Homework Assignment: Manning’s Movie Quotes!
We all know that movies are one of the world most popular artistic mediums, enjoyed by all types of people. Movies are a source of emotion. One can find excitement, fear and happiness in movies. One can also find inspiration, among many other things. This week, a new example of movies being used in every day life emerged, as the story got out that Denver Bronco’s quarterback Peyton Manning felt that he lacked connection with his younger teammates. Manning decided to remedy this by assigning them a movie watching homework assignment. The assignment involved watching the movies he feels have the best movie quotes for he and his teammates to repeat to one another and connect with.
It is an interesting theory, certainly. But think about it. How often do you and your friends throw a hilarious movie quote at one another when a relevant situation appears. Nothing is better than flawlessly applying one of your funniest movie quotes to the perfect situation. So by getting his teammates on the same page with these movie’s they can quote them over and over, and of course this will lead to perfect on field chemistry….? All right, I love you Peyton, but this is a bit of a stretch. But hey, I don’t know if it will help their football at all, but I love the idea anyway.
Let’s take a look at Manning’s five movie selections and pick out some of the best movie quotes that he will certainly be looking for his teammates to be memorizing. His films are some comedy classics, so this will be a nice walk down memory lane for all of us.
One of Chevy Chases funniest films, with a stand out performance from Bill Murray, this film about the new member at a disfunctional golf course is full of hilarious quotes. Chevy chase of course provides us with some fantastic dialogue, but my personal favorites tend to come from Bill Murray’s character in his maniacal battles with the gophers who infect the course
“Come to Carl, Varmint – I guess we’re playing for keeps now”
Clearly, Peyton Manning is a Chevy Chase fan, as here we have another Chase classic. In ‘Fletch’ he stars as an investigative reporter who uses undercover methods in his work. On this occasion he ends up tangled in a mystery involving a man that offers him money to murder him and free him from his cancer ridden life. Full of some hilarious lines and scenes from Chase, this is another quote heavy film.
“Thank you Doc…you ever serve time?”
‘The Jerk’ was Steve Martin’s first starring role in a movie and was based on one of his early stand up comedy routines. In the film, Martin plays a moron, who was raised by a black family and eventually ventures out on his own. The film is considered to be one of Martin’s finest, and one of the funniest movies of all time. Needless to say, this means it is full of funny quotes for the Broncos to learn.
“How far you going?” ……… “To the end of this fence…”
Another comedy classic from the 80’s is ‘Stripes’ starring Bill Murray, and including a breakout performance by John Candy. Murray stars as a man bored with his life, who decides to join the army for the heck of it, and hilarity ensues. There have been a lot of movies that have played to the comedy behind what goes on in the army, but ‘Stripes’ is certainly one of the best.
“Chicks dig me, because I rarely wear underwear…when I do it’s usually something unusual”
The original Chevy Chase ‘Vacation’ movie that sparked so many sequels including the holiday favorite ‘Christmas Vacation’ is a true classic. Involving the Griswold family and their doomed trip to the theme park Walley World, this is one of the best in the series. Many people haven’t seen this early National Lampoon number, so please check it out for some funny quotes.
“It’s a quest for fun. I’m gonna have fun and you’re gonna have fun. We’re all gonna have so much f*****g fun we’ll need plastic surgery to remove our god damn smiles”
So it looks like Manning has a good taste in classic comedy movies. So let’s see how many famous movie quotes his teammates can memorize, and if the Bronco’s win the Superbowl next season, we’ll know exactly what sparked the run.