- Raiders of the Lost Ark: Indiana Jones must endure not one, not two, but three of these from French archeologist Belloq.
- Immediately after the opening sequence where Indy retrieves the idol, Belloq ambushes Indy with his Hovito warriors, and laughs at Indy for not being able to speak their language.
- In the cafe, Belloq calls himself a "shadowy reflection" of Indy, willing to use the Nazis to satisfy passions that they both share.
- Before the final ceremony on the island, Indy threatens to destroy the Ark with a bazooka. Belloq confidently asserts that Indy's threat is empty, since as an archeologist he will not destroy such an important artifact. He's right.
- The Joker was handing out these speeches like candy in The Dark Knight.
- Batman hits the Joker back with one himself after the Joker's plan doesn't work out."What were you trying to prove? That deep down, everyone is as ugly as you? You're alone."
- The speech Ra's Al Ghul gave to Bruce Wayne right before burning down Wayne manor was pretty badass. It's enough to make you think maybe Bruce trying to be a hero was a bad idea.
- Batman Begins has Carmine Falcone's considerably smug remarks towards Bruce Wayne earlier in the film.Wayne: I came here to show you that not everyone in Gotham's afraid of you.
Falcone:: Only those who know me, kid. Look around you: you'll see two councilmen, a union official, a couple off-duty cops, and a judge. (Pulls a gun at Bruce) Now, I wouldn't have a second's hesitation of blowing your head off right here and right now in front of 'em. Now, that's power you can't buy! That's the power of fear.
Wayne:: I'm not afraid of you...
Falcone: ... because you think you got nothing to lose. But you haven't thought it through. You haven't thought about your lady-friend down at the D.A.'s office. You haven't thought about your old butler. Bang! (pulls the trigger but no shots comes out) People from your world have so much to lose. Now, you think because your mommy and your daddy got shot, you know about the ugly side of life, but you don't. You've never tasted desperate. You're Bruce Wayne, the Prince of Gotham - you'd have to go a thousand miles to meet someone who didn't know your name. So don't come down here with your anger trying to prove something to yourself. This is a world you'll never understand, and you always fear what you don't understand.
- Ironically enough, this is the conversation that makes Bruce go out into the world, ultimately finding the League of Shadows and becoming Batman. When he returns, he makes sure to give Falcone a lesson on exactly what it's like to be on the receiving end of the power of fear he gloats about.
- Bane in The Dark Knight Rises rattles these off plenty during his first fight with Batman: "Peace has cost you your strength. Victory has defeated you." "You fight like a younger man, with nothing held back. Admirable but mistaken." "Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it." "The shadows betray you because they belong to me!"
- The otherwise execrable Batman & Robin has a zinger from Batgirl to Poison Ivy:Batgirl: Using feminine wiles to get what you want? Trading on your looks? Read a book, sister — that passive-aggressive number went out long ago. Chicks like you give women a bad name.
- Batman hits the Joker back with one himself after the Joker's plan doesn't work out.
- James Bond examples:
- Goldeneye:Alec Trevalyan: I might as well ask you if all those vodka martinis ever silence the screams of all the men you've killed ... or if you find forgiveness in the arms of all those willing women for all the dead ones you've failed to protect.
M: You don't like me, Bond. You don't like my methods. You think I'm an accountant, a bean counter more interested in my numbers than your instincts.Bond: The thought had occurred to me.M: Good, because I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. A relic of the Cold War, whose boyish charms, though wasted on me, obviously appealed to that young woman I sent out to evaluate you.Bond: Point taken.M: Not quite, 007. If you think I don't have the balls to send a man out to die, your instincts are dead wrong. I've no compunction about sending you to your death. But I won't do it on a whim. Even with your cavalier attitude towards life.
- Earlier than that, Bond gets one by M:
- Quantum of Solace:
Greene: How much do you know about Bond, Camille? Because he's rather a tragic case. His MI6 file says he's "difficult to control" ... Nice way of saying everything he touches seems to wither and die.
- From the trailer: Mr. White to Bond about his lover Vesper who killed herself in the last movie, "You know, if she hadn't killed herself, we would've had you too."
- Truly savage one from Diabolical Mastermind Dominic Greene too, also slating the Bond Girl:
Bond: Shall we? [begins to move away with Camille]
Greene: That doesn't bode well for you, I'm afraid. You two do make a charming couple, though. You're both ... what's the expression? "Damaged goods"?
Oberhauser: My wounds will heal. What about yours? Look around you, James, look. This is what's left of your world. Everything you ever stood for, everything you believed in, a ruin.
- Blofeld gives Bond a very harsh one in the climax, consider how he was behind all of Bond's miseries since Casino Royale (2006).
Bond: Why are we here? Did you miss me?
Oberhauser: No. But I know someone who does.
[Oberhauser breathes into the glass, creating water droplets. He then forms a heart, indicating that he's taken Madeline hostage]
Bond: Where is she?
Oberhauser: That's for you to find out. [Activates a timer] In three minutes, this building will be demolished. I can get out easily. Now, you have a choice. Die trying to save her, or save yourself and live with the pain.
Bond: You're bluffing.
Oberhauser: Am I? [snickers smugly] I've really put you through it, haven't I? That's brothers for you. They always know which buttons to press!
M: [after shutting C out of his mainframe] Not a good feeling being watched, is it?
- Also in the climax, Max Denbigh/C gives another harsh one to M, only for M to fire back with a brief but blunt Shut Up, Hannibal! response.
C: Don't tell me you're responsible for this.
M: [to Q] No, but my Quartermaster is and he's extremely talented.
C: [sarcastically] Oh, bravo. But in case you hadn't realized it, you two are out of a job, so you're trespassing.
M: I'm afraid you've got the wrong end of the stick, Max. We're going to stop this system going online, and then I'm going to bring you in.
C: On what grounds, exactly?
M: Poor taste in friends.
C: Take a look at the world - chaos. Because people like you, paper-pushers and politicians, are too spineless to do what needs to be done - so I made an alliance to put the power where it should be, and now you want to throw it away for the sake of democracy, whatever the hell that is? How predictably moronic. [takes out his Glock 17 and points it at M] But then isn't that what 'M' stands for - 'moron'? [squeezes trigger, realizes the gun is unloaded]
M: [opens fist to reveal he's emptied the magazine] And now we know what 'C' stands for - 'careless'.
- In Transformers, Megatron does a short speech to Optimus Prime:You still fight for the weak! That is why you lose!
[The planet Cybertron looms above Chigago as Megatron watches from a secluded alleyway]Megatron: Cybertron...you are saved, at last.[Carly approaches Megatron]Megatron: Oh, have you come to surrender?Carly: Was it all worth it?Megatron: Obviously.Carly: All your work to bring Sentinel back, and now, clearly he has all the power! It's actually almost tragic.Megatron: You dare lecture me, slave?!Carly: Your Decepticons finally conquering this planet, and yet their leader won't be you.Megatron: It will be me. It will always be me!Carly: In any minute now, you'll be nothing but Sentinel's bitch![Megatron snarls and rises]
- Megatron finds himself on the receiving end of one from Carly (A human, no less.) in the third film, which ends up convincing him to try taking back his leadership from Sentinel Prime despite being badly injured-
- In The Avengers, Steve Rogers delivers one to Tony Stark during a heated argument:Steve: Yeah, big man in a suit of armor. Take that off, what are you?
Tony: Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist.
Steve: I know guys with none of that worth ten of you. I've seen the footage. The only thing you really fight for is yourself. You're not the guy to make the sacrifice play, to lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over you.
Tony: I think I would just cut the wire.
Steve: Always a way out. You know, you may not be a threat, but you better stop pretending to be a hero.
- Tony fires back with this:.Tony: You're a laboratory experiment, Rogers. Everything special about you came from out of a bottle.
- Tony, explaining game theory to Loki:Tony: There's no throne, there is no version of this where you come out on top. Maybe your army comes, and maybe it's too much for us, but it's all on you. Because if we can't protect the Earth, you can be damn well sure we'll avenge it.
- Loki delivers a fantastically vicious speech to Natasha Romanoff:Natasha: It's really not that complicated. I've got red in my ledger, I'd like to wipe it out.
Loki: Can you? Can you wipe out that much red? Drakov's daughter, Tugenov, the hospital fire? Yes, Barton told me everything. Your ledger is dripping, it's gushing red, and you think saving a man no more virtuous than yourself will change anything? This is the basest sentimentality. This is a child at prayer... pathetic! You lie and kill in the service of liars and killers. You pretend to be separate, to have your own code, something that makes up for the horrors. But they are a part of you, and they will never go away. I won't touch Barton, not until I make him kill you. Slowly, intimately, in every way he knows you fear. And when he wakes, he'll have just enough time to see his good work, and when he screams, I'll split his skull! This is my bargain, you mewling quim!
- But then Romanov gives him a Shut Up, Hannibal! ending with "Thank you — for your co-operation" and reveals she's been in control of the conversation all along.
- Not even a mortal wound can stop S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson from delivering one to Loki during the siege on the Helicarrier. Better than that, Coulson basically calls Loki a loser, explaining that he can't help it because it's simply in his nature.Coulson: You lack...conviction.
- Tony fires back with this:.
- In Avengers Age of Ultron, Ultron delivers one to the Avengers berating them for not even coming close to defeating him despite being Ant-Heroes
- A few of these get thrown around in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Gamora calls out Peter and Rocket after they barley survive their encounter with the Sovereign fleet. Claiming that either of them could have evaded their pursuers had they not let their arrogant need to outdo do each other get in the way.
- Rocket gets another from Yondu after they dispatch the mutineers and escape on a new ship. Telling him that he is afraid of being loved as it will remind him of how alone he really is. Acting like an abrasive Jerk Ass to those around him and pushing people away to avoid it.
- In an interesting case, it's also partially a "Reason I Suck" speech, as it's implied that what Yondu is saying is also something he realized about himself.
- Gamora gives another to her sister Nebula after she attacks her on Ego. Calling her out on her one-dimensional obsession with killing her, even continuing to attack after she saves her life.
Nebula: You're the one who wanted to win and I just wanted a sister! *beat* You were all I had, but you were the one who needed to win. Thanos pulled my eye from my head, and my brain from my skull, and my arm from my body. Because of you.
- Likewise, Nebula fires one back in response, bringing up how often Gamora threw her under the bus while they were being raised by Thanos:
- Gamora and Peter fire at each other, with Peter calling Gamora out on her coldness while Gamora calls Peter out on his immaturity.
- In Justice League Aquaman gives a Reasons You (plural) Suck speech to the team (most of them).
- Aquaman: Superman's a no-show. You [Batman] don't have any powers. You [Flash] keep tripping over your own feet. You [Cyborg] could be working for the enemy and not even know it. And you [Wonder Woman], you're gorgeous.
- In The Elite Squad:
You're the one who killed him! You faggot! You're the one who finances this shit! You pothead piece of shit! We come here to fix what you fuck up!
- Nascimento calls out a student for his drug-taking that puts money in the drug dealers' hands.
02, know why you won't be able to do what I'm ordering you? It's not just because you're weak. It's because to wear this skull, 02, you have to have integrity. Something you don't. You belong with whores. You belong with pimps. You belong in abortion clinics. We don't like corrupt cops, 02. Corrupt cops don't make it in BOPE, 02.
- He also rants at Fabio during the BOPE training course about the latter's corrupt ways.
- Equilibrium: Mary gives one to Preston (along with What the Hell, Hero?) while he is interrogating her.
- X-Men Film Series
Wolverine: That story you told me about the man who gets flowers for the moon. I had it backwards. I thought you were the Moon and I was your Wolverine, but you're the Trickster, aren't you? I'm just the fool who got played. Worst part of it is I should have known and I ignored my instincts. I ignored what I really am. That won't ever happen again...
Magneto: Why do none of you understand what I'm trying to do? Those people down there—they control our fate and the fate of every other mutant! Well, soon our fate will be theirs.
- Magneto gives it when he's planning on using a dangerous device to turn the world leaders into mutants with Rogue, who will be the source but also be sacrificed.
Magneto: Still unwilling to make sacrifices. That's what makes you weak.
- And with Charles...
Woverine: You're so full of shit! If you were really so righteous, it'd be you in that thing.
- And Wolverine gives it right back to Magneto after the latter says that Rogue is a necessary sacrifice:
- In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Wolverine makes this one on Kayla when she's revealed to be allied with Stryker.
Erik: Angel. Azazel. Emma. Banshee. Mutant brothers and sisters, all dead! Countless others experimented on, butchered! Where were you, Charles?! We were supposed to protect them! WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOUR OWN PEOPLE NEEDED YOU?! Hiding! You and Hank, pretending to be something you're not! You abandoned us all.
- Erik delivers one of the Type 1 or Type 4 variety in X-Men: Days of Future Past, depending on how one interprets the scene, basically calling Charles a mutant traitor for failing to protect the others.
- Vincent from Collateral gives one towards Max when chastise him for how his dream of owning a limo company will never work.Vincent: Someday? Someday my dream will come. One night you'll wake up and you'll discover it never happened. It's all turned around on you. It never will. Suddenly you are old. Didn't happen. And it never will because you were never going to do it anyway. You'll push into memory, then zone out in your Barcalounger, being hypnotized by daytime TV for the rest of your life. Don't you talk to me about murder. All it ever took was a down payment on a Lincoln Town Car. Or that girl. You can't even call that girl? What the fuck are you still doing driving a cab?
- Dennis the Menace: In what was billed as a lighthearted comedy based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip about a mischievous 6-year-old boy whose idolization of his elderly neighbor is (often) unrequited, there is a surprisingly-disturbing and cruel speech from Mr. Wilson to the titular character near the movie's climatic point, delivered in full Tranquil Fury mode. note Mr. Wilson: You're a pest. A menace. A selfish, spoiled little boy and I've no use for you. You took something from me that I can never get back, something that means more to me than you ever will. You understand? (Dennis, trying to comprehend it, nods sadly.) I don't want to see you, I don't want to know you. Get out of my way. (Dennis begs for forgiveness and begins to cry, but Wilson ignores him as he yells at his guests to go home.)
- Fortunately — even before he learns that Dennis has run off — he later calms down and, upon seeing that he actually had been robbed that evening, realizes what he said was completely out of line and tries to help search for him afterward.
- Lust In the Dust. Rosie Velez (Divine) lays one on Marguerita (Lanie Kazan).Marguerita: You bitch!Rosie: (sneering) Ever since I came here, you've done nothing but treat me like shit. Who the hell do you think you are? Yeah, I was a dance hall girl, but what makes you so high and mighty? You own a whorehouse! A whorehouse! ... and with only three whores in it. One of them is just a senile old cow. (aside to Big Ed) No offense, honey. (to Maguerita) And the other one's so new at it, she doesn't know which end to use. So what does that make you? The only whore in Chili Verde! Yeah, I came here for the gold, because I've been poor all my life.Marguerita: You've got it all wrong, honey. You've been cheap all your life.Rosie: Cheap? (picks up a chair, and breaks it over Maguerita) This furniture is cheap.
- Beetlejuice: Bernard (Delia's agent, play by Dick Cavett) lays into her when it seems the ghosts refuse to make an appearance.Bernard: Delia, you are a flake. You have always been a flake. If you insist on frightening people, do it with your sculpture.
- You Can't Take It with You: Grandpa Vanderhoff delivers a masterful one to Mr. Kirby while they're both in jail.Kolenkhov: You're not a businessman, you're like a lion in the jungle!Mr. Kirby: Yes, and I've got the longest and the sharpest claws, too! That's how I got where I am, on top, and scum like this is still in the gutter!Vanderhoff: You're an idiot, Mr. Kirby! A stupid idiot!Mr. Kirby: You can't talk to me like that!Vanderhoff: Oh, yes I can! "Scum", are we? What makes you think you're such a superior human being? Your money? If you do you're a dull-witted fool, Mr. Kirby, and a poor one at that. You're poorer than any of these people you call "scum", because I'll guarantee at least they've got some friends. But you, with your jungle and your long claws, as you call them, you'll wind up your miserable existence without anything you can call a friend. You may be a high mogul to yourself, Mr. Kirby, but to me you're a failure. A failure as a man, a failure as a human being, even failure as a father. When your time comes, I doubt if a single tear will be shed over you. The world will probably cry "Good riddance!" That's a nice prospect, Mr. Kirby, I hope you'll enjoy it. I hope you'll get some comfort out of all this coin you've been sweating over then!
- Silver Linings Playbook: Tiffany reacts histrionically to an offensive comment made by Pat.You may not have experienced the shit that I did. But you loved hearing about it, didn’t you? You are afraid to be alive, you are afraid to live. You’re a hypocrite. You’re a conformist. You’re a liar. I opened up to you and you judged me. You are an ASSHOLE. You are an ASSHOLE!
- Mean Girls: Janis' speech to Cady at the latter's party.Cady: You know I couldn't invite you. I had to pretend to be plastic.
Janis: Hey, buddy, you're not pretending anymore. You're plastic. Cold, shiny, hard plastic.
Damian: Curfew, 1:00 AM, it is now 1:10.
Janis: Did you have an AWESOME time? Did you drink AWESOME shooters, listen to AWESOME music, and then just sit around and soak up each others AWESOMENESS?
Cady: You know what? You're the one who made me like this so you could use me for your 8th grade revenge!
Janis: God! See, at least me and Regina George know we're mean! You try to act so innocent like, "Oh, I use to live in Africa with all the little birdies, and the little monkeys!"
Cady: You know what! It's not my fault you're like, in love with me, or something!
Damian: Oh, no, she did not!
Janis: See? That's the thing with you plastics. You think everybody is in love with you when actually, everybody hates you! Like, Aaron Samuels, for example, he broke up with Regina and guess what? He still doesn't want you! So why are you still messing with Regina, Cady?! I'll tell you why, because you are a MEAN GIRL! You're a BITCH! Here. You can have this. It won a prize.
- In Freaky Friday (2003), Tess Colemanm, while in the body of her daughter Anna, confronts Anna's teacher Elton Bates about his dismissive treatment of 'Anna', realising during the confrontation that Bates is actually being so harsh to Anna because he asked Tess to the prom and she turned him down, leading to him taking his anger out on Tess's daughter; after informing him to end this vendetta or he will be reported to the school board for penalizing an innocent student out of some petty sense of revenge, she concludes by noting "And by the way, Elton? She had a boyfriend, and you were weird."
- In CK Dezerterzy, Captain Wagner chews out Oberleutnant von Nogay for his cruel, glory-hounding ways:Cpt. Wagner: There are no words in the vocabulary of a cultured man that could be used to describe your actions disgustingly enough. (...) You are not fit for even a court of cannibals, you bushman. You are nothing but a pitiful worm, called a human only by mistake, mister oberleutnant von Nogay. Get out of here, because I'm sick of looking at you, you bastard.
- Randal delivers a great one at the end of Clerks, aimed straight at Dante, who's spent most of the day Wangsting, and puts in a little for himself as well."Oh, fuck you! Fuck you, pal! Jesus, there you go trying to pass the buck. I'm the source of all your misery. Who closed the store to play hockey? Who closed the store to go to a wake? Who tried to win back his ex girlfriend without even discussing how he felt with his present one? You wanna blame somebody? Blame yourself. "I'm not even supposed to be here today." You sound like an asshole! Jesus, nobody twisted your arm to be here. You're here of your own volition. You like to think the weight of the world rests on your shoulder. Like this place would fall apart if Dante wasn't here. Jesus, you overcompensate for having what's basically a monkey's job. You push fucking buttons. Anybody can waltz in here and do our jobs. You—You're so obsessed with making it seem so much more epic, so much more important than it really is. Christ, you work in a convenience store, Dante! And badly, I might add! I work in a shitty video store, badly as well. You know, that guy Jay's got it right, man. He has no delusions about what he does. Us, we like to make ourselves seem so much more important than the people that come in here to buy a paper, or, god forbid, cigarettes. We look down on them as if we're so advanced. Well, if we're so fucking advanced, what are we doing working here?"
- Clerks II: When Dante blames Randal for always holding him back, Randal really lets him have it:"So that's the why you see all this time we've spent together? That's weird, man. I though you were the only guy in the world who got me and had my back... the only person who'd take a bullet for me, 'cause I assumed you felt the same way I feel about you. Then, all of a sudden, one day, you're like, "I'm moving. Bye." Do you know what that's been like for me? I'm looking at a future that just sucks, because you're not gonna be in it anymore. And you're not even throwing me over for a life that means something to you. It's just a stupid, hollow existence you think you should embrace because you're getting old or something, because it's the kind of life everyone else goes after. You're a fucking drone, dude. ... But now what the fuck am I gonna do for the rest of my life? I mean, shit, really wish you would've told me this when I first met you, that one day you were gonna bail on our friendship, because if I had known you were just gonna flake on me a few decades later... I wouldn't have bothered with your ass in the first place. ... Oh, then, man, you must love this guy, 'cause he's the biggest pussy I ever met. The dude who lives his life according to everyone else's standards. "I got to go to Florida 'cause that's what's expected of me." And the fuckin' insane part is, he ain't even that crazy about the chick he's marrying in Florida, never mind the fact that he's got a perfectly good chick right here in Jersey who he's nuts about, and even Anne fuckin' Frank could see she's nuts about him. God knows why. And she likes you for who you are, man. She ain't trying to stuff you into a box you'll never fit into. Not to mention the fact that she's carrying your hideous fucking CHUD of a kid. Jesus, if you had any sense whatsoever, you'd fucking stop trying to bray it up with the rest of the sheep, and live life the way it makes sense for you, you fucking ass!"
- Though it's only a few lines long, Dark Helmet delivers one of the most famous examples in Spaceballs after tricking the hero into losing his "schwartz ring" just by offering a handshake...Dark Helmet: So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph... because Good Is Dumb!
- What a Girl Wants:Daphne: (to Clarissa) If you take your nose out of the air for one second you'll see you're designer, I'm vintage. You've got a mansion, I've got a five floor walk up. You're a snotty little miss cranky pants and I go with the flow, so why would you ever think for one second that I'd ever have the same taste in guys? So here's a little pointer for you. Get over yourself and stop trying to be my daddy's little girl because I'm not going anywhere.
- In Waiting..., Mitch, who had pretty much been The Voiceless for the whole of the movie, gives one to the whole of the Shenanigan's staff at Monty's party.Mitch: Would you turn down the fucking music for a minute! Jesus! This is fucking bullshit! I've been here... all goddamned day and you've never let me get a word in! None of you!Monty: Well damn Mitch, I...Mitch: OH NO ASSHOLE! You shut the fuck up! It's my turn to talk! You're all fucked in the head! I mean you (Naomi) Change your tampon and get another drink you crazy bitch! And you (Dean) "I don't know what to be when I grow up". Join the fucking army! And you (Calvin), you know what you're too easy. And you! Fuck you Monty! We get it! You always have to be right with your little quips! You're fucking edgy and cool. Yeah! You're the fucking coolest guy at Shenanigenz! That's like being the smartest kid with Downs Syndrome! What are you like 30? Oh, and oh yeah - why aren't you in jail? I mean, what are you, like 13, 14? Why haven't you been arrested? You know what, fuck this, I quit! Oh yeah... there is one more thing. You! You are the biggest piece of shit in the whole restaurant. I hope you burn in hell.Floyd: (as everyone turns to him) Wha... What the fuck did I do to you man? Seriously?Ramirez: (ecstatic) Oh The Goat! You bastard!Mitch: Fucking faggots! (walks out)
- Kat to Patrick at the end of 10 Things I Hate About You. Well, more like a The Reason You Suck Poem, though subverted at the end, when the 10th thing she hates about him is that she doesn't hate him.
- In Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Neal goes on a hissy fit in Wichita that sums up some less-than-savory facets of Del's character: drenching half the only bed in their hotel room in a puddle of beer, smoking, messing up the bathroom, not paying for his share of the hotel stay and talking nonstop on the plane from New York. It's the latter that seems to grate on him more than anything:Neal: You know, everything is not an anecdote. You have to discriminate. You choose things that are funny or mildly amusing or interesting. You're a miracle! Your stories have NONE of that. They're not even amusing ACCIDENTALLY! "Honey, I'd like you to meet Del Griffith, he's got some amusing anecdotes for you. Oh, and here's a gun so you can blow your brains out. You'll thank me for it." I could tolerate any insurance seminar. For days I could sit there and listen to them go on and on with a big smile on my face. They'd say, "How can you stand it?" I'd say, "'Cause I've been with Del Griffith. I can take ANYTHING." You know what they'd say? They'd say, "I know what you mean. The shower curtain ring guy. Woah." It's like going on a date with a Chatty Cathy doll. I expect you have a little string on your chest, you know, that I pull out and have to snap back. Except I wouldn't pull it out and snap it back — you would. Agh! Agh! Agh! Agh! And by the way, you know, when you're telling these little stories? Here's a good idea: have a point. It makes it SO much more interesting for the listener!
- However, Del goes on to deliver a very heartfelt rebuttal.
- Perhaps Neal would have been a bit kinder to Del had he known all along what he finds out at the very end of the film: that he has missed reliable human companionship since his beloved Marie passed on eight years prior, at which point he took to living rough on the road.
- Harold and Kumar film series, Harold gives one of these to Kumar in every movie.
- In the first movie, Kumar gives one to a racist policeman, and Harold gives one to his coworkers who lied about being in a business meeting just so they could dump their work onto him.
- In Honey We Shrunk Ourselves, after Ricky King sweet-talks Jenny Szalinski into the kitchen just so he can kiss her:Jenny: (breaking the kiss) What are you doing?
Ricky: Kissing you.
Jenny: But you didn't even ask.
Ricky: Ask what?
Jenny: Ask if I wanted to kiss you.
Ricky: What do you mean?
Jenny: You just assumed that I wanted you to kiss me. I mean, I don't even know you, and even if I did know you and we talked and you got to know me and you asked me if I wanted to kiss, I might have gotten into it, but the way you did it was just... wrong.
Ricky: Well, lots of girls like that.
Jenny: Well, I'm not one of them. I don't happen to think that way, and as far as you and I are concerned, the party's over. (exits the kitchen)
- In the live-action film of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the Grinch calls out the citizens of Whoville for the hypocrisy of their self-proclaimed love of Christmas, hamming it up all the way:Grinch: That's what it's all about, isn't it? That's what it's always been about! Gifts, gifts, giftsgiftsgiftsgiftsgiftsgifts! You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage. You see what I'm saying? In your garbage! I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I've found in the dump! And the avarice. The avarice never ends! "I want golf clubs!" "I want diamonds!" "I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored with it, and sell it to make glue!" Look, I don't wanna make waves, but this whole Christmas season is stupid, stupid, stupid! There is, however, one teeny-tiny Christmas tradition I find quite... meaningful. Mistletoe. Now pucker up and kiss it, Whoville!
- In the film adaption of The Princess Diaries Mia delivers a mini one to Lana after "coning" her.
- The title character of Angus delivers one to Jerk Jock Rick:Angus: I'm still here, asshole! I'll always be here! You push me down and I'll get back up again, and again, and again!! I can beat you right now, but I don't wanna be better than you, Rick! I don't wanna be better than anybody! I wanna be who I am: a fat kid who's good at science, and fair at football; that's who I am! I can live with it, why can't you?
Rick: Because it's not normal! You're not normal!
Angus: And who is normal? You?!
Rick: You bet your ass!
Angus: So what, to be normal we all have to be like you? There are 400 people in this building that are nothing like you! Some of them are fat, some of them are skinny, some are tall, some are short. Some of them have braces or birthmarks, or scars or frizzy hair, or ears that stick out! (Angus' big-eared friend Troy stands up) and most of them walk through those halls every day, never telling anyone the truth about what they really want, or need, or believe, because people like you, "normal" people like you, have them terrified of being who they are. I mean, if you're normal, what does that make them? ...So which is it, Rick? Are you "normal," or are you just one of us?
Rick: Whatever I am, it's something you're never gonna be.
Angus: ...Thank God.
- Marshall McLuhan's speech from Annie Hall."You know nothing of my work. You mean my whole fallacy is wrong? How you got to teach a course on anything is totally amazing"
- Dean tells Joanna off in the beginning of Overboard.You know what your problem is? Huh? You're so goddamn bored, you gotta invent things to bitch about. You haven't got a single thing to do except for your hair. Yeah! The closet was fine! You just needed somethin' to take up your useless, empty, nail-polishing, toe-polishing, rich-bitch, sun tanning days!
- Somehow broadcast all over the ship on a live mike, and the whole crew cheers Dean on.
- Toward the end of the tragicomedy Crush (the 2001 film starring Andie MacDowell), Janine gets a short but effective one:Wrong! You were completely wrong! Not right in any way, shape, or form! Just Queen Wrong of the Bastard Fucking Wrong People! That's my opinion, Molly, and if there is another side, I can't bloody see it!
Okay. As you say. But now I am right, and we've got to do something about it.
- Of course, Molly's rejoinder may be the single greatest reply in the history of dialogue:
- In Billy Madison, Billy is on the receiving end of a legendary one after giving an extremely stupid answer during the academic decathalon at the end.Principal: Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.Billy: Okay, a simple "wrong" would have been fine.
- Joe Versus the Volcano. Everyman Joe Banks lets his ex-boss have it:Joe: You look terrible, Mr. Waturi. You look like a bag of shit stuffed in a cheap suit. Not that anyone could look good under these zombie lights. I, I, I, I can feel them sucking the juice out of my eyeball. Suck, suck, suck, SUCK... (makes a sucking noise) For 300 bucks a week, that's the news. For 300 bucks a week, I've lived in this sink, this used rubber.
Mr. Waturi: You watch it, mister! There's a woman here!
Joe: Don't you think I know that, Frank? Don't you think I am aware there is a woman here? I can smell her, like, like a flower. I can taste her, like sugar on my tongue. When I'm 20 feet away I can hear the fabric of her dress when she moves in her chair. Not that I've done anything about it. I've gone all day, every day, not doing, not saying, not taking the chance for 300 bucks a week, and Frank, the coffee stinks, it's like arsenic. The lights give me a headache. If the lights don't give you a headache, you must be dead; let's arrange the funeral.
Mr. Waturi: You better get outta here right now! I'm telling you!
Joe: You're telling me nothing. And why, I ask myself, why have I put up with you? I can't imagine, but now I know. Fear. Yellow freakin' fear. I've been too chicken shit afraid to live my life so I sold it to you for 300 freakin' dollars a week! You're lucky I don't kill you! You're lucky I don't rip your freakin' throat out! But I'm not going to! And maybe you're not so lucky at that. 'Cause I'm gonna leave you here, Mr. Wahoo Waturi, and what could be worse than that?
- Towards the beginning of Ghostbusters (1984), Dr. Peter Venkman receives one by Dean Yeager as he, Drs. Ray Stanz and Egon Spengler get fired from their university.Ray: Hey, Dean Yeager! Are you moving us to a better office on campus?Yeager: No, you're being moved off campus. The Board of Regents has decided to terminate your grant. You are to vacate these premises immediately.Peter: (deadpan) This is preposterous. I demand an explanation.Yeager: This university will no longer continue any funding for any of your group's activities.Peter: But the kids love us!Yeager: Doctor... Venkman. We believe that the purpose of science is to serve mankind. You seem to regard science as some kind of dodge... or hustle. Your theories are the worst kind of popular tripe, your methods are sloppy, and your conclusions are highly questionable! You are a poor scientist, Dr. Venkman!Venkman: I see.Yeager: And you have no place in this department, or this university.
- Tommy Boy: Tommy gets more than his share of these speeches from Richard throughout the movie, but Richard gets a very well-deserved one from a prospective client, who calls him out on being a smug, condescending Jerkass to everyone he meets.Mr. Brady: I'm going to be honest with you. I don't like you, probably never will. You're a smug, unhappy little man, and you treat people like they were idiots.
- Hangin With The Homeboys: The long night is over. As daylight approaches, Tom and Willie go to a corner story. Tom buys himself an egg-salad sandwich. Willie wants Tom to buy him a sandwich too, and that's how it starts.Willie: Tom, uh... you know?Tom: No I don't know man, what?Willie: You ain't going to put me down man?Tom: Didn't you see me give the Rastaman ten dollars? You didn't put nothing in that. I've been paying for shit for you all night!Willie: If you got it, you got itTom: How do you think I get it, man?! I work for it!Willie: So what you saying? You want me to go work for the white man, right?Tom: You think the white man is the only man hiring?! You give me no consideration, man. I mean, I got to pay rent! I got to get my damn car fixed! I'm an actor I got to get my headshots (profile photos), man! I can be... I can't afford to be pay for shit for you every week!Willie: Yo man, I suggest you forget that acting shit, because you got no REAL talent anyway. And with that money, you can buy me an egg sandwich!Tom: (Surprised) What kind of shit is that to say, man?! What kind of friend are you?! You hang out with me just to bum money, then you tell me I can't act?! You and Vinny, man! Y'all ain't nothing but a bunch of losers! Who needs this shit?! Fuck all of y'all! Who needs a friend like you?!Willie: You need a friend like me, so I can teach you how to be a Real black man. Because I knew your name was Tom for a REASON.Tom: Yo, Willie, you're just a bum, alright, a fucking bum?! And I'm sick and tried of your fake militant ass, and I sick of Vinny's fucking put downs! And if Johnny wants to be my friend that's fine. But if he doesn't, then fuck him too. Because I'm my own man and I can stand on my own two feet. Which is more than I can say for you, you fucking bum!Willie: Yo, I'm a bum?! Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you and your fake acting bullshit!Tom: (Confident) Let me tell you something man, I'm going fucking to make it! You hear me?! I'm going to make it! And if by some small chance I don't make it? Them I'm going to die trying, which is more than I can say for anything you've ever done in your life motherfucker. (Tom leaves the store.)Willie (voice cracking) Fuck you! You ain't going to make shit! You're just a piece of shit like the rest of us! Fuck You! (Tom goes back into the store, and notices a poor and depressed old man drinking coffee.)
- In Sharpays Fabulous Adventure, Sharpay gives Amber Lee Adams one after exposing her for the bitch she truly is in front of her own fan club.Amber Lee: You did this to me. You ruined me!Sharpay: News flash! You ruined you!Amber Lee: Oh, what do you know? You're a nobody! The only reason you even wanted to be my friend is so I'd choose your dog!Sharpay: No, no. At first, I idolized you! Even more than myself, which isn't easy. But you're not at all what I thought you were.Amber Lee: You and I are exactly alike.Sharpay: Except I don't enjoy letting people down. I don't use people to feel better about myself. And I definitely don't wear yellow and orange in the same week, let alone the same outfit, okay? Maybe I did think you and I were alike, but not anymore.
- In A Fish Called Wanda, Otto says "Don't call me stupid!" at every opportunity. Finally, his girlfriend Wanda has had enough:Wanda:I was dealing with something delicate, Otto. I'm setting up a guy who's incredibly important to us, who's going to tell me where the loot is and if they're going to come and arrest you. And you come loping in like Rambo without a jockstrap and you dangle him out a fifth-floor window. Now, was that smart? Was it shrewd? Was it good tactics? Or was it stupid?!
Otto: Don't call me stupid.
Wanda: Oh, right! To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people! I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?!
Otto: Apes don't read philosophy.
Wanda: Yes they do, Otto. They just don't understand it. Now let me correct you on a couple of things, OK? Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not "Every man for himself." And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up.
- In Roxanne, a 1987 comedic adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, volunteer fire department captain C.D. Bales (played by Steve Martin) rips one of these off when he arrives at his firehouse only to find a burning barrel within.C.D.: I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream—and I hope you don't find this too crazy—is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, "Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!" That would be bad.
- Yogi Bear: After Yogi's stunt goes disastrously wrong and nearly destroys the park (coming dangerously close to injuring people, as well), Ranger Smith has an especially pointed one of these for Yogi, in full Tranquil Fury mode:Yogi, that's the problem, all the thinking. Hey, you know what would be great? If you didn't think. If you could just be a regular bear. You know— sit in the woods minding his own business. But nope, you're different, you're smart, and you have to spend your days being selfish and destructive while everyone else pays the price. I'm sure it's been enough screwing up my life. This time, you had to go down and destroy this whole park. So tell me, Yogi. How smart are you now?
- Dylan Morgan in Cas and Dylan is an aspiring writer, who is overjoyed when a high-powered editor appears to have accepted her first manuscript. Unfortunately, when she arrived at the publishing house, she finds out the editor had momentarily confused her with another writer whose surname was "Dylan" and rejected her submission. With the help of her travelling companion Cas, Dylan finally gets an audience with the editor - who then verbally curb-stomps the manuscript and Dylan's writing abilities.
- After the family finds Paddington has run away, Mr. Brown remarks that he never really fit in anyway much to the dismay and shock of the rest of the family. Mrs. Bird then gives him a piece of her mind:Mrs. Bird: You just don't get it, do you? This family needs that wee bear every bit as much as he needs you.
- The 1940 film Dance, Girl, Dance centers around a struggling ballerina named Judy (Maureen O'Hara) who ends up becoming the "stooge" of her frenemy's (Lucille Ball) burlesque acts where she'd perform these beautiful dances in between stripteases. One night had her twirling and the usual hecklers jeering at her to frustration.
- Judy: Go on, laugh, get your money's worth. No-one's going to hurt you. I know you want me to tear my clothes off so you can look your fifty cents' worth. Fifty cents for the privilege of staring at a girl the way your wives won't let you. What do you suppose we think of you up here with your silly smirks your mothers would be ashamed of? We know it's the thing of the moment for the dress suits to come and laugh at us too. We'd laugh right back at the lot of you, only we're paid to let you sit there and roll your eyes and make your screamingly clever remarks. What's it for? So you can go home when the show's over, strut before your wives and sweethearts and play at being the stronger sex for a minute? I'm sure they see through you. I'm sure they see through you just like we do!
- In Inbetweeners 2 Will gives the following to Ben and Katie after he becomes fed up with them:
- Will: Playing a guitar badly, wearing beads, going on about one love, and pretending you're friends with a bunch of Central American villagers— who by the way despise you— before going back to your parent's five-bedroom house in Surrey doesn't make you a spiritual person, it makes you a bellend!Ben: I think you were right about his song, Katie.Will: Oh fuck off, Ben! You don't believe in song lines anymore than I do. It's just a way for you to seem interesting to girls because deep down you know you're boring and pretentious, just like your stupid fucking dreadlocks! Which by the way always look embarrassing on white people— they're not "counter-cultural" they actually scream "I've got a trust fund"! So get a normal haircut, you unbearable prick.
- In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Grandpa Joe and Charlie receive a harsh one from Wonka for not reading the fine print of his contract, prompting Joe to respond with a brief one himself —Grandpa Joe: Mr. Wonka?Wonka: (not even looking at him; calmly but somewhat snappily) I am extraordinarily busy, sir.Grandpa Joe: I just wanted to ask about the chocolate, the lifetime supply of chocolate, for Charlie. When does he get it?Wonka: He doesn't.Grandpa Joe: Why not?Wonka: Because he broke the rules.Grandpa Joe: What rules? We didn't see any rules, did we, Charlie?Wonka: (angrily, and now looking at him) Wrong, sir! Wrong! Under section 37B of the contract signed by him, it states quite clearly that all offers shall become null and void if — and you can read it for yourself in this photostatic copy — "I, the undersigned, shall forfeit all rights, privileges, and licenses herein and herein contained," et cetera, et cetera... "Fax mentis, incendium gloria cultum," et cetera, et cetera... "Memo bis punitor delicatum!"note . It's all there! Black and white, clear as crystal! You stole Fizzy-Lifting Drinks! You bumped into the ceiling, which now has to be washed and sterilized, so... YOU GET NOTHING! YOU LOSE! GOOD DAY, SIR!Grandpa Joe: (shocked) You're a crook... (furiously) You're a cheat and a swindler! That's what you are! How can you do a thing like this?! Build up a little boy's hopes, and then smash all his dreams to pieces?! (lividly) You're an inhuman monster!Wonka: I said GOOD DAY!
- In Bruges provides a great example of this when Ralph Fiennes' Harry meets Eirik, the character that attempted to mug Colin Farrell earlier in the film:Eirik: I was trying to rob him. And he took my gun from me. And the gun was full of blanks. And he shot a blank into my eye. And now I cannot see from this eye ever again, the doctors say.
Harry: Well to be honest it sounds like it's all your fault.
Harry: I mean basically if you're robbing a man and you're only carrying blanks and you allow your gun to be taken off you and you allow yourself to be shot in the eye with a blank which I assume that the person has to get quite close to you then, yeah really it's all your fault for being such a poof, so why don't you stop wingeing and cheer the fuck up.
Yuri: Eirek - I really wouldn't respond.
Eirik: I thought you wanted the guy dead?
Harry: I do want the guy dead, I want him fucking crucified but it don't change the fact that he stitched you up like a blind little gay boy, does it?
- Hilariously averted in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, where the "radical" swings into a speech... only to get promptly drowned out by an airplane roaring by overhead.
- Andy in The Devil Wears Prada gets these back to back to back. Early in the movie her coworkers tell her that she sucks for not taking her job seriously. Later on her friends tell her that she sucks for taking her job seriously. Apparently when it comes to fashion, you are With Us or Against Us.
- Taylor gives this brief one to Daniel in the first twenty minutes of He Died with a Felafel in His HandTaylor: Let's get some things straight. You're twenty-something years old, you've got no money, no job, very few prospects; you haven't been seen in the vicinity of anything that faintly resembles the opposite sex in over six months, and yet you sit here and tell us that you have something that makes the other side go 'gaga'. Well, if it makes them go so fucking gaga, then what the fuck are you doing here with us losers?
- Then later on we get this gem:Sam: One day, Danny, you're going to wake up old and gray, in a house full of dumb kids, living off of fish fingers, bucket bongs and social security, and it's going to hit you, like a fist, right in the middle of your stupid looking face, and you're going to wonder what happened to your life.
- Danny gets his own one, when Dirk, looking for a fight, takes everyone's casual acceptance of his homosexuality as a sign that Danny's actually a homophobe:Danny: Dirk, this newly-installed, sophisticated gay radar of yours is picking up shit from the cosmos that just ain't fucking there. I've got my own problems to worry about! I've lived in 49 shared households in what seems as many years. My beds are foam slabs on the floor; my cupboards are stolen milk crates. I've lived with tent-dwelling bank clerks, albino moon tanners, nitrous suckers, psycho fucking drama queens, ACID EATERS, MUSHROOM FARMERS, FUCKING BROTHEL CRAWLERS, FRIDGE-PISSERS, HARDCORE SEPARATIST LESBIANS, AND OBSCURELY TIGER-SUITED JAPANESE GIRLS! AND NOW THE BEST FRIEND I'VE EVER HAD IN THE FUCKING WORLD WON'T EVEN FUCKING TALK TO ME! I'M IN A PSYCHO FUCKING NIGHTMARE FROM HELL, AND I'M FUCKING FED UP WITH IT! So I suggest, pal, that you tune in, and chill fucking out.
- Then later on we get this gem:
- In He's Just Not That Into You, Gigi gives a pretty powerful one to Alex at the end of the second act, calling him out on treating women like they are expandable to him, and acting superior to them, when in reality he is very lonely and lacks interest in dating.
- In It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the previously good-natured Col. Hawthorne gives one to the entire country after Finch presses his Berserk Button by insulting England.Hawthorne: I must say, if I had the grievous misfortune to be a citizen of this benighted country, I should be the most hesitant at offering any criticism whatever of any other.
Finch: Wait a minute, are you knocking this country? Are you saying something against America?
Hawthorne: Against it? I should be positively astounded to hear of anything that could be said FOR it! Why, the whole bloody place is the most unspeakable matriarchy in the whole history of civilization! Look at yourself, and the way your wife and her strumpet of a mother push you through the hoop! As far as I can see, American men have been totally emasculated! They're like slaves! They die like flies from coronary thrombosis, while their women sit under hairdryers, eating chocolates and arranging for every second Tuesday to be some sort of Mother's Day! And this positively infantile preoccupation with bosoms! In all my time in this wretched, godforsaken country, the one thing that has appalled me most of all is this preposterous preoccupation with bosoms. Don't you realize they have become the dominant theme in American culture: in literature, advertising and all fields of entertainment and everything! I'll wager you anything you like that if American women stopped wearing brassieres, your whole national economy would collapse overnight!
- Dr. Herbert Bock (George C. Scott) gets a great one in The Hospital:"Eight days ago you showed up half-stoned for a simple nephrectomy, botched it, put the patient in failure, and damn near killed him. Then, pausing only to send in your bill, you flew off on the wings of Man to an island of sun in Montego Bay. This is the third time in two years we've had to patch up your patients. The other two died. You're greedy, unfeeling, inept, indifferent, self-inflating, and unconscionably profitable. Besides that, I have nothing against you. I'm sure you play a hell of a game of golf."
- Another Paddy Chayefsky-scripted film, Network, has Max Schumacher (William Holden) giving one of these to Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) when he breaks up with her:"You need me! You need me badly. Because I'm your last contact with human reality! I love you! And that painful, decaying love is the only thing between you and the shrieking nothingness you live the rest of the day. [...] It's too late, Diana. There's nothing left in you that I can live with. You're one of Howard's humanoids. If I stay with you, I'll be destroyed. Like Howard Beale was destroyed. Like Laureen Hobbs was destroyed. Like everything you and the institution of television touch is destroyed. You're television incarnate, Diana: Indifferent to suffering; insensitive to joy. All of life is reduced to the common rubble of banality. War, murder, death are all the same to you as bottles of beer. And the daily business of life is a corrupt comedy. You even shatter the sensations of time and space into split seconds and instant replays. You're madness, Diana. Virulent madness. And everything you touch dies with you. But not me. Not as long as I can feel pleasure, and pain, and love. And it's a happy ending. Wayward husband, comes to his senses, returns to his wife, with whom he's established a long, sustaining love. Heartless young woman, left alone in her arctic desolation. Music up with a swell, final commercial. And here are a few scenes from next week's show."
- Another Paddy Chayefsky-scripted film, Network, has Max Schumacher (William Holden) giving one of these to Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) when he breaks up with her:
- Burn After Reading has them in spades ("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") but the crowning moment is a beautiful speech at the height of the final act from the delightful Osbourne Cox:Osbourne: Oh yes, I know very well what you represent. You represent the idiocy of today. Yeah, you're the guy at the gym when I asked about that moronic woman. Oh yes, you see, you're one of the morons I've been fighting my whole life. My whole fucking life. But guess what... Today, I win.
- Always: Al gives one to his class after watching them drop fire retardant too soon, or too late, or right on top of him. He tries to drive home just how hostile a forest fire is to airplanes and how they'll need to be able to hit much better than a small target fire on a clear day come fire season.
- Murder by Death: Lionel Twain to all his detective gusts after revealing He was his own murderer:"You've all been so clever for so long you forgot to be humble! You tortured your readers with surprise endings that made no sense! You introduced characters in the last five pages that were never in the book before! You left out clues and vital information that made it impossible for us to guess who did it! But now the tables have turned! Millions of angry mystery readers are now getting their revenge! When the world learns I've outsmarted you, they'll be selling your $1.95 books for 12 cents!!"
- Hitch: After Sarah's friend Casey unwittingly became the other woman in a one-night stand with asshole Vance, and Vance falsely states that Hitch helped him trick her into sleeping with him, Sarah publishes a libelous article claiming Hitch's matchmaking service is only to trick women into sleeping with Jerkass men. This effectively ruins Hitch's career, publicly humiliates his current client Albert, blows up Albert's budding relationship with Uptown Girl Allegra Cole (who is also humiliated), and potentially jeopardizes an untold number of relationships he's been involved in instigating. Hitch confronts her at a speed-dating event, and when she tries to pull a You Know What You Did, Hitch shuts her down with a truly epic TRYSS that calls her out for being vindictive enough to hurt two people who had nothing to do with her friend's heartbreak, and stupid enough to believe a man she knew was a Jerkass without verifying his claims:Sarah: Why don't you hit a titty bar with your buddy Vance?
Hitch: (confused) That's your source?
Sarah: You buried yourself, Alex.
Hitch: Then you weren't listening.
Sarah: I heard every word! You're a scam artist! You trick women into getting-
Hitch: Into getting out of their own way, so that great guys like Albert Brenneman have a fighting chance! (is motioned to leave by the host) Okay, no, no, no, no, I want everybody to take a good look at this right now! Because this, this right here, this is exactly why falling in love is so GOD DAMN HARD! (as he's escorted out) And Vance Munsen is a pig! And I refused to work with him! You need to get your facts right! It's because of jerks like him that I even have a job!...Had a job! (leaves)
Sara: (crying but trying to hide it) Can you believe that guy?
Casey: Actually, I do.
- Hitch actually starts in on it before Sarah mentions Vance, by bringing up that Albert Brennaman, who was caught in the crossfire, is a good man who didn't deserve to be humiliated like that, to which Sarah basically states that his defamation was worth bringing Hitch down. This is what really pisses Hitch off.
- Al Pacino gives an epic one to Kevin Spacey in Glengarry Glen Ross:"You stupid fucking cunt. You, Williamson, I'm talking to you, shithead. You just cost me $6,000. Six thousand dollars, and one Cadillac. That's right. What are you going to do about it? What are you going to do about it, asshole? You're fucking shit. Where did you learn your trade, you stupid fucking cunt, you idiot? Who ever told you that you could work with men? Oh, I'm gonna have your job, shithead."
- Blake, from the same movie, gives one to all of the agents except for Roma. Blake insults all of their home lives, calls them weaklings, and says that they're all fired if they don't make first or second place. Blake clearly doesn't care about anything but the amount of money they make, and was meant by author David Mamet to be everything wrong with the corporate world.
- Jinnah, the Biopic of the founder of Pakistan, had a scene where Jinnah was confronted with a group of Muslim fundamentalists upst that he let his sister walk around without a veil. Jinnah promptly gave them the smack-down that 99% of the Muslim world covets to give the madmen running around the Afghani mountains:Islam doesn't need fanatics like you! Islam needs men of vision that will help build the country! NOW GROW UP!!!'
- In Fight Club, Tyler Durden not only savagely beat down the narrator, he proceeded to call him, basically, a shallow, spineless, consumer-driven drone.
- Though they greet each other nicely enough, the meeting between queens Mary and Elizabeth in Mary, Queen of Scots soon turns so nasty that they both give each other one.
- There Will Be Blood: Daniel Plainview pulls a disproportionately savage one on Eli Sunday how he is a total failure compared to his brother, because he acted pious and self-righteous while demanding things, while his brother merely sold Daniel the land he needed to start drilling for oil. And because he had that land he was able to drill the oil out of the land Eli is now desperately trying to sell to him, making it totally worthless. He then goes on to demonstrate how he made that land useless by using a metaphor involving milkshakes and really long straws.
- There are quite a few of these in Good Will Hunting, but the one that deserves special mention is when Chuckie tells Will that in twenty years, if he's still living in their neighborhood and working construction, he'll kill him.Will: Oh, come on! Why is it always this, I mean, I fucking "owe it to myself" to do this or that? What if I don't want to?
Chuckie: No, no, no, no, fuck you. You don't owe it to yourself. You owe it to me. 'Cause tomorrow I'm gonna wake up and I'll be fifty. And I'll still be doing this shit. And that's all right, that's fine. I mean, you're sitting on a winning lottery ticket. And you're too much of a pussy to cash it in, and that's bullshit. 'Cause I'd do anything to fucking have what you got. And so would any of these fucking guys. It'd be an insult to us if you're still here in twenty years. Hanging around here is a fucking waste of your time.
Will: You don't know that.
Chuckie: Oh, I don't know that. Let me tell you what I do know. Every day I come by to pick you up. And we go out and we have a few drinks and a few laughs, and it's great. But you know what the best part of my day is? It's for about ten seconds from when I pull up to the curb to when I get to your door. Because I think maybe I'll get up there and I'll knock on the door and you won't be there. No goodbye, no see you later, no nothing — just left. I don't know much, but I know that.
- In It's a Wonderful Life, George himself gives Potter one after George's father died and Potter tried to talk the directors of the Bailey Building and Loan into folding that institution.George: Just a minute, just a minute! Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You're right when you say my father was no business man. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I'll never know. But neither you nor anybody else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was...Why, in the twenty-five years since he and Uncle Billy started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn't that right, Uncle Billy? He didn't save enough money to send Harry to school, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter. And what's wrong with that? Why...here, you're all businessmen here. Doesn't it make them better citizens? Doesn't it make them better customers? You, you said, what'd you say just a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait! Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they're so old and broken-down that they....do you know how long it takes a working man to save five thousand dollars? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you're talking about...they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn't think so. People were human beings to him, but to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they're cattle. Well, in my book he died a much richer man than you'll ever be.
- Potter gives George Bailey one of these when George begs him to help him out with the "missing" bank-deposit money and by giving it establishes himself firmly as one of the most despicable villains in the history of cinema.Potter: Look at you. You used to be so cocky. You were going to go out and conquer the world. You once called me "a warped, frustrated, old man". What are you but a warped, frustrated young man? A miserable little clerk crawling in here on your hands and knees and begging for help. No securities, no stocks, no bonds. Nothin' but a miserable little $500 equity in a life insurance policy. (chuckling) You're worth more dead than alive!
- Then there's the scene where Potter tries to charm George into working for him, and George (after nearly getting sucked in) lays into him:George: You sit around here, and you spin your little webs, and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn't, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I'd say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider.
- Potter gives George Bailey one of these when George begs him to help him out with the "missing" bank-deposit money and by giving it establishes himself firmly as one of the most despicable villains in the history of cinema.
- In Girl, Interrupted, Lisa gives Daisy one of these which is so devastatingly on-target that it drives the latter to hanging herself that night."They didn't release you because you're better, Daisy. They just gave up. You call this a life, hmm? Taking Daddy's money, buying your dollies and your knick-knacks... and eatin' his fuckin' chicken, fattening up like a prize fuckin' heifer? You changed the scenery, but not the fucking situation - and the warden makes house calls. And everybody knows. Everybody knows that he fucks you. What they don't know is that you like it. Hmm? You like it."
- To twist the knife, after Susanna discovers Daisy's act the following morning, Lisa casually robs her corpse.
"No one cares if you die, Lisa, because you're dead already. Your heart is cold. That's why you keep coming back here. You're not free. You need this place. You need it to feel alive. It's pathetic. I've wasted a year of my life. Maybe everyone out there's a liar, and maybe the whole world is stupid and ignorant, but I'd rather be in it. I'd rather be fucking in it than down here with you."
- Of course, Lisa gets a taste of her own medicine at the end when Susanna turns her own routine against her and informs her that no, it's Lisa who's the broken and pathetic one:
- To twist the knife, after Susanna discovers Daisy's act the following morning, Lisa casually robs her corpse.
- Every single guard working on The Green Mile gives one to Percy after he sadistically 'forgets' to wet the sponge for Del's execution in the electric chair. The two most notable are Paul's and the Warden's :Paul (grabs Percy and forces him to watch Del burning alive): You son of a bitch, you stand there and watch!
Warden: How many years you pissed on a toilet seat before someone told you to put it up?
- During the climax of The Devil's Advocate, Kevin Lomax accuses Milton of engineering Mary-Anne's Sanity Slippage and his own corruption; Milton replies with a gleefully billious rant that shoots down every single one of Kevin's pretensions to morality:Milton: You're blaming me for Mary-Anne? Ooh, I hope you're kidding. Mary-Anne, you could have saved her anytime you liked; all she wanted was love, but hey, you were too busy.
Kevin: That's a lie!
Milton: Mary-Anne and New York? Face it, you started looking to better-deal her the minute you got here.
Kevin: That's not true. You don't know what we had, you don't know anything about it!
Milton: Hey, I'm on your side.
Kevin: YOU'RE A LIAR! (He turns to leave)
Milton: Kevin! There's nothing out there for you! Don't be such a fuckin' chump! Stop deluding yourself! (Kevin stops at the doors) I told you to take care of your wife! What did I say? "The world would understand." Didn't I say that? What did you do? (In Kevin's voice) "You know what scares me, John? I leave the case, she gets better and then I hate her for it." (In own voice) Remember?
Kevin: I know what you did, you set me up!
Milton: Who told you to pull out all the stops on Mr. Gettys? Who made that choice?
Kevin: It's entrapment, you set me up!
Milton: And Moyez! The direction you took! Popes, swamis, snake handlers, all feeding at the same trough. Whose ideas were those?
Kevin: You PLAYED ME! It was a test! Your test!
Milton: And Cullen — knowing he was guilty, seeing those pictures — what did you do? (laughing) You put that lying bitch on the stand!
Kevin: You brought me in. You put me there! You made her lie!
Milton: I don't do that, Kevin! That day on the subway, what did I say to you? What were my words to you? "Maybe it was your time to lose." You didn't think so.
Kevin: LOSE? I DON'T LOSE! I WIN! I WIN! I'M A LAWYER! THAT'S MY JOB! THAT'S WHAT I DO!
Milton: I rest my case.
- Right in the beginning of The Miracle Woman, starring Barbara Stanwyck, she gives an exhilarating chew out to the members of her church:
- Florence Fallon:What God? Whose God? Yours?! This isn't a house of God, this is a meeting for hypocrites [...] Some of you have listened to my father for twenty years and you can't remember one word he said to you, but you will remember this! You subscribed to temperance, and I can tell you the name of you bootleggers; you pretend to be decent, and I know which of you is cheating wives and husbands! Shall I call out your name?! What are running away from, are you afraid of the truth? Is that why you got rid of my father? You are thieves, killers, adulterers, blasphemers, and liars, six days a week! And on the seventh day, you are hypocrites! Go on, get out all of you! Get out, all of you, so I can open some windows and let some fresh air into this church!
- In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry is possessed by Voldemort, and after enduring the Mind Rape and a Breaking Speech, Harry pushes back with all his memories of the love of his family and friends, and gives this response before kicking out Voldemort from his mind.Harry: You're the weak one... And you'll never know love. Or friendship. And I feel sorry for you!
"They didn't die for nothing. But you will. Because you're wrong."
- Similarly, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Voldemort's attempt to get the Hogwarts defenders to surrender by presenting them with a long list of casualties and the apparent death of Harry gets him a blunt rebuttal from Neville of all people.
- In the animated film Dragons: Fire & Ice, the Big Bad Xenos gets one towards the end, which also doubles as a Badass Boast.Xenos: I, who for 1,000 years have manipulated their ancestors like puppets. I killed their dragons and they blamed each other. I know how they think. I know how they feel. They are but weak humans. And they can do nothing!
- Charles Foster Kane gets the same lecture three times from three different people: I Just Want to Be Loved is nothing but a Tragic Dream if you truly believe It's All About Me. Does Kane understand or accept it? No.Boss Jim Gettys: You're makin' a bigger fool of yourself I thought you would, Mr Kane... If it was anybody else, I'd say what's going to happen to you would be a lesson to you. Only you're going to need more than one lesson. And you're going to get more than one lesson.Leland: You talk about the people as if you own them, as though they belong to you. As long as I can remember, you've talked about "giving the people their rights," as if you could make them a present of liberty as a reward for services rendered! Remember the Working Man?
Kane: I'll get drunk, too, Jebediah... if it'll do any good.
Leland: Ah, it won't do any good. Besides, you never get drunk. You used to write an awful lot about the Working Man, and he's turning into something called "Organized Labour." You're not going to like that one little bit when you find out that it means your Working Man expects something as his right, not as your gift! Charley, when your precious underprivileged really get together... oh boy, that's going to add up to something bigger than your privileges. I don't know what you'll do- sail away to a desert island probably and lord it over the monkeys.
Kane: I wouldn't worry about it too much, Jeb. They'll probably be a few of them there to let me know when I do something wrong.
Leland: You may not always be so lucky.
Kane: You're not very drunk.
Leland: What do you care? You don't care about anything except you. You just want to persuade people that you love 'em so much that they ought to love you back; only you want love on your own terms. Something to be played your way, according to your rules.Susan: Oh sure, you give me things, but that don't mean anything to you.
Kane: You're in a tent, darling, you aren't at home. I can hear you very well if you speak in a normal tone of voice.
Susan: What's the difference between giving me a bracelet or giving somebody else a hundred thousand dollars for a statue you're gonna keep crated up and never even look at? It's just money, it doesn't mean anything! You never really give me anything that belongs to you, that you care about!
Kane: Susan, I want you to stop this.
Susan: I'm not gonna stop it!
Kane: Right now!
Susan: You never gave me anything in your whole life! You just tried to bribe me into giving you something!
Kane: (getting to his feet) Susan! ...Whatever I do, I do because I love you.
Susan: Love! You don't love anybody! Me or anybody else! You want to be loved - that's all you want! "I'm Charles Foster Kane. Whatever you want - just name it and it's yours! Only love me! Don't expect me to love you."
- In The Song of Bernadette, the novice mistress from hell gives a really blistering one of these to Bernadette, telling her she's never really known what true suffering is. Bernadette responds by showing her why she's wrong, whereupon veteran actress Gladys Cooper exhibits one of the most beautiful Oh, Crap! faces ever seen in film. She does it again when she hears what Bernadette's real diagnosis is.
- Alexandra Medford gets to deliver a real zinger to Daryl Van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick. It's in no way diminished by the fact that she does have sex with him afterwards..."I think... no, I am positive... that you are THE most unattractive man I have ever met in my entire life. You know, in the short time we've been together, you have demonstrated EVERY loathsome characteristic of the male personality, and even discovered a few new ones. You are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, you're morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid, you have no taste, a lousy sense of humour - and you smell. You're not even interesting enough to make me sick!"Daryl: Would you rather be on top?
- Gerald Tetley gets in a very scathing one against his father Major Tetley, the instigator of the lynching of three innocent men in The Ox-Bow Incident.Gerald Tetley: I saw your face. It was the face of a depraved, murderous beast. Only two things ever meant anything to you: power and cruelty. You can't feel pity. You can't even feel guilt. You knew they were innocent, but you were crazy to see them hanged. And to make me watch it. I could've stopped you with a gun, just as any other animal can be stopped. But I couldn't do it because I'm a coward. Aren't you glad you made me go? Weren't you proud of me? How does it feel to have begot a weakling, Major? Does it make you afraid there may be some weakness in you, too? That other men might discover and whisper about? Open the door! I want to see your face. I want to know how you feel now!
- In The Crossing, General Gates calls George Washington an incompetent and possibly insane leader of a ragtag army of barely-trained farmers and boys who shouldn't even be called soldiers, saying that they've been thoroughly trounced out of New York and it's delusional to think that such a force could beat the Hessians at Trenton. Washington responds by ordering him out at gunpoint and keeping Gates' troops for the attack. (The Americans win, by the way.)
- In Natural Born Killers, Mickey and Mallory have confronted Wayne Gale, who spent all movie propagating the team's evil doings, and has begun murdering people himself.Wayne Gale: I thought a bond developed between us!
Mickey: No. Not really. You're scum, Wayne; you did it for RATINGS. You don't give a shit about us or anybody else except yourself; that's why nobody gives a shit about YOU. That's why "helicopters" were not "deployed."
- In Lincoln, when Thaddeus Stevens denies his belief that blacks are fully equal to whites lest this radical notion scare away support for the Thirteenth Amendment, he takes out his frustration on political opponent George Pendleton:Stevens: How can I hold that all men are created equal when here before me stands stinking the moral carcass of the gentleman from Ohio? Proof that some men are inferior. Endowed by their maker with dim wits, impermeable to reason, with cold pallid slime in their veins instead of hot red blood. You are more reptile than man George, so low and flat that the foot of man is incapable of crushing you.
- Gone with the Wind produced one of the most famous ones when Rhett Butler leaves Scarlett at the end of the film—Scarlett: What are you doing?Rhett: I'm leaving you, my dear. All you need now is a divorce and your dreams of Ashley can come true.Scarlett: Oh, no! No, you're wrong, terribly wrong! I don't want a divorce. Oh Rhett, but I knew tonight, when I... when I knew I loved you, I ran home to tell you, oh darling, darling!Rhett: Please don't go on with this, Leave us some dignity to remember out of our marriage. Spare us this last.Scarlett: This last? Oh Rhett, do listen to me, I must have loved you for years, only I was such a stupid fool, I didn't know it. Please believe me, you must care! Melly said you did.Rhett: I believe you. What about Ashley Wilkes?Scarlett: I... I never really loved Ashley.Rhett: You certainly gave a good imitation of it, up till this morning. No, Scarlett— I tried everything. If you'd only met me halfway, even when I came back from London.Scarlett: I was so glad to see you. I was, Rhett, but you were so nasty.Rhett: And then when you were sick, it was all my fault... I hoped against hope that you'd call for me, but you didn't.Scarlett: I wanted you. I wanted you desperately but I didn't think you wanted me.Rhett: It seems we've been at cross purposes, doesn't it? But it's no use now. As long as there was Bonnie, there was a chance that we might be happy. I liked to think that Bonnie was you, a little girl again, before the war, and poverty had done things to you. She was so like you, and I could pet her, and spoil her, as I wanted to spoil you. But when she went, she took everything.Scarlett: Oh, Rhett, Rhett please don't say that. I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry for everything.Rhett: My darling, you're such a child. You think that by saying, "I'm sorry," all the past can be corrected. Here, take my handkerchief. Never, at any crisis of your life, have I known you to have a handkerchief.Scarlett: Rhett! Rhett, where are you going?Rhett: I'm going back to Charleston, back where I belong.Scarlett: Please, please take me with you!Rhett: No, I'm through with everything here. I want peace. I want to see if somewhere there isn't something left in life of charm and grace. Do you know what I'm talking about?Scarlett: No! I only know that I love you.Rhett: That's your misfortune.[He turns to walk down the stairs]Scarlett: Oh, Rhett![She watches Rhett walk to the door]Scarlett: Rhett![runs down the stairs after Rhett]Scarlett: Rhett, Rhett![catches him as he's walking out the front door]Scarlett: Rhett... if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?Rhett: Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.[Rhett walks off into the fog]
- In Seven Samurai, Kikuchiyo delivers this blistering speech when it's revealed that the villagers the samurai are protecting have killed other samurai in the past and took their armor.Kikuchiyo: What do you think of farmers? You think they're saints? Hah! They're foxy beasts! They say, "We've got no rice, we've no wheat. We've got nothing!" But they have! They have everything! Dig under the floors! Or search the barns! You'll find plenty! Beans, salt, rice, sake! Look in the valleys, they've got hidden warehouses! They pose as saints but are full of lies! If they smell a battle, they hunt the defeated! They're nothing but stingy, greedy, blubbering, foxy, and mean! God damn it all! But then who made them such beasts? You did! You samurai did it! You burn their villages! Destroy their farms! Steal their food! Force them to labor! Take their women! And kill them if they resist! So what should farmers do?
- Paths of Glory.Broulard: It would be a pity to lose your promotion before you get it. A promotion you have so very carefully planned for.Dax: Sir, would you like me to suggest what you can do with that promotion?Broulard: Colonel Dax! You will apologize at once or I shall have you placed under arrest!Dax: I apologize... for not being entirely honest with you. I apologize for not revealing my true feelings. I apologize, sir, for not telling you sooner that you're a degenerate, sadistic old man. AND YOU CAN GO TO HELL BEFORE I APOLOGIZE TO YOU NOW OR EVER AGAIN!
- At the end of Fargo, Marge Gunderson gives the Minnesota Nicest one of these speeches ever to Gaear Grimsrud after she's caught and arrested him."So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there, and I guess that was your accomplice in the woodchipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There's more to life than a little money, y'know. Don'tcha know that? And here you are, and it's a beautiful day. Well, I just don't understand it."
- Downplayed towards the end of the historical drama Burke and Wills. John King was the only survivor of the expedition, having been taken in by an Aboriginal tribe. After being rescued, King is given a gold watch for his service to the country. He abandons the acceptance speech written for him halfway through and recounts the time when only he, Burke and Wills were left, saying that they're the ones who deserve the credit. He invokes the trope briefly but effectively at the end of the speech when he says "they did their job - if some of you had done your job, they might be here" and drops the watch. Despite this turn, he receives a round of applause.
- Al Pacino again, as Tony Montana in Scarface, gives one to the rich people in the restaurant, after the embarrassing scene between him and Elvira. Not only that, he does so while he's drunk."What are you looking at? You're all are a bunch of fucking assholes. You know why? Because you don't have the guts to be what you want to be. You need people like me. You need people like me, so you can point your fucking fingers and say: That's the bad guy. So, what does that make you, good? No, you're not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me? I don't had that problem. Me, I always tell the truth, even when I lie. So say goodnight to the bad guy. Come on. Last time you'll see a bad guy like me again. (As he leaves the restaurant) Go on, make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy coming through, better get out of his way."
- The Caine Mutiny: Military defense attorney Lt. Barney Greenwald (Jose Ferrer) gives one to the mutineers he successfully defended at the court martial but at the cost of Captain Queeg's reputation, saying that if they had supported Queeg from the beginning as they were obligated to do so, the mutiny never would have been necessary. At the end of it he saves most of his derision for Lt. Keefer (Fred McMurray):Lt. Barney Greenwald: And now we come to the man who should've stood trial. The Caine's favorite author. The Shakespeare whose testimony nearly sunk us all. Tell 'em, Keefer!
Lieutenant Tom Keefer: (stiff and overcome with guilt) No, you go ahead. You're telling it better.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: You ought to read his testimony. He never even heard of Captain Queeg!
Lt. Steve Maryk: Let's forget it, Barney!
Lt. Barney Greenwald: Queeg was sick, he couldn't help himself. But you, you're real healthy. Only you didn't have one tenth the guts that he had.
Lieutenant Tom Keefer: Except I never fooled myself, Mr. Greenwald.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: I'm gonna drink a toast to you, Mr. Keefer.
(pours wine in a glass)
Lt. Barney Greenwald: From the beginning you hated the Navy. And then you thought up this whole idea. And you managed to keep your skirts nice, and starched, and clean, even in the court martial. Steve Maryk will always be remembered as a mutineer. But you, you'll publish your novel, you'll make a million bucks, you'll marry a big movie star, and for the rest of your life you'll live with your conscience, if you have any. Now here's to the real author of "The Caine Mutiny." Here's to you, Mr. Keefer.
(splashes wine in Keefer's face)
Lt. Barney Greenwald: If you wanna do anything about it, I'll be outside. I'm a lot drunker than you are, so it'll be a fair fight.
- The Drop Bob gives one to Deeds, notably revealing that Deeds lied about killing Bob's friend Happy Days, and that Bob himself was the actual murderer. He tops it off with shooting Deeds dead on the spot, drawing faster, and ranting at the corpse about how disrespectful he was to Nadia.Bob: "Fucking punk, you go out to dinner dressed like you're still in your living room with those big hippity-hoppity clown shoes, you speak to women terribly, you treat them despicably, you hurt harmless dogs that can't even defend themselves. I'm tired of you man! I'm tired of you, you embarrass me!"
- In Fritz Lang's M, the child murderer Hans Beckert delivers this speech to the 'court' of criminals sitting in judgement over him, denouncing their fundamental hypocrisy — he is insane and driven by terrible compulsions he is forced to obey, whereas they could learn an honest trade and only sit in judgement over him because his actions have brought the unwanted attention of the law on them all:Hans Beckert: I can't help what I do! I can't help it, I can't...
Criminal: The old story! We never can help it in court!
Hans Beckert: What do you know about it? Who are you anyway? Who are you? Criminals? Are you proud of yourselves? Proud of breaking safes or cheating at cards? Things you could just as well keep your fingers off. You wouldn't need to do all that if you'd learn a proper trade or if you'd work. If you weren't a bunch of lazy bastards. But I... I can't help myself! I have no control over this, this evil thing inside of me, the fire, the voices, the torment!
- Noni finally lets her mother have it in Beyond The Lights after her mother proves that she cares more about Noni's success and career than what Noni desires or needs.Noni: There was never any "we". Your word was gospel.
Macy: Wait, so now you're a victim? When did you ever tell me that you didn't want this?
Noni: When I was on that balcony!
Macy: (horrified look) You promised me that was a mistake.
Noni: You wanted to it to be a mistake. When I needed a mother you were always my manager.
Macy: I WAS YOUR MANAGER, I WAS YOUR MOTHER, I WAS YOUR FATHER, I WAS WHATEVER I HAD TO BE IN ORDER TO TAKE CARE OF YOU!
Noni: You didn't take care of me. You took care of my career!
Macy: AND I MADE YOU A BLOODY STAR!
Noni: And everyone who looked down on you would suddenly look up to you. Prove to the world that you weren't a fuck-up. It was never about me, it was always about you.
- There are three of these in Birdman. First, Riggan's daughter Sam gives one to him, then later in the film, Caustic Critic Tabitha also gives one to him, but this time, Riggan gives one right back to her.
- On the Waterfront: After Terry squeals on Johnny Friendly, he finds himself alienated from his fellow dockworkers and unable to get work on the dock. He decides to confront Johnny himself on how much of a rotten crook he's been in front of the all the longshoremen.Terry: You want to know something? Take the heater away and you're nothin'.Johnny Friendly: (enraged) Go on talkin'. You're talkin' yourself right into the river. Go on, go on...Terry: Take the good goods away, and the kickback and the shakedown cabbage away and the pistoleros away and you're a great big hunk of nothing!Your guts is all in your wallet and your trigger finger you know that!Johnny Friendly: (enraged) You ratted on us, Terry!Terry: From where you stand, maybe. But I'm standing over here now. I was rattin' on myself all them years and didn't even know it.Johnny Friendly: Come on!Terry: You give it to Joey, you give it to Doogan, you give it to Charley, who was one of your own! You think you're God Almighty but you know what you are? You're a cheap, LOUSY, DIRTY, STINKIN', MUG!Terry: I'm glad what I done today, see? And I'm glad what I done to you, ya hear that? I'm glad what I done! And I'm going to keep on doing it-
- In Queen of Earth, Virginia's slightly jerky boyfriend has been hassling Catherine about her odd behavior, clearly misreading her descent into madness as moderate quirkiness, and she finally gives him a truly show-stopping one of these:You are why people betray one another. You are why there is nowhere safe or happy anymore. You are why depression exists. You are why there is no escape from indecency, and gossip, and lies.
- In A Summer Place (1959), Helen Jorgensen makes bigoted remarks about her Swedish descended husband, Ken, and daughter, Molly, due to the fact they aren't prudish as she is and because her daughter had a kiss from a boy.
- Ken: So now you hate the Swedes. How many outlets do you have for your hate Helen? We haven't been able to find a new house because of your multiplicity of them. We can't buy near a school because you hate kids, they make too much noise. And there can't be any Jews or Catholics in the block, either and yes, it can't be anywhere near the Polish or Italian sections, and of course Negroes have to be avoided at all costs. Now let's see: No Jews, no Catholics, no Italians, no Poles, no children, no Negroes. Do I have the list right so far? And now you've added Swedes and oh yes, you won't use a Chinese Laundry, because you distrust Orientals and you think the British are snobbish, the Russians fearful, the French immoral, the Germans brutal, and all Latin Americans lazy. What's your plan? To cut humanity out? Are you anti-people and anti-life? Must you suffocate every natural instinct in our daughter too. Must you label young love-making as cheap, wanton, and indecent? Must you persist in making sex itself a filthy word?
- In Rashomon, the wife has a speech like this in the fourth and final version of the story. The thief and her husband are each about to abandon her, but she assails their sense of masculine honor and taunts them into fighting over her.
- In Pimpernel Smith the hero gives the entire Third Reich one:Smith: May a dead man say a few words to you for your enlightenment? You will never rule the world, because you are doomed. All of you who have demoralized and corrupted a nation are doomed. Tonight you will take the first step along a dark road from which there is no turning back. You will have to go on and on, from one madness to another, leaving behind you a wilderness of misery and hatred. And still you will have to go on, because you will find no horizon, and see no dawn, until at last you are lost and destroyed. You are doomed, captain of murderers. And one day, sooner or later, you will remember my words...
- Both used and subverted in Layer Cake: after XXXX and his crew finally deliver the ecstasy pills to Eddie Temple, all of them are rather surprised when the payment of three million pounds is replaced with membership to a very exclusive gentleman's club and enforced at gunpoint. Eddie explains himself very frankly to XXXX in his office, before turning the "Reason You Suck" Speech into a very memorable Welcome To The Business lecture:Eddie: You and Jimmy have caused my little angel Charlotte considerable anxiety: she's off to Arizona for a course of intense treatment. I'm keeping those pills for myself, by way of compensation. I think I'm entitled. Simple. End of. The amount of trouble you've caused the last few days.... Jimmy. Poor little Jimmy. It would be in your interests if this thing finishes here, now, today. Understand?
XXXX: It doesn't matter what I do; this lot are going to come after you.
(Eddie turns on the intercom so the rest of the crew can hear what he says next)
Eddie: They're too long in the tooth to rampage round the country looking for revenge. Look at them. Bunch of underendowed, aging fuck-pigs.
XXXX: You're enjoying this, aren't you?
Eddie: No. On the contrary; take it as a compliment...
- In Falling Down, Det. Prendergast has the perfect statement to tell D-Fense that he had no right to commit all the violent crimes he did against his petty frustrations.Sergeant Prendergast: Is that what this is about? Is that why my chicken dinner is drying out in the oven? You're mad because they lied to you? Listen, pal, they lie to everyone. They lie to the fish. But that doesn't give you any special right to do what you did today.
- In Phantom of the Paradise, after spending most of the film bandaging the Phantom's ego for his own purposes, the villainous record producer Swan decides to put his rebellious employee in his place by driving him to suicide ... and then appearing to rub salt into the wound:Winslow, what a foolish thing to do. Didn't you read your contract closely? See where it says Terms of Agreement, can you read what it says? "This contact terminates with Swan". No more suicides, Winslow; you gave up your right to rest in peace when you signed this contract.
- At one point in Hud the title character demands to know why his father, Homer, dislikes him so much:Hud: All right, I'll bite, what turned you sour on me? Not that I give a damn.
Homer: Just that, Hud. You don't give a damn. That's all, that's the whole of it. You still don't get it, do you? You don't care about people, Hud. You don't give a damn about 'em. Oh, you got all that charm goin' for you. And it makes the youngsters want to be like you. That's the shame of it, 'cause you don't value nothin'. You don't respect nothin'. You keep no check on your appetites at all. You live just for yourself. And that makes you not fit to live with.
- Barton Fink. "BECAUSE! YOU! DON'T! LISTEN!"
- The recurring line from A Knight's Tale, "You have been weighed. You have been measured. And you have been found....wanting."
- Major Dundee - the title character, Major Charles Amos Dundee (Charlton Heston) and his former friend turned enemy Captain Benjamin Tyreen (Richard Harris) take turns throwing these back and forth at each other, pointing out the shortcomings that resulted in their unhappy lives and careers.
- Wall Street: Gordon Gekko berates Bud for his role in the Bluestar deal.Gordon Gekko: Hiya, Buddy.
Bud Fox: Gordon.
Gekko: [chuckles smugly] You sandbagged me on Bluestar? I guess you think you taught the teacher a lesson, that the tail can wag the dog, huh? Well, let me clue you in, pal. The ice is melting right underneath your feet. [Gekko suddenly sucker punches Bud and grabs him by the collar.] Did you think you could have got this far this fast with anybody else, huh? You think you'd be dicking someone like Darien? No. You'd be cold-calling widows and dentists to buy 20 shares of some fucking dog-shit stock. I took you in. [hits Bud a 2nd time] A NOBODY! [hits him again] I opened doors for you. I showed you how the system works. The value of information, how to GET IT! Fulham Oil, Brant Resources, Geodynamics. And this is how you fucking pay me back, you cockroach! [The 4th hit knocks Bud to the grass. Bud struggles to get up.] I GAVE YOU DARIEN! I GAVE YOU YOUR MANHOOD, I GAVE YOU EVERYTHING! [Gekko calms down, then tosses a handkerchief to Bud to wipe off the blood on his lips.] You could have been one of the great ones, Buddy. I look at you, and I see myself. Why?
- The 1954 teenage social-guidance film Habit Patterns features an example that lasts throughout most of the short, with the female narrator constantly berating and shaming the protagonist, Barbara, for her bad habits.
- An epic example in Talk Radio. After verbally abusing his ex-wife on his radio talk show, causing her to flee the studio, Barry Champlain takes a call from an anti-semitic caller who tells him that all Jews like himself will one day hang for their "crimes." In response, Barry gives the following, which not only beats up his audience but himself, making it an example of a "The Reason I Suck" speech as well:"Believe it or not, you make perfect sense to me. I should hang. I'm a hypocrite. I ask for sincerity and I lie. I denounce the system as I embrace it. I want money and power and prestige. I want ratings and success. And I don't give a damn about you, or the world. That's the truth. For that I could say I'm sorry, but I won't. Why should I? I mean who the hell are you anyways you...audience? You're on me every night like a pack of wolves because you can't stand facing what you are and what you've made! Yes, the world is a terrible place. Yes, cancer and garbage disposals will get you. Yes, a war is coming. Yes, the world is shot to hell and you're all goners. Everything's screwed up and you like it that way, don't you? You're fascinated by the gory details. You're mesmerized by your own fear. You revel in...in floods, car accidents, unstoppable diseases. You're happiest when others are in pain. That's where I come in, isn't it? I'm here to lead you by the hands through the dark forest of your own hatred and anger and humiliation. I'm providing a public service! You're so scared. You're like a little child under the covers. You're afraid of the boogeyman but you can't live without him. Your fear, your own lives have become your entertainment. Next month, millions of people are going to be listening to this show and you'll have nothing to talk about! Marvelous technology is at our disposal, and instead of reaching up to new heights, we're gonna see how far down we can go! How deep into the muck we can immerse ourselves! What do you wanna talk about, hmmm? Baseball scores? Your pet? Orgasms? You're pathetic. I despise each and every one of you. You've got nothing, absolutely nothing. No brains, no power, no future, no hope, no God. The only thing you believe in is me. What are you if you don't have me? I'm not afraid, see! I come in here every night, I make my case, I make my point, I say what I believe in! I tell you what you are! I have to! I have no choice! You frighten me! I come in here every night, I tear into you, I abuse you, I insult you, and you just keep coming back for more! What's wrong with you, why do you keep calling? I don't wanna hear anymore, stop talking! GO AWAY! Bunch of yellow-bellied, spineless, bigoted, quivering, drunken, insomniatic, paranoid, disgusting, perverted, voyeuristic, little obscene phone callers, that's what you are. Well to hell with you! I don't need your fear and your stupidity, you don't get it! It's wasted on you! Pearls before swine. If one person out there had any idea what I'm talking about...I... [Hits the button to take another caller] Ralph!"
- The students of Eastside High School in Lean on Me give a powerful to Miss Leonna Berrett, who fed them up extremely badly for trying to use the law to fire their principal for her own sake.Ms Berrett: You can call me what you want, but the simple fact is Mr. Clark has broken the laws in this state and exposed you all to grave danger. His behavior is irresponsible. Chaining those doors was a criminal act. Why do you think they call him Crazy Joe?!Sams: Because you all don't understand him!Maria: Yeah that's right! He chained those doors to keep out the drug dealers. To make us all feel safe. You talk about the law but you're twisting the law. The laws are made to protect the people and that's what he's doing for us![Berrett looks in disgust]Reggie: The thing you don't understand is that Mr. Clark believes in us. He's provided an environ...Kaneesha: [to Reggie] He don't believe in you, 'cause you don't take care of your responsibilities![Everybody laughs at him]Ms Berrett: Despite what he himself may believe, Mr. Clark is not Eastside High!Kaneesha: Mr. Clark is not only Eastside High! Mr. Clark is like a father! He's the only father that some of us who don't have fathers know! You don't know a thing about Mr. Clark!Ms Berrett: (showing no sympathy) People, just hear me! The school board is meeting right now and I promise you, we will give you what Eastside High deserves- a good principal!Sams: We DON'T WANT a good principal! WE WANT MR. CLARK![Berrett stares with an angry expression]
- The HBO TV film Bury My Heat At Wounded Knee'', adapted from the book of the same name has Chief Sitting Bull and Colonel Nelson Miles arguing over "Laktoa lands" with Colonel Miles making it clear that the Lakota are not guiltless in their own behavior of the past when compared to the White Man.Chief Sitting Bull: These are the lands my people where my people lived before you Whites first came.Colonel Miles: I don't understand. We Whites were not your first enemies. Why don't you demand the land in Minnesota where the Chippewa and others forced you some years before.Chief Sitting Bull: The Black Hills are sacred land given to our people by [our god].Colonel Miles: How very convenient to cloak your claims in spiritualism. What would you say to the Mormons and others who believe their God has given them Indian lands in the West?Chief Sitting Bull: I would say they should ask [our god].Colonel pausesColonel Miles: No matter what your legends say, you didn't sprout from the plains like the Spring grasses. And you didn't coalesce out of the Ether. You came out of the Minnesota woodlands armed to the teeth and set upon your fellow man. You massacred the Kiowa, the Omaha, the Ponca, the Otoe, and the Pawnee without mercy and yet you claim the Black Hills as a private preserve bequeathed to you by the Great Spirit.Chief Sitting Bull: And who gave use the guns and powder to kill our enemies? And who traded the weapons to the Chippewa and the others who drove us from our home?Colonel Miles: Chief Sitting Bull, the proposition that you were a peaceable people before the appearance of the White Man is the most fanciful legend of all. You were killing each other for hundreds of moons before the first White set foot onto the continent! You conquered those tribes, lusting for their game and their lands! Just as we have now conquered you for no less noble a cause!Chief Sitting Bull: This is your story of our people!Colonel Miles: This is the truth! Not legend!
"A monster. A murderer."
- Jigsaw in Saw II had a twisted logic that kind of made sense as to why he was carrying out those sadistic games.
- Many of Jigsaw's victims listen to a tape or video that explains why they're horrible people and thus being subjected to one of his Games before their timer starts.
- Ironically, Jigsaw himself gets one in Saw III on his death bed. He asks his kidnapped doctor, Lynn, how people will remember his horrific story. Her response is short, but effective:
- In Hellraiser: Inferno, Pinhead appears as a neutral arbiter who condemns Joseph to Hell, informing Joseph how he destroyed his own innocence and abused everyone around him, which has now become reality through Joseph's dark side killing his younger self.
- In Knock Knock, Keanu Reeves's character gives an absolutely hilarious one to his tormentors near the end of the film."Death? Death? You're gonna kill me? You're gonna fucking kill me? Why? WHY? Because I fucked you? You fucked me! You fucked ME! You came to MY house! You came to ME! I got you a car, I brought you your clothes, you took a fuckin' BUBBLE BATH! You wanted it! You wanted it! You came on to me! What was I supposed to do? You sucked my cock, you both fucking sucked my cock! It was FREE PIZZA! Free fuckin' pizza! It just shows up at my fuckin' door! What am I supposed to do? "We're flight attendants. Come on, fuck us! No one will know. Come on, fuck us!" Oh, twosomes, threesomes. It doesn't matter! Starfish! Husbands! You don't give a fuck, you'll just fuck anything, you'll just fuck anything! Well, you lied to me, I tried to help you! I let you in, I was a good guy, I'm a good father! And you just fucking fucked me! What? Now, you're gonna kill me? You're gonna kill me? Why? Why? 'Cause you fucked me? What the fuck-FUCK-FUCK, this is fucking insane!"
- In the horror film RSVP, Professor Hal Evans (played by the late lamented Glenn Quinn) delivers one of these to Ax-Crazy Nick Collier:Hal: You know, for a big brain, Nick, you're awfully fucking stupid.
Nick: Smart enough to beat you.
Hal: Beat? Hah! Shit, boy! Did you ever stop for fucking one goddamn minute and take a good arm's length look at the fucking situation, eh? You're nothin' but a shill, my friend — a little experiment that I've privately undertaken, that I readily admits gone a wee bit wrong. Right, question: how much bullshit do I have to fill an overly intelligent but fucking emotionally retarded kid's head with before he steps, or in Nick's case leaps, with both feet and a kitchen sink, over the edge?
Jordan: Evidently not fucking much!
Hal: Just whispered fucking sweet nothings about murder and mayhem into his ear, and three semesters later, he's got his best friend stuffed into a box, man. Jesus, kid, wake the fuck up! You're not in control here. I am, always have been!
- Aliens: Ripley dresses down Corrupt Corporate Executive Burke with two sentences.Ripley: You know, Burke, I'm not sure which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage.
- The Matrix, when Agent Smith explains to a captured and tortured Morpheus why the Machines are the "cure" for the disease that is humanity. (He's wrong, of course, and for more than one reason--but his arguments seems to make sense on the surface.)"I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we...are the cure."
- One level on which he is wrong is that no animal reaches an equilibrium. There's something called the Logistic Equation, and it basically describes the cycle of animals over-reproducing, overeating, starving, dying, and then seeing their population go back up when the food source or other resource returns. Nature doesn't do equilibrium. It does chaotic tugs of war between over-consumption and starvation. It's not merely in our nature to over-consume, when given the chance, it's in nearly every creature's nature. Our intelligence just means we can screw up things in a way other creatures are too dumb to.
- Except no, because that chaotic tug of war between plenty and starvation IS what equilibrium means in this context.
- It's also ironic since by the second movie he's become a virus himself.
- There's also Smith's angry "Why, Mr. Anderson?" speech to Neo in the final showdown which fully cements him as a Nietzsche Wannabe.
- One level on which he is wrong is that no animal reaches an equilibrium. There's something called the Logistic Equation, and it basically describes the cycle of animals over-reproducing, overeating, starving, dying, and then seeing their population go back up when the food source or other resource returns. Nature doesn't do equilibrium. It does chaotic tugs of war between over-consumption and starvation. It's not merely in our nature to over-consume, when given the chance, it's in nearly every creature's nature. Our intelligence just means we can screw up things in a way other creatures are too dumb to.
- Inverted in Serenity; whenever the Operative is on the verge of killing someone, he tells them why he's doing it, and then instead of taunting them while doing the deed, he actually praises them for the good work they've done, how well they've fought, and so on. The closest he gets to ever insulting someone is to explain to them what he feels is their "sin" that leads to their downfall.
- And of course, Mal tells the Operative how wrong he is by simply saying "I'm a fan of all seven", and eventually showing him what a world without sin really is.
- Inverted in another way, elsewhere in the film: the Operative delivers not a "The Reason You Suck" Speech but rather The Reason I Suck Speech: "I'm a monster and there is no place for me in the world I wish to create."
- Star Wars
So be it... Jedi. If you will not be turned, you will be destroyed.
- Our favorite scheming Sith Lord Darth Sidious, aka Emperor Palpatine delivers a beauty to Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi.
(as he fries Luke with Force lightning) Young fool...only now, at the end, do you understand! Your feeble skills are no match for the powahhhh of the Daaaarrk Siiide! You have paid the price for your lack of vision! Now, young Skywalker, you will die.
Finn: You call for order. You beat us down. But when your shiny neck was threatened, you squealed like a whoop hog. The evidence blew up with the base but you and I know the truth. When I put a gun to your head, you shut down Starkiller shields. Now what would your troops do if they found out? Or your masters?
- Of course this is in response to Luke's own from the Emperor's attempt to turn him to the Dark Side not working.Luke: Never. I'll never turn to the Dark Side. You've failed, Your Highness. I am a Jedi... like my father before me.
- Rather subverted immediately afterwards, however, given that it's Sidious who ends up paying the price for his own lack of vision. His skills are no match for the power of the Light Side. Specifically, even Darth Vader will discover his fatherly instinct if you try to kill his son right in front of him.
- In A New Hope, Admiral Motti tries to pull this on Darth Vader, of all people:Motti: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes. Or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' hidden fortre-
(At that moment, Vader raises his hand and begins Force-choking Motti.)
Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.
- The Empire Strikes Back has this after Yoda lifts the X-wing out of the swamp:Luke: I don't believe it.
Yoda: That...is why you fail.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi himself delivers two to Anakin...or rather, Darth Vader, each before and following their duel on Mustafar.Obi-Wan: You have allowed this dark lord to twist your mind until now... until now you have become the very thing you swore to destroy.Obi-Wan: [Distraught] You were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!Anakin: I...I HATE YOU!Obi-Wan: You were my brother, Anakin! I loved you!
- In The Last Jedi, Supreme Leader Snoke scathingly berates his apprentice Kylo Ren of the failures he made during The Force Awakens, specifically how he failed to dedicate himself to the Dark Side through patricide, losing in his resulting turmoil to Rey who had never used a lightsaber before. Snoke also brings up on meta level the notion how pathetically Kylo tries to emulate his grandfather Darth Vader. This causes Kylo to stop wearing a mask and be more of his own kind of villain.Snoke: The mighty Kylo Ren. When I found you, I saw what old masters live to see: raw, untamed power... and beyond that, something truly special. The potential of your bloodline. A new Vader. Now, I fear I was mistaken.
Kylo Ren: I've given everything I have to you... to the Dark Side...
Snoke: Take that ridiculous thing off. [Kylo takes off his helmet, revealing his bandaged facial scar] Yes... there it is. You have too much of your father's heart in you, young Solo.
Kylo Ren: I killed Han Solo. When the moment came, I didn't hesitate!
Snoke: And look at you. The deed split your spirit to the bone. You were unbalanced, bested by a girl who had never held a lightsaber! YOU FAILED! [Kylo tries to attack Snoke in anger, only to be blasted back with a Force Lightning] Skywalker lives! The seed of the Jedi Order lives! As long as he does... hope lives in the galaxy. I thought you would be the one to snuff it out. Alas, you are no Vader. You are just a child in a mask.
- In a deleted scene from The Last Jedi, Finn gives one to Phasma for her giving in and surrendering the codes to Starkiller Base in the previous movie.
- Aaron gets a small one against the prisoners toward the end of Alien³:Aaron: Okay, so I'm a company man. So I'm not a fucking criminal! You keep telling me how dumb I am: well I'm smart enough not to have a life sentence on this rock!
- Columbia from The Rocky Horror Picture Show gives a speech to Frank pointing out to him how much of a selfish jerk he really is.Columbia: My God! I can't stand any more of this! First you spurn me for Eddie, and then you throw him off like an old overcoat for Rocky! You chew people up and then you spit them out again... I loved you... do you hear me? I loved you! And what did it get me? Yeah, I'll tell you: a big nothing. You're like a sponge. You take, take, take, and drain others of their love and emotion. Yeah, well, I've had enough! You're gonna choose between me and Rocky, so named after the rocks in his head!
- In Daybreakers, given by the Big Bad to the hero in the film's climax.
- In Star Trek: First Contact, after The Borg have taken most of the Enterprise, Picard refuses to approve the self-destruct that the other senior officers are suggesting. In his office, Lily calls him out on his decision to stay and fight. After Picard shares what happened to him at the hands of The Borg, she cuts right to the heart of exactly why Picard refuses to retreat;Lily: I am such an idiot. It's so simple. The Borg hurt you and now you're gonna hurt them back.
Picard: In my century we don't succumb to revenge. We have a more evolved sensibility.
Lily: Bullshit! I saw the look on your face when you shot those Borg on the Holodeck. You were almost enjoying it!
Picard: How dare you?
Lily: Oh, come on, Captain. You're not the first man to get a thrill from murdering someone! I see it all the time!
Picard: GET OUT!
Lily: Or what? You'll kill me? Like you killed Ensign Lynch?
Picard: ... There was no way to save him.
Lily: You didn't even try! Where was your "evolved sensibility" then?
Picard: I don't have time for this.
Lily: Oh, hey, I'm sorry! I didn't mean to interrupt your little quest! Captain Ahab has to go hunt his whale!
Lily: You do have books in the Twenty-Fourth Century?
Picard: This is not about revenge.
Picard: This is about saving the future of humanity!
Lily: Jean-Luc, blow up the damn ship!
Picard: NO! NOOOOOOO!
- In Star Trek Into Darkness, Admiral Pike immediately chews out Kirk over his actions in the beginning of the movie.Pike: Do you know what a pain you are? You think the rules don't apply to you. There's greatness in you, but there's not an ounce of humility. You think that you can't make mistakes, but there's going to come a moment when you realize you're wrong about that, and you're going to get yourself and everyone under your command killed.
- The aliens (or possibly indigenous creatures of the deep) from the movie The Abyss give this to the protagonist in a sort of slide show format, depicting all the famous atrocities of human history. Although if memory serves, they might have done this to demonstrate why they were afraid of humanity and choosing to stay in the deep ocean, rather than illustrating why humans deserved to die. Either way, they weren't actively trying to wipe out humanity or even the protagonist, but it was made painfully clear that and why they think Humans Are the Real Monsters.
- That's in the theatrical cut. The director's cut puts back the giant tidal waves sequence and shows that yes, the aliens were willing and able to wipe out humanity if we didn't straighten up and fly right.
- Able to, sure, but willing is left unknown. The director's cut doesn't specify if the protagonist's effort made the aliens suddenly change their minds, the tidal waves are just as likely a simple demonstration of what they could do if they so wished. It's even possible they are not threatened by current human technology at all adding to The Reason You Suck.
- That's in the theatrical cut. The director's cut puts back the giant tidal waves sequence and shows that yes, the aliens were willing and able to wipe out humanity if we didn't straighten up and fly right.
- Outland. The Corrupt Corporate Executive gives one of these to Marshall O'Neil, who later admits that maybe the reason he's sticking his neck out is to find if he really is as worthless as everyone thinks he is.
- Governor Nix's speech at the end of Tomorrowland is such a speech directed at the audience, lambasting societies obsession with the apocalypse and refusal to actually do anything to fix what's wrong with the world.
- Rufus Shinra gives one to Kadaj in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, ending with the following line:
The Reason You Suck Speech / Film