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The zen genius of Andrew McCarthy

Andrewmccarthy St. Elmo's Fire isn't the most intellectual movie of the 80s. But it's no "Road House" either. And much of what makes the movie still special today to so many fans of the decade are the quippy lines of Andrew McCarthy, the lovelorn cub-journalist who spins many a yarn on the perils of the heart.

All I Need To Know in Life, I Learned from Andrew McCarthy:

  • "There is the brink of insanity and then there is the abyss."
  • "Never trust a woman who says she isn't angry."
  • "I enjoy being afraid of Russia. It's a harmless fear, but it makes America feel better, Russia gets an inflated sense of national worth from our paranoia."
  • "Love is an illusion created by lawyer types like yourself to perpetuate another illusion called marriage to create the reality of divorce and then the illusionary need for divorce lawyers."
  • "Marriage is a concept invented by people who were lucky to make it to 20 without being eaten by dinosaurs. Marriage is obsolete."
  • "Used to be sex was the only free thing. No longer. Alimony... palimony... it's all financial. Love is an illusion."

In reality, many of McCarthy's best one-liners are lifted from Merle Kessler of the comedy troupe Duck's Breath Mystery Theater. Kessler created a fictional critic named Ian Shoales, who over the years spouted his wisdom in media outlets including NPR's "All Things Considered" and MTV's "The Cutting Edge," according to However, the writers of St. Elmo's Fire give a special thanks to Duck's Breath during the movie's credits.

This week's podcast -- ta-dah -- is on St. Elmo's Fire: Click here to download this week's show or click here to subscribe to the whole series for free on iTunes. Do it now because as Andrew McCarthy says, "Forever got a lot shorter all of a sudden."

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:22pm]


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