When I feel really down, frustrated, overwhelmed or upset, I either watch “Everybody Loves Raymond”, Read Dave Barry’s “Guide to Guys”, or -thanks to a brilliant decision by a Hollywood studio this year- watch the Hangover again. No matter how blue you are, how upset – and here I am referring to life’s normal blues not the more serious morbidity or mortality issues- when you watch that movie, you will laugh. It is so brilliantly written, it became the funniest movie of all time, hands down. It set a new standard in what is funny about movies. Think about the tiger, Mike Tyson, the baby, the naked man in the trunk, Alan, the hangover must be the randomest movie. Ever. Many lines from that movie are now quoted in schools, universities and when people get tipsy. My favorite lines from the movie are:
Alan Garner: Can I ask you another question?
Alan Garner: You probably get this a lot. This isn’t the real Caesar’s Palace is it?
Lisa: What do you mean?
Alan Garner: Did, umm… did Caesar live here?
Alan Garner: I didn’t think so
Alan Garner: Gambling? Who said anything about gambling? It’s not gambling when you know you’re gonna win. Counting cards is a foolproof system.
Stu Price: It’s also illegal.
Alan Garner: It’s not illegal, it’s frowned upon, like… masturbating on an airplane.
Phil Wenneck: I’m pretty sure that’s illegal too.
Alan Garner: Yeah, maybe after 9/11, where everybody got so sensitive. Thanks a lot, Bin Laden!
Another movie that is guaranteed to make you laugh, albeit in a quirky twisted way is “the Big Lebowski” by the Coen brothers where Jeff Bridges plays the eternal character “the Dude”. I have a few friends that could be an inspiration for the Dude, I know the Dudes in real life. And they are funny.
Some lines from the movie that made me laugh and are guaranteed to make you feel better about whatever you are depressed about (bad day at work, someone telling you something that hurt you, a loved one leaving you, frustrations of everyday life…):
Younger Cop: And was there anything of value in the car?
The Dude: Oh, uh, yeah, uh… a tape deck, some Creedence tapes, and there was a, uh… uh, my briefcase.
Younger Cop: [expectant pause] In the briefcase?
The Dude: Uh, uh, papers, um, just papers, uh, you know, uh, my papers, business papers.
Younger Cop: And what do you do, sir?
The Dude: I’m unemployed.
My favorite scene in the Big Lebowski was the scattering of the ashes over the cliff. Nothing in cinema history is as simple and as hilarious.
I’ll leave some of my favorite lines for part II. Stay tuned.