As a poetry major, I’ve always had a soft spot for constraint. Limericks are probably my favorite because they’re quick and concise and the rhyme patterns almost inevitably make them hilarious.
One of my favorite limericks is actually from a movie, the unforgettable Renee Zellweger 2001 classic by the name of Bridget Jone’s Diary.
The limerick goes like this:
There was once a woman from Ealing
Who had a particular feeling.
She lay on her back,
And opened her crack
And pissed all over the ceiling.
That’s my favorite limerick in a movie, but what about a favorite movie as a limerick? These redditors have taken poetry to the next level by describing their favorite movies solely using the limerick constraint.
How many of these movies can you guess just by reading the poem? No cheating!
He wasn’t a creature of pomp,
He was forced to go for a romp,
He saved a fair lass,
With the help of his ass,
Cuz they wouldn’t get out of his swamp.
(submitted by The_Labadal)
The answer is Shrek. Fun, right?
I served on a ship way back when,
It went down with twelve hundred men.
The sharks ate the crew,
Farewell and adieu,
I’ll never wear a life vest again.
(submitted by Taffer92)
Did you guess Jaws? If you did, you were right!
Our hero is really a sinner,
Though he does make young Clarice the winner.
From his cell he solves crime,
His escape is sublime,
Now he’s having an old friend for dinner.
(submitted by Gillmacs)
The movie is Silence of the Lambs. Impeccable film, btw.
There once was a silly old bear
Who played with a piglet and hare
His friend that’s a human
Is now played by Ewan
And they make the happiest pair
(submitted by 3SpoutTeapot)
The movie in this limerick is Christopher Robin.
A man lost his stuff in a fire
Met a friend he did start to admire
After fat bags they stole
It went out of control
Then he found out why he was so tired.
(submitted by PhilosophicalFarmer)
Don’t talk about Fight Club.
A man with a very big heart
Gives his love a red rose at the start.
But then things go south,
And a gun’s in his mouth,
For his Lisa has torn him apart!
(submitted by GoodLordChokeAnABomb)
You were right if you guessed My Cousin Vinny.
There once was a boy with a monkey
Who conjured a genie so funky
He got dressed like a prince
So that he could convince
The princess he wasn’t a flunky.
(submitted by Billionairez)
The movie in this limerick is Aladdin.
Hi, my name is Dory,
I’d like to tell you a story,
But sometimes I forget,
All the people I’ve met.
Hi, my name is Dory.
(submitted by AdjunctFunktopus)
An old man with a house in the sky
Tied balloons to it so it would fly
A boy scout came too
And a dog that loves you
But the opening always makes me cry
(submitted by dog_in_the_vent)
There once was a popular boy
who lived in Chicago, Illinois.
He played hooky for a day
to his principal’s dismay
But gave his friend lots of joy.
(submitted by geoffbutler)
Of course, it’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
A boy that once walked with a limp
Was bullied and ran like a wimp
After a little suspense
And a lot of events
He started up Bubba Gump Shrimp.
(submitted by Whigget)
The answer was Forrest Gump, duh!
A man trapped inside the same day,
plans everything to go his way.
But he slowly finds out,
that’s not what love is about.
Still, in Punxsutawney he probably will stay.
(submitted by narcolepsyinc)
Ah, the literally timeless Groundhog Day.
There once was a wonderful ship
Who took a very quick trip
Jack and Rose found true love
With her up above
While Jack sadly took a cold dip.
(submitted by ambnfb)
The world that you know is not real
Computers control what you feel
Wake up, come with us
The spoon is not thus
The baddy’s just bits, bytes and steel.
(submitted by AmyDeferred)
Yup, the movie in question is The Matrix.
It’s a tale that’s a bit unbelievable:
A princess is now irretrievable.
When a man all in black
Catches up from the back
The kidnapper says, “Inconceivable!”
(submitted by GaveUpMyGold)
Nothing like The Princess Bride to bring me back to my youth.
Shoe-making brought Miguel dread
For he longed to make music instead
He yearned for the glory
But learned his true story
One night in the Land of the Dead.
(submitted by robingallup)
The answer is none other than this heartwarming Pixar film, Coco.
His wife was kind of a whiner
But his love gave him thoughts so much finer
As they needed more money
He said, “Honey Bunny,
I got it! Let’s rob a diner!”
(submitted by t8km3cereal)
Did you guess Pulp Fiction? You’re right if you did!
A hitman whose wife passed away
Gets a dog, which helps make it ok
Til a cowardly swine
Kills his beloved canine
And now there’s hell to pay.
(submitted by hesdoneitagain)
There once was a man with a dream
“Put a dream in a dream!” He would scream
There’s a top at the end
And we all pretend
That we definitely know what it means.
(submitted by illaqueable)
Are you dreaming right now? Not if you answered Inception.
How many did you get right? Next challenge: the movie haiku.