21. “Don’t let your mouth get your ass in trouble.”
Courtesy of: John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) in Shaft (1971)
We shouldn’t have to tell you this, but, screw it, we’ll do it, anyway: If you didn’t already know, John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) is one bad mother… OK, we’ll shut our proverbial mouth. Thankfully, though, Shaft himself wasn’t one to bite his tongue in the classic 1971 action-drama, and Harlem’s best private detective even finds time to work an anatomy lesson into his finest piece of shit-talking: “Don’t let your mouth get your ass in trouble.” See, even the film’s hero wants you to zip the lip, not just Isaac Hayes. How meta.