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Who Is Your Daddy? And Other Movie Moments

Students recite the greatest lines from the best and worst films


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Every so often, a bit of movie dialogue enters the popular consciousness, and sticks. Take the line “I wish I knew how to quit you!” from the 2005 drama Brokeback Mountain. The phrase, repeatedly mocked by late night talk show hosts and stand-up comedians, quickly became a cultural cliché, joining the ranks of Jerry Maguire’s “Show me the money!” and “You can’t handle the truth!” from A Few Good Men.

In honor of the upcoming 79th Academy Awards, BU Today set out to determine which film quotes are most popular at Boston University. We asked students in the George Sherman Union for their best Hollywood impersonations, and while the performances may not win any Oscars, they certainly offer a peek into campus pop culture.

Students recited one-liners from cult favorite Empire Records and mainstream comedies Old School and Wedding Crashers, as well as dialogue from the satirical Mean Girls and 1995 Academy Award–winner Forrest Gump. And not surprisingly, “I wish I knew how to quit you” made the cut as well.

Are you a film buff? Vote in the BU Today/Student Activities Office (SAO) Oscar contest. Submit your Oscar picks using the online ballot, and on Sunday, February 25, bring a copy of your ballot to the annual SAO-sponsored Oscar Party. If your predictions match the Academy’s selections, you’ll be eligible to win some snazzy prizes, including movie passes and a digital camera. The party will be held at BU Central beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, click here or call the SAO at 617-353-3635.

Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu. Vicky Waltz can be reached at vwaltz@bu.edu.