It’s been two decades since The Castle soared onto screens, but it’s still not unusual to find some of its iconic one-liners dropped into everyday conversation.
The beloved 1997 comedy introduced us not only to the blue-collar Kerrigans, but their profound words of wisdom, including “tell ’em to get stuffed” and “how’s the serenity?”.
Here are our top ten quotes from the movie.
“Tell him he’s dreamin'”
Translation: What to tell the bloke from the Trading Post asking way too much for jousting sticks or ergonomic chairs.
“We’re going to Bonnie Doon. We’re going to Bonnie Doon”
Translation: The repetitive song you should sing when driving to Bonnie Doon.
“How’s the serenity? So much serenity”
Translation: What to say when you’re feeling calm and content. Or you just like saying the word serenity.
“Go on tell ’em! Dale dug a hole.”
Translation: Dale dug a hole. His dad was pretty proud.
“Suffer in your jocks!”
Translation: A scornful phrase to tell another person after victory. E.g. Perfect for saying to the opposing counsel after winning a court case.
“It’s not a house. It’s a home”
Translation: When a property is built with more than bricks and mortar – it’s built with memories and love.
“It’s the vibe of it. It’s the Constitution. It’s Mabo. It’s justice. It’s law. It’s the vibe and ah, no that’s it. It’s the vibe. I rest my case.”
Translation: How not to win a court case.
“What do you call this?” “Chicken.”
Translation: The excited phrase to say at the start of every meal, regardless of what’s in front of you.
“Dad reckoned that fishing was 10% brain and 95% muscle. And the rest was just good luck”
Translation: Pretty self-explanatory. If you don’t get it, maybe you’re missing out on the 10% brains part.
“This is going straight to the pool room”
Translation: I’m so chuffed with this thoughtful present, I’m putting it on display for all to see.