Every Movie Owen Wilson Says Wow In (& How Many Times He Says It)

Here’s every movie that Owen Wilson says “Wow” in, and how many times he says it. Over the course of an actors career, there are some that develop a signature act that is used repeatedly. Brad Pitt has a habit of eating during movies, Tom Cruise often runs, Tom Hanks frequently uses the restroom, and even Samuel L. Jackson repeatedly has purple-accented accessories. Whether intentional or not, movie fans have paid extra attention to see if these moments will be in the actors’ respective films.

Another actor who has developed a similar recurring bit is Owen Wilson. Instead of doing something over and over again in his films, the comedic star can repeatedly be heard saying the same three-letter word in his movies: “wow.” Wilson is not only closely associated with the word itself at this point, but he also has developed a signature and drawn out way of saying “wow.” The word has become synonymous with Wilson and for good reason, he’s said it in nearly every film he’s done.

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Wilson’s use of “wow” can be traced back to the beginning of his acting career and is something that he’s continued to utilize over the years. The actor has even noted that sometimes he’ll add in a “wow” here and there just for his fans and to see if audiences will catch it. Here’s a breakdown of every film Wilson says “wow” in (h/t Owenergy), plus how many times he says it in each.

  • Bottlerocket
  • Breakfast of Champions
  • The Haunting – 5 times
  • Shanghai Noon
  • Meet the Parents – 2 times
  • Zoolander
  • I Spy – 3 times
  • Shanghai Knights – 4 times
  • The Big Bounce – 2 times
  • Starsky & Hutch
  • Wedding Crashers – 6 times
  • Cars – 6 times
  • You, Me and Dupree – 3 times
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • Drillbit Taylor – 2 times
  • Marley & Me – 6 times
  • Marmaduke – 4 times
  • Little Fockers – 2 times
  • Hall Pass – 6 times
  • Midnight in Paris – 7 times
  • Cars 2
  • The Big Year – 3 times
  • The Internship – 5 times
  • Are You Here – 2 times
  • Free Birds – 3 times
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • No Escape – 2 times

Ever since Wilson said “wow” in his feature film debut in 1996’s Bottlerocket, he has gone on to say the word in 27 different movies. Since he has appeared in 52 released films, Wilson statistically says “wow” in 51.9 percent of his movies. This frequency highlights why Wilson is so closely associated with the word, but it becomes even more obvious when the astonishing amount of times he’s said “wow” is factored in. In these 27 movies, Wilson says “wow” a total of 81 times. 2011’s Midnight in Paris holds the record for the highest number of “wow”s in a single Wilson movie as he utters it seven times.

As prevalent as Wilson’s use of “wow” has become, it is not his only catchphrase. He can also frequently be heard saying “you’re crazier than a road lizard.” This saying is unmistakably more original for Wilson, but only true fans of his might have caught on to the repeated use of this phrase too. Between “wow” and his other catchphrase, viewers will need to keep their ears peeled to hear when he says them again in the Loki Disney+ show or any of his other upcoming projects.

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