Let’s face it: moviegoers don’t want comedies to simply be memorable — we want them to be repeatable. Strong characters and storylines are a must when it comes to knee-slapping films, but what makes them classics is their ability to keep us quoting them. Insatiably, incessantly, with reckless abandon. Below are some prime examples of flicks that keep on giving…

Napoleon Dynamite

He’s a small-town high school kid prone to exaggeration, annoyed outbursts, and wickedly sick (the good kind of sick) dance moves. Some quotes:

“Napoleon, don’t be jealous that I’ve been chatting online with babes all day.”
“You ever take it off any sweet jumps?”
“Tina! Come get some ham!”
“It’s pretty much my favorite animal. It’s like a lion and a tiger mixed… bred for its skills in magic.”
“I caught you a delicious bass.”
“Knock it off, Napoleon! Just make yourself a dang quesa-dilluh!”
“Bow to your sensei… BOW to your sensei!”


As it turns out, anchormen in the 1970s weren’t very smart. Nor were the people they hung out with. Some quotes:

“I love lamp.”
“60% of the time it works every time.”
“Veronica and I are trying this new fad called uh, ‘jogging.’ I believe it’s ‘jogging’ or ‘yogging.’ it might be a soft ‘J.’ I’m not sure but apparently you just run for an extended period of time.”
“Ribs. I had ribs for lunch. That’s why I’m doing this.”
“I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal.”
“Wow, this burrito is delicious, but it is filling.”

So I Married An Axe Murderer

San Francisco beat poet Charlie Mackenzie has just met the girl of his dreams. One problem: she may be a psycho killer. At the very least, she’s definitely a butcher, which is still pretty wild. Some quotes:

“Excuse me, miss? There seems to be a mistake. I believe I ordered the large cappuccino.”
“We have a piper down, I repeat, a piper is down!”
“Head! Pants! Now!”
“I think most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.”
“Hey paysan! You screw up one more time I’m going to kick your spaghetti-bending butt back to Milan!”
“My name is John Johnson. But everyone here calls me “Vicky.”

Office Space

Peter Gibbons hates his job at Initech. Michael Bolton hates that an awful singer has his name. Milton Waddams want to burn the whole place to the ground. We’ve all been there. Some quotes:

“Personally, I celebrate the man’s entire catalog.”
“Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays!”
“I was told that I could listen to the radio at a reasonable volume from nine to eleven.”
“Yeah. It’s just we’re putting new coversheets on all the TPS reports before they go out now. So if you could go ahead and try to remember to do that from now on, that’d be great.”
“Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler.”
“Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. JUST a mo-ment.”
“I have people skills! I’m good at dealing with people! Can’t you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?!”

The Big Lebowski

Jeff ‘The Dude’ Lebowski has a problem: he keeps getting mistaken for a different Jeff Lebowski. This leads to various run-ins with hired thugs, disabled millionaires, car-thieving kids, and Eurotrash nihilists. Some quotes:

“That rug really tied the room together.”
“Mark it zero!”
“I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude — at least it’s an ethos.”
“I don’t roll on Shabbos!”
“I hate the f***ing Eagles, man!”
“You’re out of your element, Donny!”
“Hell, I could get you a toe by three o’clock this afternoon. With nail polish.”