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Thanks to Navin being dumb as a stump (not to mention the sheer silliness of this movie), there's too many to mention. To boil it down to the highlights:

  • "I was born a poor black child."
  • Terminally white Navin can't keep time with the family's beloved blues music. Then he discovers easy listening, and becomes a human metronome.
    "This music speaks to me!"
  • "See that? That's shit. And this? Is Shinola." "Shit....... Shinola!" "Son, you're gonna be all right!"
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  • Navin and Marie's duet of "Tonight You Belong To Me" is a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, until Marie randomly pulls out a cornet for a solo.
    Navin: You know... while you were playing that just now, I had the craziest fantasy that I could rise up, float right down the end of this cornet, right through here, through these valves, right along this tube, come right up against your lips and give you a kiss.
    Marie: Why didn't you?
    Navin: I didn't wanna get spit on me.
  • The entire "and that's all I need" scene.
  • This exchange:
    Mother: It's your birthday and it's time you knew. Navin, you're not our natural born child.
    Navin: (teary-eyed) ...I'm not?
    Mother: You were left on our doorstep. But we raised you like you were one of us!
    Navin: You mean I'm gonna stay this color?!
  • Navin finds out what his "special purpose" is for. He wishes his family was there for it, but maybe that'll happen in the future because he plans to use it a lot. He also expects extra money next week because his friend Patti has promised him a blowjob!
    • Navin's brother struggles to not laugh as their parents read the letter.
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  • The ending: His family struck it "rich", and Navin moves back home. Their old, crappy house is torn down and replaced with a bigger house. Looking closely, you'll notice it's the exact same house as before but larger, complete with a 9-foot-high front door.
  • "Well Mom, remember how, I always said I wanted a big house on a hill?" And then some...
    • "And remember how I always used to chit-chat with dad about having a bathtub shaped like a clam?"
  • "I'm gonna buy you a diamond so big, it's gonna make you PUKE!!" It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Marie's sincere reaction to finding Navin under the mud mask she's taking off instead of the old Jewish man she'd applied it to.
    (To herself) "Jesus, this shit really works."
  • Navin's monologue to Marie about how much he loves her as she's sleeping next to him. Unless Bernadette Peters was actually asleep, she has the greatest poker face in human history.
  • Navin writing to his mom that Marie looks exactly like her... except she's White and blonde.
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  • When Marie leaves a goodbye letter to Navin near the bathroom door, he accidentally gets it wet, causing the ink to run before attempting to read it... phonetically. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Navin celebrates getting his name into the phonebook.
    Navin: The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here!
    Harry: Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing.
    Navin: 'Nothing'? Are you kidding? Page 73 - Johnson, Navin R.! I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name in print - that makes people. I'm in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.
    [Cut to the Sniper picking a name at random out of a phonebook.]
    Sniper: Johnson, Navin R... sounds like a typical bastard.
    • "We ain't got defective cans, we got a defective PERSON out there!"
  • Navin wanting some fresh wine. None of this old stuff. Something from this year.