Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Best Movie Line Ever

I’ve seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show a few times over the years, but a couple of weeks ago we watched it again with the kids.

Some of their friends had already seen it in elementary school – I thought that was pushing it. When the kids were little about the only things they were allowed to watch were PBS and the Food Network. But by the time they reached middle school, they’d come across more objectionable things on prime time TV. I don’t even want to know what they’ve Googled at friends’ houses.

Anyway, I was glad we decided to watch it, because it contains my new favorite movie line. Besides being hilarious as always, it’s proved to be useful, too.

About three quarters of the way through the movie, after committing murder and mayhem and turning a good portion of the remaining cast into stone, the deviant Dr. Frank N. Furter pauses, mugs for the camera, and pouts, “It’s not easy having a good time.”

It’s impossible for us to picture Tim Curry sporting lipstick and uttering that line, and not laugh. That quote has dispelled family arguments. It’s averted a few adolescent meltdowns. It’s become my silent mantra. I think of it while fighting my way past the herd around the buffalo wing samples at Costco. I mutter it when being forced to pick dog hair out of the clogged vacuum cleaner hose because company is coming. With the holiday season coming up, I just know it’s going to come in handy.

I’m sure the magic will eventually wear off, but until then I plan to get all the mileage I can out of that line. Because, you know, it’s not easy having a good time.

Is there a famous movie line that’s worked for you?

18 comments:

Kim Kasch said...

I'm melting . . .

Whenever I run outside in the rain - which is all the time in Portland, Oregon. So I've gotten MORE than my share out of that line.

Kelly said...

That's a great line!
We do movie quotes a lot (my husband says a lot of Caddyshack quotes) from Star Wars and music videos.
At the end of the "Buddy Holly" Weezer video, Al from Happy Days asks the drummer how the fish was. His answer, "Not so good, Al."
So if something is not so good, we say "Not so good, Al."
We also yell "What's up, shorty?" a lot. This is from Wizards of Waverly place.

ICQB said...

From It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, "You're buggin' me, man!"
It lets people know to tread softly for the moment.


From Lord of the Rings, "Fly, you fools!" It's a fun way to see people out the door.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I laugh because that movie came up last night at karate and I was TRYING to explain to this high school boy what it was about, etc.
That's a good line. I'm fond of "Lighten up, Francis" from Stripes and the classic "Just keep swimming" from Finding Nemo.

Lily Cate said...

Jeeze, I have to pick just one?
How about anything from The Big Lebowski?
Really, pick any line. Every single one is quoteable.

Lilfix said...

"Know what I mean, Vern?" We say this a lot around here...

Nora MacFarlane said...

"But I am the chosen one..." is quoted by one of my fifth graders to his friends on a regular basis. (rolling eyes...)

Ara Burklund said...

All I can think of now is, "Dammit, Janet!"

Keri Mikulski said...

Love it..

I always wanted to be someone who recites movie lines.. My hubby's good at that. :)

Sliding on the Edge said...

A perfect line and one I may just keep for the appropriate moment. One of my all-time favorites is "Are you talking to me?" from Taxi Driver. The trick is in the intonation :D

sruble said...

You're right, that's a really great line! Can't think of one right now, but I'm sure in a couple of days something will come to me. That's how it usually is ;)

adrienne said...

So many great quotes! And fun memories, too...I'm going to have to rent some of these movies now. :D

Rena said...

You know, I've never watched that movie. How sad is that! I have a lot of favorite lines that I say, now that I think about it.

"It's nice to be nice to the nice." Frank Burns on M*A*S*H

"Que the deer." Andy Farmer on Funny Farm.

sruble said...

I thought of one :)

"Blue Punch Buggy!" from Lilo and Stitch.

In the middle of being attacked and having their house destroyed, Stitch yells, "Blue Punch Buggy!" He says it like he's having the time of his life, then he picks up the blue VW bug and proceeds to wollop the bad guys with it. It's hilarious (esp. if you've ever played the punch buggy game).

"Blue Punch Buggy!" always makes us laugh, especially if it's said in Stitch's voice.

BTW, I used the line from Rocky Horror last night ... I may have to use it again a few times. Thanks.

Mary Witzl said...

I love this post!

Once in a while, "Make my day" springs to mind (usually in driving situations here), but my favorite all-purpose line isn't from a movie. When I had my second daughter, one of the foreign women in the hospital with me, a Puerto Rican woman with excellent English, had a wicked sense of humor. She was limping past my room one day, wheeling her I.V., (we'd both had complications) and muttered, "Fun, fun, fun." For some reason, that line has stayed with us. It's gotten us through gastric flu, earthquakes, spats with kids. As an all-purpose word panacea, it has never failed us.

Anne Spollen said...

We used to go see Rocky Horror at midnight every Saturday night when I was a freshman in college. Yup, the movie theater provided it and the place was packed.

When I ask my kids what they are going to do, they usually quote Napoleon Dynamite, "Whatever I feel like I wanna do! Gosh!"

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Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Love this post but can't think of one o quote right now!! enjoy your day!