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Jurassic Park - Scene - Cleverly layered dialogue

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Published on Aug 31, 2007

(Description adjusted. Cred to "DES32988", see comments)

I love this short scene. The normally very confident dr Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) seems to realize something is akward in this conversation. But he is not getting it. Both characters respond to the subtext in the lines of the other. This is how it goes:

When Malcolm says "Kids get scared" it is a subtle insinuation that Grant is not understanding the psychology of chidren. Grant defends himself arguing that there is no real danger in the situation.

Now Malcolm takes this as if Grant thinks he is scared and tries to make him not to worry.

Malcolm, this confident usually on-top-of-everything kind of guy, does not want to be regarded as scared, so he has to make a stand on that.

But Grant correctly points to the fact that he never said Malcolm is scared.

Malcolm just has to get the final word in the argument. But by this time he has no clue what so ever what went wrong.

This is a really nice example of multilayered dialouge.

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