A few weeks ago, Marilyn Armstrong from the Serendipity blog nominated me (with my permission… I must have been in a self-flagellation mood that day) to participate in one of those Three Quotes, Three Days challenges that goes around and comes around on WordPress. Working it into the current posting schedule I have was going to be tough, and I really hate to post more than once a day except in very special occasions. But I’ve finally managed to ignore enough of the stipulations of the challenge to feel I’m ready to give it a shot!
Before I go into the details of how I’m going to butcher this challenge, I’m going to start with Rule #3, and that is to thank Marilyn for nominating me. She has followed my blog for a long time, has the rare gift of being to appreciate my unique sense of humor, and has frequently shared my comics with her followers. There aren’t many people who I would subject myself to a blogging challenge for, so do know that you rate very high on The Nest’s list of Very Special People! Thank you for this great honor!
The rest of the rules…. well, I’m pretty much going to chuck them right on out the window. Nominees? Hey, you wanna do this… go for it! Just please be sure to spell the name of my blog correctly and use bold 24 point font please (comic sans is just fine). The three days in a row requirement is going to change to “the next three Sundays.” Good things come to those who wait. And since one of my original ideas was a little touchy even before 90% of my following came down with an acute case of Trumpitis last week, I’m going all feel-good and irreverent with this, just how you like my posts here.
OK, for day one I’m going with some of my favorite movie quotes. Please note…. these aren’t exactly Oscar worthy moments from classic films. These lines are essentially throwaway dialogue from forgettable 80’s era movies that for whatever reason tickle me and I still find amusing all these years later…
“Baby Roooooooth?” – Sloth (The Goonies, 1985)
It was a toss-up between this and Sloth’s more memorable “HEY YOU GUYS!” chant. But if you say this just right, anyone who’s a fan of the movie (Which is pretty much my entire generation) will know exactly who you are riffing off of…
“Say man, when I was growing up… if we wanted a jacuzzi we had to fart in the tub!” – Billy Ray Valentine (Trading Places, 1983)
This movie is full of classic lines and memorable scenes (The entire “No more goddamn jerky beef” speech from Clarence Beeks is my all-time favorite line from any movie I’ve watched, but was a bit long in the tooth to include here), but this is the one I quote the most… maybe because like Billy Ray, I lived it as well.
“I’m only a guest!” – Col. Mustard (Clue, 1985)
Of all the classic comedy lines in this awesome movie, for whatever reason, this is the one me and my youngest sister will quote again and again and again… usually when we spot some doofus who seems out of place where they are. And yes, you must throw your arms up in the air when you say it…
“Be sure and tell ’em Large Marge sent ya!” – Large Marge (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, 1986)
While the career of Paul Reubens has largely been forgettable over the past thirty years, he will always have Saturday morning’s Pee Wee’s Playhouse and THIS movie, which is rightly a cult classic of the 80’s. Large Marge easily beats out Madame Ruby’s basement of the Alamo for the best line from a movie that relied more of visual gags to sell its surreal comedic tale…
“The finish line is SOMEWHERE………. in the Bonaventure Hotel!” – Leon (Midnight Madness -1980)
If you didn’t watch HBO in the mid-late 80’s, you probably have never heard of the movie Midnight Madness, let alone know it was Michael J. Fox’s screen debut. This is the final clue given via arcade game by The Great Leon to his “All Nighter” game that is the central plot of the film. Back in the day, anytime I needed to use the word “somewhere” followed by a pause, I always went off on a tangent and said “in the Bonaventure Hotel!”
“He must’ve ate the chili!” – Diner cook (Howard the Duck, 1987)
You all know how beloved chileh is here at The Nest… but long before even that word came into my vocabulary, there was this scene from (for some strange reason) one of the more reviled movies of the 80’s, Howard the Duck. The deadpan quote, uttered by the cook as the alien-possessed Dr. Jenning is destroying his place of employment, is pure genius…. and the perfect line to quote whenever someone around you suddenly starts acting extremely strange and destructive.
“Come back you fat, bearded BITCH!” – Dark Helmet (Spaceballs, 1987)
Really…. does it get any more random and hilarious than this? My absolute favorite line in a very quotable movie (“quotable” and “Mel Brooks movies” are redundant, by the way). I wouldn’t recommend using this one much in public, though. Better to just giggle at it in private…
We’ll see what I come up with next week for Part Douche of the quote challenge…