Some movie lines transcend time. They become so much a part of our culture they almost supersede the movies that spawned them. Like, “Here’s looking at you kid,” and “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
I’m not talking about those.
I’m talking about the lines that have become part of our every day language. Well, okay, part of MY every day language. It’s funny how those phrases can take the place of actual original sentences and still get the point across.
Here are some of my favorites and ways to incorporate them into your every day language.
Cut it out, Napoleon! Just make yourself a dang quesadilla! You’re whining and you need to stop. Seriously. Now. And you need to make me a quesadilla. Seriously. Now.
We’re going to need a bigger boat. This one can actually only be used if you have a cigarette hanging from your lower lip, but it’s awesome for relating severe inadequacy.
I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal. This one is awesome because it’s not really about you, it’s about that flaming egomaniac in your office. The BEST part about this one is that egomaniacs rarely watch anything but themselves, much less classic movies like Anchorman so you and your smarty-pants co-workers can gang up on Narcissus and just start referring to him as “Ron Burgundy” and he’ll never be the wiser. See? Awesome.
Randy lay there like a slug. It was his only defense. You’ve fallen. I’m sorry that happened to you, but I’m going to go ahead and blurt out this unhelpful yet fitting movie line before I come to your aid. Best used with friends or relatives. Strangers don’t seem to take it very well.
Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape! You’re touching me and you need to not be. I’ll also just pull it out in a Pavlovian response to anything remotely relating to Planet of the Apes. It’s just that fun to say.
Sixty-percent of the time, it works every time. Um, do I really need to explain that?
You are literally to stupid to insult. You are literally too stupid to insult.
Well you’re dead now, so SHUT UP! Honestly, you’re prattling on about nothing and no one is listening to you so, really, shut up. The person this phrase is spoken to can only redeem themselves if they immediately follow it with “But I didn’t eat the mousse.”
Oh boys, lookie what I got here! Okay, it’s not really translatable into any useable every day phrase but I DARE you to say it and not spend the next 30 minutes trading “Blazing Saddles” lines with your BFF. In fact right now my mind is aglow with whirling, transient nodes of thought careening through a cosmic vapor of invention.
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