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.

What say you? Does Bridesmaids take the cake, or do you prefer the surlier one-liners from, say, Young Adult?


  • Tim says:

    For me the best line was from Submarine and is Oliver's toast to Jordana, "To us and a wonderful evening of love making."

    It was all in the dead-pan delivery.

  • JJ says:

    Not a very funny movie, but I loved Justin Theroux's delivery of "If your vagina is anything like my hand..." from "Your Highness"

  • Jake says:

    The funniest line of the year actually wasn't from a movie, but from an awards show. It was when the technology oriented oscars were announced and James Franco said, "congratulations, nerds."

  • christiannnw says:

    "This meatloaf tastes like ashes" - Justine in Melancholia

  • Adam says:

    I'm gonna have to go with not just a single line but an entire conversation, communicated telepathically, by CGI Werewolves in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I. By far the most completely absurd and (unintentionally) hilarious thing I've seen and heard on screen all year.

  • AS says:

    Mikael: "I didn't mean to alarm you."

    (Lisbeth fondles the taser in her back pocket)

    Lisbeth: "Touch me and you'll be more than alarmed."

  • Andrew says:

    Almost all of The Troll Hunter and Tucker and Dale vs Evil.

    Two ridiculously underrated gems.

  • Capote99 says:

    I'm gonna go with "Submarine," too, but it has to be: "My mum gave a handjob to a mystic."

  • Jen Yamato says:

    Can "Hallelujer" technically be considered a line of dialogue? Ahem.

  • Ian Lane says:

    You got the movie right, but not the quote. From the Bridesmaids deleted scene, where Annie goes to her blind date's house, and stumbles upon the son eating her birth control.

    "I ate Saturday."
    "Something's going to happen to you. I don't know what, but something is going to happen to your body."

    Had to pause the movie for a good 5 minutes to laugh.

  • Norm says:

    "mt name is Steve..." the actor is Mitch Silpa - one of a few perfect foils to the Bridesmaids! He's hilarious..

  • Strepsi says:

    RYAN GOSLING to Steve Carell in CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE:

    "Are you Steve Jobs? Hold on a second, are you the billionaire founder of Apple computers? OK, well in that case, you got no reason to wear New Balance sneakers. Ever."

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