Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Movie Quotes...I Have A Theory

Sometimes, when my mind is on overload, I really enjoy the fact that driving lets me pause and get some good thinking done. Often, I come up with my best ideas in this way (and huzzah to Jott for allowing me to capture these so easily). Today, however, my mind was so blotto (translate: fried, frazzled, ready to blow), that I was just daydreaming. And on the way home from taking my son to drum practice, I hit upon this amazing, and most likely completely correct (;-) theory.

The question at hand: "Why do guys always quote movie lines?". Now except in strange instances, this is purely a guys' domain. Usually, but not always, it drives the girls crazy. Not a good crazy, mind you (like when I do my Antonio Banderas impression), but crazy, crazy. But I think I know why we do this. This skill, like many of our lovable traits, hearkens back to our hunter roots. Early man needed to be a proficient hunter in order to survive, and one aspect of this proficiency was the ability to mimic animal sounds. Sometimes it was the lusty moans of a mate. Other times it was the cry of an injured animal meant to lure the hunter's prey. In any case, a skilled hunter was well-versed in the ways of mimicry. This adaptation, long encoded into our DNA through natural selection and survival of the fittest, still manifests itself today in modern man. And that, my friends, is why guys quote movies.

Ah...that's some good thinking for the day. :-)


Gregg said...

Spending time with your son?

"Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man that doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."


Turtle said...

I have half a dozen women friends who can quote from "The Princess Bride" with amazing alacrity. Along the lines of how guys can quote from "The Blues Brothers." Only worse.

Charles Robinson said...

I don't watch many movies, actually, so most of my quotes are from books. My favorite is from Ender's Game: "Sometimes I'm not sure if I'm really me."

Turtle, I can quote from "The Princess Bride" but not "The Blues Brothers". I suppose there's a lesson in there somewhere. Oh, and someone who is male and married recently quoted from The Princess Bride on Ed's blog. :-)

jonvon said...


nice theory.

try this:

Big Lebowski Random Quote Generator

my first visit there today produced this:

Quintana: Let me tell you something, pandejo. You pull any your crazy shit with us, you flash a piece out on the lanes, I'll take it away from you and stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger til it goes "click".

Dude: Jesus.

Quintana: You said it, man. Nobody fucks with the Jesus.


(i tried to make it produce one without curse words, but without success, so i'm going with the first one out of the gate. it was the funniest anyway.)

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janeg said...

lol...nice theory but not sure what it says about my two daughters; both of whom have been quoting movie/tv lines since they could talk. One favours Monty Python and Fawlty Towers; the other Will Ferrell and Mike Meyers and both incessantly quote, The Simpson's, Sienfeld and ... The Princess Bride :)