Uh-oh. The office Christmas party is getting closer and closer, and you’ve still got no idea what kind of awkward conversation you’re going to strike up with Gary from HR, who’s idea of good banter is recounting in minute detail his deplorably boring exploits on Football Manager.
Don’t worry. We’ve got your back with these movie quotes, which are perfectly for deploying during any awkward silences. Enjoy.
1. “Welcome to the party, Pal” – Die Hard (1988)
Whether fashionably or unfashionably late, it’s a always good idea to great your mates with a passive-aggressive, sarcastic sort of way to set the mood for the night’s action. Expect carnage on a level with Die Hard 2 at Washington Dulles International Airport, bar the terrorists and ending the night heroically.
2. “Nobody puts baby in the corner” – Dirty Dancing (1987)
When referring to baby, you’re really referring to that fresh faced junior intern who’s probably on their first Christmas do. Inevitably, you’ll be putting them in a taxi just after midnight before they fall over.
3. “I’m too old for this shit” – Lethal Weapon (1987)
With the younger members of the team quaffing cocktails like they’re going out of fashion, you casually remind them that they’ll ‘regret it in the morning’. You know what?
You’re a wise owl nowadays, you’ve mastered the art of sipping your drink until the ice turns to water and nothing is more satisfying than being able to wake up after a late night feeling fresh as a daisy. We say, let them continue!
4. “He slimed me” – Ghostbusters (1984)
If you’ve made plans to get your Christmas ‘tash on’ and it turns out they’re a shocking kisser, then you can always deploy this one. No one wants to be labelled a ‘slimer’.
5. “That’ll do pig, that’ll do” – Babe (1995)
It might not even be that late, yet someone is already off their face, wasted. They might slur, “I’m not even drunk” as they hobble over to the bar. At this point, you should put your hand on their shoulder, lean forward and say, “That’ll do pig, that’ll do.”
6. “You have chosen wisely” – Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989)
Selecting your choice of tipple does say a lot about an individual. There’s a kind of mutual respect between you and your drinking partner when you both end up choosing the same drink. You’re now in this together.
7. “Houston, we have a problem” – Apollo 13 (1995)
“It’s always the last drink that puts me over the edge…” — if you feel like you’re heading in this direction, don’t be afraid to raise your hand and tell your fellow colleagues: “Houston, we have a problem”.
8. “That wasn’t flying. That was falling with style” – Toy Story (1995)
The combination of a slippy pavement and ambitious footwear can often lead people to trip and slip onto their arse, but make sure you’re not caught out flying high and you end the move in style.
9. “Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?” – Gladiator (2000)
If your guests are busy liking Instagram posts that are over 4 weeks deep, then the party is clearly becoming a bore. Well, there’s only one thing left to do then, showcase your best Russell Crowe impression.
10. “My precious” – The Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2000)
Everyone likes a Christmas party treat. Whether it’s one of our fabulous cocktails or a bottle of the finest bubbly, you’ll want to enjoy (and remember!) every last drop.
To avoid a Greek tragedy by bumping into your boss on the dancefloor, or something much worse (an awkward office party fling), make sure you guard your drink like Gollum would the ring.
11. “Oooh! Somebody stop me!” – The Mask (1994)
Many of us claim that a song is “our song” as if we own the rights. Even if it’s the beginning of the night and your favourite song comes on, get on that dance floor and make the most of it. Bust a move and enjoy those 3 minutes or so.
12. “I’m glad he’s single because I’m gonna climb that like a tree” – Bridemaids (2011)
And who said romance is dead?
13. “I’ll have what she’s having” – When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Why does everyone else have a better looking drink than yours? Well, wait your turn then hit the barman with this famous line “I’ll have what she’s having”.
14. “So long, farewell, auf Weidershen, good night” – The Sound of Music (1959)
Although it’s likely that you’ll be quoting the above with a slight slur, it’s important that you say your goodbyes. Singing the The Sound of Music soundtrack as you leave your local Revolution is definitely guaranteed to get you a handful of bonus points (or maybe it’s a sign you’ve had a few too many German beers)!
Care to share your own office Christmas party quotes?
So you’ve got the right quotes, now all you need is the right party to showcase them at.
We’d recommend checking out our Christmas party venues (obviously). We’ll throw you a shindig that’ll get you on the dancefloor shouting ‘Yipikaye!’.