There are two movie quotes I frequently use that are almost never never understood.
The first is from Singin’ in the Rain. Right after insulting Don Lockwood during a car ride, Kathy Selden drives up to his intersection and happily sings out “Here we are, Sunset and Camden!” Hence, I will often mimic that singsong quote when pulling over to drop somebody off, although nobody ever seems to understand why.
The second is from the 2001 version of Ocean’s 11. Livingston Dell, overseeing logistics for the heist, checks to see if Basher Tarr is in position by saying “Bash, what’s your status?” I repeat this a lot instead of saying things like “Where are you?” or “What are your plans?”, but nobody ever gets it. They always say “Huh? Bash?” So sad.
I can’t say that NO ONE ever gets these, but you’d be surprised at how few people do. I quote from movies and TV all the time (ALL THE TIME), but by far the two lines I quote the most are:
1. “That’s OK, we can walk to the curb from here” — Annie Hall. Though admittedly and somewhat ironically, I don’t get the chance to say this as much now that I live in NYC and no longer own a car or ride along with friends/family.
2. No matter the circumstance, if anyone near me says “Could be worse,” I am morally obligated to add “Could be raining,” which is a Young Frankenstein reference that, you know, I still don’t understand why more people don’t get it. What is wrong with people?
I said, “Don’t call me Shirley” the other day, person did not get the quote. Which, c’mon. Airplane? For real?
When someone is throwing a hissy fit, I’ll say, “Easy, Rod. Easy Rod EASYROD.” It’s from Super Troopers when Farva is working himself up to call some people chicken fuckers.
People always say, “Who’s Rod?”
(Fun fact, those people are actually his parents in real life.)
I have one that just happened a couple of weeks ago.
My neighbors had a big outdoor Autumn party. Lots of their friends and family attended. I didn’t know most of them (except for a few I met at their previous parties) so it was mostly a socially awkward affair, but the food was good, so that’s a plus.
When the sun went down, so did the temperature. People gravitated toward the firepit. Certain individuals took it upon themselves to make the fire as big as humanly possible. Every time this one guy placed a piece of wood he would say, “That’s a fire!”
I thought he was quoting the Eddie Murphy bit from Delirious in which, when Eddie was a kid, his uncle Gus would direct Eddie and his brother Charlie (CHARLIE MURPHY!) to chop down a tree, throw two gallons of gasoline on it, and then hit it with a match. When it burst into a huge fireball, Gus would exclaim, “Now THAT’S a fire! THAT’S a fire!”
Anyone who has heard that bit can hear Eddie’s impression of Gus right now. (Also, any time someone says “two gallons of gasoline” the entire bit runs through my head involuntarily.) So naturally when the fire guy said “THAT’S a fire!” I thought that’s what he was doing, but without the Gus impression. After the guy did this three times, I couldn’t restrain myself from doing my Gus (which I do a pretty good job of), secure in the knowledge that I would get at least one laugh. (All you introverts know about this math equation.)