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The Random Movie Quotes We'll Always Remember

By Pajiba Staff | Lists | August 16, 2016 |

By Pajiba Staff | Lists | August 16, 2016 |

In the realm of film quotes, there are legendary phrases that seep into the cultural zeitgeist and linger there forever. Lines like “Here’s looking at you, kid.” or “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” or “The force will be with you, always.” Then of course, there’s the flash in the pan category of film quotes, the ones that bubble up and hover for just a bit too long, a guest you thought was cool at first but just wouldn’t leave the party. They showed us the money, they confirmed it was a baby, and they’ve had it with these motherfucking snakes on these motherfucking planes.

But then there are those other quotes. The ones that might stick out for some other people, but in general just connect with us in some random way, possibly even out of the context of the source film. Quotes that no matter how many years it has been, will just randomly jump out when called for. The Hoggles to our Sarahs, ready should we need them. Here some of our favorites.


I hate Donnie Darko, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told someone, “Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion!”

I will never see a chalk outline of a person without thinking “Damn shame what they did to that dog.” (Coming to America)

I still think “Your firearms are useless against them!” from Tommy Boy is my favorite line in any comedy ever.


Every once in a while “Give her her busy bee, she’s freaking out!” pops into my head, and I smile. (Best In Show)


“I’m wasting away to practically NOTHING” with the appropriate amount of drama every time I’m waiting on food. (Little Mermaid)

When my husband tries to get me to watch rom-coms, I usually turn up my nose and say, “Is this a kissing book?” (Princess Bride)


Whenever I’m sick and someone is taking too long (literally any amount of time) to bring me my food/medicine/cover, I start whispering to myself, “Where is he? I’m dying. I’m dying!” And then I pray that someone will burst into the room throwing glitter. (Angels in America)



Aykroyd’s “Popcorn!” line from Grosse Point Blank whenever I’m about to do something rash and/or stupid. Inevitably, not enough people will get that reference and the rash and/or stupid thing ends up looking even more rash and/or stupid because of it.

Zoe’s “We crashing again?” from Serenity whenever anything’s going wrong.

Max from Kicking and Screaming’s: “I’m nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I’ve begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I’m reminiscing this right now” for my annoying and often crippling predilection for nostalgia.

Gyllenhaal’s “Not many people have basements in California” from Zodiac whenever I’m in a creepy old man’s basement something odd or a little bit freaky has just happened.


Whenever anyone tells me anything involving percentages, I tend to bark “NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS!” which usually results in blank looks.


My all time favorite - every winter when it’s time to get out the coats again, I always put on my biggest, puffiest coat and say (with Holly Hunter’s accent), “This is not my enormous coat”, from Home for the Holidays.

“It was my understanding that there would be no math”, whenever I’m asked to do any kind of simple addition, subtraction, or percentage. It’s from a VERY OLD SNL sketch w/ Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford.

“You smell like a baby prostitute”, from Mean Girls. Just as a random funny insult. Actually, SO MANY different quotes from Mean Girls.


I actually had to stop myself from replying “Boo, you whore.” (Mean Girls) to people regularly because 1. most people don’t pick up on the reference and 2. my “dry” humor in person is apparently subtle enough that people do not recognize it and that is a bad joke to lob if you know it probably won’t land.

Probably the ones I regret most are anything from Venture Brothers, “waylaid by jackassery”, “MINIONS!” (this has been ruined by terrible kids movies and I am so mad), “YOUR NAME IS PHANTOM LIMB, YOU FUCKING LUNATIC!”, and “Oh, yeah, you can never have too much PRECISION in your soup.”


The best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten in my life was from Better Off Dead: “Go that way really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.” It really does apply to everything in life.

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