Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Quote a Day ...

"Now they know that we know that they know that we know." - The 'Burbs
Recently I found myself smiling while I was in the comedy DVD section. It wasn't hard to figure out why: I was surrounded by the films nearest and dearest to me because of their ability to reduce me into an unresponsive mass of laughter. Two movie lines that had automatically sprung to mind (and made me smile) are below.

From Without a Clue - Dr. John Watson (Ben Kingsley) is referring to the evil Professor Moriarty when he states to Sherlock Holmes (Michael Caine) "Don't worry - he knows you're stupid!" To which Holmes replies, visibly relieved, "Oh, good."

From The 'Burbs - His neighbors call out to Art Weingartner, "Art! You're wife's home .... and your house is on fire!" Art responds, "My wife's home?!?"

Out of context, they may seem somewhat vanilla. Within the framework of their respective films, however, these lines can be utterly giggle-inducing. Many experiences of my life are passed through the comedic quote-filter in my head, providing me more chances to laugh along with life as it comes at me (ask my wife how many times a week I quote The 'Burbs and she'll tell you, "Too many."). Here are some other movies enshrined in my Quotable Hall of Fame:

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How about you? Which movies help you sometimes to get through the day?


Roberta said...

Men in Black has almost all of my favorite lines, except for the ones contained in The Princess Bride. Here's one I say almost every day, "I hate the living."

Linjda k. said...

One of my favorite movies, that is just loaded with laugh out loud, quotable lines, is "Drop Dead Gorgeous" with Kirsten Dunst and Kirstie Alley and a long list of funny people. Many of the best lines can't be shared on this blog due to language restrictions(I love the opening scene where the mayor is complaining about the sign welcoming people to the town)You'll just have to watch the movie to catch the best quotes. But one of the clean ones involves Kirsten Dunst talking to Alison Janney "My mom never hid the fact that my dad chose his career over us. What was it she always said?" To which Janney's character replies "Once a carnie, always a carnie." This movie is a hoot!

Jackie D. said...

My all time most quotable movie is Mean Girls. "Oh my god, Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white."
"Irregardless, ex-boyfriends are just off limits to friends. I mean, that's just, like, the rules of feminism!"

David Whittingham said...

I actually had an old friend call me over the weekend and when I answered he said in an dark voice, "I want my two dollars". Of course that is because we watched the movie that line is from at least 20 times when we were kids. And it made me laugh again.

Claire said...

My personal favorites are Major League : "This guy here is dead!" "Cross him off, then!"

and Rookie of the Year: "Did he say funky buttloving!?"

Still gets me.

Fiona Pugsley said...

From Addams Family Values:

Gomez: Children, why do you hate the baby?

Pugsley: We don't hate him. We just wanna play with him.

Wednesday: Especially his head.

Nick Elliot said...

2 quotes from 2 great John Cusak movies: Say Anything -- Lloyd Dobler: "I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that."
The Sure Thing -- Cop: [reading off citations to Gary Cooper] "Indecent exposure, driving as so to endanger..."
Gib: "...Driving with the load not properly tied down."

Brodie Austin said...

Zoolander has endured as a quotable/funny movie for me: "What is this!? A school for ants!"

Linda K. said...

Almost forgot one of my favorite spoofs of all time - Spaceballs! The crew is walking across the desert- Lone Starr: Water. Water.
Dot Matrix: Oil. Oil.
Princess Vespa: Room Service. Room Service. (love that Druish princess!)
And: Prepare for light speed! No, no, no, light speed is too slow. We're going to have to go right to ludicrous speed!

Cathy F. said...

I love to read a Positively Ellinwood Blog Post and stop right before the end to guess which expressive, talented library staff member wrote it. I got this one right!

Laura A. said...

From The Freshman, with Marlon Brandon as a suspected mafioso:

"So this is college." He looks around a small dorm room. "I didn't miss much."

Missy Krouch said...

Fried Green Tomatoes: when Kathy Bates' character Evelyn is cut off in a parking lot --
Evelyn Couch: Hey! I was waiting for that spot!
Girl #1: Face it, lady, we're younger and faster!
[Evelyn rear-ends the other car six times]
Girl #1: What are you *doing*?
Girl #2: Are you *crazy*?
Evelyn Couch: Face it, girls, I'm older and I have more insurance.

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