Car Rental Agent: [cheerfully] Welcome to Marathon, may I help you?
Car Rental Agent: How may I help you?
Neal: You can start by wiping that fucking dumb-ass smile off your rosey, fucking, cheeks! And you can give me a fucking automobile: a fucking Datsun, a fucking Toyota, a fucking Mustang, a fucking Buick! Four fucking wheels and a seat!
Car Rental Agent: I really don’t care for the way you’re speaking to me.
Neal: And I really don’t care for the way your company left me in the middle of fucking nowhere with fucking keys to a fucking car that isn’t fucking there. And I really didn’t care to fucking walk, down a fucking highway, and across a fucking runway to get back here to have you smile in my fucking face. I want a fucking car RIGHT FUCKING NOW!
– Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), written by John Hughes
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is overreacting, suggested by @davidproenza.
Trivia: The Marathon Car Rental scene is exactly one minute long from the time Steve Martin starts his tirade, to the time the attendant ends the scene. In that 60 seconds, the word “fucking” is used 18 times.
Dialogue On Dialogue: When I did stand-up comedy, the cheap way to get a laugh was to drop F-bombs into bits. What John Hughes does here is take that cheap laugh and make it a major source of humor by making Neal’s overreaction a bombardment of F-bombs.