Ah, Memorial Day. Do you remember (see what I did there?) when it was the start of the summer movie season, which now begins sometime the previous fall? (Just like the US Presidential race. And also like the US Presidentail race, we invariably end up disappointed.) What better way to celebrate this outdated annual cinematic milestone than to launch Overthinking It’s own annual cinematic milestone… Clichemageddon.
And like a franchise returning to its roots after veering too far afield, we return in 2012 to the fill-in-the-blank thrills you know and love. Here’s the rules: Devise the cleverest, meta-est, funniest versions of the dialogue and taglines below, either keeping in mind or subverting the expectations of the stated genre (mostly selected from this year’s summer releases).
Leave your entries in the comments before June 8, and the OTI staff will choose their favorites and crown winners and honorable mentions in a post to follow.
Clicheageddon 4: Genre-xtravaganza
Superhero Movie tagline
He’s the hero we __________. Not the hero we __________.
Aliens Attack the Earth
“Here’s the projection for 24 hours. This is 48. And within 72 hours, __________. Mr. President, I suggest we go to Code __________.”
“If we’re going to pull this off, we’re going to need ________, ________, and most importantly, ________.”
Nicholas Sparks Adaptation
“I’ve loved you ever since the day you __________.”
Happy Madison Comedy
“__________ had life all figured out. That’s when __________ decided to __________ her a __________.” [RECORD SCRATCH!] [Cut to picture of Adam Sandler wearing a __________.]
Middlebrow Rom-Com tagline
Sometimes love is the __________ place you __________.
Apatovian Bromance tagline
This Summer: Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen __________ for each other.
Inevitable Bridesmaids Clone tagline
They’re __________. They’re __________. And they’re ladies!
Weekend at Bernie’s Clone [?! —Ed.]
“One corpse. One __________. And a whooooole lot of laughs!”
Twee Auteurish Unclassifiable Movie
“I know we’re only __________. But I don’t care. I’m __________.”
And finally, the bonus round:
Every Summer Movie Ever
“Many years ago, there was a prophesy that __________. Now, all the signs say it’s coming true. You have a great gift. Use it for __________, not for __________.”
Good luck! I just want you to know… we’re all counting on you.