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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. Tim H. Inactive
    Tim H.
    @TimH

    OK, Amy, you’ve totally lost me by now.

    My wife’s Romanian, so I had to bring her up to speed with the movies my friends and I grew up quoting.  Holy Grail was tough, because of the accents.  Airplane relies so much on puns that go over her non-native English head that I kept up verbal annotations throughout the movie.  For example,
    “Okay, so ‘surely’ means ‘certainly,’ but it’s pronounced the same as the girl’s name ‘Shirley.'”
    Now, ‘jive’ is…”

    When it was over, she said the movie was very funny, but she liked it better when I told the jokes.  ;)

    P.S:  Oh, gosh, do you know how hard it was to explain the jive part?!

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  2. user_352043 Moderator
    user_352043
    @AmySchley

    Tim H.: OK, Amy, you’ve totally lost me by now.

     Most of those are from Portal or Portal 2. A great pair of games — no blood, no sex, no vulgarity, just 3D spatial reasoning puzzles with mouthy computers to keep you company.  As you go along, particularly in Portal 2, there’s a story about the facility, its owner, and the female mouthy computer being subtlely told through the facility itself.

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  3. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Amy Schley: A great pair of games — no blood, no sex, no vulgarity

    You lost me here. Great? No blood? No sex? Might as well play marbles.

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  4. CandE Inactive
    CandE
    @CandE

    Arahant:

    Amy Schley: A great pair of games — no blood, no sex, no vulgarity

    You lost me here. Great? No blood? No sex? Might as well play marbles.

    What she meant to say was that it was a wittier version of God of War.  Will you try it now?

    -E

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  5. user_352043 Moderator
    user_352043
    @AmySchley

    Arahant:

    Amy Schley: A great pair of games — no blood, no sex, no vulgarity

    You lost me here. Great? No blood? No sex? Might as well play marbles.

     This is a guide for one of the more fun achievements … break all the English computer’s monitors while the female computer is running on a potato battery and mouthing at you.

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  6. CandE Inactive
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    @CandE

    Amy Schley:

    Arahant:

    Amy Schley: A great pair of games — no blood, no sex, no vulgarity

    You lost me here. Great? No blood? No sex? Might as well play marbles.

    This is a guide for one of the more fun achievements … break all the English computer’s monitors while the female computer is running on a potato battery and mouthing at you.

    Thanks!  I know what I’m doing tonight now…

    -E

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  7. cirby Inactive
    cirby
    @cirby

    As mentioned above, a lot of the fun material nowadays comes from games.

    A lot more comes from various web-comedy bits – and a lot of those are about games. Rooster Teeth keeps cranking out a lot of quotable silliness, for example.

    “People like grapes.”
    “I don’t need friends to help me grow up. I drink milk.”

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  8. Steve C. Member
    Steve C.
    @user_531302

    My wife and I play golf. Poorly. 18 Holes of agony leave many opportunities to quote Tin Cup. It’s become so ingrained in our banter we typically call each other Roy. Needless to say the most quoted line is “Take the drop, Roy!” Followed by another futile attempt at “immortality”.

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  9. Songwriter Inactive
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    @user_19450

    And now I understand that it isn’t conservative politics that holds Ricochet together.  It is the love for the same movies.  My wife and I have actually used “Raising Arizona” as a humor litmus test when getting to know new people.  Inevitably, we get along great with those who can quote lines from the film.

    Interestingly, a lot of the films mentioned here come from a fairly small group of creators:  Harold Ramis, William Goldman, the Coen Bros., and the Monty Python group.

    For my friends in the music and theater worlds, three films from the world of Christopher Guest (and friends) provide a lot of quotable quotes: “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Waiting for Guffman,” and “A Mighty Wind.”

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  10. Songwriter Inactive
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    @user_19450

    “He chose…poorly” (the old knight from the 3rd Indiana Jones movie) comes in very handy after any debacle.

    “That ain’t good” (spoken by Bart Simpson the instant before plummeting to near death on a roller coaster) works well in the moment just before the previously referenced debacle.

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  11. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Songwriter: For my friends in the music and theater worlds, three films from the world of Christopher Guest (and friends) provide a lot of quotable quotes: “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Waiting for Guffman,” and “A Mighty Wind.”

    Not for musicians or thespians, but you might as well throw in Best in Show.

    For Your Consideration is also sending up actors.

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  12. EThompson Inactive
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    @EThompson

    “Flounder, you can’t spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes! You ****ed up – you trusted us! Hey, make the best of it!

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  13. user_44643 Inactive
    user_44643
    @MikeLaRoche

    “Hail to the king, baby.”

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  14. user_44643 Inactive
    user_44643
    @MikeLaRoche

    Army of Darkness is full of great one liners.  Just that one clip above (the last scene of the film) had an additional three:

    “Lady, I’m afraid I’m gonna gave to ask you to leave the store.”

    “Name’s Ash, housewares.”

    “Come get some.”

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