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Popular Movies, Ranked According to the Grade Level of Their Script

Apr 17, 2014
Popular Movies, Ranked According to the Grade Level of Their ScriptThough actors and directors are responsible for bringing a film to the big screen, everything begins with words on a page—which means movies are essentially just books with a lot of middlemen. And, like books, some movies are easy to skim. Others are not. We dropped movie scripts into a program that estimates the grade level of written samples, and here’s what we got: Film: Waking Life Sample of dialogue: “Thomas Mann wrote that he would rather participate in life than write 100 stories. Giacometti was once run down by a car, and he recalled falling into a lucid faint, a sudden exhilaration, as he realized that at last something was happening to him.” Approximate grade level of the script: Eighth grade Film: My Dinner with Andre Sample of dialogue: “What does it do to us, Wally, living in an environment where something as massive as the seasons or winter or cold, don't in any way affect us? I mean, we’re animals after all. I mean, what does that mean?” Approximate grade level of the script: Seventh grade Film: Casablanca   Sample of dialogue: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Approximate grade level of the script: Sixth grade Film: American Hustle Sample of dialogue: “Everybody at the bottom crosses paths eventually in a pool of desperation, and you’re waiting for them.” Approximate grade level of the script: Fifth grade Film: Die Hard Sample of dialogue: “Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.” Approximate grade level of the script: Third grade Film: Finding Nemo Sample of dialogue: “I know funny. I'm a clown fish!” Approximate grade level of the script: Third grade Film: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen   Sample of dialogue: “Badass ice-cream truck coming through. Excuse me! Excuse me! Hello!” Approximate grade level of the script: Second grade Film: The Artist Popular-Movies-Ranked-According-to-the-Grade-Level-of-Their-Script-artist_600c338 Sample of dialogue: N/A Approximate grade level of the script: 0 Get a read on new releases with movie deals in your city. Image: The Weinstein Co.

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