Earlier this week, while running down the worst performances of some of our favorite actors, we were reminded again of that unfortunate moment back in 2000 where Robert De Niro cashed in the chip of one of his most iconic performances for a cheap laugh in a Rocky & Bullwinkle movie. That’s only one way of looking at it, of course — it could also be argued that everyone else had been quoting Taxi Driver for years, so De Niro was just getting in on the action himself. There is something to be said for the notion that, cinema classic though it might be, we’ve probably all had enough of people taking the opportunity whenever they look in a mirror to do a Bickle-esque smile/smirk and inquire, “You talkin’ to me?”
Taxi Driver is one of many great movies that have been trod upon by the corrupting influence of movie quoting, that unfortunate social phenomenon by which pop culture obsessives, unable to communicate with their own words, end up speaking primarily in dialogue lifted from their favorite films, rendering said dialogue tiresome and unwelcome. We’ve assembled over a dozen movies we’re sick of having quoted back to us, but we’re sure we left some out — and that’s what the comment section is for. Check them out after the jump.
On a recent trip to downtown NYC that led me dangerously close to the weird, muttering watch and handbag slingers of Chinatown, I passed a T-shirt booth that had, on prominent display, a garment featuring a (rather poor) hand drawing of Sacha Baron Cohen’s mustachioed Kazakh, giving a thumbs-up over the phrase “Sexytime!” It gave me just a moment’s pause — because, after all, Borat came out six years ago, so are they really still moving a lot of that inventory? But “sexytime!” wasn’t the only Borat-ism we got sick of within about 72 hours of Borat’s release; “High five” and “Nice!” also wore out their welcome pretty quickly.