A few days ago my partner and I were watching a film analysis on YouTube of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (The Anti-Movie Movie on Collative Learning if you’re interested). We both love the movie and of course starting quoting various famous lines from it. That got us into the conversation of “what are the most quoted movies?” Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are up there, as is Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, and a few others.
I noticed that all of them seemed to come from our teens and 20s, and wondered if anything made in the last 10 years comes close to being quoted as much, and is as well known for those quotes. We couldn’t really think of any.
So that got me to wondering “Why is that?” Could be we’re just out of touch with recent quoteable movies. But I did hit upon the fact that in the 70s/80s/maybe 90s I would watch and rewatch a favorite movie a dozen times or more. I think that makes certain dialogue stick in my head. These days I watch movies and shows once with hardly ever a rewatch. Recent ones hold their own against ones I remember from my youth, but with so much available to watch and so many opportunities to watch whenever I want via streaming, my watching habits are significantly different than they were 30-40 years ago.
So if you answer these questions three, 'ere the other side you’ll see:
What is/are your most quoted movie(s)?
Do you quote anything from the last 10 years as much as those from question 1?
If question 2 is ‘No’, why do you think that is? Are movies not as quoteable now, or is it an artifact of movie watching habits from decades ago vs now? Or are movies from our relative younger years more ingrained because we were young?