What's the Funniest Line of Movie Dialogue in 2011?
Once you start commemorating an entire year in film, it's hard to stop. I'd apologize, except I think I'm onto a provocative topic: What is the single funniest line of dialogue in 2011? Was it in a straight comedy, or did a serious actor utter it in a moment of surprise levity? Or is a woman responsible for the year's most hilarious quip?
I don't quite get the abject adoration of Bridesmaids, but if we're trying to come up with the funniest line of the year, I say we look no further than the airplane scene where a drunken Annie (Kristen Wiig) argues with an unamused flight attendant. After Annie drunkenly notices his "Steve" nametag and misreads it as "Stove," the flight attendant replies with a throwaway quip that I still laugh -- nay, scream -- at today.
Annie: What kind of a name is 'Stove' anyway? What, are you like a kitchen appliance or something?
Flight Attendant Steve: No. My name is Steve and I'm a man.
"My name is Steve and I'm a man" is almost unthinkably funny. I don't know if Steve is just humorless or slightly autistic or slightly a genius or what, but the surprise declaration that he's a member of the human race is... just unexpected. And funny. And I'm actually crying through my own laughter, if we're being honest.