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Yesterday at lunch, one of my former co-workers shared that she’s “educating” her 12-year-old son regarding some of her favorite movies by spending the summer “screening” them for him. Her reasoning? Because she uses so many lines from each movie’s dialog that it has become part of her everyday vernacular. She wants him to understand the context behind the comments so he now could join in the conversation and truly be part of her family’s movie culture/language.
The rest of the lunch crowd immediately jumped in and wholeheartedly agreed. We, along with other friends and family members, all use lines from movies in our daily conversations. Doing so not only brings back memories of movies that we love but usually the lines are appropriately used within the conversation. With the exception of someone much younger, I rarely encounter someone who doesn’t understand the line or the movie it references.
Mr. HOA and I use a lot of lines from Jeremiah Johnson… such as when something goes wrong, we will say (in our best Will Gear voice), “Saw it right off, didn’t put enough dirt down.” Another friend, a devout fan of the same movie, will tell me “watch your top knot!” when saying goodbye.
We use many lines from Stripes, Mr. Mom, Jaws, Animal House… and so on. We can’t be alone in doing this. Do you routinely use lines from movies and what are they? Do your family members and friends follow suit?Published in