10 Movie Lines You Can Use In Everyday Conversation
It all starts out simply enough. You’re at a party, and everyone’s talking about their week. You find out that someone has an important appointment on Monday. And then, before you can stop yourself, you smile and say “Well then, may the Force be with you.”
Yes, you went there. Everything was casual, and suddenly you crossed the line.
You quoted a movie.
Now, I don’t know about you, but this is a staple in my communication with other people. I can’t go a day without quoting some movie or another. And let’s face it, when you quote a movie, you can get any number of reactions: the humouring laugh, the agreeing chuckle, the nostalgic sigh… or, my least favourite, the grinding halt. That moment when someone stops, looks at you point blank, and says “What? What are you talking about?”
I don’t stay friends with those people very long.
Now I think that most of us can argue that we’ve broken out the classic Schwarzenegger “I’ll be back” at least once, or answered with “Ghostbusters” when questioned about who we’re calling. But to stop those awkward pauses and grinding halts, I’m here to give you a few subtle movie salutes that you can use in everyday conversation- lines that people might not even realize are from movies. That way, you don’t get the questioning glare from the movie-phobe in the room, and instead get knowing smiles and nods of approval from the people that get it.
1. “Why so serious?” (from The Dark Knight)
Okay, we all know how incredible Heath Ledger’s performance was in The Dark Knight. It didn’t take long for fans of the film to latch on to The Joker’s new catchphrase. The phrase’s popularity is through the roof, and so is its application to everyday conversations. Use this line while talking to your mother, and she’ll appreciate your concern. Use this one with your friends, and see who cracks the first smile.
2. “Help! I’m being repressed!” (from Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
This phrase can be adapted for any number of situations. Caught in a fight? You’re being repressed. Accidentally locked out of your car? You’re being repressed. Can’t get the lid off the peanut butter jar? Repressed. Worst case scenario when using this line? People think you’re being a drama queen. Best case scenario? You get someone else going, and you spend a wonderful afternoon discussing deadly rabbits and whether or not the airspeed velocity of a European swallow really could support a coconut.
3. “Come with me if you want to live.” (from The Terminator films)
Let’s face it. In terms of popularity, the famous “I’ll be back” was the line from The Terminator movies that everyone remembers. But it’s become so overused that it’s lost all real meaning. But if you find yourself picking up a friend from the airport? Or your mother from the grocery store? Give your ego a boost and try it out. Just not on Sarah Connor. She’s heard it already.
4. “Put some Windex on it.” (from My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
Got a lot of complainers in the family/office/house? Use this. They’ll either leave the conversation completely confused and convinced you’re crazy, or they’ll leave the conversation to find what they did with their copy of a cult classic. (Lots of ‘c’ words in this paragraph. Better put some Windex on it.)
5. “You’re killing me, Smalls!” (from The Sandlot)
In terms of frequency, this is the one I tend to use the most. It’s so versatile. Use it when your computer is running slow. Use it when your friend is late. Use it in any argument against the opposite side. When all else fails and you’re frustrated, this is the ultimate go-to line.
6. “To infinity and beyond.” (from Toy Story)
One of the more recognizable lines on the list, this can answer a multitude of questions, such as “Where are you going?”, “How long is this going to take?”, and “How far is the drive?”. Because of its popularity, you’re more likely to get a small smile rather than an eyeroll.
7. “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” (from Inception)
Finally, a line to use in any situation where encouragement is needed. Of course, when Tom Hardy said it, he was encouraging Joseph Gordon-Levitt to dream up a bigger weapon for himself. But if you want to cheer up that co-worker, friend or family member who’s having a rough day, try this one out. Delivering the line with an English accent is optional.
8. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” (from Star Wars: A New Hope)
We’ve all had those situations where we make the mistake of voicing a dream or wish out loud only to have it laughed at or brushed aside. To save your shrinking ego, it’s good to have this line in your back pocket. We all know how negative people can be. They can’t solve the problem. They don’t know the answer. They wish Mom was making dinner instead of Dad. Lord Vader has provided us with the ultimate comeback for all of these. Just don’t use it on your five-year-old son when he’s nervous about riding his bike. Not only will he not understand what you’re saying, but you may end up driving him everywhere.
9. “You have chosen… wisely.” (from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)
The next time you get dragged to the mall to go shopping, break out this line for every item he or she picks up. You’ll never be dragged out again. It’s also a good line to use whenever someone has to pick or choose something, from books to movies to cupcakes. (Although let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as an unwise cupcake decision).
10. “You shall not pass.” (from Lord of the Rings)
I find that there are some movie lines that get more smiles than others. This is one of them, which is surprising since the scene it originally came from is more sad and dramatic. As for everyday conversation, it’s a must. Block someone coming out of the staff room. Use it when your friend gets caught at a red light. And don’t forget to break this gem out the next time you’re carpooling and you cut someone off. It’s guaranteed to make someone smile.
Any other stealth movie lines that I’ve missed? What lines do you love to quote every day? Drop me a line!