(one) has seen this movie (before)

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(one) has seen this movie (before)

One has witnessed or endured a similar or identical situation before. Oh, we've seen this movie before—candidates making all kinds of campaign promises that they will never keep if they're elected. So the bosses want to interview everyone and ask them how they contribute to the company, right? Yeah, I've seen this movie—they're getting ready to lay people off.
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