Disturbing Behavior

1998 film directed by David Nutter

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.
  • The Yogurt Shoppe, Yogurt Shop-e, what the fuck's a Shop-e?
  • [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


Lorna Longley

  • Treat yourself.
  • Bad wrong, wrong bad, bad wrong, wrong bad.
  • [Blood running down her face] I have to go home. I've got a big physics test tomorrow.


  • Allen Clark: What're you doing, dipshit? Don't worry about the snakes in your garden when you've got spiders in your bed.
  • 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.: Denial ain't just a river in Italy, bud!
  • 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.
  • Dr. Caldicott: Science is God!


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

Gavin: It's a class system here at CB High, Stevie Boy. Check it out. [points to the car enthusiast students] There, you've got your motor heads, car jocks, all the world's a gasket and a lube job and a pack of Lucky's. Music of choice: Posi-traction overdrive, classic rock, Skynyrd, The Allmans, Bruce. Drug of choice: Beer, Miller Genuine Draft. Keggers can't be choosers.
UV: Freaks that fix leaks.
Gavin: [points to the nerdy students] Over here you have your microgeeks... nerds, whiz kids and various other bottom feeders. Music of choice: The sound of an Apple PC booting up. Drug of choice: Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time"... and a cup of jasmine tea on a Saturday night.
UV: Freaks that go squeak.
Gavin: [points to the hippie students] Over there you have your skaters. Riffin', raging kids and their ramp tramps. Baggy pants, Dickie wools, doing 50-50 grinds... with a gnarly grab finish on a homemade half-pipe in the woods. Music of choice: The whack of a hackysack. Drug of choice: Ecstasy, E-tab, baby; longer lovin' through science.
UV: Freaks in sneaks.
Gavin: Here's where it gets really... nasty. [points to the Blue Ribbons] Lorna runs with that group over there, the Blue Ribbons.
Steve: What's that?
Gavin: Community group. Good kids. Have car washes and bake sales and kiss a lot of adult sphincter.
U.V.: Blue Robots.
Gavin: Hear, hear. Those three guys are Cradle Bay's answer to Manson, McVeigh and O.J.: Trent Whalen, Andy Effkin, Robby Stewart.
UV: Hey, I bet you didn't know that toast came in three flavors.
Gavin: Music of choice: the hum of perfection, the buzz of ambition. Drug of choice: life, the pursuit of clean living at the expense of all who sniffle at the hem of their gowns.
UV: Freaks so chic.
Gavin: The you've got kids like me and UV here, those who like their metal heavy, their Marlboro's light. Music of choice...
Gavin and UV: "Harvester of sorrow, language of the mad."
Gavin: Drug of choice: what have you got?
UV: Freaks all week!
[Bell rings]
Gavin: That's it. Lesson over. Class dismembered. Welcome to Cradle Bay High, Stevie Boy. Welcome to my nightmare.

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

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

Gavin: Hello Charles, cycle any anabolic goodies lately?
Chug: You're funny, Strick.
Gavin: Thanks, I'm here all week.
Chug: [to Rachel] Anyways Rachel, there's a couple of us guys going to the Yogurt Shoppe later if you wanna come by...
Gavin: The Yogurt Shoppe? Yeah! [to Steve] You wanna make an "active culture" joke here, Stevie Boy, or should I handle this one?

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

Gavin: No, it is not bullshit, and it wasn't steroids!
Rachel: [annoyed] Here we go...
Steve: What?
Rachel: Gavin thinks some sinister force has taken over the Cradle Bay meatheads.
Gavin: No, you know what it is! You know!
Steve: A sinister force?
Rachel: You know, evil. Nowhere to turn, no one to trust, altogether ooky.

Gavin: Mr. Newberry here has got the full-on Boo Radley, village idiot, Quasimoto thing going, don't you Mr. Newb?
Dorian: What?
Gavin: And he's currently involved in a war against the rodent population of Cradle Bay.

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

Gavin: Look at this place: the Yogurt Shoppe... the Yogurt "Shop-e". What the fuck is a "Shop-e"?
Randi: Why don't you make like a tree and leave?
Gavin: Clever girl.

Chug: Will you go out with me?
Rachel: [laughs] You're kidding, right? [seriously] No, Chug, I won't.
Chug: WHY NOT?!

Rachel: Just tell me you have a really razor plan?
Steve: I am making this shit up as I go.

Dorian: Evening, Officer!
Officer Cox: What are you doing?
Dorian: Oh, I'm getting rid of rats! The pink-eyed vermin can't see for spit!

[after Steve begs for the family to head back to Chicago, Dr. Caldicott steps inside the Clark house]
Dr. Caldicott: Steven, you are home. Cradle Bay is where you belong, here with your family.
Steve: [realizing he's been betrayed by his mother and father] You signed me up for the program?
Cynthia: We want what's best for you.
Steve: [screaming] What about what I want??!!
Dr. Caldicott: Steven, do you really like the way you feel?
Steve: Oh, shut the fuck up! [to his parents] You sold me out.
Cynthia: No, we didn't! We just want you back!
Nathan: Steven, please...
Steve: [shouting] "Steve!" My name is "Steve", OK?! Nobody calls me "Steven" except for them!

[U.V. isn't sure if Steve Clark is now one of the Blue Ribbons]
U.V.: Hey, man, not so fast! What's the capital of North Dakota?
Steve: How the fuck should I know?
U.V.: All right, you're cool.

Steve: What're you doing?
Dorian: We can't very well let these shitbirds go off and graduate into the world, can we?
Steve: Maybe they can be helped!
Dorian: No, they can't... And neither can I! [shows the gunshot wound to his stomach] Do good things, lunch boy.

Steve: It's over, you son of a bitch. It's finished.
Dr. Caldicott: "Finished"? There'll always be other towns. Other troubled teens. Other troubled parents. Science is God!

[U.V. shoots Gavin to prevent him from shooting Rachel and Steve]
Gavin: [falls to the ground, bleeding] Three times? You had to shoot me three times?
U.V.: [voice breaking] Sorry, man.
Gavin: 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...
  • Note: This was a deleted scene.

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