Real Genius was a 1985 fluff film notable for some witty banter, bunny slippers, and that actor Val Kilmer, in the role of science whiz Chris Knight, once had a sense of humor. Like this scene, right:
Dr. Dodd: Why is that toy on your head?
Chris Knight: Because if I wear it any place else, it chafes.
And I wish I’d remembered this classic when Amy was pregnant. I had so many opportunities to use it:
Chris Knight: Do you mind if I name my first child after you? "Dipshit Knight" has a nice ring to it.
I was struck with nostalgia when I read the headline in Canada’s North Bay Nugget this morning, Victim rues not getting vaccinated.
I looked at Amy and said, “You’ll rue the day. Who talks like that? Where’s that line from?”
“I don’t know.”
Then I used a tool my students finally taught me to use a few years ago. It’s called Google. And there it was:
[Kent opens his dorm room door to find his car inside]
Chris Knight: Hey Kent… That’s your car.
Mitch: Kent, you know you’re not supposed to park that on campus.
Kent: You’ve gone too far this time, Knight.
Chris Knight: [whiny, scared voice] I had help!
[points to Mitch]
Kent: You, huh? Well you won’t get away with this. Doctor Hathaway’s gonna hear all about this. You’ll rue the day!
Chris Knight: "Rue the day?" Who talks like that?
And rather than rue the day, get vaccinated for hepatitis A before going to the Dominican Republic. Or you may cause a health scare where you bartend.
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit announced Wednesday there was one case of hepatitis A in the city. Officials advised patrons who had visited the bar Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 4, 10 or 11 to watch for symptoms associated with the virus and contact their health-care providers.
And some more of the witty 1985 banter:
Chris Knight: Sir, let me take this moment to compliment you on your fashion sense, particularly your slippers.
Kent: Uh, I’ll catch up with you guys. I have to go to the bathroom.
Chris Knight: Okay, Kent, but I don’t think that’s going to help your confidence any, do you?
Professor Hathaway: I want to see more of you around the lab.
Chris Knight: Fine. I’ll gain weight.
Chris Knight: Kent puts his name on his license plate.
Mitch: My mom does the same thing to my underwear.
Chris Knight: Your mom puts license plates in your underwear? How do you sit?