Forget This Mother Father Game Can you identify the famous film by its redubbed iconic line? "Pardon my French, but you're an aardvark!"
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Forget This Mother Father Game

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JONATHAN COULTON, HOST:

From NPR and WNYC, live from The Bell House in beautiful Brooklyn, N.Y., it's NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and trivia, ASK ME ANOTHER. Here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

(APPLAUSE)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Jonathan. You know our VIP from his stand-up comedy specials and his books, "Dad Is Fat" and "Food: A Love Story." His comedy focuses on his life. He's just a typical guy with a wife, five children all under the age of 12, all living in a tiny New York apartment - only two bedrooms - on the fifth floor of an elevator-less building. And if that's what it takes to get a TV show, I say that guy deserves it. Our VIP is Jim Gaffigan.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Our first game is called Forget This Mother Father Game and here to play it are AJ Ventura and Pete Lambro.

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EISENBERG: Now, I don't think we've actually had this before - AJ, Pete, you guys are co-workers...

AJ VENTURA: Yes, yes, we are.

PETE LAMBRO: Yes, that's right.

EISENBERG: ...Who decided to compete against each other.

LAMBRO: It's a friendly competition.

EISENBERG: It's friendly.

LAMBRO: No.

EISENBERG: Well, that's what you say, Pete - AJ?

VENTURA: I prefer to win. It's OK.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Well, you both work at iN DEMAND Network.

VENTURA: Yes.

LAMBRO: Yes, that's right.

EISENBERG: And what do you do, AJ?

VENTURA: I am a video editor for - and I make, like, a bunch of spots and all that kind of stuff.

EISENBERG: Nice - Pete?

LAMBRO: I am in IT. I fix the things he breaks.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: All right, so this game is called Forget This Mother Father Game because when movies are aired on network television, or on airplanes, salty language is often dubbed over to make them appropriate and the results can be a bit confusing. So we're going to give you the actual edited-for-television line and you have to tell us the movie it is from.

(LAUGHTER)

VENTURA: Yes.

LAMBRO: All right.

EISENBERG: Let's go to our house musician, Jonathan Coulton, master of music and language, for an example.

COULTON: (Laughter) Yes, of course, thank you. That's a very kind thing for you to say. So if I said, in this 1996 Coen brothers film, Steve Buscemi yells, I gave simple, fruitful instructions, that would be from the movie "Fargo."

EISENBERG: So we want the movie, not the original line, and of course, the winner will move on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show.

In this 1986 movie about a kid skipping school you'll hear, pardon my French, but you're an aardvark.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: AJ.

VENTURA: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

EISENBERG: That's right, yeah.

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EISENBERG: The dubbers thought, you know, of all the jerks in the animal world...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Aardvarks are just notoriously...

VENTURA: They're just the worst.

EISENBERG: Yeah. As Michelle the band geek in this raunchy 1999 comedy, Alyson Hannigan shares, this one time at band camp I stuck a flute in my mouth.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: AJ.

VENTURA: "American Pie."

EISENBERG: Yes, exactly, well done.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: That sounds like what actually happens at band camp, by the way. As Axel Foley in this 1984 film, Eddie Murphy says, this is bozo, man. And he's not talking about Bozo the Clown.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: AJ. Pete, I'm sorry. You keep looking at AJ like what the heck is going on.

VENTURA: He's trying to put the pressure on.

LAMBRO: He's got the buzzer technology down. I haven't cracked it yet.

VENTURA: "Beverly Hills Cop."

EISENBERG: It is "Beverly Hills Cop."

VENTURA: All right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Here's your next question. In this 1994 comedy about two idiots who stumbled on a kidnapping, Jim Carrey tells Jeff Daniels where he can sign to end their friendship - right on my sandwich after you kiss it.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Pete.

LAMBRO: Is it "Dumb And Dumber?"

EISENBERG: It is "Dumb And Dumber," correct.

(APPLAUSE)

LAMBRO: I got to - I got it - and so you push down.

VENTURA: You push down, yeah.

EISENBERG: You got to push down.

LAMBRO: On the button. You push the button, I got it.

EISENBERG: Yeah, what were you doing before?

LAMBRO: Couldn't even tell you.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: You work in IT, is that correct?

(LAUGHTER)

LAMBRO: I'm new, yeah.

EISENBERG: In this 1987 film, Mel Gibson tells a drug dealer, now that's a real badge, I'm a real cop and this is a real firing gun.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Pete.

LAMBRO: Is it "Lethal Weapon?"

EISENBERG: Yes, it is, well done, yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: As opposed to those guns with the little flags that come out - bang, yeah. In this 1989 Kevin Costner baseball movie, it features the line, Ty Cobb wanted to play, but none of us could stand that son of a squid.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Pete.

LAMBRO: "Field Of Dreams."

EISENBERG: "Field Of Dreams."

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right, this is your last clue. In this 2006 film, Samuel L. Jackson proclaims, I have had it with these monkey fighting snakes...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...On this Monday to Friday plane.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: AJ.

VENTURA: "Snakes On A Plane."

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Yes, it is.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

ART CHUNG, BYLINE: Well, the winner of this mother fathering round was AJ. Congratulations, you're moving on to our final round.

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