My brother Sean and I were having dinner at a restaurant Saturday evening and for some odd reason he said, “I wanna be 5 feet 10 inches tall like Cindy Crawford,” from the movie “Clueless.” For some reason, this move is his favorite movie to quote, but I can’t judge considering I quote it almost as much as he does.
“Clueless is probably the most quotable movie out there,” Sean said.
We started having this ridiculous disagreement in a rather elegant restaurant where beers were snobby – costing $9 a piece – and where food wasn’t reasonably priced either.
Thanks to the iPhone and its amazing Internet capabilities, we got on the Internet Movie Database and looked up the Top-10-most-quoted movies.
Neither “Mean Girls” nor “Clueless” made the Top 10.
The list, however, did consist of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” “The Princess Bride,” “A Christmas Story,” “Zoolander” – another Langham favorite – “Office Space,” “Tommy Boy,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Christmas Vacation” and “Forrest Gump.”
What exactly makes a movie quotable though? Is it the popularity of the movie, or its actors and actresses? In my opinion, what makes a movie quotable is one simple phrase that sounds appealing to the ear.
Some of these include, “Show me the money,” from “Jerry Maguire” and “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get,” from the infamous “Forrest Gump.”
Even “Napoleon Dynamite,” a movie I personally find incredibly stupid, has some phrases that are hard to miss, like “Your mom goes to college.” How can you avoid a catchy quote?
It’s like getting a song that you hate stuck in your head because the radio over plays it.
Naturally, this was only a Top 10 list, so a few other movies that might come to your mind as quotable would be absent from the list.
I did check TIME magazine’s Top 10 quotable movies and its list had “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Clueless,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Top Gun,” “The Godfather,” “Casablanca,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “The Big Lebowski.”
I guess it all depends on where you look. Obviously these two sources are credible, but some differences are present.
Why am I writing this article? Because movies play a huge role in our culture. Movies’ dialect, style and even storyline are based on and reflect our culture.
“The Great Gatsby” was remade because we have the technology and money to show the lavish life Jay Gatsby is exposed to. The new movie’s visual effects are eye catching – which is the point.
If you look at TIME’s Top-10-quotable movies, Sean wins. If you look at IMDb’s Top 10 list, neither of us wins.
I’m going to go by IMDb’s list because that means Sean doesn’t win and let’s be honest, I’m a girl and life is better for everyone when the girl hasn’t lost a battle.