This article was originally written for the Freshers section of the NUS Lifestyle website and the original can be found here.
When you live in the constant company of university-types your witty banter makes reference to high culture, and by culture, I mean film. I will now suggest the five most regularly and hilariously quotable films.
#5 Mean Girls (2004)
We’ll call this one a… ‘modern classic’. If you were born in the 90s and haven’t seen this film I’m genuinely shocked and a little bit hurt. This brutally honest and true-to-life (HA!) telling of American high school life is timelessly hilarious, painfully inaccurate American accents are mandatory.
Best Quote: “Four for you Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco!”
#4 Casablanca (1942)
Okay, so this one actually is a classic. Don’t let the 1942 release date and the World War II setting put you off – this is genuinely a very enjoyable film. This film has been around long enough that it’s often possible to quote it without even knowing you are. Just think how cultural you’ll look when you know where what you’re saying comes from!
Best Quote: “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
#3 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
This film is like marmite, you just have to watch it to know if you love it or hate it! This spoof of the 1970s tells the story of ever so humble anchorman Ron Burgundy. The ridiculous escapades of Ron and his news team provide us with a plethora of brilliant things to say.
Best Quote: “You stay classy, San Diego!”
#2 Despicable Me (2010)
So, it’s an animated kids’ film, but we love it. Gru’s plans of taking over the world are thwarted by three very cute and surprisingly fearless children. Also worth mentioning is the incredible opportunity for fancy dress – yellow body paint anyone?
Best Quote: “Does this count as annoying?” *does something VERY annoying*
#1 Easy A (2010)
We started with an American high school film and we’re going to finish with one. The brilliance of Emma Stone means there is so much to love! Full of John Hughes references, it’s a great gateway film to some of the most quotable high school films of the 80s.
Best Quote: “The Accelerated Velocity of Terminological Inexactitude. Which really is just my obnoxious way of saying lies travel fast.”
What’s your favourite film quote? Comment below, or tweet @ElisabethShuker.