Classic lines of dialogue from comedy films pervade the American social fabric. If you know your comedy movies then you know where lines these originated: "It's good to be the King." "I'll have what she's having" and "I'm not badâ€¦I'm just drawn that way." Many great comedy movie quotes are so ingrained into the way that society is tied together that over time their origin on the silver screen is forgotten. Not all great lines from comedy movies make it, however. Here are some terrific lines of dialogue from funny movies that should be more often quoted.
"There's what's right and there's what's right and never the twain shall meet."
One of the most quotable movies ever made is "Raising Arizona." It features career best performances by Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Randall "Tex" Cobb and John Goodman. The Coen Brothers have a spectacular talent for putting words and an appreciation of semantics into the mouths of those who should by no right have such a grasp of the English language. The greatest talent of the Coens may be that you never for a minute stop to think that these highfalutin' pieces of dialogue are illogical. Nicolas Cage's character H.I. says the above quote with such conviction that you know immediately what he's talking about.
"That tended to understate the hugeness of the object."
David St. Hubbins has a point. There he was on stage during his rock and roll tour and the set was supposed to include a life sized replica of Stonehenge. What he got instead was a very, very small replica of Stonehenge. "This is Spinal Tap" has given at least 11 memorable quotes over to contemporary society, but this one should be utilized far more often. Michael McKean delivers this line of dialogue in a way that is dryer than an Amish wine cellar.
"This is why you're so nervous all the time. You have like chunks of roast beef in your heart."
Is that a great line or what? Maybe the funniest thing that Paul Reiser ever said. You would need one of those hand clickers to keep up with all the memorable lines spoken over the course of the comedy "Diner." This one isn't even the funniest of them. But it is weirdâ€¦really weird. You could easily switch out "nervous" for just about any other emotional state as in "This is why you're so angry all the timeâ€¦."
"A flute without holes is a not a flute. A donut without a whole is a Danish."
Look high and low, far and wide, up and down and under your elbow and you will be hard pressed to find a male under the age of 50 who can't give you at least one quote from "Caddyshack." So many great quotes, yet this one hasn't made it into the bigsâ€¦the show. What does it mean? Who the heck knows? But if said at just the right moment and with just the right amount of gravity, it sounds positively Zen. In fact, it sounds like something you might find in the writings of Confucius or Breton.
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