The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: The Princess Bride
Whole bunch of readers gettin' some free TN loot today, as we kick off back-to-school week with a movie I'd probably heard quoted, like, in its entirety before I ever saw it: The Princess Bride. Meri, Elizabeth, Felis, and Myndi all nommed it over the last year, and several other readers mentioned considering putting it up for the Couch, but deciding others would have already gotten to it. Let's get into it!
- lengthy? "Runs at 98 minutes, so not really lengthy, unfortunately… but does it count that you feel like you have to rewatch all your favourite scenes again once the movie is over?" – Felis.
- familiar/frequent? "In rotation on many different channels over the years." – Elizabeth.
- classic/award-winner? "It definitely qualifies as a classic. So many parents are showing this film to their kids now, and their kids love it as much as they did. It was nominated for an Oscar for best original song, and William Goldman was nominated for an WGA Best Screenplay based on another medium. It won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and a Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation. It also is on several lists of 'Top Movies of All Time' (including IMDB's top 250 films list and AFI's 100 Years…100 Passions list)." – Felis.
- "Greetings, Professor Falken" (big payoff/long-shot victory a la WarGames)? "The good guys win. Fathers are avenged, people rescued, bluffs are successful, death is defeated. Death is defeated! And our heroes, all of our heroes, get shiny white horses to ride away on." – Myndi.
- "Wanna have a catch?" (Pavlovian tear-jerk; anything with dads opens the ducts for this guy)? Two nominators mentioned Inigo killing Rugen; also "as you wish" and the relationship between the grandfather and grandson.
- quote-fest? "This movie doesn't have quotes — it IS a quote, from first to last. Who DOESN'T use 'You keep using that word' or 'As you wish' on a daily basis? I went to a showing of it in college once — we were about 15 minutes in and we realized the whole group of us was just reciting the dialogue along with the movie." – Meri, who's backed up by the other nomination emails, and by your editor's own experience.
- caper-ish or -adjacent camaraderie? "Kidnapping a princess to start a war should qualify." – Elizabeth; Felis mentions Inigo/Fezzik and Humperdinck/Rugen.
- "forget you, melon farmer" (you own it, but will still watch bowdlerized TV verzh) Yes from all four.
I have no doubt TPB will get onto the Couch double-quick. I…have seen it once, in college, when I finally rented it to see what the fuss was about, but like most of the Monty Pythons, this one fell flat for me thanks to everyone around me over-quoting it to goddamn death. I should probably give it another chance, and Lord knows I quote it myself almost reflexively; I don't think it's shitty, or not a PFM. It's just not one of mine.
We can probably skip the vote just based on the number of times it's mentioned in the nominations queue, but let's make official.
[[Update, 12/9/15: There's an Inigo/indigo bunting joke here but I can't get at it. This one's in easily.]
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame is here. To nominate your own PFM, email bunting at tomatonation dot com with a rundown of the criteria and your argument for why it deserves a cushion. If I use your entry, free loot shall be thine.
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