Movie Quotes 101: The Gun Line
Have you ever been in a conversation and had the opportunity to drop a great movie quote? I'm talking about a top-notch quote; something not too obscure, yet not too mainstream. Something that targets your group or audience just right. I guess it's comparable to dropping a fire-meme in a group text.
I know, I know, at 35 I shouldn't be using words like "fire," "lit af," or "bae." Honestly, I'm not sure what my target audience is. Also, I have a teen kid so I have to play the dad role to get as many teenage eye rolls as possible. Sad, I know, whatever. I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you are looking for high-level technical jargon or just better vernacular in general, check out fellow Movie Amigos founder Sammy Lucario's articles.
Yeah, let me tell you about the time I dropped a solid movie quote into a conversation like a boss, to get out of a shaky situation. So I was out drinking with some friends on guy's night, because no good story ever began with "I was eating a salad" am I right? So a few drinks turns into a few more and before you know it we are all three sheets to the wind. We grab an Uber and head back to another watering hole.
By now it's getting really late and the cell phone use is in full swing. Meaning we are all talking to our significant others (girlfriends and wives) and they are all asking where we are at. Needless to say we all got into it with our respective "bosses" at home.
Fast forward a few weeks later and we are trying to get another guys night going. We stop by a friend's house and hear him arguing with his wife. The argument was in reference to our last outing and how it got out of hand. I knew I had to go and try to help out. Basically I needed to run an impromptu extraction mission. Leave no man behind right? So I decide to go behind enemy lines, like Owen Wilson in that one movie, Behind Enemy Lines. I just hoped it wouldn't turn into a Lone Survivor story.
So I go in and immediately can sense the tension and awkwardness. I figured I should say something to break the ice. I look at his wife and in my best southern, Mississippi accent, I say, "tell him about the gun line boss" (Life 1999). The following 3-5 seconds play out in slow motion. They both stop arguing and turn to me with a slightly confused and upset look. My brain quickly informs me that I've made a mistake, and this was one of those keep your mouth shut situations. Slowly I see a look of understanding come across their face as they put 2 and 2 together. A well-liked quote from their favorite movie (Life 1999) and the situation. Smiles wash across their face and they both start laughing.
I quickly lean in and let my buddy know that we need to get the hell out while she's still smiling. As we walk out I don't look back like an 80's movie action star walking away from an explosion. Never underestimate a well-placed movie quote.