Short and Sweet Movie Quotes that I Use on a Daily BasisDanielle Nussbaum

You know when you’re at some event, and they make you play the ice breaker game where you have to reveal something about yourself that no one else knows? I have two go-to things: 1) I was on the Maryland State Championship Duckpin Bowling Team when I was eight years old. (Seriously, you can look it up.) And 2) I’m an idiot savant when it comes to quoting movies and TV shows. After only one viewing, I can literally recite the whole thing. That isn’t to say that every quote is a keeper. I’m partial to short and sweet lines my daily vernacular can’t live without. Here are my faves:

“You have a baby. In a bar!”Sweet Home Alabama
Best. Line. Ever.

“ELEVEN… ELEVEN!? This explains so much.”Almost Famous
When Zooey Deschanel forces Frances McDormand to tell a little Michael Angarano his true age in the back of the family station wagon, his reaction is priceless. Also? This is shockingly versatile in everyday conversation. People use the number eleven all the time.

“It will not break. It will not – it broke.”Aladdin
Remember when Pixar didn’t rule the world? I saw Aladdin in theaters over Thanksgiving break in 1994 and the opening scene where Robin Williams voices a guy selling stuff at a bazaar is an under-appreciated gem. I say this when something doesn’t go my way, which is frequently.

“You’re always tired.”Beaches
My BFF Seth and I quote this to each other at least once a day, mostly when someone flakes on plans. It’s sort of sad that it references a dying Barbara Hershey but seriously, what’s better than Bette in Beaches? (Rhetorical question; the answer is “nothing”.)

“May all your buildings go condo.”Beetlejuice
Strangely, I say this to my mom a lot. She has no idea what it means but she laughs every time. Probably because I’m an only child and she’ll laugh at anything I say that doesn’t involve me dropping an F-bomb.

“Our friend in Miami…”The Godfather: Part II
I’m a daddy’s girl who has known every word to The Godfather I and II since I was ten. For me, this title applies to anyone who doesn’t live in NYC – or any random person that I’m talking to my dad about. For example, Dad: How’s Uncle Izzy? Me: Well, I just spoke to our friend in Miami and he sounds good. (Note: Uncle Izzy lives in Maryland.)

“Have fun storming the castle!” The Princess Bride
Basically this is how I say goodbye to people. Of all the awesome scenes in this movie, the Billy Crystal/Carol Kane cameo is by far the funniest. It’s so vaudeville and camp that it’s like listening to my grandparents fight over how dry the brisket is at Passover seder.

“You better lock it up. No, you lock it up.”Wedding Crashers
“Lock it up” sounds so much more special than “shut up”. I spent the entirety of the summer of 2009 speaking to a few select friends and family members only in Wedding Crashers quotes. Try it; it totally works.

“I love… lamp.”Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy
I’m amazed at how many times I start to talk about something I love and then forget what that something is. What can I say? I’m fickle. So about 50% of the time, I end up loving lamp. Hey, early Steve Carrell: Sending hearts and unicorns to your pants party.

“My parents are in Monte Carlo.”Troop Beverly Hills
Oh, lovely Carla Gugino, you were the coolest as Chica Barnfeld. You even out-cooled a pre-Rilo Kiley (R.I.P.) Jenny Lewis and a pre-90210 Tori Spelling.

“Dude. Sweet.”Dude, Where’s My Car
It only gets better as you keep repeating it over and over and over…

“That’s what I like about these high school girls: I get older; they stay the same age.”Dazed and Confused
This is what I love about my job. But not in, like, a creepy way. I mean, I work at Teen Vogue and I’m no Jean Claude Van Damme in Time Cop.

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  • Sarah Firth

    Best. Post. Ever. Basically me and my husband are massive Ace Ventura fiends, so that comes up at least once a day. “Heigh ho silver, awaaaaay!”

  • Jennifer Kaminski

    “She has no idea what it means but she laughs every time. Probably because I’m an only child and she’ll laugh at anything I say that doesn’t involve me dropping an F-bomb.” THIS! I am also an only child and my mom severely inflated my comedy ego by finding funny everything I ever said/say.

    @Amanda Watson: I do the same thing with You’ve Got Mail. It’s the best. “That caviar is a garnish.”

  • Devon Couch

    my poor roommates . . . I quote “buzz, your girlfriend – woof!” in so many various forms; several times a day. I also went through a “bring me back something french” phase, whenever someone was leaving.

    I also like to throw out an “oy humbug” especially during the holidays. It’s so chrismukah.

    • Sarah Firth

      Yes! Home Alone! So good!!

  • Carleen Guffey Abercrombie

    I use Big Woo from Joe Versus the Volcano when I’m supposed to be excited about something–and really not.

  • Erin Katherine

    Every movie line in Mean Girls, Clueless and Drop Dead Gorgeous are daily quotes in my vocabulary.

  • Trudy Holtz

    it’s not a movie line, but when my husband and i are feeling corny, we quote That 70s Show. I love….cake!

  • Susan Cartwright

    One time, I managed to fit “I’ve found a baby before…at the coffee bean.”(the hangover) into a conversation. I got many confussed looks, but one of my friends got it and started laughing.

  • Amanda Kosobucki

    I have the bad habit of using lyrics from Disney Movie songs in regular conversation. And if the person I’m talking to is as clueless as I hope they are I can usually make at least an entire verse fit into the conversation.

  • Amy Danielle

    my favorite goodbye line: “bye, buddy! hope you find your dad!” -elf.

  • Megan Peter

    Besides most of the dinner scenes from “While You Were Sleeping” (‘These mashed potatoes are so creamy” and “Argentina has good beef .. and Nazis”) my favorite line that my mom and I use all the time “Muriel you’re terrible” from “Muriel’s Wedding”

  • Amanda Watson

    We quote “You’ve Got Mail,” (Happy Thanksgibbing Back, You could be dead) “Pride and Prejudice,” (Oh yes of course, His conversation is very moral–yes, and there’s plenty to be had of it) “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” (Pants, Bridget and passport, Good plan Bridget) “Gone with the Wind” (I’ll cry into my pillow every night) and both Greases. (I hope to see all of YOU in music appreciation this year)

  • Lucia Juliao

    My sister and I manage to fit “Our pets heads are falling off!” into conversation way more often than you might think. Great post!

  • Nicole Ramos Nesson

    My brother and I basically communicate in movie quotes. We have some pretty random obscure ones too. This has gone on forever.

  • Amber Alvarado

    that line Troop Beverly Hills is a gem. I also like to sing the cookie song “its cookie time” every time I see the girl scouts selling those delicious thin mints

  • Sarah Elizabeth Hawkins

    Most of my family (though mostly my aunt) says “Have fun storming the castle!” as a way to say goodbye to people too. We also throw out “MAKE GOOD CHOICES!” from the Freaky Friday remake with Lindsay Lohan a lot.

  • Hannah Greene

    I’m just fannying about with the press releases. – Bridget Jones

  • John Oney

    My friends and I quote “Mean Girls” all the time. “Oh my God, Karen, you can’t just ask people why they’re white.” And I still love to quote “Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion.” “I was so lucky getting mono. That was like the best diet ever.” Classic!

  • Angela J. Gay

    And I’m going to start saying “have fun storming the castle” WAY more :)

  • Shawna Dandois

    Almost Famous is my all-time favorite movie, so I use that 11 quote EVERY TIME I hear someone say 11. Sadly, my husband is the only one who gets it. I also use a LOT of Big Lebowski, Sandlot, and Christmas Vacation quotes. :-)

  • Angela J. Gay

    I say “Look at the big brain on Brett” from Pulp Fiction ALL the time :)

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