Do you have a favorite line or two from a movie? I bet you do. I’m going to share two of my favorites, then I’ld love for you to share yours. One more thing: my favorites always make me laugh. Do yours?
One of the problems with sharing these, of course, is that 1) everyone won’t enjoy my favorites and 2) quoting lines from a movie the other person hasn’t seen usually goes to prove that “you had to be there”. Nonetheless, I’m going to do that.
From The Blues Brothers: Everyone loves and quotes on line, “We’re on a mission from God”, but my favorite is when Jake and Elwood are sitting in their car and Elwood–in a neutral voice–says, “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses. ” Describes the situation perfectly but why does that line make me laugh? The absurdity of the situation? The deadpan delivery? The sunglasses? Probably all of them but, like so much humor, you had to be there.
If you’ve read my book Taking a Chance, you know I love the movie The In-laws. If you haven’t read Taking a Chance, I’m telling you now that I love this movie–the first one, the classic with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. One of the many sections that always make me laugh is when Falk, a CIA agent, describes a village in South America: “They have tsetse flies down there the size of eagles. Really. In the evening, I would stand in front of my hut and watch in horror as these giant flies would pick children off the ground and carry them away.” I know why that’s funny. It’s absurd and it also created a really absurd picture in my mind.
Also from that movie, George would turn to me every now and then and say, “Serpentine.” Always made me laugh.
“What’s the big deal? It’s just a spider.”
“They shot my belly out”
..They have tsetse flies down there the size of eagles. Really.
In the evening, I would stand in front of my hut and watch in horror as these giant flies would pick children off the ground and carry them away.
They shot my belly out.
Professor Fate: Leslie escaped?
General: With a small friar.
Professor Fate: Leslie escaped with a chicken?
tsetse flies the size of eagles.