The Dominant DozenSep 26, 2019
From time to time I find myself trying to explain great lines from certain movies to my kids, usually just after I've used one out of context and they've given me that look, the one that says, "that was weird; don't ever do that when my friends are around. Also, pass the cereal." One of my favorites is from a not-especially-favorite movie of mine, the oh-so-eighties Something Wild. There's a moment when Charlie, played by Jeff Daniels, and Ray, played by Ray Liotta, have just pulled off the highway in New Jersey, and Daniels is simultaneously picking out a Hawaiian shirt and glad-handing the clerk by reading the name off of his uniform so as to awkwardly shoehorn it into the conversation. Liotta approaches, makes eye contact with Daniels, and says, "Charlie." (Pause.) "Attempt to be cool."