10 Painfully Bad One-Liners In Otherwise Great Movies

Even the biggest franchises of all time can stoop to 'Yo Momma' jokes.


Dialogue in film is so important. Essentially it drives the plot and aids characterisation but technicalities aside, it does so much more than that. There are so many iconic film lines that have left audiences laughing, crying, shocked, angry - you name it. On the opposite side of the spectrum, film dialogue also has the power to be truly bad.

Despite what we may think, no film is wholly perfect. Every film on this list may be great and popular with fans but they each also contain a sneaky line that slipped through the cracks - a renegade, a runaway, a well … let down.

From completely unneeded puns to awkward dad jokes to average lines with awful delivery, this list has it all covered. So buckle up and get ready to cringe as we dive right in.


10. "I Love Magic" - Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

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It's no secret that the Harry Potter films are universally adored and rightly so. Goblet of Fire is a stand-out in the series with the enthralling Tri-Wizard Tournament prepping us for the long-awaited arrival of Voldemort. Goblet of Fire is thus a turning point for Harry Potter as his journey from here on in gets all the more darker making this painfully awkward line feel extremely out of place.

In the film's opening, Harry attends the Quidditch World Cup for the first time. Upon entering Mr Weasley's Tardis-like magical tent, he declares "I love magic." This moment of dumbstruck wonderment feels clichéd and cheesy. In all fairness to Radcliffe, there isn't really a whole lot you can do with this line - it is what it is.

Harry reacts like a child on Christmas day and at this point in the series, the tone has shifted towards the darker end of the spectrum and the threat of the Death Eaters looms ever near. This line feels like it was taken out of the more innocent Philosopher's Stone. Sorry Goblet of Fire but this one just didn't land.

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