The 2000s gave audiences a myriad of unforgettable and instantly iconic movies. The new millennium saw the rise of the superhero genre, and films about these colorful and superpowered characters quickly flooded the cinematic landscape. Teen comedies continued proliferating, dealing with increasingly diverse points of view. Comedies increased their risqué content, while dramas greatly succeeded by showcasing different voices, delivering riveting and timely stories.
Out of all the movies that have come out since the 2000s, some have managed to stay relevant because of the memorable dialogue they produced. Mean Girls is a prime example of a movie that’s entered the cultural lexicon with its seemingly endless collection of quotes. Comedic, impactful, and even inspirational, these lines have stayed with audiences the world over, reminding them about the power and influence of well-crafted cinema.
“Four for you, Glen Coco, you go, Glen Coco!”
Ridiculously quotable and rewatchable, Tina Fey’s Mean Girls ranks as not only the best teen film of the 2000s but one of the best of all time. It tells the story of Cady Heron, a previously homeschooled girl who enrolls in high school for the first time and becomes involved with the most popular clique, the Plastics.
The character of Damian, played by Daniel Franzese, gets some of the most hilarious lines in the film. One of the most memorable occurs when he, dressed as Santa, goes into a classroom to deliver Christmas candy canes to several students. One of them, Glen Coco, gets four of them, prompting Damian to root for the boy, who silently accepts the gifts.
“You on candid camera now!”
The Scary Movie franchise may not be at the pinnacle of cinema, but it did deliver a lot of laughs. A spoof of several movies in the horror, slasher, and mystery genres, the first entry in the series focuses on a group of teenagers who begin to get stalked by a killer a year after seemingly committing a murder of their own.
Among the group is Brenda, played by the incredibly talented Regina Hall. During one of the movie’s most memorable scenes, Brenda goes to the movies herself, where she behaves loud and obnoxiously towards the other patrons. The scene is a spoof of Jada Pinkett Smith’s death during Scream 2, and the perfect proof that Hall is one of cinema’s most gifted comediennes.
“This is Sparta!”
Zack Snyder’s ultra-violent and stylish epic 300 deftly mixes action with historical fantasy to create an adventure unlike any other. Based on Frank Miller’s 1998 comic series of the same name, the film follows King Leonidas, who leads 300 Spartans into battle against the Persian God-King, Xerxes.
The film’s all-out style is perfectly captured in the scene where one of Xerxes’ Persian emissaries visits Leonidas in Sparta, demanding “earth and water.” Insulted, Leonidas yells the now-iconic phrase that has come to represent the movie as a whole, and kicks the messenger in the chest, throwing him into a deep well.
“I am Iron Man”
“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”
“I drink your milkshake. I drink it up.”
“I have had it with these motherf*****g snakes on this motherf*****g plane!”
“You and I have unfinished business.”
“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”