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- 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 Saga.
- 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.
- If ones from Batman Begins count, let's not forget 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.
- Ironically enough, this is the conversation that makes Bruce go out into the world, ultimately finding the League of Shadows and becoming Batman. And when he returns, he makes sure to give Falcone a lesson on what it's like to be on the receiving end of the power of fear he gloats about.
- 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."
- Or how about this one from the trailer for Quantum of Solace: Mr. White to James Bond about Bond's 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 from Quantum of Solace too, also slating the Bond Girl:
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.
- In Transformers, Megatron does a short speech to Optimus Prime:
You still fight for the weak! That is why you lose!
- Megatron finds himself on the receiving end of one (from a human, no less) in the third film:
- In The Avengers, Steve Rogers delivers one to Tony Stark while under the influence of Loki's Hate Plague:
Steve: Yeah, big man in a suit of armor. Take that off, what are you?
- 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.
- In Broken Arrow Major Riley Hale gives one to Major Vic Deakins about Deakins’ motives for stealing the nuclear weapons to extort the U.S. government.
Hale: I know why you did it.
- Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie: Khalil lays a big one on Jonah (that is more or less identical to God's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Jonah in The Bible):
Khalil: Would you look at yourself?!? You care more about that weed than about all the people in Nineveh!!
- When Jonah protests Khalil's decision to leave, Khalil then retorts:
Khalil: I wanted to be big and important... just like you! But the world doesn't need more people who are "big and important," the world needs more people who are nice. And compassionate. And merciful. That's what I want to be. You can find yourself a new traveling buddy. Goodbye.
- Syndrome, a.k.a. Buddy, delivered some pretty good ones to Mr. Incredible in The Incredibles. The movie directly referred to this trope as "monologuing" - Frozone describes a scenario where a villain once had him dead to rights, but still lost because instead of finishing the job, he stopped to deliver a speech.
- In Osmosis Jones, Mayor Phlegmming gives one to Drix:
Phlegmming: Son, do me a favor and read what it says on your arm.
- In Rango, the title character gets one from Rattlesnake Jake, who calls him out on his lies and tall tales.
- A Bugs Life: Flik gives one to Hopper following his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown at the hands of Thumper.
You're wrong, Hopper. Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers. I've seen these ants do great things, and year after year they somehow manage to pick food for themselves *and* you. So-so who is the weaker species? Ants don't serve grasshoppers! It's *you* who need *us*! We're a lot stronger than you say we are... And you know it, don't you?
- The matchmaker gives one to Mulan in one scene.
"You are a disgrace! You may look like a bride, but you will NEVER bring your family honor!"
- Mean Girls: Janis's speech to Cady at the latter's party.
Cady: You know I couldn't invite you. I had to pretend to be plastic.
- 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?"
- 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!
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.
- Kat to Patrick at the end of Ten Things I Hate About You. Well, more like a The Reason You Suck Poem.
- In Honey We Shrunk Ourselves, after Ricky King sweettalks Jenny Szalinski into the kitchen just so he can kiss her:
Jenny: (breaking the kiss) What are you doing?
- In the live-action film of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch gives one to the citizens of Whoville about the hypocrisy of their self-proclaimed love of Christmas: since the Grinch's home is connected to the Whoville garbage dump, sooner or later, each and every one of the Who's Christmas gifts make their way to the Grinch in their garbage.
Grinch: I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I've found in the dump!
- In the film adaption of The Princess Diaries Mia jabs Lana with an ice cream cone for being a jerk. The following conversation then happens:
Lana: Mia, you're such a freak!
- The title character of Angus delivers an incredible one to Jerk Jock Rick in the movie's unequivocal Crowning Moment of Awesome:
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?
- Marshall'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.
- 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?
- In It's a Wonderful Life, 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!
- Of course, this is a rejoinder to a "Reason You Suck" Speech that George himself had given Potter earlier in the film, 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.
- 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.
- 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."
"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."
- In Breakfast at Tiffany's, Paul Varjak gives a brutal, and heartwrenching, one to Holly Golightly right before the climax of the film:
Paul: You know what's wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You're chicken, you've got no guts. You're afraid to stick out your chin and say, "Okay, life's a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness." You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well, baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.
- 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 (for its awesome) and the Warden's (for its hilarity):
Paul (grabs Percy and forces him to watch Del burning alive): You son of a bitch, you stand there and watch!
- 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.
- In Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix:, after enduring the Mind Rape and a Hannibal Lecture, Harry tells Voldemort that it is he who is the weak one, and that he feels sorry for him.
- In the animated film Dragons Fire and 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!
- Citizen Kane gets the same lecture three times from three different people: I Just Want to Be Loved is 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?
Susan: Oh sure, you give me things, but that don't mean anything to you.
- Jigsaw in Saw II had a twisted logic that kind of made sense as to why he was carrying out those sadistic games.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- Our favorite scheming Sith Lord Darth Sidious, aka Emperor Palpatine delivers a beauty to Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi.
So be it... Jedi. If you will not be turned, you will be destroyed.
- Of course this in response to Luke's own from the Emperor's attempt to turn him to the dark side not working.
You 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-
- Obi-Wan Kenobi himself delivers one to Anakin...or rather, Darth Vader, following their duel on Mustafar.
Obi-Wan: 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!
- 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 truly epic 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!
- Joe Versus the Volcano. Every Man Joe Banks lets his ex-boss have it in a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
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.
- 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 Bastards.
- 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.
- 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.
- Barton Fink. "BECAUSE! YOU! DON'T! LISTEN!"
- 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.
- 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."
- Taylor gives this brief one to Daniel in the first twenty minutes of He Died with a Felafel in His Hand
Taylor: Lets get some things straight, you're twenty-something years old, you've no money, no job, very few prospects, you have not been seen in the vicinity of anything that faintly resembles the opposite sex, and yet you sit here and tell us that you have something that makes the other side go 'ga ga', well if it makes them go so fucking ga ga then what the fuck are you doing here with us losers?
- Then later on we get this gem:
Sammie: One day Dani, 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 wander what happened to your life.
- 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.
- 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.
- The recurring line from A Knight's Tale, "You have been weighed. You have been measured. And you have been found....wanting."
- In Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Neil Page delivers a particularly scathing speech to Del Griffith during their first night together:
Neil: 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!
- 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?
- 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 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.
- 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.
- In RSVP, Hal Evans (played by the late lamented Glenn Quinn) delivers one of these to Ax Crazy Nick:
Hal: You know, for a big brain, Nick, you're awfully fucking stupid.
- Rufus Shinra gives one to Kadaj in Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, ending with the following line:
- 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 the 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!
- 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?
- In Pimpernel Smith the hero gives the entire Nazi 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...
- 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.