Top 5: Best Come-Backs


Do you ever think of a really good come-back days later, and wish you could go back in time just to put that person to shame? (Reminds me of a certain Seinfeld episode.)

It’s so irritating, but we can live out our come-back expectations through the witty characters in movies who get it right first time.

Here are the top five come-backs that I can think of at this moment in time (expect regular updates to this post):

Driving Lessons

Ben: I think it’s best I stop working for you.
Evie: Oh, why? So you can take up being pompous professionally?



Erin Brockovich

Theresa: Okay, look, I think we got off on the wrong foot here…
Erin: That’s all you got, lady. Two wrong feet in fucking ugly shoes.



A Few Good Men

Jo: He told Kendrick to order the Code Red.
Daniel: He did?! Why didn’t you say so!? That’s great! And of course you have proof of that.
Jo: I uh –
Daniel: Oh, hah, I’m sorry, I keep forgetting. You were sick the day they taught law at law school.



Morning Glory

Mike: I’m not saying the word “fluffy” [in a live news broadcast]. It’s bad enough I have to do these ridiculous stories.
Colleen: You know what, buddy? Guess what? Last week [during an official news broadcast], I had to use the words “rectal” and “moisture” in the same sentence.
Mike: Well, first dates can be awkward.



Cemetery Junction

Len: Go to your room.
Freddie: What for?
Len: Talking back to your elders.
Freddie: What is this, a Navajo village?



But I guess even in the movies, come-backs don’t come out as they were supposed to:


American Graffiti

Carol: Your car is uglier than I am! …that didn’t come out right.




Brenda: “Oh… Go fly a kite!”


Those were just the come-backs that I thought of off the top of my head, but just like real life, I’m sure I’ll remember some better ones after I’ve published!

Remind me of some more great come-backs in the comments section below, or on my Facebook page.


About NZ Film Freak

I am a journalism graduate (2014) from New Zealand. Currently working in marketing, and writing fiction in my spare time. I love to write about movies on this blog when I can. I also do paid reviews and voiceovers via Fiverr (nzfilmfreak).
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