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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?

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  1. user_352043 Moderator
    user_352043
    @AmySchley

    CandE:

    Amy Schley:

    Tim H. […]

    Likewise, video games and TV shows are picking up some of that cultural brain space. (The cake is a lie, Winter is coming)

    What! The cake is a lie?!

    You monster.

    -E

    There was even going to be a party for you. A big party that all your friends were invited to. I invited your best friend, the Companion Cube. Of course, he couldn’t come, because you murdered him. All your other friends couldn’t come either, because you don’t have any other friends. Because of how unlikeable you are. It says so here in your personnel file: unlikeable. Liked by no one. A bitter, unlikeable loner whose passing shall not be mourned. “Shall not be mourned.” That’s exactly what it says. Very formal. Very official. It also says you were adopted. So that’s funny too.

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  2. user_352043 Moderator
    user_352043
    @AmySchley

    CandE:

    It’s probably not relevant to the conversation, but when we were just married my wife and I successfully carried on an hour long conversation entirely from song lyrics, most particularly from songs by the Barenaked Ladies. It was pretty epic, but you probably had to be there.

    -E

     Please say “chickety china, the chinese chicken” worked its way in there at some point. :)

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  3. CandE Inactive
    CandE
    @CandE

    Amy Schley:

    CandE:

    It’s probably not relevant to the conversation, but when we were just married my wife and I successfully carried on an hour long conversation entirely from song lyrics, most particularly from songs by the Barenaked Ladies. It was pretty epic, but you probably had to be there.

    -E

    Please say “chickety china, the chinese chicken” worked its way in there at some point. :) 

    Can’t say I remember if that one made it, but considering that we were newly wed I can almost guarantee that “like Sting I’m tantric” made it in there.

    -E

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  4. CandE Inactive
    CandE
    @CandE

    Amy Schley:

    CandE:

    Amy Schley:

    Tim H. […]

    Likewise, video games and TV shows are picking up some of that cultural brain space. (The cake is a lie, Winter is coming)

    What! The cake is a lie?!

    You monster.

    -E

    There was even going to be a party for you. A big party that all your friends were invited to. I invited your best friend, the Companion Cube. Of course, he couldn’t come, because you murdered him. All your other friends couldn’t come either, because you don’t have any other friends. Because of how unlikeable you are. It says so here in your personnel file: unlikeable. Liked by no one. A bitter, unlikeable loner whose passing shall not be mourned. “Shall not be mourned.” That’s exactly what it says. Very formal. Very official. It also says you were adopted. So that’s funny too.

    Yeah, well, that jumpsuit you’re wearing looks stupid.  That’s not me talking, it’s right here in your file.

    -E

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  5. user_352043 Moderator
    user_352043
    @AmySchley

    CandE:

    Amy Schley:

    CandE:

    Amy Schley:

    Tim H. […]

    Likewise, video games and TV shows are picking up some of that cultural brain space. (The cake is a lie, Winter is coming)

    What! The cake is a lie?!

    You monster.

    -E

    There was even going to be a party for you. A big party that all your friends were invited to. I invited your best friend, the Companion Cube. Of course, he couldn’t come, because you murdered him. All your other friends couldn’t come either, because you don’t have any other friends. Because of how unlikeable you are. It says so here in your personnel file: unlikeable. Liked by no one. A bitter, unlikeable loner whose passing shall not be mourned. “Shall not be mourned.” That’s exactly what it says. Very formal. Very official. It also says you were adopted. So that’s funny too.

    Yeah, well, that jumpsuit you’re wearing looks stupid. That’s not me talking, it’s right here in your file.

    -E

     You have heard the Wheatley Song, yes?

    She’s fat, you’re starchy, I don’t know which is worse!

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  6. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    CandE:

    It’s probably not relevant to the conversation, but when we were just married my wife and I successfully carried on an hour long conversation entirely from song lyrics, most particularly from songs by the Barenaked Ladies. It was pretty epic, but you probably had to be there.

    -E

    There’s an urban legend up here in Soviet Canuckistan that several years ago a group of parliamentary speechwriters had a contest going to see who could slip song lyrics into their bosses’ parliamentary speeches without their bosses noticing.

    It’s generally assumed that this legend is actually a trick intended to get new staff to waste time poring over old Hansard transcripts.

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  7. user_554634 Moderator
    user_554634
    @MikeRapkoch

    Everything I’ve l;earned in life comes from Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven:

    One armed deputy Clyde loading three pistols: “I don’t wanna get killed for lack of shooting back,” which should be the motto of the NRA.

    Eastwood to the Schofield Kid:

    “Take a drink kid,” and “we all got it comin kid.”

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  8. Frithfan Inactive
    Frithfan
    @Frithfan

    “You keep using that word….”  and  “As you wish”  and others from Princess Bride.

    “Today my jurisdiction ends here”   and   “You’re wearing my hat”  and others from Silverado.

    “If I had ever learnt, I would’ve been a great proficient.”  Pride & Prejudice

    “I find your lack of faith disturbing”  and  “Cloudy this boy’s future is” and others from the Star Wars films.

    And LOTS of songs from musicals! (We’re a family of musicians.)
    “I love you a bushel and a peck”
    “In the barrel, you’re the pickle”
    “Everything’s up to date in Kansas City”
    “If I were a rich man”
    “Oh, we got trouble right here in River City!”

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  9. user_22932 Member
    user_22932
    @PaulDeRocco

    I’m proud to say that I didn’t get any of the references in this thread, except for the Princess Bride ones. I’m more likely to use lines of the vintage: “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more” or “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” Or “You know how to whistle, don’t you?” “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” “A haandbaaag?”

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  10. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    @jon

    “Lighten up, Francis.”

    “No matter where you go, there you are.”

    “I’m your huckleberry.”

    “You gonna do something or just stand there and bleed?”

    “Tina, you fat lard, come get some DINNER!”

    “You’ve been ruining everybody’s lives and eating all our steak.”

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  11. Mark Belling Fan Member
    Mark Belling Fan
    @MBF

    My brother and I pretty much communicate exclusively in quotes from Chris Farley movies. 

    “Must have been a chunk in the road or something.”

    “I think I just chunked in my pants.”

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  12. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Lots from The Princess Bride and Groundhog Day. Also, for those who liked Harold Ramis movies, you might go back and find Preston Sturgis’s works.

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  13. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Oh, and quotes from Wallace and Gromit.

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  14. user_92524 Member
    user_92524
    @TonyMartyr

    I’ve got 5 sisters and a brother, and we all grew up reading (and re-reading, and adding to) the same big pile of Boys Own and Champion annuals, Mad magazines and cheap thrillers (Alistair Maclean, Desmond Bagley etc).  When we get together, our conversation is so full of arcane references it’s pretty much unintelligible, which drives our spouses to distraction.

    For example – the word “Superchif” is pregnant with meaning….  and my sister did her PhD on “English Children’s Annuals, Australia, and the British Embrace’

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  15. Deacon Blues Inactive
    Deacon Blues
    @DeaconBlues

    For our family it’s Coen brothers, particularly

    Raising Arizona:
    “We set to pop, honey.”
    “Hold up the nipper.”
    “They had more’n they could handle.”
    “Better hurry it up, I’m in dutch with the wife.”
    “Prison life is structured… more’n some people care for.”
    “Gotcha on an awful short leash, don’t she?”
    “Well OK then.”

    And O Brother Where Art Thou?:
    “Damn! We’re in a tight spot.”
    “Well I’ll only be 82!”
    “Well ain’t this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere.”
    “Hop in, boys! We gonna R-U-N-N-O-F-T!”
    “We thought you was a toad.”
    “He’s bona fide. What are you?”

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  16. otherdeanplace@yahoo.com Member
    otherdeanplace@yahoo.com
    @EustaceCScrubb

    “You call this a happy family? Why do we have to have all these kids?” from It’s a Wonderful Life gets a lot of play in our house along with other quotes from the film. 
    “Almost there…Almost there” and “But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters! You can waste time with your friends when your chores are done.” from Star Wars. 
    “You know, for kids” from The Hudsucker Proxy.
    UHF, Galaxy Quest and especially Airplane get a lot of play in our house.

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  17. Son of Spengler Contributor
    Son of Spengler
    @SonofSpengler

    RightinChicago:

    “Can I borrow your towel? My car just hit a water buffalo.”

    My older sister and I can conduct entire conversations in Fletch lines.

    “ Yeah, I assure you.”

     For my brother and me, it’s Arrested Development. My nephew has his own chicken dance.

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  18. user_92524 Member
    user_92524
    @TonyMartyr

    …and Get Smart, of course.

    “Not Craw, Craw!”  “Oh – sorry, Craw”
    “Missed it by THAT much”
    “Kill the lights, Hymie”
    “Would you believe…..”

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  19. HeartofAmerica Inactive
    HeartofAmerica
    @HeartofAmerica

    Eustace C. Scrubb:

    “You call this a happy family? Why do we have to have all these kids?” from It’s a Wonderful Life gets a lot of play in our house along with other quotes from the film. “Almost there…Almost there” and “But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters! You can waste time with your friends when your chores are done.” from Star Wars. “You know, for kids” from The Hudsucker Proxy. UHF, Galaxy Quest and especially Airplane get a lot of play in our house.

     Definitely Airplane. So many great lines.

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  20. HeartofAmerica Inactive
    HeartofAmerica
    @HeartofAmerica

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    “Lighten up, Francis.”

    “No matter where you go, there you are.”

    “I’m your huckleberry.”

    “You gonna do something or just stand there and bleed?”

    “Tina, you fat lard, come get some DINNER!”

    “You’ve been ruining everybody’s lives and eating all our steak.”

     I’m a big fan of using “I’m your Huckleberry” along with “Well…bye.”  As for Stripes, I use a “lighten up Francis” meme on Facebook all the time. Seems appropriate almost everyday. We also use the Army training line a lot at work.

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  21. Podkayne of Israel Inactive
    Podkayne of Israel
    @PodkayneofIsrael

    Tony Martyr:

    …and Get Smart, of course.

    “Not Craw, Craw!” “Oh – sorry, Craw” “Missed it by THAT much” “Kill the lights, Hymie” “Would you believe…..”

     “My father’s name was Hymie!”

    Tony, d’ya know why it’s called the “Cone of Silence”?
    —Because Mr. Cone invented it.

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  22. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    “Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?”

    “We’re Americans – with a capital ‘A’ huh.  And do you know what that means -do you?  It means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world.”

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  23. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    @jon

    Deacon Blues:

    For our family it’s Coen brothers, particularly

    Raising Arizona: “We set to pop, honey.” “Hold up the nipper.” “They had more’n they could handle.” “Better hurry it up, I’m in dutch with the wife.” “Prison life is structured… more’n some people care for.” “Gotcha on an awful short leash, don’t she?” “Well OK then.”

    And O Brother Where Art Thou?: “Damn! We’re in a tight spot.” “Well I’ll only be 82!” “Well ain’t this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere.” “Hop in, boys! We gonna R-U-N-N-O-F-T!” “We thought you was a toad.” “He’s bona fide. What are you?”

    I forgot about those! From Raising Arizona I use the phrase “suburban Tempe, Arizona” since I live in the town next door. Also, “government do take a bite, don’t she?” And from O Brother, “But I’m the Pater Familias!”

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  24. Pilli Inactive
    Pilli
    @Pilli

    “Frankly Scarlid, I don’t give a dab.”   (to get the voice correct)
    “These aren’t the  ______ you’re looking for.”  (with a hand wave)
    “It’s not my day to give up ______.”  (I love Airplane.)

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  25. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    Pilli: “It’s not my day to give up ______.”  (I love Airplane.)

    I believe the quote you are looking for is, “looks like I picked the wrong week to quit ____.”

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  26. Mark Belling Fan Member
    Mark Belling Fan
    @MBF

    Classic beverage related quotes.

    “How bout a Fresca? Hmmm? Hmmm?” (Caddyshack)

    “Big Gulps, huh? Well, See ya later.” (Dumb and Dumber)

    “Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!” (Old School)

    “How ’bout you sideburns, you want some of this milk?”
    “I’d rather have a beer.” (Billy Madison)

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  27. The King Prawn Inactive
    The King Prawn
    @TheKingPrawn

    I can’t believe no Ace Ventura has made it to the discussion so far. “Most likely. I’ll bet it was something nice though” is the perfect answer to everything.

    As for Princess Bride, my wife watches it at least weekly. Enough so that I say “mar is mian leat” instead of as you wish because it’s just sexier in Irish.

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  28. Mr. Dart Inactive
    Mr. Dart
    @MrDart

    Arahant:

    Lots from The Princess Bride and Groundhog Day. Also, for those who liked Harold Ramis movies, you might go back and find Preston Sturgis’s works.

     Arahant, if you’re a fan of the great Preston Sturges I recommend reading the biography Between Flops.  He was an extraordinarily interesting man let alone being the master of the intelligent screwball comedy.  It used to be hard to find the book but I know B&N sells it as a nook e-book for $3.99.  Perhaps other book sellers carry it too.

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  29. RPD Inactive
    RPD
    @RPD

    The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year.

    Our Lady of divine acceleration don’t fail me now

    And lately “I hate Illinois Nazis”

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  30. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    On the Coo or Queue thread, someone just reminded me of the famous line from Up!

    “Squirrel!”

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