Ten weird movie references to Colorado

We've all experienced that moment of recognition when a character in a movie suddenly makes a reference to Colorado. But which of these nods qualifies as the strangest? In an effort to find out, we visited Drew's Script-O-Rama -- and a search for Colorado, plus some investigation, turned up quirky lines delivered by the likes of Will Ferrell, Colorado's own Jessica Biel (twice!) and Paul Rudd, who opines about the difficulty of dealing coke in Fort Collins. Count down our ten favorites below. Number 10: The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear Nordberg: I saw Kid Minneapolis fight once. In Cincinnati. Lt. Frank Drebin: No you're thinking of Kid New York. He fought out of Philly. Ed Hocken: He was killed in the ring in Houston. By Tex Colorado. You know, the Arizona Assassin. Nordberg: Yeah, from Dakota. I don't remember it was North or South. Lt. Frank Drebin: North. South Dakota was his brother. From West Virginia. Ed Hocken: You sure know your boxing. Lt. Frank Drebin: All I know is never bet on the white guy. Number 9: What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Grandma: Well, we missed the rally in Des Moines. If we get on the road by Friday, we'll make Colorado Springs in time to catch them. Have you ever been to Colorado? Gilbert: No, ma'am. Grandma: Ah. It must be wonderful. Click to continue counting down our ten favorite weird movie references to Colorado. Number 8: Napoleon Dynamite Rico: Now, if you look right here, we have Sally Johnson from Manitou, Colorado. Would you like to read her testimonial right there? Starla: Sure. Um... "After using Bust Must Plus, I have such big bosoms--" I don't feel comfortable reading this. Number 7: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) Cop (flipping through confiscated drivers licenses): Arizona...Colorado...New York.... Erin: Please! You've got to help him! He's fucking killing him! Click to continue counting down our ten favorite weird movie references to Colorado. Number 6: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Alex: Well, in Colorado, a heterosexual government employee married his gay friend so the friend could be covered under Bensley's health insurance. The state found out about it, fired Bensley and prosecuted them both for fraud. Number 5: True Grit (1969) Rooster: I was a pretty fair hand with a jerk-line when I was freighting in Colorado. I worked for a fella that was always down with something. He was carrying a...tapeworm with his business responsibilities. Click to continue counting down our ten favorite weird movie references to Colorado. Number 4: Terms of Endearment Aurora: Bright young women are having simple abortions. Emma: "Simple"? Aurora: Then they get wonderful jobs. You can have it in Colorado. Number 3: Wake Up Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Ron Burgundy improvising, without a teleprompter: I'm Mark A-As-Aspen. Aspen, Colorado. Mark. Florida, pancake. Astronauts are on the moon. There's astronauts everywhere. Watch out for the astronauts. Click to continue counting down our ten favorite weird movie references to Colorado. Number 2: The Men Who Stare at Goats Bob: Larry Hooper was a failed Sci-Fi writer from Colorado, recruited to the Jedis after Brigadier General Hopgood met him at a spoon-bending party. Number 1: Reno 911: Miami Ethan: Originally, I'm from Fort Collins. I was dealing blow in Colorado, all right? Uh, but it was a -- a fruitless thing to do. No one cared. It's hard to sell coke there. I don't know whether it's the elevation or just the way of life there. They're more interested in, uh, like, you know, mush -- mushrooms and acid and stuff.

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