There are certain pop culture experiences that just perfectly lend themselves to quotation. When I worked in the call center from Hell, you couldn’t swing a cat without hearing a quote from ‘Anchorman’, while the quotable movie of my college years was ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail.’ As a child of the 1970s, my childhood cultural quotability touchstones were evenly split between ‘Caddyshack’ and the work of George Carlin (especially troubling in elemental school) and I still have a special love for most of Val Kilmer’s dialogue from ‘Real Genius,’ and Gene Wilder’s brilliant turn as Willy Wonka. I even have a silent, terrifying suspicion that, somewhere, a generation of children is repeating the dialogue of ‘Rick & Morty’ the way my friends and I absorbed the movie ‘Heathers’ back in the Clinton administration, leading to today’s repetitious query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again, What is the most quotable movie or character in your experience?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Office Space

    “Peter. What’s—– Happening?”
    “You know, I never really liked paying bills, I don’t think I’m gonna do that either.”
    “Why should I have to change -my- name? He’s the one who sucks!”

    • And my favorite.
      “So you’re gonna make a lot of money?”
      “Yeah”
      “And it’s not yours?”
      “Well… it -becomes- ours…”
      “And how is that not stealing?”

  2. What?!?! My life is an endless series of quotes! Movies, songs, tv shows, there is nothing off limits. I don’t know how I could narrow it down to just one! Anyways, I suppose if I were to narrow down to a person that does get a lot of quotes, it’d be Robin Williams. His movies lend themselves to endless quotes. From Aladdin to DPS to Birdcage, there is always a Robin quote for the situation.

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