Life Lessons from Movies

Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category

The Wedding Singer

In Comedy, Movies on November 6, 2015 at 5:05 PM

The Wedding Singer (1998) is a comedy directed by Frank Coraci about Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler), a struggling musician who finds out what true love is when he meets Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore), a waitress.

Life Lesson:

Find someone to love who wants to grow old with you.

Movie Scene:

Robbie: “From now on, I’m just, I’m gonna be like you man. I’m just gonna be with a different chick every night and then I’ll send them packin’.”

Sammy (Allen Covert): “Sounds like you got it all figured out.”

Robbie: “[…] That’s it man, starting right now. Me and you are gonna be free and happy the rest of our lives.”

Sammy: “I’m not happy. I’m miserable.”

Robbie: “What?”

Sammy: “See, I grew up idolizing guys like Fonzie and Vinnie Barbarino ’cause they got a lot of chicks. You know what happened to Fonzie and Vinnie Barbarino? […] Their shows got canceled ’cause no one wants to see a 50-year-old guy hitting on chicks.”

Robbie: “What are you saying?”

Sammy: “What I’m saying is, all I really want is someone to hold me and tell me that everything is gonna be all right. […] If you found someone you can love, you can’t let it get away.”


The Dish

In Comedy, Movies on February 11, 2015 at 9:35 PM

The Dish (2000) is a comedy co-written and directed by Rob Sitch about the scientists and technicians at Parkes Observatory in Australia who used a massive 64 meter radio telescope to help NASA broadcast the 1969 Apolo 11 lunar landing.

Life Lesson:

Sometimes you have to take risks.

Movie Scene:

Cliff Buxton (Sam Neill): “Isn’t that odd?”

Glenn Latham (Tom Long): “What?”

Cliff: “Well, that I was more scared than excited.”

Glenn: “I don’t think that’s odd. I feel like that all the time…  How come you changed?”

Cliff: “My wife said something. She said, ‘failure is never quite so frightening as regret’.”

Glenn: “Oh, that’s good advice.”

Cliff: “Yeah, pretty good, huh?”

Glenn: “I wish someone would tell me that.”

Last Holiday

In Comedy, Movies on January 7, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Last Holiday (2006) is a comedy directed by Wayne Wang about Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah), a woman who is told that she has Lampington’s Disease, and with only three weeks left to live, decides to have the life she always wanted.

Life Lesson:

Don’t wait to make your dreams a reality.

Movie Scene:

Georgia: “Look, a guy like you has all the money and time in the world to turn things around for himself, you know? So, just stop whining and get with it.”

The Out of Towners

In Comedy, Movies on December 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

The Out of Towners (1999) is a comedy directed by Sam Weisman about a married couple, Henry (Steve Martin) and Nancy (Goldie Hawn) Clark, who face a series of life changing events, some misfortunes, and some adventures as they travel to New York City.

Life Lesson:

It’s never too late to make a positive change.

Movie Scene:

Nancy: “Henry, Henry, you know what this is?”

Henry: “What is it?”

Nancy: “It’s a test. I mean, here we are in the middle of our lives, and we have a decision to make. Are we on a… a slow march toward death, or are we gonna embrace life?”

Henry: “Slow march toward death?”

Nancy: “No! Embrace life! I want to live! I want to feel useful! I want to explore and experience! I… I want to suck the marrow out of life, Henry! What do you want?”

You Again

In Comedy, Movies on December 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM

You Again (2010) is a comedy directed by Andy Fickman about Marni (Kristen Bell), a woman who finds out that her older brother (James Wolk) is engaged to her high school bully (Odette Annable), and that their mother Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis) was best friends with her tormentor’s aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver), when they were in high school.

Life Lesson:

People can forgive when they are given a sincere and remorseful apology.

Movie Scene:

Gail: “I’m sorry Ramona, honestly. And I should have been a better friend, obviously. I knew what I was doing. I was so busy being Gail Byer and everything that meant. I just… I was insensitive. I wasn’t a good friend. And I’m sorry.”

Ramona: “…I feel like I can breathe again.”

The Great Dictator

In Comedy, Movies on December 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

The Great Dictator (1940) is a comedy written and directed by Charlie Chaplin about a humble Jewish barber who is mistaken for Adenoid Hynkel (Charlie Chaplin), the cruel, anti-Semitic, and inept dictator of a small country.

Life Lesson:

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Nelson Mandela

Movie Scene:

Barber: “We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world, there’s room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful. […] You the people have the power – the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. […] Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance.”

Dr. Strangelove

In Comedy, Movies on April 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is a comedy co-written and directed by Stanley Kubrick about the events in the “war room” where military and government officials have gathered to try to stop an air strike launched by a rogue U.S. general, Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), against a country with nuclear weapons.

Life Lesson:

“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

Robert Burns

Movie Scene:

General “Buck” Turgidson (George C. Scott): “Mr. President, about, ah, 35 minutes ago, General Jack Ripper, the Commanding General of, uh, Burpelson Air Force Base, issued an order to the 34 B-52s of his wing, which were airborne at the time as part of a special exercise we were holding called, “Operation Dropkick.” Now, it appears that the order called for the planes to attack their targets inside Russia. The planes are fully armed with nuclear weapons […]”.

U.S. President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers): “Gereral Turgidson, I find this very difficult to understand. I was under the impression that I was the only one in authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.”

General Turgidson: “Uh, that’s right, Sir. You are the only person authorized to do so. And although I hate to judge before all the facts are in, it’s beginning to look like General Ripper exceeded his authority.”


While You Were Sleeping

In Comedy, Movies on February 2, 2014 at 5:50 AM

While You Were Sleeping (1995) is a comedy directed by Jon Turteltaub about Lucy Eleanor Moderatz (Sandra Bullock), a lonely subway tollbooth collector who rescues a man, Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher), that falls on the train tracks and then pretends to be his fiancé while he is in a coma.

Life Lesson:

Sometimes things don’t turn out as planned.

Movie Scene:

Lucy [talking to Peter]: “It’s just that, you know, when I was, when I was a kid I always imagined what I would be like, or where I would be, or what I would have when I got older. And, you know, it was the normal stuff. I’d have a house and family and things like that. Not, not that I’m complaining or anything, because, you know, I have, I have a cat. I have an apartment. Um, sole possession of the remote control. That’s very important. It’s just, I never met anybody that I could laugh with, you know? Do you believe in love at first sight? Nah, I bet you don’t. You’re probably too sensible for that. Or have you ever like seen somebody and you knew that if only that person really knew you, they would, well, of course, dump the perfect model that they were with and realize that you were the one that they wanted to just grow old with. Have you ever fallen in love with somebody you haven’t even talked to? You ever been so alone you spend the night confusing a man in a coma?”

Sydney White

In Comedy, Movies on January 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Sydney White (2007) is a comedy loosely based on Snow White and directed by Joe Nussbaum about Sydney White (Amanda Bynes), a freshman in college who tries to join the same sorority her mother belonged to, but instead finds herself targeted by the sorority president, Rachel Witchburn (Sara Paxton), for getting the attention of a charming fraternity president, Tyler Prince (Matt Long), and winds up with seven social outcasts as roommates.

Life Lesson:

If you feel you don’t fit in, get to know other people better — especially other misfits.

Movie Scene:

Sydney: “I have met so many great and interesting people here that I never would have met if I didn’t step out of my own little world. Before, all I wanted was to fit in. But I’ve learned that —that we’re all searching to fit in, and we, we all feel like outsiders, and we all do things and feel things that are bizarre and unconventional and dorky. We’re all dorks.”

Say Anything…

In Comedy, Movies on December 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Say Anything (1989) is a comedy written and directed by Cameron Crowe about the summer romance between two recent high school graduates, Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), who has no future plans, and Diane Court (Ione Skye), the valedictorian who wins a scholarship to study in England.

Life Lesson:

Go after what you want.

Movie Scene:

Lloyd Dobler: “I’m gonna take out Diane Court again.”

Corey Flood (Lili Taylor): “That’s unlikely.”

Lloyd: “Is the movies a good second date, you know, as– as a date?”

Corey: “But you never had a first date.”

Lloyd: “Yes, I did. I sat across from her at a mall. We ate together. We ate. That’s eating. Sharing an important physical event. […] I’m gonna call her.”

Corey: “Diane Court doesn’t go out with guys like you. She’s a brain. Diane Court does not realize how good looking she is.”

Lloyd: “This sounds great to me. I’m gonna call her. That’s what’s cool about her.”

Corey: “Brains stay with brains. The bomb could go off, and their mutant genes would form the same cliques. I’m sorry. It’s just you’re a really nice guy, and we don’t want to see you get hurt.”

Lloyd: “I want to get hurt!”

View from the Top

In Comedy, Movies on September 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

View from the Top (2003) is a comedy directed by Bruno Barreto about Donna Jensen (Gwyneth Paltrow), a woman from a small town without many future prospects who follows the advice of an ex-flight attendant and motivational speaker, Sally Weston (Candice Bergen), to start a new life.

Life Lesson:

Know that you are valuable, so don’t settle for less, even if others are trying to keep you down.

Movie Scene:

Sally Weston: “And there I was with garbage in front of me, the worst moment of my life, and I thought, ‘what am I going to do?’ And for a second I was real scared because ever since I was a little girl all I ever heard from people was you are nothing and nothing is what you deserve.  But that night something clicked, and I knew, I just knew, I was worth something… No matter how much I loved that sleepy little town, none of my dreams were waiting down there, they were waiting up there [pointing to the sky]. And frankly people, no matter where you’re from, no matter who people think you are, you can be whatever you want. But you got to start right now, right this second in fact.”

Donna: “But how?”

Sally Weston: “You should start by buying my book.”

Legally Blonde

In Comedy, Movies on August 27, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Legally Blonde (2001) is a comedy directed by Robert Luketic about Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), a college student who enters Harvard Law School in an effort to win back her ex-boyfriend, Warner (Matthew Davis), who broke up with her because she didn’t fit his elitist image of a future senator’s wife.

Life Lesson:

Learn to see the potential in yourself and in others.

Movie Scene:

Elle: “I feel like we barely get to see each other since we’ve been here.”

Warner: “Oh, I know. I’m so busy with these case studies and hypos.”

Elle: “I know what you mean. I can’t imagine doing all this and Callahan’s internship next year. That’s gonna be so much.”

Warner: “Oh, Elle, come on. You’re never going to get the grades to qualify for one of those spots. You’re not smart enough, sweetie.”

Elle: “Wait, am I on glue, or did we not get into the same law school, Warner?”

Warner: “Well, yeah. But–”

Elle: “But what? We took the same LSATs, and we’re taking the same classes.”

Warner: “I know, but come on Elle, be serious. You can do something more valuable with your time.”

Elle: “I’m never going to be good enough for you, am I?”

50 First Dates

In Comedy, Movies on June 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM

50 First Dates (2004) is a comedy directed by Peter Segal about Henry (Adam Sandler), a man who never wanted a long term relationship with a woman until he falls in love with Lucy (Drew Barrymore), a woman with anterograde amnesia who forgets who he is every morning.

Life Lesson:

Loving someone will not keep you from your ambitions; it will help you reach them.

Movie Scene:

Lucy: “I don’t know who you are Henry, but I dream about you almost every night. Why?”

Henry: “What would you say if I told you that notebook you read everyday used to have a lot of stuff about me in it?”

Lucy: “I would say that that makes a lot of sense.”

Henry: “You erased me from your memories because you thought you were holding me back from having a full and happy life, but you made a mistake. Being with you is the only way I could have a full and happy life. You’re the girl of my dreams, and apparently I’m the man of yours.”

Lucy: “Henry, it’s nice to meet you.”

Henry: “Lucy, it’s nice to meet you too.”

Stuck on You

In Comedy, Movies on May 29, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Stuck on You (2003) is a comedy directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly about conjoined twins, Bob (Matt Damon) and Walt (Greg Kinnear) Tenor, who travel from Martha’s Vineyard to L.A. in order to pursue an acting career.

Life Lesson:

Find what you love to do most — and do it.

Movie Scene:

Walt: “I wanna be an actor.”

Bob: “Oh, yeah. Of course. Look I’m sorry, man. I know I freaked out yesterday, but I’ll go onstage with you again next year. You can even sing if you want. I’d never stop you from doing that.”

Walt: “No, no, no. I mean I wanna be a real actor. I wanna move to Hollywood.”

Bob: “What?”

Walt: “Hey, hey, hey. I think I got the chops for it. You saw those people last night. They were moved. I got to them.”

Bob: “Come on, those were your friends.”

Walt: “What’s that supposed to mean?”

Bob: “Look, I just meant: Look man, we’re from Martha’s Vineyard, okay? You know, people here, we’re lifeguards and fishermen. We own restaurants. We do not star in movies. … Okay, look, I’m going to put it to you this way: who were the last conjoined twins who were nominated for an Oscar?”

Walt: “Whoa, whoa, whoa. I can’t believe I’m hearing this from you of all people. Hey, isn’t that what people told us our whole lives? That we couldn’t do what normal people did. Never stopped us before. … Three months: we go out there, we give it a try, we see how it works out. If it doesn’t, we come home, but at least I’ll be happy because I know that we tried.”

Bob: “Okay, Hollywood. But you’re going to owe me big time for this.”

Wayne’s World

In Comedy, Movies on May 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Wayne’s World (1992) is a comedy directed by Penelope Spheeris about Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey), two underachieving friends who host a public-access cable show that is bought by a sleazy tv executive, Benjamin Kane (Rob Lowe).

Life Lesson:

Be optimistic: You’ll find better solutions.

Movie Scene:

Wayne: “Oh, man. What the hell’s going on? I lost my show, I lost my best friend, I lost my girl. I’m being shit on, that’s all, shit on. And do you know what really pisses me off? Where are you going? Where are you going? Ok. Ok. Come on back. Come on back. Things aren’t as bad as they seem. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to dump on you. I’ll figure something out. Ok?”

[Wayne figures it out.]

Kinky Boots

In Comedy, Movies on May 16, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Kinky Boots (2005) is a comedy directed by Julian Jarrold about Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton), a man who inherits his father’s failing shoe factory and decides to save it by finding a niche market with the help of Lola/Simon (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a drag queen.

Life Lesson:

Accept others for who they are, even if you don’t understand them.

Movie Scene:

Don (a factory worker who’s just won an arm-wrestling match against Lola): Why’d you stop?

Lola: “Well, I wouldn’t want you to walk into the factory and feel that people didn’t respect you, Don. I wouldn’t want anyone else to know what that feels like… Change your mind about someone.”


In Comedy, Movies on May 14, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Tootsie (1982) is a comedy directed by Sydney Pollack about Michael Dorsey/ Dorothy Michaels (Dustin Hoffman), a temperamental, struggling actor who decides to impersonate a woman in order to get a part on a soap opera, then learns firsthand what it is like to be treated like a woman, all while falling in love with a co-star, Julie (Jessica Lange).

Life Lesson:

You’ll have more empathy for others if you put yourself in their shoes.

Movie Scene:

Michael: “I just did it for the work. I didn’t mean to hurt anybody, especially you.”

Julie: “I miss Dorothy.”

Michael: “You don’t have to. She’s right here. And she misses you. Look, you don’t know me from Adam. But I was a better man with you as a woman than I ever was with a woman as a man. You know what I mean? I just gotta learn to do it without the dress.”


In Comedy, Movies on April 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Moonstruck (1987) is a comedy directed by Norman Jewison about Loretta Castorini (Cher), a widow who falls in love with her fiancé’s brother, Ronny (Nicolas Cage), when she invites him to her wedding.

Life Lesson:

Let go of old resentments: You’ll feel better.

Movie Scene:

Ronny: “You’re going to marry my brother Johnny … I have no life.”

Loretta: “Excuse me?”

Ronny: “I have no life. My brother Johnny took my life from me … And now he’s getting married. He has his. He’s getting his. And he wants me to come. What is life? … They say ‘bread is life.’ And, and I bake bread, bread, bread, and I sweat, and shovel this stinking dough in and out of this hot hole in the wall and, and I should be SO happy, huh, sweetie? You want me to come to the wedding of my brother Johnny? Where’s my wedding? … Do you know about me? Ok, nothing is anybody’s fault, but things happen. Look: This wood is fake. Five years ago I was engaged to be married and uh, and Johnny came in here, and he ordered bread from me, and I said, ‘oh ok, some bread’ and I put my hand in the slicer and it got caught ’cause I wasn’t paying attention. The slicer chewed off my hand, and it’s funny ’cause when my fiancé found out about it, when she found out that I had been maimed, she left me for another man.”

Loretta: “That’s the bad blood between you and Johnny? … But that’s not Johnny’s fault.”


Loretta: […] “What’s the matter with you? I mean, you think you’re the only one who ever shed a tear?”

Shallow Hal

In Comedy, Movies on April 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Shallow Hal (2001) is a comedy co-written and co-directed by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly about Hal (Jack Black), a man who views women in the most superficial way possible, judging them only on their looks, until an encounter with Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker, helps him to appreciate inner beauty and fall in love with Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow).

Life Lesson:

If you look beyond physical appearance, you will discover more beautiful people.

Movie Scene:

Tony Robbins: “Inner beauty is the easiest thing in the world to see when you are looking for it. The brain sees what the heart wants it to feel. Everything you know about beauty is programmed: television, magazines, movies — they’re all telling you what’s beautiful and what isn’t.”

Fever Pitch

In Comedy, Movies on April 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Fever Pitch (2005) is a comedy directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly and based on the book by Nick Hornby about Ben (Jimmy Fallon), a man obsessed with the Boston Red Sox, who falls in love with non-fan Lindsay (Drew Barrymore) during the 2004 baseball season.

Life Lesson:

Make sure that the one you love most can love you back.

Movie Scene:

Lindsay: “You love these seats.”

Ben: “No. I fell in love with this when I was seven because I had nothing else. Now I’m in love with you. I don’t need this. I don’t want this.”

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

In Comedy, Movies on April 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) is a comedy written and directed by John Hughes about two very different men, uptight executive Neal Page (Steve Martin) and jovial salesman Del Griffith (John Candy), who embark on an accident-prone Thanksgiving journey together.

Life Lesson:

“Don’t sweat the small stuff … and it’s all small stuff.”

Richard Carlson

Movie Scene:

Del: “You have any idea how glad I am I didn’t kill you?”

Neal: “Do you have any idea how glad I’d be if you had?”

Del: “Oh, come on pal, you don’t mean that. Remember what I said about going with the flow? … Like a twig on the shoulders of a mighty stream.”

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

In Comedy, Movies on March 21, 2013 at 6:25 AM

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) is a comedy written and directed by John Hughes about Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), a high school senior who knows that time is running out to be with his friends and decides to skip school in order to enjoy a day with them.

Life Lesson:

“Stop and smell the roses.”

Movie Scene:

Ferris: “I said it before and I’ll say it again. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

High Fidelity

In Comedy, Movies on March 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

High Fidelity (2000) is a comedy directed by Stephen Frears based on the book by Nick Hornby about Rob Gordon (John Cusack), an insecure, immature, and selfish record store owner who looks for answers to his relationship problems by tracking down five previous ex-girlfriends.

Life Lesson:

If you want to have a good relationship with someone, then don’t hold back. Give it all you’ve got.

Movie Scene:

Rob: “I can see now I never really committed to Laura. I always had one foot out the door, and that prevented me from doing a lot of things, like thinking about my future and — I guess it made more sense to commit to nothing, keep my options open. And that’s suicide, by tiny, tiny increments.”

The School of Rock

In Comedy, Movies on March 5, 2013 at 9:25 AM

The School of Rock (2003) is a comedy directed by Richard Linklater about Dewey Finn (Jack Black), a lazy, self-centered, amateur musician who impersonates a teacher, Ned Schneebly (Mike White), and enlists his students to compete in a Battle of the Bands.

Life Lesson:

Do what you love because you love it. Even if you are not very good at it, you can find a way to fit it into your life.

Movie Scene:

Dewey: “Look, I’m sorry, dude. I was desperate. You can’t understand. It was easy for you to give up music. It ain’t easy for me.”

Ned: “It wasn’t easy for me. I miss it.”

Dewey: “Well, then why’d you give it up?”

Ned: “Because I couldn’t keep kidding myself anymore. You can blame it all on bad luck, but in the end, maybe we just weren’t that good. Sometimes you gotta know when to quit.”

Dewey: “ …Well, music is my life man.”


In Comedy, Movies on February 26, 2013 at 5:55 AM

Scrooged (1988) is a comedy directed by Richard Donner, adapted from Charles Dickens’ classic book, A Christmas Carol, about Frank Cross (Bill Murray), a cold-hearted TV executive who is given the chance to change his callous ways by three ghosts.

Life Lesson:

“Put a little love in your heart, and the world will be a better place.”

Jackie DeShannon

Movie Scene:

Frank: “You have to do something. You have to take a chance. You do have to get involved … There are people that don’t have enough to eat. There are people that are cold. You can go out and say ‘hello’ to these people. You can take an old blanket out of the closet and say ‘here.’ You can make them a sandwich and say, ‘oh by the way, here.’ I get it now! And if you give, then it can happen, then the miracle can happen to you. It’s not just the poor and hungry, it’s everybody.”

Yes Man

In Comedy, Movies on February 15, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Yes Man (2008) is a comedy directed by Peyton Reed based on a book by Danny Wallace about Carl (Jim Carrey), a curmudgeonly bank loan officer who refrains from meaningfully interacting with other people until he attends a seminar run by Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp) that teaches him to embrace new opportunities.

Life Lesson:

You regret the things you haven’t done, not the things you have done.

Movie Scene:

Terrence: “I want you to invite yes into your lives because it will RSVP ‘yes.’ When you say yes to things, you embrace the possible.”

Monty Python’s Life of Brian

In Comedy, Movies on January 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979) is a satiric comedy directed by Terry Jones about Brian (Graham Chapman), a man whose life parallels the life of Jesus.

Life Lesson:

Do not follow others blindly and accidentally join a cult.

Movie Scene:

Brian: “Look you’ve got it all wrong. You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody. You’ve got to think for yourselves. You’re all individuals.”

Crowd: “Yes, we’re all individuals!”

Brian: “You’re all different.”

Crowd: “Yes, we’re all different.”

Person in the Crowd: “I’m not.”

Crowd: “Shhh.”

Brian: “You’ve all got to work it out for yourselves … Don’t let anyone tell you what to do! Otherwise — ”

My Best Friend’s Wedding

In Comedy, Movies on January 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM

My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) is a comedy directed by P.J. Hogan about Jules (Julia Roberts), a professional single woman who has difficulty maintaining romantic relationships and loses the man she loves, Michael (Dermot Mulroney), because she cannot express her true feelings.

Life Lesson:

Do not take loved-ones for granted. Let them know you love them, or you might lose them.

Movie Scene:

Michael: “You and I, didn’t, I mean in our relationships with other people, we didn’t use the word ‘love’ a lot, did we? Kimmy says if you love someone, you say it. You say it right then, out loud. Otherwise, the moment just passes you by.”

Muriel’s Wedding

In Comedy, Movies on January 5, 2013 at 3:27 AM

Muriel’s Wedding (1994) is a coming of age comedy written and directed by P.J. Hogan about Muriel (Toni Collette), a bullied social outcast that runs away from her small hometown to live in the big city with a friend who helps her accept herself and mature into a more responsible and less self-centered adult.

Life Lesson:

A good friend can make all the difference in your life.

Movie Scene:

Muriel’s friend, Rhoda (Rachel Griffiths), is diagnosed with spinal cancer, which means that she is confined to a wheelchair and may never walk again.

Rhoda: “How can you stand this? You push me around in this chair. You cook for me. You even help me dress. I hate it.”

Muriel: “When I lived in Porpoise Spit, I’d just stay in my room for hours and listen to ABBA songs. Sometimes I’d stay in there all day. Since I’ve met you and moved to Sydney, I haven’t listened to one ABBA song. That’s because now my life’s as good as an ABBA song. It’s as good as Dancing Queen.”

Strictly Ballroom

In Comedy, Movies on December 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Strictly Ballroom (1992) is a comedy co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann about Fran (Tara Morice), a novice dancer who convinces Scott (Paul Mercurio), a ballroom champion, to be her partner for the Pan Pacific Grand Prix, and dance the steps their way, non-Federation, even though it means forfeiting a win.

Life Lesson:

“Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias.”

—A life lived in fear is a life half-lived.

Movie Scene:

Fran: “Do you want to dance your own steps or not?”

Scott: “It’s none of your business.”

Fran: “Well, do you?”

Scott: “Look, a beginner has no right to approach an open amateur.”

Fran: “Yeah, well, an open amateur has no right to dance non-federation steps, but you did, didn’t you?”

Scott: “That’s different.”

Fran: “How is it different? You’re just like the rest of them. You think you’re different but you’re not because you’re just — you’re just really scared. You’re really scared to give someone new a go because you think they might just be better than you are. Well, you’re just pathetic, and you’re gutless. You’re a gutless wonder. Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias!”

Something’s Gotta Give

In Comedy, Movies on December 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Something’s Gotta Give (2003) is a romantic comedy written and directed by Nancy Meyers about Erica Barry (Diane Keaton), an accomplished playwright who falls in love with her daughter’s new sixty-three-year-old boyfriend, Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson).

Life Lesson:

“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Movie Scene:

Erica Barry: “Listen to me. You can’t hide from love for the rest of your life because maybe it won’t work out, maybe you’ll become unglued. It’s just not a way to live … I let someone in, and I had the time of my life.”