(The mashup was made by video editor Jeff Smith for FilmDrunk in 2011.)

Who actually speaks this way? If you hear someone say this phrase in real life, you may want to consider administering a Voight-Kampff test. And yet a total of 102 films, mostly from the last two decades, appear in Smith’s super-cut of the cringeworthy line. Some otherwise great films, like Platoon and The Prestige, are guilty of this affront to writing.

The video prompted Reddit users to post their favorite Hollywood dialogue clichés, which ranged from “In English, please,” to “We’re not so different, you and I,” to the laziest trope of them all: “We’ve got company.”

To use a bad writing cliché, there’s a whole lot more where that came from. TV Tropes, an online resource that catalogs common tropes in media and entertainment, contains an incredible resource of the most popular stock phrases. My favorite is “This is not what I signed up for,” a line almost always said by a movie character who did indeed sign up for the thing they’re claiming they didn’t sign up for. Another particularly villainous one: “I should have killed you when I had the chance” (and its common variant, “You should have killed me when you had the chance”).

If Hollywood’s recent spate of films is any indication, I have a bad feeling about the future of dialogue. Or maybe I’m just getting too old for this shit. Why are you looking at me like that? What have I become?!

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