Here's a handful of times when art imitated life... in Egypt.
“They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!” – Sir William Wallace in Braveheart
We feel like this quote doesn’t need much explanation as to why it’s on this list. But if you don’t know it can be summed up by one word. Revolution.
“Dude, where’s my car?” - Jesse Montgomery III in Dude, Where’s My Car?
We think everyone in Egypt who has ever been to an Egyptian mall on a weekend can relate.
“You shall not pass!” – Gandalf the Grey in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Whether it’s a checkpoint, ridiculous traffic, or getting rejected by the bouncer for not being part of a couple, sometimes, you just can’t pass.
“Don't worry. I've done this before. Once.” - Alan Parrish in Jumanji
Every Egyptian has that one friend friend who assumes he can do it all and will do it all. Hey, it’s the effort that counts right?
“Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten.” – Stich in Lilo & Stitch
By now you’ve probably realised you can’t choose your family. You get the hand you’re dealt with and you just play with it. They probably drive you insane just like any healthy family does, but you and them both know you would go above and beyond for the other... Whether you like it or not.
“My momma always said, Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump
Life is just full of surprises isn’t it? You never know what's happening just outside your door in Egypt. One day it's a protest, the other it's a street festival. One day the Mehwar is bumper-to-bumper, the next day it takes you all of seven minutes. You can visit the same restaurant twice in two days, and have completely different experience each time. Always be prepared, just like mama taught you.
“What do you mean he don't eat no meat? Oh, that's okay. I make lamb.” - Aunt Voula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Whenever it's to visit grandma you should already know to go with an empty stomach. You should also know the meat to vegetable ratio will be 90% meat, 10% vegetables. Whether it's a pair of hammam or big old chunks of meat next to your fatta, expect it all and then some. If you’re a vegetarian, we feel for you.
“Reede: Is wrestling real?
Fletcher: In the Olympics, yes. On Channel 23, no.” – Fletcher and Reede in Liar, Liar
We think it was an earth-shattering moment when we learned our favourite wrestlers on WWE are actually just paid actors and this will be happening for generations to come. How many times have you had break the news to you 11-year old cousin and 48-year old uncle?
“So, it's not gonna be easy. It's gonna be really hard. We're gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day” – Noah in The Notebook
Ah, love. If you've ever dated an overbearing Egyptian guy OR girl you know that they want to be involved in every movement you make, forever, every damn day.