Comedic Cinema of the 1980s
Here are five of my many, many favorite 80s movie lines for this week’s choice phrases of the English language.
- “Say, who mows your nose hair?” – Steve Martin as C.D. coming up with 20 better jokes than “big nose” in Roxanne
“He didn’t fall?! Inconceivable!” – Wallace Shawn as Vizzini in The Princess Bride
“Something D-O-O economics. Anyone? Voodoo economics.” – Ben Stein as boring teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
“Suck the paint off your house and give your family a permanent orange afro.” – Dan Aykroyd as Austin Millbarge in Spies Like Us, describing what nuclear missiles can do
“Chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip! Nanny!!!” – war cry of Ned Nederlander, played by Martin Short in Three Amigos!
We’ll come back to this theme. I’ll probably have to do at least one John Hughes/brat pack tribute. Of course, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of his. Then there’s Ghostbusters, Star Wars, The Goonies, E.T., Say Anything–ah, those were the days.
Happy Weekend, Word Lovers.