it's closer to a rhyme than the one Scott comes up with in the graphic novel during the same scene (for the record, the "fireballs" line is a rhyme in the graphic novel, by way of Matthew using "out" instead of "down"):
      You think you're so great, but you're missing the point
      You gotta have friendship and courage and whatever!
      Matthew: That doesn't even rhyme!
      Scott: Shut up!
  • In the movie version of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Thimbletack speaks in rhyme when he is a brownie, but not a boggart:
    You looked, and looked,
    and found the book,
    and from the chest
    the thing was (transforms) STOLEN!
  • In Trick, there is a song COMO TE GUSTA MI PINGA which begins thusly:
    I told my friend the writer how happy I would be
    If he'd write an opening number especially for me
    But when he had it finished, it came as quite a shock
    He handed me a song titled "How do you like my..."
  • During the Weasel fight in Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
    Eddie: I'm through with taking falls
    And bouncing off the walls
    Without that gun
    I'd have some fun
    I'd kick you in the...(vase falls on his head)
    Roger: Nose!
    Smartass Weasel: "Nose"? That don't rhyme with "walls"!
    Eddie: No, but this does! (kicks Smarty in the "balls".)


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