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The Best (& Worst) Boston Accents Ever To Appear On-Screen

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    When you come across the term "Boston accent," you might flash to Matt Damon's Will Hunting crowing, "How do you like them apples?" outside a Dunkin' Donuts; or Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, greeting Car Talk listeners from Cambridge, "Our fair city," MA. Mark Wahlberg. Mayor Quimby. "I pahked my cah in Hahvuhd Yahd." You get the gist.

    Hollywood, of course, has never met an accent it didn't like. As such, it's time for Boston's to be trotted out again in the new Chris Pine action-drama, The Finest Hours. Pine swaps his r's for h's as a member of the Coast Gahd (sorry, Coast Guard) sent to rescue a broken tanker helmed by real-life Boston boy Casey Affleck.

    The Disney film hits theaters January 29, which makes it an ideal time to look back at cinema's other memorable attempts at perfecting that Beantown banter. Did the cast of The Departed get it right? Do Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone get points for accuracy? Did Tom Hanks nail it?

    Click through to see our best and worst picks. No hahd feelings, guys.





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    Rob Morrow, Quiz Show, 1994

    "My personal Hall of Shame would have to include Rob Morrow in Quiz Show," Boston Globe movie critic Ty Burr told NPR in 2013. You have to admit, that "I'm just gettin' stahted" was pretty painful. Note that this is just one of many bad Boston accents Martin Scorsese will have to sit through during his career.

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    Jeff Bridges, Blown Away, 1994

    We're not sure who decided to cast laid-back California dude Jeff Bridges as a wise-cracking Bostonian while Texan Tommy Lee Jones had to trot out an Irish accent. We do know that Bridges' accent here is regarded as one of the worst to hit the big screen.

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    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting, 1997

    Some critics have taken issue with Williams' heavy-handed pronunciation of the word "fahted," but he won an Oscar, so all is forgiven. Matt Damon also masters the accent, proving once again that being a Boston local helps.

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    Kevin Costner, Thirteen Days, 2000

    Every time Costner busts out a Boston accent, a Red Sox batter strikes out.

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    Diane Lane, The Perfect Storm, 2000

    Lane's a wonderful actress, but her accent is inconsistent at best, earning her a "win" in a poll on the worst Boston accents. Where's Mark Wahlberg when you need him?