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What women say on pickup lines

Smooth operato r: Audrey Hepburn’s sexy line about not biting, said to
Cary Grant in the 1963 movie Charade, tops the list of best pickup lines. Smooth operato r: Audrey Hepburn’s sexy line about not biting, said to Cary Grant in the 1963 movie Charade, tops the list of best pickup lines.

A SURVEY has ranked the lines from movies women would prefer to use to start online conversations with men.

In the survey, organised by the dating website Badoo.com, over 1,000 females were given the chance to select which of 10 lines from Hollywood movies they would use as “ice-breakers” to start online conversations.

In the end, the preferred line was one first delivered by Audrey Hepburn to Cary Grant in Charade (1963): “I don’t bite, you know ... unless it’s called for.”

British behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings, who is also a relationship and dating coach, analysed this choice: “It’s slightly quirky, with an element of naughtiness and sexuality about it – but in a fun way not a sleazy one.”

The next most popular line came from To Have And Have Not (1944), when Lauren Bacall tells Humphrey Bogart, “You don’t have to say anything ... Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle don’t you? You just put your lips together and ... blow.”

Sexy Jessica Rabbit came in third with a line from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988): “You don’t know how hard it is being a woman looking the way I do.”

The study also analysed the response rate of such lines. The pick-up line chosen by women only came in fifth place in terms of replies that peaked interest.

Men preferred a line delivered by Bette Davis in The Cabin In The Cotton (1932): “I’d like to kiss you, but I just washed my hair.” The second most popular among men was a line spoken by Shirley MacLaine in the 1983 movie Terms Of Endearment, which women in the sample ignored: “Don’t worship me till I’ve earned it.”

“A lot of it is because women are still not practised at making the first approach. It’s a skill that they’ve yet to learn,” says Hemmings.

According to her, “The trouble with pickup lines is that they’ve become a bit of a cliché. So the ones that work best are those with some humour, irony and self-deprecation.”

From the survey, one can see that the chosen lines come from older Hollywood movies. No Strings Attached (2011) starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher was the only recent film with a line in the list. Badoo.com also admits it found it tough to find more recent examples of good lines. “(Scriptwriters) don’t seem to write them like they used to,” explains Louise Thompson, Badoo’s director of public relations.

Movie producer and screenwriter Josh Golding agrees. “In the 1940s, 1950s and even early 1960s, women characters got sharper, funnier lines because it was judged funny to see women get the upper hand over men.”

But today in Hollywood movies, women have to face commitment-phobic men clinging to delayed adolescence. “Men are too soft a target for the sharp women of today and so it’s no longer funny when they shoot their verbal arrows at us,” he explains. – AFP Relaxnews

The lines most picked by women to approach men

1. “I don’t bite, you know ... unless it’s called for.” – Audrey Hepburn to Cary Grant in Charade (1963)

2. “You don’t have to say anything.... Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle don’t you? You just put your lips together and ... blow.” – Lauren Bacall to Humphrey Bogart in To Have And Have Not (1944)

3. “You don’t know how hard it is being a woman looking the way I do.” – Kathleen Turner to Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

4. “Was that cannon fire, or is it my heart pounding?” – Ingrid Bergman to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (1942)

5. “You give me premature ventricular contractions.... You make my heart skip a beat.” – Natalie Portman to Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached (2011)

6. “Would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?” – Jean Harlow in Hell’s Angels (1930) – AFP Relaxnews

The lines that got the best response from men

1. “I’d like to kiss you, but I just washed my hair.” – Bette Davis in The Cabin In The Cotton (1932)

2. “Don’t worship me till I’ve earned it.” – Shirley MacLaine in Terms Of Endearment (1983)

3. “You don’t have to say anything.... Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle don’t you? You just put your lips together and ... blow.” – Lauren Bacall to Humphrey Bogart in To Have And Have Not (1944)

4. “Was that cannon fire, or is it my heart pounding?” – Ingrid Bergman to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (1942)

5. “I don’t bite, you know ... unless it’s called for.” – Audrey Hepburn to Cary Grant in Charade (1963)

6. “You aren’t too smart, are you? I like that in a man.” – Kathleen Turner to William Hurt in Body Heat (1981) – AFP Relaxnews

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