In the realm of classic action films and romantic comedies, there’s a time and a place for sappy dialogue and groan-inducing one-liners. But sometimes, a cheesy quote can put all others to shame – even worse in movies where they feel entirely out of place. They’re not all bad, but even the good ones deserve some recognition. Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Cheesy Quotes in Popular Movies.
Back when Ben Affleck was best known for underwhelming romantic comedies, joining forces with director Michael Bay led to some less-than-surprising results. Butting heads over his boss’s daughter led to plenty of laughs, but when Affleck was asked to deliver some romance before heading into space to save the world, he swung for the fences, delivering one of the cheesiest lines in his – and Bay’s – entire career.
The Wedding Singer
It seems every Adam Sandler movie must have a sappy, sentimental moment or two, and The Wedding Singer’s came in the form of a sugary sweet love song. Based on a scene between Sandler and Barrymore earlier in the film, “I Wanna Grow Old With You” is intentionally cheesy and sentimental. Unlike other Sandler films, however, it manages to do justice to the movie’s setting, offering an ending right at home among the cheesiest love stories of the 1980s. We’ll allow it.
It’s star Keanu Reeves who gets the most criticism for his dialogue in The Matrix, but he can’t take credit for the cheesiest. That honor goes to Trinity, played by Carrie-Anne Moss. When Neo is shot dead inside the digital world, Trinity tells him that he must go on fighting, thanks to a prophecy claiming that the man she loved would save humanity. In a movie about killer machines, the life-giving kiss and fireworks are overkill, to say the least.
As an action star of the 1980s and ’90s, Sylvester Stallone spoke too many groan-inducing punchlines to count. From incredibly cool to downright corny, most can be forgiven – but when playing the policeman, judge, and executioner Judge Dredd, Stallone turned the motto of a dystopic police state into a laughable catchphrase so cheesy, he should have locked himself up Thankfully, Karl Urban would deliver the line as intended in
As Good as it Gets
This romantic comedy gets singled out for one of the sappier lines delivered by Jack Nicholson, explaining that Helen Hunt’s character makes him “want to be a better man.” But in the context of the story and the scene, the line actually makes sense. The same can’t be said for the line that appears not long after. A beautiful woman inspiring Greg Kinnear’s character to pick up pencil and paper is believable, but his description his compliment is too manufactured and cheesy for ANY human being to deliver with a straight face.
The Fast & The Furious
To prove just how unpredictable street racer Dominic Toretto really is, he confesses to living his life “a quarter mile at a time,” and forgetting his troubles when going head to head with a fellow racer. Aside from the painfully forced racing reference that comes completely out of nowhere, it doesn’t even seem accurate. Future films would show that Dom cared fairly little about racing, traveling around the globe to defend his family and friends – the things that really mattered to him. Apparently, the filmmakers loved this cheesy catchphrase too much to care.
Star War: Revenge of the Sith
Of all the Star Wars prequels, it was the third and final that fans most eagerly awaited, promised to see Anakin Skywalker long-awaited transformation into Darth Vader. It’s hard to forget the scars and lost limbs delivered at the hands of his former mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi, which would make him rely on his famous armor and helmet just to keep him alive. Anakin’s shift to the Dark Side was completed when he learned that his wife and children had been lost – letting out one of the cheesiest screams in movie history as a result. We couldn’t agree more.
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Fans made their feelings about the fourth Indiana Jones movie known as soon as it was released, criticizing the overused CGI, the alien twist ending, and the reveal that ‘50s greaser ‘Mutt Williams’ was really Indy’s son, Henry Jones the Third. Ending the film with a wedding so sweet it gave longtime fans a toothache, Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf put the final nail in the coffin with the film’s cheesiest line and moment of all.