There are two types of people in this world: people who like quoting movies and me.
I can’t remember lines from movies. I’m occasionally decent with Shakespeare, but only because I’ve taught some of the Bard’s plays a dozen or more times. But when it comes to movies, I tank faster than a cruise ship off the Italian coast, remembering little except the odd line from Office Space or The Sixth Sense.
Yes, if I could just go ahead and quote movies . . . that’d be great.
My husband can. I’m pretty sure he’s memorized the entire screenplays of Apocalypse Now, Alien, The Godfather, Braveheart, Taxi Driver, and Glengarry Glen Ross. And don’t even get him started on Monty Python. Please.
My son seems to have inherited this love of movie lines.
Last Saturday night, I was cozy in my bed under a couple of duvets. I had just discovered the secret to reading with enough light while keeping my hands warm under the duvet. William was lying beside me, flipping through one of his books.
With his face inches away from a picture of a Mako shark’s brain, William looked up at the ceiling and said, “You have beautiful eyes.”
I smiled, touched by his compliment. I broke my book-blanket balance and shifted onto my side.
“Thanks, Will,” I said. “That’s really sweet.”
William looked at me, dumbfounded. “Mom,” he said, “I wasn’t talking about you. I was being Sid from Ice Age.”
Of course he was.
Vivian later told me that the follow up line to this quote – as you can see at 0:22 in the video clip – is, “Get off my face.”
I’ve said those four words to my kids before. See my face for evidence.
Are you a movie quoter? Do you know one? What’s your favourite movie line to drop into a random conversation?
If you could just go ahead and leave a comment . . . that’d be great.