Funny Lines From 80′s Movies

Sunday, April 10 by Jason Cuthbert

These funny lines from 80's movies prove just how many successful comedic actors Hollywood was able to utilize in the 1980's. As human humor machines were graduating from television shows and stand-up comedy stages to major motion pictures, funny films filled theaters on a regular basis. These timeless funny lines have lived beyond their birth in movies from the 1980's and can still yank the laughter out of you.

  1. "Airplane" – Ted Striker: "Surely you can't be serious." Rumack: "I am serious… and don't call me Shirley." This hilarious exchange between Robert Hayes as Ted Striker and Leslie Neilsen as Dr. Rumack is just as funny when read out loud as it is in the film. This 80's comedy movie about the hi-jinx on an airplane where there is an outbreak of food poisoning was thrust upon us by the three-headed director: David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. It gave way to their style of comedy that continued with further success in the "The Naked Gun" series. Their formula was quick funny lines and quirky details waiting in the background for the attentive eye to notice.
  2. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" – (referring to his test on European socialism) Ferris: "I mean, really, what's the point? I'm not European. I don't plan on being European. So who gives a crap if they're socialists? They could be fascist anarchists, it still doesn't change the fact that I don't own a car." Matthew Broderick delivered this portion of a clever monologue spoken directly to the audience, seemingly saying what many young American teenagers either once thought or longed to tell their parental and educational authority figures. This observation sums up Ferris' teenaged outlook on life, and his eventual motivation for skipping school that day with friends for a spontaneous adventure through the city of Chicago. This hit comedy from 1986 showcases teen angst and priorities at their finest and funniest.
  3. "Caddyshack" – Al Czervik: "Oh, this your wife, huh? A lovely lady. Hey baby, you must've been something before electricity." Comedic wonder-kind Rodney Dangerfield makes this obnoxious comment to the elderly wife of Ted Knight's character with complete disregard for social etiquette and perfect comic timing. He clearly has drawn the line between these two golfers that will play out further – leading up to a golf challenge. He kills the pretentious snobbery in the room and makes for one of the most captivating characters in 1980's movies.
  4. "Moonstruck" Ronny: "I love you." Loretta Castorini: [slaps Ronny twice] "Snap out of it!" This classic 1987 Academy Award-winning comedy starred Cher as Loretta and Nicholas Cage as Ronny – blurting out these memorable quotes. Loretta is trying to avoid cheating on her fiancé with his brother Ronny – and this funny line makes that point loud and clear. This is one of those funny lines that when you see it in a movie preview trailer you are sold on seeing the film right away.
  5. "Fletch" Fletch: "Does this proposition entail my dressing up as Little Bo Peep?" Alan Stanwyck: "It's nothing of a sexual nature, I assure you."  Fletch: "Yeah, I assure you." Chevy Chase helps bring sarcastic wit to its proper apex once again with this nonchalant response to a man trying to hire him for a strange, but lucrative request. With deadpan, self-assured charisma, Chase can make you lose composure with funny lines this simple – spoken like he thought it up on the spot. This is one of many memorable lines from the mystery-solving Los Angeles newspaper journalist Fletch – an iconic 1980's comedy movie performance.

- Jason Cuthbert