The Movies People Need to Stop Quoting

Napoleon Dynamite

In all honesty, your film editor never quite caught the circa-2004 strain of Napoleon Dynamite fever; it’s a movie too obsessed with its own faux-cleverness, one more weird and off-balance than genuinely funny. But everybody else just loved them some Napoleon, and loved offering up a “Gosh!” or “Idiot!” whether the occasional called for it or not. Napoleon quoting got so out of control that it became a cottage industry — there were talking keychains, talking dolls and talking pens, even a “Complete Quote Book,” which would, for most movies, simply be the screenplay book. Thankfully, all my wildest dreams came true when the recent Napoleon Dynamite TV cartoon tanked, hopefully putting America out of the Napoleon-quoting business for good.