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

BY: | 4.17.2014 |

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

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Sample of dialogue: N/A

Approximate grade level of the script: 0

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