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.