My oldest son and I have very similar senses of humor. For example, we both can recite most of Monty Python and the Holy Grail by heart and we both think Weird Al is a genius.
But lately I've been disturbed to find that some of my favorite classic comedy movie references from the 70s and 80s have been going right over his head, due to the fact that he has yet to see any of these films.
Case in point... whenever we're at the airport and I hear the canned announcement regarding where to load and unload passengers, he has no idea why I immediately start chuckling and automatically launch into "Look Betty, don't start up with your white zone shit again." It's kind of sad really.
And so I aim to fix this little problem.
Not unlike my recent Father's Day post where I extolled the virtues of passing our family handyman knowledge down from one generation to the next, I feel I need to do the same thing for my children by exposing them to classic comedy cinema that they in turn can pass down to their children - and on and on. I consider it my responsibility to keep the
nonsense legacy alive.
Therefore, here are the first three movies I am going to watch with my son. I think these are good examples of films that really bring out the silliness he so sadly has been missing. I've also included a few of my favorite one-liners from these movies that I find myself spewing out on a regular basis - most of the time without even realizing it.
- Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
- There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
- Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?
The Jerk (1979)
- He hates these cans. Stay away from the cans.
- I'm somebody now!
- I have my temporary driver's license - and - my astronaut application form... I didn't pass that though, I failed everything but the date of birth.
Caddy Shack (1980)
- Hey baby, you must've been something before electricity.
- How about a Fresca?
- You're rather attractive for a beautiful girl with a great body.
- You'll get nothing, and like it.
Other films he hasn't seen:
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
What about you? What classic comedies do you think my (17 year old) son should be exposed to? Also, what are some of your favorite one-liners that no one else seems to get?
And I don't need one other thing, except humor-blogs.com