I saw the movie "Carnage". In it, one of the characters said: "We can't recall the drug because three guys can't walk a straight line." What is its meaning?

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    It's just an allusion to the dated stereotype that traffic cops ask a suspected drunk driver to walk in a straight line to prove he's sober. As I recall from that movie, Christoph Waltz is some kind of legal adviser. He's flippantly dismissing the idea of recalling a drug that could benefit millions, simply because a few people have minor adverse reactions to it (it makes them a bit "woozy"). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Dec 15 '14 at 4:05
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    @FumbleFingers That would make a good answer. – Jason Patterson Dec 15 '14 at 5:20
  • @Jason Patterson: I'm still undecided as to whether the question is on topic. My gut feel is no, because it's a cultural reference, not English as such. From what I recall of the film, the general sense of the usage here is fairly obvious from context anyway, but it's not exactly the kind of thing you'd encounter in normal conversation. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Dec 15 '14 at 5:24
  • Could you please provide more of the lines surrounding that one, to provide greater context? – SoItBegins Dec 27 '14 at 8:40

The reason is because often police officers will ask someone to walk in a stright line if they feel that the person might be drunk or on drugs.

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