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I saw a movie around 2000 (which would've been made within 5 years or so of this year) where I heard the line "People who sit at home and watch sitcoms... those people are dead" - this is paraphrase.

I thought it was "Instinct" (with Anthony Hopkins) - and my memory of a man like Anthony Hopkins' character saying this line is fairly clear - but I re-watched the film and did not find the line (I also checked the scripts and transcripts) so this does not look good.

The film was NOT: "Goodfellas", "Trainspotting", "Silence of the Lambs".

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Perhaps Trainspotting? – iandotkelly Mar 19 '14 at 6:13
@iandotkelly Perhaps indeed... is there anything to support that? – d'alar'cop Mar 19 '14 at 6:17
Well there is a reason why I didn't post it as an answer - I don't have access to any supporting material, or can check the movie myself today. However its reminiscent of the opening monolog of Trainspotting, and is one of the themes of the movie. – iandotkelly Mar 19 '14 at 6:42
Trainspotting however has a very definite feel to it - one that is not at all similar to Goodfellas, so it makes me doubt it. – iandotkelly Mar 19 '14 at 6:43
@iandotkelly Yes... you're right; that opening may well fit. I think the feel is actually suitable for such a quote - although I'm not sure if I can see one of the characters saying it... since they were pretty hopeless – d'alar'cop Mar 19 '14 at 6:49

Could this be Man on the Moon (1999)?

Andy Kaufman is being offered a job in a sitcom, and is talking about canned laughter (emphasis added):

- I hate sitcoms, George. I've never liked them.
- And sitcoms are the lowest form of entertainment.
- I mean, it's just stupid jokes and canned laughter!
- You don't know why it's there, but it's there.
- Those are dead people laughing, you know that, those people are dead!

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Extremely close... And, frankly, this may really be the one - I might just be delirious. But I still believe the quote was more about the people watching the sitcoms being "dead". But, again, I might just be a false memory. – d'alar'cop Mar 19 '14 at 8:00

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