Disturbing Behavior

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Disturbing Behavior is a 1998 film about the new kid in town who stumbles across something sinister about the town's method of transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens.

Directed by David Nutter. Written by Scott Rosenberg.
It doesn't matter if you're not perfect. You will be. taglines

Gavin Strick

  • Appropriate sparks are flying, somebody cue the power ballad.
  • Look at him, he's killing his hard-on.
  • Mr. Newberry here has got the full-on Boo Radley, village idiot, Quasimoto thing going, don't you Mr. Newb?
  • The Yogurt Shop, Yogurt Shoppe, what the fuck's a Shoppe?
  • [sees Andy Effkin being talked to by police] Andy Effkin toasts with the most.
  • [Blue Ribbons circle around Steve] Ice Ice Baby.
  • It's not like you think. It's a whole new kind of cool. Everything's beautiful, man.

Steve Clark

  • I had no idea the evil was this pervasive.
  • [shouts] You signed me up for the program?
  • Be the ball.

Rachel Wagner

  • Sounds razor.
  • Who put the acid in my Spam?


  • Dorian Newberry: Hey, teacher, leave them kids alone.
  • Allen Clark: Don't worry about the snakes in your garden when you've got spiders in your bed.
  • Lorna Longley: Bad wrong, wrong bad, bad wrong, wrong bad.
  • Lorna Longley: [Blood running down her face] I have to go home. I've got a big physics test tomorrow.
  • Betty Caldicott: Meet the musical little creatures that hide among the flowers.
  • U.V.: I bet you didn't know toast came in 3 flavors.
  • U.V.: I've got like, two customers left! If this keeps up, I'm going to be the 7-11 guy!
  • Andy Effkin: [snaps Mary Joe's neck] Slut.
  • Lorna Longley: Treat yourself.


Gavin Strick: Rachel, this is Stevie Boy-good man. Stevie Boy, this is Rachel-Cooks Ridge trash.
Rachel Wagner: [disgusted] Bite me.

Steve Clark: Tell me, Shannon, do you get yelled at when you talk about your dead grandfather?
Nathan Clark: Steve...
Steve Clark: 'Cause around here, people go crazy if you talk about a dead brother.

Dickie Atkinson the Mechanic: [awkwardly] You had friends in Chicago?
Steve Clark: Yeah.
Lorna Longley: You can have friends here.

Rachel Wagner: Gavin thinks some sinister force has taken over the Cradle Bay meatheads.
Steve Clark: A sinister force?
Rachel Wagner: You know, evil. Nowhere to turn, no one to trust, altogether ooky.

Gavin Strick: Hello, Lorna. How are you doing today, my dear?
Lorna Longley: Drop dead.
Gavin Strick: Contact.

Randi Sklar: Why don't you make like a tree and leave?
Gavin Strick: Clever girl.

Steve Clark: [after seeing Chug in a fight] What was that about?
Rachel Wagner: Toxic jock syndrome.

Chug Roman: Will you go out with me?
Rachel Wagner: No.
Chug Roman: WHY NOT?

[U.V. isn't sure if Steve Clark is now one of the Blue Ribbons]
U.V.: Wait man, what's the capital of North Dakota?
Steve Clark: How the fuck should I know?
U.V.: All right. You're still okay.

Dorian Newberry: Evening Officer!
Officer Cox: What are you doing?
Dorian Newberry: Oh, I'm getting rid of rats!

U.V.: [shoots Gavin to prevent him from shooting Rachel and Steve]
Gavin Strick: [falls to the ground, bleeding] Three times? You had to shoot me three times?
U.V.: [voice breaking] Sorry, man.
Gavin Strick: Wow. I get to say to my twisted family... I guess this diminishes my chances of ever meeting Trent Reznor...Wow, I guess I'm finally coming around...

Steve Clark: Don't do this! Maybe they can be helped!
Dorian Newberry: No they can't. And neither can I. [shows the gunshot wound to his stomach] Do good things lunch boy.

Steve Clark: It's over you psycho son of a bitch.
Dr. Edgar Caldicott: Over? There'll be other places. Other parents who want their kids to behave. Science is God.

Rachel Wagner: What happened?
Steve Clark: We're the only ones left.
Rachel Wagner: So what do we do now?
Steve Clark: We go home.
Rachel Wagner: Where's that?
Steve Clark: Wherever. Wherever we are.


  • It doesn't matter if you're not perfect. You will be.
  • You'll never be the same.
  • In Cradle Bay... there's nothing more frightening than perfection.


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