Nuptials. Breakups. Friendship. New baby, job, home, direction. When something profound happens we look for words worthy of the occasion. Then we realize that we have no idea what to say. But someone else must. Aha! Quote a famous person! Someone smart and eloquent and insightful and not you. To the internet!
Looks about right. Life, love, moving on, happiness… The Notebook? Geesh. When I found that I took a breather, then redid the same search and found a rather hilarious surprise substitution…
The Notebook: Out. The Hangover: In. Over and over I did the search, and those two movies — the sappy starcrossedlovestory and the sophomoric Las Vegas laughfest — swapped for quotability supremacy.
I was amused that among the top searches for “quotes” there appeared two flicks that could hardly provide a more incongruous juxtaposition. I was also a bit taken aback that of all the works people could be searching to cite, two recent (but not the latest, and not the most respected) Hollywood movies vie for the top spot. So I went ahead to see what others were up there by searching “quotes from”:
Yow. Elf? Step Brothers? Don’t get me wrong, I love Will Ferrel as much as the next guy, but really? Twilight, lame, New Moon, lamer. A Walk to Remember?! The 2002 Mandy Moore vehicle? Egads! If you’re quoting this movie, please, take some time to reevaluate… everything.
My lord. Where are the classics? You can quote authors, too, ya know. Or various luminaries of disparate fields. There are so many valuable quotations floating around in the ether. Aye, but there’s the rub. QuotATIONS…
Aha. Search smart, find smarter. What a piece of work is a man.