Wednesday, August 27, 2008
"Son of a @*%, he stole my line!"
I must tell you something about myself that you probably already know.
I love movies.
I love bad movies. I love good movies. I love old movies. I love new movies. (I don't, however, love horror movies). But a recent conversation with the Husband brought to mind just how much I love a good movie line. To me, there is nothing better than a well-written line. It's what takes a movie from ordinary to great. It's a singular sentence, delivered with precise timing and rhythm, that, out of nowhere, immediately resonates with your soul.
Do you know that feeling?
Maybe it makes you laugh. Maybe it makes you cry. Maybe it's just plain weird. And sometimes, it can be just so utterly brilliant that you know you must find a way to work it into casual everyday conversation, even though you'll never come off sounding as cool as Jack Nicholson did. But still, these lines stay with you long after a show is done. Sometimes a single line is greater than the sum of an entire movie.
So in honor of this, I thought I'd share my top ten favorite movie lines, and see if you could guess any of them. Though I could make this list about 200 long, I'll start with ten, and a bonus thrown in for fun.
NO CHEATING. Get your mouse off that google search right now. Just see if you know any of these off the top of your head. For anyone who takes an honest crack at it, I will randomly draw a winner. The prize will most definitely involve chocolate of some sort. Or maybe my favorite movie.
Or maybe you get to have me on your couch eating chocolate. Watching my favorite movie.
You never know.
In any event, here they are (and in no particular order):
"Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here."
"I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
"Every man dies. Not every man really lives."
"Invite him out for a drink, and then after about twenty minutes, casually drop into the conversation the fact that you'd like to marry him and have lots of sex and babies."
"The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he didn't exist."
"It has been coming on so gradually that I hardly know when it began. But I believe it must date from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley."
"I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy."
"No, I like you very much. Just as you are."
"Miss Truvy, I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair."
"I love you, too, kid."
"Sean, if the professor calls about that job, just tell him, sorry, I have to go see about a girl."
Good luck! Contest ends Thursday at 6 p.m. central time.