Do people ever ask you questions and you find yourself unable or unwilling to answer because you
A. Do not have an opinion.
B. Do not know where to begin answering it.
C. Do not understand the question.
Instead of probing your brain for a suitable response, why not deliver verbatim film dialogue?
The next time someone asks you how you’re feeling, regardless of context or company, go with:
You know those days when you get the mean reds?…The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?…Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!
Or if you say something that someone finds to be nonsensical, respond with:
I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you already turn to your favorite movie quotes to get through certain conversations, but have you considered using film review quotes from the front or back of a DVD? For example, if you’ve just met your brother’s new girlfriend and he asks you what you think of her, you could say:
“She’s like a perfectly pitched (coming-of-age) comedy.” *
“She’s riveting and terrifying.” **
If your parents ask you how your first day of school went, instead of a shrug, a grunt, or hand gestures, you could reply with:
“It had an undeniable and authentic vitality, an exuberance of spirit that feels welcome and rare.” ***
Should your child ask you how the big game went or how the first day of work was, you can tell him/her:
“It was just like a rousing celebration of the human spirit…filled with heart and soul.” *****
“It was a guilty pleasure by any standard. Most entertaining.” ******