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27 Pop Culture References All Kids Should Know

Like that The Office did not invent "that's what she said."

Just because your child was born in a world where Jaden Smith is The Karate Kid doesn't mean you're doomed to raise a total philistine.

Columbia Pictures / Via The Karate Kid, 1984

There is only one Daniel-san. It's your job to teach them.

It's up to you to make sure they appreciate your references.

Paramount / Via Mean Girls, 2004

Rise up, Parents. Take the gospel of pop culture in your sleep-deprived hands. Don't let the truffle shuffle go the way of "I coulda been a contender."

Warner Bros / Via The Goonies, 1985

Teach your children the references of your youth.

1. What to say when the struggle gets too real.

20th Century Fox / Via The Sandlot, 1993

2. How to properly respond when given a present.

New Line Cinema / Via se7en, 1995

3. To know a good thing when they see it.

Columbia Pictures / Via When Harry Met Sally, 1989

4. That being a pretentious douche-canoe never pays off.

Miramax / Via Good Will Hunting, 1997

5. The correct way to spell "Felisha."

New Line Cinema / Via Friday, 1995


6. And the true origins of "that's what she said".

Paramount / Via Wayne's World, 1992

7. Drugs are bad.

NBC / Via Saved By The Bell

8. Everyone is someone's hero.

Universal / Via The Nutty Professor, 1996

9. Some times there are no words.

Paramount / Via Clueless, 1995

10. But there are many ways to say I love you.

The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride

11. There's a proper way to express enthusiasm.

Universal Pictures / Via Bring It On, 2000

Spirit fingers, natch.

12. To sound busy and important.

Warner Bros / Via Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead, 1991

13. To ask the hard questions.

Paramount / Via Zoolander, 2001

14. And give the hard answers.

Warner Bros / Via Risky Business, 1983

15. Put them in their place.

Warner Bros / Via Empire Records, 1995

16. But show them how to assert their authority.

Vestron Pictures / Via Dirty Dancing, 1987

17. All of their authority.

Warner Bros / Via Caddyshack, 1980

18. To break all of the rules...

Columbia Pictures / Via A League Of Their Own, 1992

19. And even to stand up to you...

Paramount / Via Varsity Blues, 1999

20. They can always kick things up a notch.

Spinal Tap, 1984

21. Roll with the punches.

Warner Bros / Via Ace Ventura, 1994

22. Keep their priorities in order.

Paramount / Via The Godfather, 1972

23. Claim what's theirs.

United Artists / Via Midnight Cowboy, 1969

24. Think outside the box.

Universal Pictures / Via Back To The Future Part II, 1989

25. Celebrate the little things.

Columbia / Via Troop Beverly Hills, 1989

26. Be confident.

Columbia / Via Ghostbusters, 1984

27. And above all else believe in themselves.

Anderson Digital / Via He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, 1983

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