Today’s topic was tough! But I’m pretty happy with what I’ve picked – it’s a classic.

Well, nobody’s perfect.” 

 ⁃ Some Like it Hot, 1959

Context needed to understand the brilliance of this line: throughout the entire film Jerry, a musician on the run, has been disguising himself in an all female jazz band as a woman named Daphne. During this time a wealthy man (Osgood) has slowly been taking to “Daphne”, & in the final scene where they end up in a boat sailing away with each other Jerry/ Daphne is desperately trying to convince him not to marry her/him. 

Here’s the full scene:

Jerry: Oh no you don’t! Osgood, I’m gonna level with you. We can’t get married at all. 

Osgood: Why not? 

Jerry: Well, in the first place, I’m not a natural blonde. 
Osgood: Doesn’t matter. 

Jerry: I smoke! I smoke all the time! 

Osgood: I don’t care. 
Jerry: Well, I have a terrible past. For three years now, I’ve been living with a saxophone player. 

Osgood: I forgive you. 

Jerry: [tragically] I can never have children! 

Osgood: We can adopt some. 

Jerry: But you don’t understand, Osgood! Ohh… 

[Jerry finally gives up and pulls off his wig] 
Jerry: [normal voice] I’m a man! 

Osgood: [shrugs] Well, nobody’s perfect! 

[Jerry looks on with disbelief as Osgood continues smiling with indifference. Fade out] 


Funnily enough, the line wasn’t actually meant to be in the film – it was only in the original as a place holder. But I am so glad they kept it as is.

Special mention for today also goes to EVERY line said by Mickey Rooney in Night at the Museum. Here’s a few:

Gus: He looks like a weirdy!

Gus: Do you want to dance, hot dog?

Gus: Listen up, Lunch Box!

Gus: Sweet dreams, cupcake.

Gus: Keep a lid on it, butterscotch.

Gus: Sleep tight, hotshot.



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