"I’m pond scum!"
Description: Julia Roberts as Julianne “Jules” Potter apologizes to her long-time male friend Michael “Mike” O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney) for interfering with his wedding in the film My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997).
When Jules realizes she still loves Michael, she says, “This is my one chance at happiness. I have to be ruthless!” and then travels to Chicago to break up his impending marriage.
"Michael, I love you. I've loved you for nine years. I've just been too arrogant and scared to realize it, and, well, now, I'm just scared, so- I-I-I realize this comes at a very inopportune time, but I really have this gigantic favor to ask of you. Choose me. M-marry me. Let me make you happy. Oh, that sounds like three favors, doesn't it? B-but..." - Julianne Potter
A few days into her visit, Jules is ashamed for meddling in her friend’s romantic life and confesses, “I was just trying to win you. To win you back. I’m pond scum. Well, lower actually. I’m...like the...the fungus that feeds on pond scum.
“Lower,” continues Mike (You’re) “the pus that infects the mucus, that cruds up the fungus, that feeds on the pond scum. On the other hand, thank you for loving me that much, that way. It's pretty flattering.” Jules replies, “Except it makes me fungus.”
|Julianne Potter:||I have a confession. Another confession. Besides that I - love you, this is even worse. The e-mail that Walter sent to your boss - I wrote that. I'm the bad guy.|
|Michael O'Neill:||Are you crazy? Jules, are you - are you completely insane? I mean - I mean - Jules, how could you do that?|
|Julianne Potter:||Michael, it wasn't supposed to get sent. I just - I just wanted you to get mad at Kimmy. [sighs] God. I have done nothing but underhanded, despicable, not even terribly imaginative things since I got here. [sighs] But I was ju - Michael, I was just trying to - to win you, to win you back. [Crying] But that doesn't excuse any of it. I'm pond scum. Well, lower actually. I'm like the - the fungus that feeds on pond scum.|
|Michael O'Neill:||Lower. The pus that infects the mucous... that cruds up the fungus... that feeds on the pond scum. On the other hand, thank you... for loving me that much. That way, it's - it's pretty flattering.|
|Julianne Potter:||Except it makes me fungus.|
Note: In the dark comedy film War of the Roses (1989), Michael Douglas as soon-to-be divorced Oliver Rose says to his soon-to-be ex-wife Barbara (Kathleen Turner), “You have sunk lower that frog shit on the bottom of a New Jersey scum swamp.”