I will fully admit to having a blast while watching James Cameron's Avatar, but there were a few lines of dialogue that felt oddly manufactured for girls to swoon over and guys to want to barf in their bag of popcorn. One such line was "I see you", which, of course, is also the name of the film's theme song by Leona Lewis. In the film itself, "I see you" is used by the characters when they're involved in really deep conversations and all caught up in the spiritual moment. It's a way for them to verbalize their intense connection, and to Cameron's credit he sets it up and pays it off in ways that maximize its schmaltz factor. The director seems to have a knack for piecing together these lines of dialogue and promoting them in a way so that they remain in the public consciousness (and as a part of pop culture) for years.

Funnily enough, another Cameron does the same exact thing. Cameron Crowe is an expert at manipulating dialogue and dreaming up the lamest, heartfelt lines that, for one reason or another, wind up sticking in our brains long after we leave the theater. His Jerry Maguire gave us both "You had me at hello" and "You complete me" -- two of the most popular (and quotable) lines in movie history. And they're still relevant, as proven by Tony Stark yelling out "You complete me" to Pepper Potts in the latest Iron Man 2 trailer. Jerry Maguire in-jokes are still going strong baby!

So, yes, when I walked out of the theater after watching Avatar, one of the first thoughts I had was whether "I see you" would become the next "You complete me" ...
I know, another lame question from Cinematical, but I really am interested in whether you think "I see you" has the kind of staying power that some of these other lines have. It was obviously positioned in this film for a reason -- James Cameron wants you quoting this film in 10 years from now; trust me, he gets off on that kind of stuff. Dude created his own language for Avatar in hopes of it becoming the next Klingon. He wants this film to define an era, and "I see you" was not just another random line of dialogue -- it was created for you to use as a pick-up line, during a wedding proposal or as part of several spoof videos and movies in the years to come.

Question is ... did it stick? Is it still too early to tell? What do you think?

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