By Scott Murray
Some of the best movies are the ones that provide us with several memorable lines. Without question, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is such a movie. It was tough picking just a handful of them to feature here, but here goes nothing:
It seems to be that the only thing you've learned is that Caesar...was a salad dressing dude.
It's always funny when older adults try to repeat contemporary high school vernacular. However, Mr. Ryan needs to do that in this scene in order to make a point. When he does, his delivery is sincere...and hilarious.
How's it goin', royal ugly dudes?
To me, this line is about comedic timing and choice of words. Things seem to be going well for the guys as they attempt to rescue the princesses from having to marry against their will. However, when King Henry suddenly appears, it takes the air out of the room. At this point, anything could be said coming out of the awkward silence, and Bill picks something that mixes a common greeting with a funny insult.
All behold, he ate the pig. Thus proving that he's a...Ziggy Piggy!
I'm not sure the REAL Napoleon would've tolerated the crazy Ziggy Piggy waiters, but who cares? It's amusing seeing them get in his face, poke him, stick a button on him, call him a pig and oink at him. After all, those guys have no idea who's in front of them. While suspending disbelief, I also tend to wonder what it would be like to have to act like that as part of your job.
Sh*t! Sh*t! Sh*t! Sh*t! Sh*t!
I know it's just one word said over and over again, but it's Napoleon bowling! As a bowler, I've never had this particular thing happen, but I've been mad at my ball enough to want to repeat the words.
Tell me about your mother.
Aside from, "You can call me Siggy," Freud attempting a random therapy session at the police station is quite hilarious.
The only true wisdom that consists of knowing...that you know nothing. That's us, Dude!
I loved these lines so much, my wife bought me a t-shirt with them on it.
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.
The line itself isn't original, but the use of it was GENIUS. Nobody could see it coming, and I remember the movie theater bursting out in laughter when Socrates said it. Bill & Ted probably don't watch soap operas and had no idea what he said, but we did. I love that kind of random and unexpected humor.
Here's the deal...what I win, I keep. What you win...I keep.
All of the historical figures have their moments, including Billy the Kid. It was clear when he walks into the room that people were intimidated. Yet, our clueless heroes just thought he was cool enough for their report. In my interview with Dan Shor about Billy the Kid, he mentioned that he did research on the real man, but was told to throw it all out the window. Nonetheless, his card game rules made for a great line.
San Dimas High School Football Rules!
While many of the historical characters probably weren't rooted heavily in fact, we all know that this guy exists in several high schools. He didn't do the work, and it was apparent to everyone. However, he still had to get up and do something. So, why not leave the stage with a bang by turning the presentation into a pep rally?
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