Quote: “It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it!”
If I had a shiny new pound coin for every time I’d heard that, I’d be a rich, rich man. Trouble is, it’s not exactly accurate is it? Great dialogue transcends the performance from whence it came and has the ability to infiltrate popular culture and consciousness.
From the endlessly quotable to the words you wish you’d said yourself, each week will feature an iconic iteration. So in the words of Reservoir Dogs’ Joe Cabot…”Let’s go to work!”
As well as providing this writer with a handy, quick-fire definition of irony, should he ever need it (and need it, he did), Reality Bites was the MTV-varnished version of life as a Generation X’er starring 90’s poster guy and gal, Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder. As well as a soundtrack that launched Lisa Loeb and resurrected The Knack’s ‘My Sharona’, Reality Bites was fitting quote fodder for the impressionable teen who wanted to sound big and clever but had no discernable ideas of their own.
It was also the perfect solution to a very ’90’s problem: What do you record on your very first answerphone message? Behold, the answer:
Troy Dyer : [On answering machine] “At the beep, please leave your name, number, and a brief justification for the ontological necessity of modern man’s existential dilemma, and we’ll get back to you.”
Which quote makes you want to roll your eyes back in your head and hang up? Let us know in the comments below.