30-Day Film Challenge: The Film You Can Quote Best

Day 8
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A Christmas Story (1983) by El Bicho

It was a close race, but currently A Christmas Story exhibits the most control over my speech patterns. Doesn't even have to be the holiday season for me to let loose some of author Jean Shepherd's brilliant gems. When there's a package on the step, I say "Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian." When something doesn't go right, I'll say "fudge" and then in a quick aside point out, "only I didn't say 'fudge'." I've even been known to breach etiquette and go straight to the triple-dog dare.

With some of the most memorable dialogue ever put to film, it's absolutely stunning that it wasn't even nominated for an Oscar. Forget winner Terms of Endearment, do you know anyone quoting Reuben, Reuben or The Dresser?

Dumb & Dumber (1994) by Dusty Somers

 I'm sorely tempted to put a Billy Wilder or Howard Hawks comedy here to save face, but when it comes right down to it, nearly every one-liner from the Farrelly Brothers' Dumb & Dumber is branded upon my brain.

And you know what, I'm not ashamed of it at all. Jim Carrey isn't totally insufferable here, the Farrellys actual pull off a consistent tone and the film has an ace up its sleeve with the totally brilliant Jeff Daniels -- slumming a bit, but with total commitment. Unlike so many terrible comedies I embraced in my youth (I'm looking at you, Chris Farley vehicles), Dumb & Dumber holds up pretty well.

"Big Gulps, huh? All right, well, see you later!"

Pulp Fiction by Shawn Bourdo

There are lots of films I can do the dialog for as they play. You can start The Wizard Of Oz and I'll talk right along with it. You just give me a line of It's A Wonderful Life and I'll pick it up from there.

But this says "film you can quote".  I think back to films that I've qouted for months and years after seing them. In this case, I can unflinchingly say that I have quoted Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction for years afterwards. I'll still throw in a "Check out the big brain on Brad." 

There's so much to love - "Pride only hurts.  It never helps."  I owned a business through the history of this film and may have quoted it weekly.  I still find it as easy to identify in qoutes as any other film.

"Yeah, baby. You'd dig it the most."

Wayne's World (1992) by Amanda Salazar

Now I am terrible at film quotes. People often quote a film and test me by asking where it is from and I am always stumped, for some reason lines from movies don't resonate as much with me as actions. Therefore I admire those people that can walk out of a film and quote their favorite lines. So I had to rule out the film that I can quote "best"  because there really isn't one, so I started thinking about some of the lines that I still use today in conversation.

The film that I can quote best from has to be Wayne's World. When someone gets flabbergasted, "ashinctersayswhat" is how I respond. When I am overcome with awesomeness, "I am not worthy" is what I end up saying, including the head bow. I also have to admit, that it still crosses my mind whenever I hear that someone is nauseous I think "If you are going to spew, spew into this..." There are actually so many good lines in this film, but the few that have stuck with me are still used all the time. Another watch will surely leave me with more quotable lines but its nice to have some already engrained, like "no way, way!"

 

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