10) “Hasta la vista, baby.” – Terminator 2, 1991
Terminator 2 is a great movie, one of the best (entirely unnecessary) sequels ever made and, along with Aliens, one of the best reasons to forgive James Cameron for his two most overlong and overrated films, Titanic and Avatar.
The plot of the film involves Arnold Schwarzenegger’s terminator character being sent back in time to keep ten-year old John Connor (Edward Furlong), who will one day lead humans in a battle against technology, from being murdered by another terminator. The problem? Even though he’s the only hope for the survival of humanity, you spend the whole movie hoping that the bratty little John Connor kid actually does get killed.
He’s just too obnoxious, and nowhere is this more evident than in the scene where he teaches Schwarzenegger’s character how to speak “the way people talk.” Connor tells him to answer questions with “no problemo” and to use retorts like “eat me,” “chill out,” “later dickwad,” and, of course, “hasta la vista, baby,” which was ranked at number 76 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Movie Quotes list.
So, yes, the line is admittedly pretty awesome when Schwarzenegger delivers it right before he shoots the T-1000, but when you remember that the quip originated as part of a ten-year-old punk’s lesson in trash-talking, it losses some of its coolness.
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