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I'm trying, but I don't have any witticisms, or any wry observations, or an amusing anecdote. All I have is some knowledge, which I will pass along to you.

In a movie script, sometimes there is a little parenthetical underneath the character name and before the actual dialogue. When these are used to describe the tone in which the phrase is to be spoken, it is called a "wryly". This is because it is overused, and the most common descriptor used is "wryly". It looks like this:

That's what I thought.

It is generally not a good idea to use these, as the tone of the conversation itself usually dictates the tone of any individual line (i.e., duh, we knew it was said wryly). If the action and dialogue do not convey the wryness of the situation, then perhaps work needs to be done there.
The plural of wryly is wrylies. I don't know if this is industry standard talk, or just certain writers use this word. I forgot where I first heard it.
The point is, in general, you do not need to use wrylies. Sometimes, you do. But not as often as the average scriptwriter thinks.

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Date: July 24th, 2003 - 12:06 pm
You're absolutely right. Parentheses should only be used for important stage directions, and rarely there too. Like you say, the tone of the whole scene should dictate how the dialogue might be spoken by the actors, and if the sriptwriter has to explain the emotion in each line of dialogue then it probably isn't coming out naturally through the conversation.

Plus, actors and directors are egotistical and don't take kindly to being told by the writer how to make the scene. It kind of insults the director to put lots of stage directions in a script, and insults an actor to disctate how they must play the emotion of each line.
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Date: July 24th, 2003 - 02:33 pm
Ahh, film student! How I wish I had your words to back me up a couple years ago when I was working with other people who had no knowledge. Actors, even! I was writing a script with an actor, and he kept putting in not only stage direction, but camera direction as well! That project (obviously) fell through.

You know, I didn't go to film school, but I at least did enough research to become somewhat knowledgeable in the field. I can't believe that someone would spend all that time writing a script and absolutely no time doing the research. You should write a film script.
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