Confession: I’m a re-watcher. When I love a movie or TV show, it’s not enough for me to watch it once. There are a handful of movies that I’ve loved so much, for so long, that I can literally do lines from them. They’re the movies I have trouble watching with someone that’s never seen them before because it’s so damn difficult to keep my mouth shut during my favorite scenes. We’ve all got ‘em, right?
Legally Blonde ($14.98 from Amazon)
Cheesy? Yes. Unrealistic? Of course. Wonderful? Absolutely! There’s just something about Legally Blonde that I absolutely adore. It’s the perfect fluff movie, full of all sorts of feel-good happiness (female empowerment! A great guy!), and nearly every scene has at least one gem of a line. “Don’t estomp your little last-season Prada shoes at me, honey!”
The Breakfast Club ($14.98 from Amazon)
Okay, I LOVE this movie. Love, love, love. Comedy, drama, angst, romance, fun, and a rather attractive Judd Nelson. Does it get any better? I think not! There was a point in high school where I watched The Breakfast Club almost every weekend, and the result is being able to quote nearly every scene verbatim. “Carl? How does one become a janitor?” “You wanna be a janitor?” “No, but Andrew here is very interested in pursuing a career in the custodial arts.” Oh John Bender, how I love you and your snark!
Overboard ($14.98 from Amazon)
Very few people I’ve come across have ever heard of Overboard, which is a damn shame. Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, and ’80s comedy at its best. Okay, so it’s a love story too, but I promise, it’s pee-your-pants hilarious. “These gnats keep landing on my wet nail polish. I guess I’m supposed to walk around with their little corpses stuck to my fingers, is that it?” It’s just overflowing with dry wit! I even got my email address from one of my favorite lines; “I just… ate a bug!”
Miss Congeniality ($14.96 from Amazon)
It’s become a problem living across the river from New Jersey because it comes up so often, and every time it does, I can no longer just say “New Jersey.” Thanks to Miss Congeniality, I find myself announcing “NEW JERSEYYY!” like a pageant host. I absolutely love Sandra Bullock, and her sarcasm as she plays Gracie Lou Friedbush tickles my funny bone every single time. And the rest of the cast doesn’t slack, either. “Yes! You wear the crown, be the crown, you are the crown!”
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($14.96 from Amazon)
Sure, the fact that nobody ever explains who Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs are is my biggest pet peeve of the entire series of movies. But Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite book of the seven, so I try to put that aside so I can enjoy seeing what I love to read. And after all these years and a billion viewings, I’ve come to accept and love it for what it is. Not only can I quote the main dialogue in scenes, but I notice background dialogue as well. Dumbledore trying to delay Buckbeak’s execution, heard when Harry and Hermione are back in time, is quite hilarious. “Sign here. Your name only.” “Well, it’s a very long name.”
What movies can you recite lines from?