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TV shows and movies that mention Mormons, L.D.S., etc.

Postby Spencer » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 01:51 pm

This thread is dedicated to popular television programs and movies that mention Mormons or the L.D.S. church or stuff like that.

Examples:
-There was a Simpsons episode where Homer answers the door and says something like, "Oh, great! Mormons!"
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-I've seen a couple of episodes of Blind Date where one of the daters is either an active, inactive, or former member. The little pop-up messages in those episodes mention Mormon stuff.

Any others? Remember, they have to be main-stream movies or TV shows. (Or even books or something, I guess.) Not something like, "Our local news talked about Mormons one time."

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Postby karinka » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 02:49 pm

in the movie, "s.w.a.t.", there is a guy that works with colin farrell's character in the gun room who said he had recently become a member of the church, and he was hiding his dr.pepper drinking habit from his wife.

and "south park" has references to the mormons all the time. they are pretty funny, too.
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Postby Hass » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 03:07 pm

When Rachel (from Friends) was dating when she was first pregnant she tried to come up with excuses for why she couldn't drink. She said something along the lines of, "What can I tell him, that I'm a Mormon?"

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Postby GenAdFemale » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 03:27 pm

Can I get all egg-head in this thread?

I'm reading Main Street by Sinclair Lewis and one of the preachers in the book gives a several-paragraph diatribe against Mormons, and even mentions "Joe Smith or Brigham Young or whoever is their leader now".

Ooops, just read the title and this is supposed to be about TV and movies. 'k, like my fave episode of Cheers is when Rebecca gets like a bouquet of flowers and she says, like, "I wish more men would send flowers" and, like, Sam goes, "Mormons can't send flowers? I knew they couldn't dance."
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Postby petullant » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 03:28 pm

I can think of two right off hand:

The first is a hazy memory of a Golden Girls episode where one of them has to get an organ transplant. The one which comes through is from an LDS woman so they say something like, "You know the worst thing she ever had was ovaltine!"

Another is from a movie I haven't ever even seen - A Long Kiss Goodnight. However, I saw a clip for it once where the character accuses the other one of being mormon to which she replies, "Yes, I'm a Mormon. That's why I just smoked a packet of Newports and drank three vodka tonics."

As far as books, Mormons are mentioned in the first hundred pages of Gone With The Wind. That's all I remember because that's as far as I ever got. It might just be the first 70 pages for that matter.
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Postby GenAdFemale » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 03:33 pm

Then there's Star Trek IV where Spock and Kirk are mixed up with the whale business and the whale lady thinks Spock is weird, and Kirk explains it as "too much LDS."

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Postby Ryan Reeder » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 03:38 pm

Speaking of classic fiction, I know at least that there's a couple of good sections--multi-chapters--in Mark Twain's Roughing It and Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days.

If we tried to get all comprehensive on this, well, you know there's thousands out there. At least hundreds.

Still, I'll throw in the Star Trek IV LSD/LDS joke.

And then there's Shakespeare--er, wait. No.

That was a really dumb joke.

And here's a list of about 300 references to Mormons in the science fiction genre alone: http://www.adherents.com/lit/sf_lds.html
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Postby karinka » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 03:42 pm

"fletch" also mentions mormons and provo, spain.
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Postby Hass » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 03:44 pm

And the brothers in Ocean's Eleven are Mormon aren't they? Or maybe just from Provo.

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Postby Zannah » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 03:51 pm

Yeah, they're referred to as the Mormon Twins. And then there's a scene filmed here, and two separate references to Provo, I believe.

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Postby Momma Snider » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 04:40 pm

The old western/musical "Paint Your Wagon" was about a girl who married two men. I don't remember if she was a Mormon or not, but she said something about men having two wives, so why couldn't she have two husbands?

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Postby Audrey » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 05:55 pm

petullant wrote:As far as books, Mormons are mentioned in the first hundred pages of Gone With The Wind. That's all I remember because that's as far as I ever got. It might just be the first 70 pages for that matter.

Good! I'm glad I'm not the only girl on the planet who couldn't stomach the book. My mom and sister try to make me feel like a weirdo every time I go home because I have zero interest in Gone With the Wind. Oh well, they have zero interest in Led Zeppelin or anything involving Portuguese, so maybe they're the weirdos.

As for Ocean's Eleven, you are all right. They were called the Mormon Twins, and when everyone is getting together for the meeting on how to do the robbery, one of the twins asks someone, "You ever been to Utah? You'd dig Provo." I'll tell you, watching this movie in a theater full of Mormon kids IN Provo was a hoot -- hilarity and much cheering ensued as a result of that comment.

Then of course there's the classic movie Witness, where Harrison Ford shows up at his sister's house with Samuel and his mother (who are Amish) and the sister asks, "Who are these Mormons?"

Recently on a rerun of Frasier, he said something about Mormons too, and it was really funny and I laughed a lot only I can't remember what the joke was now. Did anyone else happen to catch it?
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Postby dillseed_waffles » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 06:19 pm

The Mormon twins tell Saul (the one who likes horse races) that he would like Provo.

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Postby wilkster1 » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 06:36 pm

My favorite South Park one (I won't mention much of the context around this one, as it would be pretty offensive, I'm sure) is the scene where a bunch of people have recently arrived in Hell, and they are at orientation. There's a nerdy guy up on a stage in the front with a microphone, who begins their orientation talking about how they will be experiencing everlasting torment, blah-blah-blah, all very offhand.

One of the recently arrived people in the orientation says, "Hey! I shouldn't be here, I was a devout Baptist. Someone has made a mistake."

The guy pauses. "I'm sorry. That was the wrong answer." Keeps making his announcements.

Someone else says, "Wait, I was Catholic. That must have been the right answer!?"

The guy pauses again, and says, "No, that's not the right answer, either." Keeps on talking.

Third person interrupts: "Hey! What WAS the right answer?"

Guy looks down at his clipboard. "The right answer was MORMON. Yes, MORMON was the right answer."

... and everyone in the orientation groans like they guessed the wrong number of jellybeans in the jar.

later in the same episode, Satan (who is a semi-regular character, not surprisingly) journeys to heaven to get some advice, and it is populated by people wearing white shirts and dark pants or skirts, some of them riding bikes with helmets. They eventually ask him if he wants to go help them do a play about why stealing is bad, or something.

I haven't done a great job of describing it, and if you are easily offended, I wouldn't recommend watching that episode, because there is lots of other stuff in it that's WAY over the top. But those bits are VERY VERY funny!
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Postby Zannah » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 08:19 pm

Audrey wrote:
Recently on a rerun of Frasier, he said something about Mormons too, and it was really funny and I laughed a lot only I can't remember what the joke was now. Did anyone else happen to catch it?


There's actually a whole episode where Frasier gets a Mormon agent, who is really nice, and is a scout leader and everything. They actually get him stereotypically right, to the point that I wouldn't be surprised if the writer's best friend were Mormon or something. I'm not aware of any episodes with just a reference, though.

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Postby mistytsim » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 08:41 pm

Audrey wrote:Recently on a rerun of Frasier, he said something about Mormons too, and it was really funny and I laughed a lot only I can't remember what the joke was now. Did anyone else happen to catch it?


I also remember one where Frasier and his dad are talking about how the food that Daphne made wasn't fit for humans, and she walked in, and he said "It wasn't fit for Mormons"
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Postby CherrySlurpees » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 09:09 pm

On Dead Like Me, my new favorite show, there is a sequence about a man that has had an experience that leads him to believe that one of the Grim Reapers is a diety. He starts making up words to describe how he feels and he shares his story and gets some converts. The Grim Reaper is complaining about this guy and his worshiping of her to her boss and her boss says: "He's creating a mythology to take back to his people. Joseph Smith did the same thing and now the Mormons have a monopoly on the hotel industry."

Made me laugh so hard I cried.

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Postby EricDSnider » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 10:28 pm

Wait, this thread is 16 responses deep and it's STILL about its original topic? What's going on here?

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Postby ~Zesdy~ » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 10:41 pm

I'm on pain killers...that's why.

Remember that movie where the missionary becomes a porn star? (I can't remember the name.)I never saw it...but I know it made "references" (?) to Mormons. Ok...so it wasn't really references...it was more like blatant.
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Postby Susannah » Thu 25 Sep, 2003 10:45 pm

About six or so years ago there was a show on MTV for a lil bit that the title was the apartment number, or something stupid like that.

Anyway... the 'not all there' roommate was trying to get the main guy to give his screenplay to the director the main guy had just become friends with. The guy asked what it was about and the roommate said, "It's a SciFi-Western about Mormons. {While doing the lil robot dance-thing he said: } beep, beep, beep. Utah! beep, beep, beep. Polygamy!

...I was laughing for a long time.

There was the time on the Drew Carey Show when Mimi said something like, "I protect it; like a Mormon girl on Prom night." And Drew says, "If Mormon girls looked like you they wouldn't need protection!"

hehehe

There is always the lil moment in Two Weeks Notice where Sandy Bullock is talking to her friend about Hugh Grant's character asking the other girl to the dinner-thingy. The friend says something about Hugh taking both of them to dinner and Sandy says, "Yeah, maybe in Utah!"

...I'll remember more later


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