Earlier this week my husband and I had dinner at one of our favorite Italian places… and then both woke up in the middle of the night with a nasty case of food poisoning. But laughter makes everything better, right? That’s why, during the height of our misery, I couldn’t help but grab a small glass from the kitchen and mumble to my better half: “If you’re gonna spew, spew into this.” Ah, yes… the wisdom of Garth from 1992′s Wayne’s World — my friends and I have been repeating that line for nearly two decades now.
The unfortunate food-poisoning incident got me thinking about the movies I quote most often. Which, to be clear, is not the same thing as “my favorite movie quotes.” In 2005 the American Film Institute did a pretty thorough job of listing out the Top 100 Movie Quotes of All Time, which you can read here or see in video-montage format here. But the thing is, even though I agree that every line that made the cut is a classic, very few are quips that my friends, family members or I ever actually find a way to work into normal conversation. In fact, some of the movies I spout lines from the most frequently aren’t even on the AFI’s list.
So here is MY personal list of the films I quote the most. Meaning that I find myself reciting multiple lines from each of these movies more often than I probably should. If one of my favorite movies only had one or two great lines that I repeat on a regular basis, it didn’t make the cut. This list is all about quantity of lines and real-world usage!
I definitely quoted Office Space a lot more when I was actually a part of Corporate America. But since pretty much everyone else I know makes their living workin’ for The Man, these lines still come in handy.
“We need to talk about your TPS reports.”
“PC Load Letter? What the **** does that mean?”
“It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.”
“I don’t like my job, and, uh, I don’t think I’m gonna go anymore.”
“Milt, we’re gonna need to go ahead and move you downstairs into storage B.”
“Excuse me… I believe you have my stapler?”
“Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays.”
“…that would be great, mmmkay?”
I’ve admitted in the past that this 1989 time-traveling comedy starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter had a major influence on the way I used to talk in high school, annoying my parents to no end. But even now, over twenty years later, its best lines still hold up.
“Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”
“So-crates: The only true wisdom consists in knowing… that you know nothing.” “That’s us, dude!”
“All we are is dust in the wind, dude.”
“I’ll never rule the universe with you!”
“Everything is different, but the same… things are more moderner than before… bigger, and yet smaller… it’s computers… San Dimas High School football rules!”
If you were really into Star Wars as a kid like my brother and I were, it’s nearly impossible to stop yourself from quoting Episodes IV – VI. Sometimes I don’t even realize I’m doing it.
“Do or do not. There is no try.”
“May the force be with you.”
“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”
“The Force is strong with this one.”
“You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
“I’m not afraid.” “You will be… you… will… be.”
“I have a really bad feeling about this…”
“I don’t know what all this trouble is about, but I’m sure it must be your fault.”
My husband and I love this movie so much that we threw an Old School-themed party the first year we moved into our condo. And now eight years later, we find ourselves not only reciting the Home Depot line, but also acting upon it.
“…Actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we’re going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don’t know, I don’t know if we’ll have enough time.”
“You’re my boy, Blue! You’re my boy.”
“Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!”
“We’re going streaking!”
This is my #1 favorite film of all time, so of course it had to be on the list. I know the whole thing by heart!
“As you wish.”
“Inconceivable!” “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
“Let me ‘splain. [Pause.] No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”
“You mock my pain.” “Life is pain, Highness. Anybody who says differently is selling something.”
“Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. Boo, boo, boo!”
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
“To the death!” “No — to the pain!”
… And then pretty much the entire “Mawwwaige” speech. “Have you the whing?”
And finally, an honorable mention goes to Swingers… because even though “You’re so money” died a quick death after the film gained mainstream attention, I still say “Vegas, baby, Vegas!” and “‘Cause you’re growns up and you’re growns up and you’re growns up” all the time.
Clearly the movies I quote the most reflect my cinematic tastes, and probably my age to some extent. I didn’t have a ton of overlap with Empire magazine’s list from 2009 or a more recent Top 10 from Time.
What movies would be on your Most Quoted list?