Perhaps no movie this year had a line that will go down in history alongside "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," or "I am your father," but 2013 did give us some great movie catchphrases. We compiled the best. Spring break forever, bitches.
Not all of these quotes are from screenplays that will get Oscar nominations—though some of them might!—but they are all incredibly catchy, the sort of lines that linger in your brain, ready for deployment the second anyone mentions "Oprah in The Butler." For example. Sometimes it's the killer deliver that makes them indelible; sometimes it's because they are just repeated so often; sometimes it's because they are really, really dumb.
So, without further ado here's the year in movie catchphrases, according to us.
"Spring break forever"/"Look at my shit"
Spring Breakers is sort of a meme of a movie, with lines repeated so often you can practically humming them when you walk out of the theater. Of course, "Spring break forever" is the movie's mantra, its ethos. Meanwhile, James Franco's declarations of "Look at my shit" as his low-life character Alien are its comment on the American dream.
"I wanna rob."
Part of the joy of this line from Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, about a group of teens that stole from celebrities, is in Emma Watson's delivery. It's perfect Los Angeles teen-speak, oozing with vocal fry. It's also utterly ridiculous. It's not like she's saying she wants to go to the mall.
Jay Gatsby's affectation is not obviously exclusive to Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, but, man, did Luhrmann's movie run with it, old sport. According to the Huffington Post, it is said 59 times in the film.
"I hate space."
Perhaps the dumbest line in one of the year's best films is uttered by Sandra Bullock in Gravity. It's so brilliantly baseline, in contrast with all the state-of-the-art imagery on display. It's the kind of line you could imagine repeated in all sorts of films throughout the ages, if their screenwriters only had the courage to state the obvious.
"Today, we are canceling the apocalypse!"
If you know nothing else about Pacific Rim and its day-glo vision of armageddon-by-giant-kraken-monsters, you know about this line, hollered by Idris Elba at the end of his big Independence Day speech.
"Eat the fish, bitch!"
Of all the things you might expect Oscar Winning Actress™ Julia Roberts to say to Oscar Winning Actress™ Meryl Streep in Pulitzer Prize-winning stage adaptation August: Osage County, "eat your fucking fish" and the line quoted above come as quite a surprise. Context really isn't necessary; though, if you must, the scene involves Roberts' Barbara, increasingly perturbed, telling her addled mother Violet (Streep) to eat catfish.
"Are you a narc?"
It's a simple question, but Sandra Bullock's straight-arrow FBI agent Ashburn can't seem to grasp what Nate Corddry, playing the very Boston brother of Melissa McCarthy's detective, is saying. Perhaps if he asks again, verrry slowwwly.
"You take that trifling, low-class bitch and get out of this house."
Not only is it just a great line from Lee Daniel's The Butler — spoken during that same tense dinner-table scene that produced that moment in all the trailers when Oprah slaps David Oyelowo and tells him everything he has is because of that butler — but its delivery gave you absolutely no reason to doubt Oprah's acting ability. Also, just to break it down further: Oprah Winfrey. Called America's Next Top Model runner-up Yaya Alafia (née DaCosta). A "trifling, low-class bitch." Just no respeito at all.
"I'm the captain now."
It's a simple line that appeared in much of of the Captain Phillips marketing, but when actually heard in the context of the film, Barkhad Abdi, playing a Somali pirate, makes it terrifying and more than a little desperate.
"'Blue Moon' was the song that was playing..."
Throughout Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) often points out that the song "Blue Moon" was playing when she and her crook of a husband (Alec Baldwin) first met. Clearly, the repetition does not indicate that things are going well for Jasmine.
"Take a knee..."
This line from Will and Jaden Smith's After Earth is how Will's character instructed Jaden's to calm down. It was repeated roughly 3,000 times. It also gave the world—or at least the three people that saw this movie—insight into Will's parenting techniques.
"By the hymen of Olivia Newton John!"
When you have to make an exclamation, and "By the hammer of Thor!" just won't do. This is from Anchorman 2. Need we say more? Stay classy.
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