Ask any adult if they have a favorite line from a movie and most will say they do.
"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."
"Go ahead, make my day."
"I'll be back."
"Play it again, Sam."
“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”
"I'm gonna' make him an offer he can't refuse."
"I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."
"You'll shoot your eye out."
"I'll have what she's having."
"There's no crying! There's no crying in baseball!"
"Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal."
"Nobody puts baby in a corner. "
...or the less popular quote from the same move,
"I carried the watermelon."
I'll bet anyone over the age of 20 who is reading this (both of you) can name the movie the above quotes are from.
But, can you name the movie these quotes came from?
"To infinity, and beyond!"
"When life gets you down do you wanna' know what you've gotta' do? Keep swimming. Just keep swimming."
"This isn't flying. This is falling, with style!"
"I create feelings in others that they themselves don't understand."
"I'm H2O intolerant."
"Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave."
"Okay, he either said, "move to the back of the throat," or he "wants a root beer float.""
"I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food."
"You've got to move it, move it, move it."
Did you get them all right? If you need help with any of these just ask a five-year old or a seven-year old. My adorable niece and nephew and my daughter and I sat around the pool one day this summer and talked. Yes, talked. For once it wasn't, Aunt L. watch me! Or, Aunt L. look over here at me, I can swim on my back. Or, look Aunt L. I can do a flip now.
This time we sat in a circle and shared lines from our favorite movies. These two little geniuses could match us one for one with lines from their favorite movies. Turns out we've seen some of the same movies. Pixar, Disney and Sesame Street got it right when they made movies adults and kids could watch together.
My niece and nephew don't watch much TV, but when they do, they remember! Those little minds are blank hard drives waiting to be filled with sights, sounds and dialog. My nephew will run through the house chattering away with the Buzz Lightyear action figure in his hand. Sometimes he's making up his own story, but sometimes he's quoting the movie almost word for word.
My niece will dress in her princess gowns, complete with high heels. She'll grab the microphone from the Karaoke and sing her little heart out to the tunes from Beauty and the Beast or Lion King. She even knows the words to most Hannah Montana songs.
Of course their lives are filled with other activities too, like gymnastics, soccer, karate, swimming, all the things kindergarten and elementary school kids are into these days. But my tumbling days are long gone, so I'm loving the fact that there's still at least one way we can have fun together.
So how about you? What's your favorite line from a movie?