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.


danandcindy said...

You must really like a lot of dumb movies. I didn't see any Napoleon Dynamite quotes in there.

Michael said...

I for sure know a Melvin Udall (As Good As It Gets) line when I see it, and I think number nine is from Steel Magnolias (thanks to your other post about Steel Magnolias). The others have me lost. If only you hadn't ruled out google-ing.

mary elizabeth said...

#2 - when harry met sally.

#3 - braveheart?

bah! that's all i got! although, the others sound very familiar i cannot place them.

ah, i love movies.

3leftturns said...

Apparently I am the only one who watches films of class; I didn't recognize any of them. Extra points if you can guess this one: "He's locked the door! Get the logic probe!"

Have fun storming the castle!

andrea said...

i'm glad i'm not the only idiot here. i know none.

but how bout this one: "i see your schwartz is as big as mine"

yeah, i am the idiot.

Elizabeth Brooks said...

Hello Im a lurker who abviously watches way too many movies....

#1 As good as it gets
#2 When Harry met Sally
#3 Sharshank redemption
#4 Love Actually
#5 ?
#6 Pride and Predudice
#7 Wedding crashes
#8 Bridget Jones Diary
#9 Steel Magnolias
11# Good Will Hunting

I know some are wrong ... but it was so fun to do this..

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Anna said...

I don't have a clue. Wow, there really is something I don't know. My kids will be happy to know they have been right all along.

Abby latimer said...

This is Abby Latimer (cousin) and I rarely leave comments, but I too love movies, so here is my try.

1- As good as it gets
2- When Harry Met Sally
3- Braveheart
4- I can hear them saying it but can't place the movie
6 - Pride and predudice
7 -
8 - Bridget Jones
9 - Steel Magnolias
10 -
11 - Good will hunting

Annie said...

Bonus is Good Will Hunting...I totally saw that with you just last month in your basement!

Others that I think I know:
1. Jack Nicholson in Good as it Gets
4. Love Actually (saw that one with you too!)
6. Pride and Prejudice (hmm..that one too...I miss you, movie friend!)
9. Steel Magnolias.

Drawing blanks on the others but tempted to cheat and google. But I'll be good.

Christy said...

The ONLY one I know is #2, from When Harry Met Sally, one of my favorite movies of all time. Even have the soundtrack. Great soundtrack. But really, the best line from that movie is "I'll have what she's having."

Kristy said...

I've heard some, but I'm stumped. I'm thinking of printing them out & seeing what my fellow teachers can come up with!

When Harry Met Sally...#2 (Love that movie!)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days would have been my guess for #4, but from the other comments it must be Love Actually.

Emily said...

These I know right off
1:As Good as it gets
2: When Harry met Sally
6: Pride and Prejudice
9: Steel Magnolias
Bonus: Good Will Hunting

These suddenly came to me after I opened up the comment box (the comment box is TOTALLY different than the google box)
3: Shawshank Redemption (I remember you loved that movie)
4: Love Actually
7: Wedding Crashers
8: Bridget Jones Diary

I just need number 10. PLEASE PLEASE oh brain--what is number 10, because I really need some of you eating chocolate on my couch with a favorite movie!

HILLARY said...

9 is the only one I know. Steel Magnolias.

You and my little sister would get along soo well. She's the one as a PA for a tv show and just recently had a sundae with Rob Lowe!

Lauren in GA said...

Oh...I did poorly...I hang my head in shame...

#1 As Good As it Gets
#9 Steel Magnolias.

I don't know where #2 and #7 came from but I really like them.

Hey...I have a question for you...the other day on ♥Shally's post about her girls falling asleep with their purses and you quoted a movie by saying, "The only thing that seperates us from the animals is our ability to ACCESSORIZE." Where did that quote come from?...It was great!

Misty said...

i know about six of them, but the Bridget Jones one is one of my most favorite quotes ever! I am SO doing this for my next giveaway!

TravelinOma said...

#2 Harry Met Sally; Bonus Goodwill Hunting. I recognize several others but they're swirling around in my brain before they come to the surface. Some chocolate would help me.

Lindsey said...

This is WAY too difficult for me... especially since I can't remember what someone said to me two minutes ago...

Janae' said...


Been stalking you for a very long time...

These answers are a team effort with my husband, King Keith and I
1.As good as it gets
2.When Harry met Sally
3. Braveheart
4. Love actually
5. The Usual Suspects-that one is for sure all King Keith. I never herd of that movie
6.Pride and Prejudice
7. Wedding Crashers
8. Bridget Jones Diary
9. Steel Magnolias
10. I say Star Wars Hans-Solo to Princess Leah
11.good will hunting
HAHA!! He knew every chick flick quote!!

Laurie said...

No peeking I swear.

And these are really tough. So I'm putting what I know for sure:

6. Pride and Prejudice
9. Steel Magnolias

1. As Good As It Gets
2. Sleepless in Seattle
3. Meet Joe Black
10. Casablanca? (Never seen it, appalling isn't it?)
B. Good Will Hunting

Totally humbled.

Robyn said...

Well now that I've seen everyone else's answers, I'm starting to remember a few (but mostly I haven't a clue). The ones I knew without looking, however were #1--As Good As It Gets and #6--Pride and Prejudice

How fun! I love contests!

crystal said...

Oh! I have met my match in movie afficianados! I la-la-love movies, too!
1-As Good as it Gets...I can just HEAR him saying this line. Classic Jack Nicholson.

2-As Good as it Gets??? At the end???

3-BRAVEHEART!!! Great movie!

4-Love Actually (i only knew this one b/c I love Alan Rickman in ANY role)

5- ?

6-WELL, DUH! Pride & Prejudice, baby! The movie (alright, book--but I love the movie just as much) with the most lines w/ universal quoting-power. I quote this movie practically daily. I'm not kidding.

I'm such a geek.

7- ?

8-Bridget Jones! And may I just say, there is nothing like a good F-Bomb delivered with an English accent.

9-Steel Magnolias!!!

10-Good Will Hunting...another spectacular example of F-Bomb usage. But with a Bostonian accent, this time. I vote for the british accent.

***Where are all the sweet quotes from Harry Met Sally?!?!?!

crystal said...

I just read the other comments. Crap! Shawshank Redemption! Dangit.

gab said...

You already know I am a complete loser. This just rubbed it in a little more.

Will you send me a booby prize?

girlymama said...

We are twins, I tell you. TWINS!
1 - As Good as it Gets
2 - When Harry met Sally
3 - Braveheart
4 - Love Actually
5 - Usual Suspects? Or Devil's Advocate?
6 - Pride and Predudice
7 - Wedding Crashers
8 - Bridget Jones Diary
9 - Steel Magnolias
10 - ??? Its not Star Wars. When Lea says "I love you" Han says, "I know."
11 - Good Will Hunting

do you know this one?
"Oh, and I'm *very* sorry about your carpet. "

♥Shally said...

Okay, I love movies too.

Love them.

But I have no brain cells left, so I see the quotes and recognize them, but can't for the life of me remember which movie they are from.

What was I talking about???

katie said...

you got 2 of my favorites... LOVE the usual suspects... and who can NOT love Good Will Hunting... a movie full of lines, and yet that one still stands tall.

You missed one of my faves...

Take me to bed or lose me forever.


Becky said...

Hey, ...still be my friend anyway???

Kimberly said...

We like a lot of the same movies!!!
1. As Good As it Gets
2. When Harry met Sally
3. ?
4. ?
5. ?
6. Pride and Prejudice
7. ?
8. Bridge Jones' Diary (love it!)
9. Steel Magnolias

Some of those were hard! Fun Post!

Jenibelle said...

Frankly my dear I don't give a damn.

The only movie quote I know EXCEPT I do have Sound of Music and Fiddler on the roof entirely memorized. I replay them in my head on long plane flights.

Holly said...

Well, I thought about googling all of them so I would look like the smart friend, but I didn't.

Without cheating I know these:

2: When Harry Met Sally
6: Pride and Prejudice

At our house we quote movies like:

"I want my two dollars!"
"What's the average speed of a migrating swallow?"
"A Russian doesn't take a dump without a plan, son."
"Luke, I. Am. Your. Father."

Hazen5 said...

Ha Jeni! I consider myself a movie buff, but I suck at this. I only knew the #9- Steel Magnolias!

Wendi said...

I am with Hazen5...I thought I was a movie buff too.
I. suck.
I only knew three.
Can't wait for the answers to be revealed.