Hey You Guys, Understand My References, Three Must See Quotable Movies from the 80’s and 90’s

sloth“Hey… you… guys…?!” Can you say this without puffing out your chest and using a low tone voice? If you can’t, you’re probably from my generation and we probably find interest in the same things. According to my birth date I am, reluctantly, a part of Generation X. If you’re early childhood was in the 80’s you most likely are of Generation X as well and watched the same movies and TV shows I did. No, I’m not a Hipster trying to edify today’s youth on what’s cool, but if you haven’t watched The Goonies, boy are you missing out.

Three movies pretty much sum up my sense of humor and are my “go to” movies to quote. The Goonies, Back to the Future, and Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.


Of course, there are so many more movies from the 80’s and 90’s that I love but these are my favorites to quote. I’ve made references countless times when talking to some of the younger folks at my office but they usually don’t know what I’m talking about? It’s difficult sometimes to believe that these “kids” haven’t seen any of these movies! Understandably, they’re not Academy Award winning quality work but they’re funny as hell and when I watch them today, they still hold up. Can you imagine the pitch for Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead?

“Five kids are left at home as their mom goes off to vacation in Australia for several months. Their extremely old babysitter dies, and the eldest teen scams her way into taking a job for a fashion company to support her siblings because they don’t want their mom to come home just yet.”

Come on… it’s so ridiculous! Wouldn’t you want more? I’m curious to know how many times this movie was pitched before it was actually made. I want to hear that pitch.

Anyhow, it’s kind of a sad day when you have to deconstruct your movie references and explain them, but here goes.

“Hey, you guys?……” is from The Goonies. It’s what Sloth yells as he emerges into the cave to save the rest of the kids from the Fratellis. I usually will say this when someone says “hey” or “you guys”. It just pops into my head and I can’t stop myself from blurting it out.

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads” is from Back to the Future. It’s what Doc Brown says at the end when he comes back to pick up Marty. I say this when I am describing new ideas or explaining something I consider to be innovative.

“Hello McFly? Anybody home?” also from Back to the Future and is what old Biff says to George McFly when he’s taunting him. I say this to people when they’re acting stupid.

“Dishes are done, man!” is from Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. Kenny says this after he’s done washing dishes but instead of washing them, he and his friends hurl them like clay pigeons from the roof and shoots them. I usually say this when I’m done with a difficult project or just done with anything I didn’t necessarily care to do in the first place.

“I’m right on top of that Rose” also from Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. Swell is instructed to respond with this if anyone asks her about anything. It’s my immediate response when I get new assignments or when someone is reminding me to do something.

There you go, just a few things I typically say are now explained. Most of you might have been saying the same stuff all along or at least know what I’m talking about, but to those that don’t, consider this to be… insightful.

What are some of your favorite movie quotes?

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