Writers WorkShop: The Best Movie I Ever Memorized

This week’s choice was a no brainer for me.  I have this odd gift for remembering just about everything about any movie I have seen.  I even remember things about movies that I don’t want to remember like ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’…ick is all I have to say about that.  I pretty much kick ass when it comes to movie trivia, as long as I have seen the movie at least once. 

One of my favorite movies of all time is Clue.  This movie, to me, is hilarious.  It has slapstick comedy, bad accents, Nurse Kelly from MASH and best of all…Tim Curry.  The rest of the cast are amazing comedians as well and I just wish they had worked together more.  The dialouge is quick and witty and smart.  It reminds me a little of how Gilmore Girls was written, not the comedy but some of the rapid fire dialouge.

I am not joking when I say that I had this movie memorized when I was younger.  In fact, if I was watching it today, at this very moment, I would be able to recite it word for word.  Why?  I wore out the VHS tapes of the flipping movie.  It was more of an obsession for me and I can’t explain exactly why.  It is similar to one of the books you can read again and again.  They give you a sense of comfort and home.  I think this type of comedy gave me that.  I have it on DVD now and on cold nights I will sit and watch and laugh and laugh like I am watching it for the first time.  Maybe it’s the laughter that gets me.  There are few things that I can watch that make me laugh every single time I see it…there is one other one but that is another post.

Basically think of the board game Clue.  All the characters are represented with a few additions.  They are all being blackmailed in McCarthy era style and someone dies, then someone else dies, etc.  They then have to figure out who the murderer is.  It could be any of them and they all have a weapon, a la the board game.  The simpleness of the plot makes the comedy easy and the twist ‘endings’… and yes there are three different ones that were played in different theaters across the US… smart and well calculated. 

Below you will find ‘Clue in 52 Seconds’.  It is a very well edited snapshot of the movie that a guy did for a class and put on YouTube.  In total it is 1:24 but well worth it.  Better than the trailer.  If you have never seen the movie give it a go, I think for many people it might have that Anchorman quality – meaning you have to see it more than once to really start laughing.  For me, it was love at first Tim Curry.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16794387734217000502 Los

    I remember watching the preview of Clue on the Siskel and Ebert show (I'm so old!), and remember all of the Hooplah about the three different endings.

    Does the DVD have all three?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14831271413506252133 Beth Dunn

    I can recite lines from 16 candles, I love movies

  • http://www.ihaveabackbone.wordpress.com Tracy @ The Chameleon's Backbone

    My favorite kind of movies are ones where the underdog wins. Rudy, Rocky….hummm….or maybe I just like movies that star short guys with names that start with R and end with Y. LOL.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14596932080900939808 Suzie Que

    I JUST watched Clue again this weekend. Rapid-fire dialogue is a weakness of mine. 'House of Yes'…there's some witty dialogue and one of my favorites.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18213876831867974618 Mama the Chef

    I love the game! We had a video version of the game when I was little, I don't ever remember seeing the movie though. I'll have to add it to my NETFLIX

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13517857978576422454 Andrew Green

    Clue is a great movie….
    It leaves me with my favorite prediction for everything: the butler did it.

    If, say, my wife asks me who ate all the pizza, I'll replay, “The butler did it!” Etc etc….