I dunno why but I’ve always related to Aladdin.
We may not have the same lives – he’s from Agrabah and I’m from Aspendale, he has a sick magic carpet and I’ve steam-cleaned vomit out of a regular carpet – but sometimes he just seems to get me, ya know?
Case in point: after re-watching the OG Aladdin and having watched the live-action Disney’s Aladdin trailer countless times, there’s a tonne of one-liners that seem to apply directly to my life.
Here are a few of the lines I pulled from Aladdin that hit just a little too close to home.
1. “OH, IT’S SAD THAT ALADDIN HAS HIT THE BOTTOM.”
Granted, I’ve never swiped a lamp from an ominous looking cave before but if anything, I’ve sunk wayy lower than Aladdin – if we ever traded stories, the boy would look comparatively innocent.
Without getting into the nitty-gritty, let’s just say that I have a knack for exceeding people’s expectations. They think I’ve hit rock bottom and I try my darned hardest to keep digging.
2. “THESE GUYS DON’T APPRECIATE I’M BROKE.”
Your early-to-mid 20’s are for figuring life out, realising you haven’t figured life out and eventually agreeing to figure life out in your early-to-mid 30’s.
They’re also a time to be flat broke on the reg. So, if you hang out with friends who are more sorted than you are, you best believe you’ll be rocking up to restaurants hoping no one will notice if you whip a bag of nuts out of your tattered backpack. I feel ya, Aladdin.
3. “AND TRUTH BE TOLD, YOU ARE NOT QUITE THE GUY THAT WE WERE EXPECTING.”
The entire plotline of Aladdin is essentially a classic case of lying on your resume only to end up in a job interview with no idea what you’re doing.
As someone who’s sat through job interviews that I bluffed my way into, I can assure you right now that eventually, they’ll see through your faux-confident smile and you’ll be slinking outta there towards the nearest bar in no time.
4. “YOU’RE ONLY IN TROUBLE IF YOU GET CAUGHT.”
Well if this wasn’t me trying to figure out how many more classes of uni I could skip before people would notice then I dunno what is.
Fun side note: the answer is four. They notice after four.
5. “FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, THINGS ARE STARTING TO GO RIGHT.”
Truth be told, I’ve only had this thought once in my life and it was when I went six straight months without losing my phone, wallet or keys.
Sure, Aladdin met the love of his life and was starting to be accepted as a prince but I mean, my life’s cool too. I have keys.
6. “YOU AIN’T EVER HAD A FRIEND LIKE ME.”
Yeah, there’s usually a reason for that.
If you haven’t already, reacquaint yourself with the gang below:
You can catch the painfully relatable Aladdin and his crew when Disney’s Aladdin hits cinemas on May 23.Image: Disney