Short and Sweet Movie Quotes that I Use on a Daily Basis

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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  • Alyssa Olszewski

    I’m not gonna lie, my sister and I have that whole opening monologue from Aladdin memorized. Once one of us starts quoting it, we can’t stop til we get it all out!

  • Laura Lakshmi Cope-Morgan

    those are fantastic – my favorite quote that is missing: “sampsonite. i was way off!” – dumb & dumber. it’s amazing how often that has actually fit completely into a conversation.

    i also still have dazed & confused pretty much memorized. i think my fav is “wipe that face off your head, bitch.” reminds me of peanut butter capt’n crunch and beer. ah, high school…

  • Laura Dilnot

    Ha I love this :-) although no Clueless? That film provided so many gems!

  • Terri Panasik

    When someone doesn’t answer when I ask a question in my work chatroom, I reply with “Bueller?……Bueller?” from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Wonderful movie!

  • Julia Hays

    This post describes me perfectly. Though I also notice that I even quote things I don’t enjoy, like the movie “Speed.”

  • Sara Hoffhaus

    I love all of these movies! The movie quote I use on a daily basis is “I said good morning Gil” from What About Bob… except I replace “Gil” with whoever I am talking to. It doesn’t even have to be morning.

  • Samantha Leal

    My favorite: “Well, f*** me gently with a chainsaw” (its always fun to say it to someone who has NO idea what you’re talking about and kind of just looks at you horror struck for a sec)

    also, at least once a day i’m saying: “you’re killing me smalls”

  • Kaela Kennedy

    Enjoyed these. My personal favorite is, “Obviously, you are not a golfer,” from The Big Lebowski, used when people ask me what some random object is, or when I’m bored and need to fill dead air.

    • Sarah Firth

      Ohhhh gosh, I laughed so hard imagining this.

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  • MaryBeth Schooler Hernandez

    Your killin me smalls!!!

    • Lauren Mancini

      I say this to my students AT LEAST once a day! They have no idea what movie it is from.

  • Angela J. Gay

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

  • 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

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

  • 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!

  • Hannah Greene

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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)

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