Whether it’s a wise crack, witty comeback, or outlandish line, a funny movie quote can not only entire movie memorable. What qualifies as funny—and to whom—it a matter of opinion, but these quotes have definitely made audiences roll with laughter:
1) “What is this? A center for ants? How can we be expected to teach children how to learn how to read if they can’t even fit inside the building? I don’t want to hear your excuses! The center has to be at least…three times bigger than this.”–Zoolander (2001)
Ben Stiller’s portrayal as the clueless male model Derek Zoolander is full of outlandish moments, but his diva-like tantrum over the unveiling of a scaled model for the “Center for Kids Who Don’t Read Good (And Who Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too” is classic. He furrows his eyebrows, then smashes the model to the ground. When Mr. Mugatu tries to explain that it’s just a scaled model, Derek lays down the law by demanding the center be three times that size. Who said models got by on good looks?
2) “I’ll have what she’s having.” –When Harry Met Sally (1989)
The whole fake-orgasm-in-the-middle-of-a-diner scene is pretty epic, but what makes it hilarious is the quiet follow-up from the most likely of diners: the elderly woman sitting at a neighboring table. It’s common diner etiquette to check out the food at nearby tables and order whatever pleases the eye, but we have a feeling this request might be a little tougher to fulfill.
3) “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.” –Airplane! (1980)
Airplane! serves as a master class in the art of spoof films, in this case disaster spoofs. One of the most quoted exchanges of all time comes when Dr. Rumack (played by Leslie Nelson), asks Striker (Robert Hays) to fly the unpiloted plane. Hays inquires: “Surely you can’t be serious,” to which Dr. Rumack responds in perfect deadpan: “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.” Great pun usage, indeed.
4) “If I’m not back in five minutes…just wait longer!” Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
The ‘90s saw Jim Carey at the height of his comedic game, and his comedic legacy is left in a slew of hilarious one-liners. Traditionally used to heighten suspense and build drama in an action or horror flick, Carey turns the ominous “If I’m not back in five minutes…” quote into a punch-line.
5) “That’s not a knife. That’s a knife.” –“Crocodile” Dundee (1986)
What would you do if somebody asked you for a light, then pulled out a knife and threatened to mug you? Would you scream or hand over your wallet—horrified? If you’re Crocodile Dundee (Paul Hogan), you use the opportunity to show the world that you’re the bigger bad-ass. His large bowie knife puts the mugger’s small blade to shame.
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Author Byline: Carlos Sevano is a keen entertainment blogger who submits to a variety of sites.