• I was content in my ignorance, just like I was before I noticed the over-use of “It’s complicated” and “You think I killed him/her” and the existence of the “Wilhelm Scream”.
    Now I’ll be taken out of every movie and TV show that uses this phrase from now on as well….
    I’m glad whoever made this barely dipped into the TV market. (Off-hand, the only thing I remember from tV was “Daria”) If the video was any longer, I’d have had to bail out, screaming!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • MediumRob

    The worst one, according to scriptwriters, is “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.”

  • I remember reading once that a couple of guys fed the scripts of thousands of movies and TV shows into a computer to see what would be the most used line. They had a pre-conceived notion it would be “I love you.”
    It was “Let’s get out of here.”
    This afternoon I watched several episodes of Tea Leoni’s first sitcom, “Flying Blind”. But mostly for the episode “Dad” with Peter Boyle as her father.
    At one point she yelled at him about only remembering him saying “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.” to her over and over again whenever she asked him what he did. “Do you know what kind of effect that has on a five year old?”

  • Alasdair

    This one’s also widely used in real life, particularly about politicians. During the MPs’ expenses scandal, by far the most common sentence to appear in the media was ‘THEY JUST DON’T GET IT’.
    My dad says it a lot too. Hollywood has a lot to answer for.