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Aladdin Quotes

  • Cunning and Cleverness

    ALADDIN: Gotta keep...one jump ahead of the breadline, One swing ahead of the sword. I steal only what I can't afford— That's everything! One jump ahead of the lawmen, That's all, and that's no joke. These guys don't appreciate I'm broke! […] One jump ahead of the slowpokes, One skip ahead of my doom. Next time, gonna use a nom de plume. One jump ahead of the hitmen, One hit ahead of the flock. I think I'll take a stroll around the block.

    Aladdin's not just a thief—he's like the Michael Jordan of thieves. In other words, he's really great at it. Hey, when you've got to steal in order to survive, you start getting pretty clever about the ways you evade the law. Given that Aladdin steals to survive, do you think what he's doing is wrong? Why or why not?

    ALADDIN & JASMINE: They've found me! They're after you?

    JASMINE: My father must have sent them—

    ALADDIN: Do you trust me?

    JASMINE: What?

    ALADDIN: Do you trust me?

    JASMINE: Yes.

    ALADDIN: Then jump!

    Okay, so getting caught by the guards isn't real smooth, but Aladdin's plan to jump off the roof and into a pile of grain is some pretty fast thinking. Plus, he convinces a girl he's just met to trust him with only a few words. You've got to admit—dude's got a good head on his shoulders.

    ALADDIN: Oh, my head. We're trapped. That two faced son-of-a-jackal! Whoever he was, he's long gone with that lamp.

    ABU: Aha!

    ALADDIN: Why, you hairy little thief!

    Hey, Aladdin's not the only one with a few tricks up his sleeve. Abu manages to snag the lamp from the old man (Jafar in disguise) right before getting trapped in the Cave of Wonders. That will prove handy in the next few minutes…

    GENIE: Well, now. How about that, Mr. Doubting Mustafa?

    ALADDIN: Oh, you sure showed me. Now about my three wishes?

    GENIE: Dost mine ears deceive me? Three? You are down by one, boy!

    ALADDIN: Ah, no. I never actually wished to get out of the cave. You did that on your own.

    GENIE: Well, don't I feel just sheepish? All right, you bad boy, but no more freebies.

    How do you trick an all-powerful genie? Just ask Aladdin. He manages to con the Genie out of one wish pretty quickly. The bad news is that the Genie's not gonna fall for this one again. But still—how many people actually get four wishes out of a genie?

    SULTAN: This is a very impressive youth. And a prince as well. If we're lucky, you won't have to marry Jasmine after all.

    JAFAR: I don't trust him, sire.

    SULTAN: Nonsense. One thing I pride myself on Jafar, I'm an excellent judge of character.

    Wow. If there's one person in this whole movie we wouldn't describe with the words "clever" or "cunning," it's the Sultan. We honestly wonder how he manages to get on his M. C. Hammer pants every morning without hurting himself. He's a few chips short of a full hummus platter, but hey, he's not a bad guy. That at least counts for something.

    ALADDIN: It's a magic carpet.

    JASMINE: It's lovely.

    ALADDIN: You, uh, you don't want to go for a ride, do you? We could get out of the palace, see the world.

    JASMINE: Is it safe?

    ALADDIN: Sure. Do you trust me?

    JASMINE: What?

    ALADDIN: Do you trust me?

    JASMINE: Yes.

    Sure, Aladdin's pretty great at improvising in tricky situations, but Jasmine's no dummy, either. Once Aladdin uses his patented "do you trust me" line for the second time, she's totally on to him, despite his disguise. Clever girl.

    JASMINE: It's all so magical.

    ALADDIN: Yeah.

    JASMINE: It's a shame Abu had to miss this.

    ALADDIN: Nah. He hates fireworks. He doesn't really like flying either. That is...oh no!

    JASMINE: You are the boy from the market! I knew it. Why did you lie to me?

    ALADDIN: Jasmine, I'm sorry.

    JASMINE: Did you think I was stupid?

    ALADDIN: No!

    JASMINE: That I wouldn't figure it out?

    Come on, Aladdin, did you really think that Jasmine wouldn't recognize the guy who saved her life? The guy she almost made out with? Who is she, Lois Lane? No sir, Jasmine may be a pampered princess, but she's just as smart as our hero from the streets—sometimes even smarter.

    JASMINE: Jafar! I never realized how incredibly handsome you are.

    JAFAR: That's better. Now, pussycat, tell me more about...myself.

    JASMINE: You're tall, well dressed...

    GENIE: Al! Al, little buddy!

    ALADDIN: Shh!

    GENIE: Al, I can't help you—I work for senor psychopath, now.

    ALADDIN: Hey, I'm a street rat, remember? I'll improvise.

    JAFAR: Go on.

    JASMINE: And your beard...is so...twisted!

    IAGO: Jaf—

    JAFAR: And the street rat?

    JASMINE: What street rat?

    As soon as Jasmine sees that Aladdin is planning to sneak into the palace to snag the lamp, she leaps into action and pretends to…be in love with Jafar. It's gross, we know. But sometimes you've gotta do something tricky to come out on top. Jasmine is willing to go there if it buys Aladdin time to execute his plan.

    JAFAR: Without the Genie, boy, you're nothing!

    ALADDIN: The Genie! The Genie! The Genie has more power than you'll ever have!

    JAFAR: What?!

    ALADDIN: He gave you your power, he can take it away!

    GENIE: Al, what are you doing? Why are you bringing me into this?

    ALADDIN: Face it, Jafar—you're still just second best!

    JAFAR: You're right! His power does exceed my own! But not for long!

    GENIE: The boy is crazy. He's a little punch drunk. One too many hits with the snake.

    JAFAR: Slave, I make my third wish! I wish to be an all-powerful genie!

    GENIE: All right, your wish is my command. Way to go, Al.

    Okay, so Aladdin doesn't have the Genie's powers to help him anymore. That means he's gotta rely on his wits to survive his battle with Jafar. Still, even with the power disadvantage, our money's on the street rat.

    ALADDIN: Not so fast, Jafar! Aren't you forgetting something? You wanted to be a genie, you got it! And everything that goes with it!

    JAFAR: No! No!

    IAGO: I'm gettin' out of here! Come on, you're the genie, I don't want—

    ALADDIN: Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty-bitty living space.

    GENIE: Al, you little genius, you!

    Oh, yeah. Jafar totally forgot about this part of genie-dom. Sure, our villain might have been cunning in his plans so far, but he stops thinking with his brains once he gets power, and he's outsmarted by the hero in the end. And they all live happily ever after.

  • Freedom and Confinement

    SULTAN: Dearest, you've got to stop rejecting every suitor that comes to call. The law says you...

    SULTAN & JASMINE: ...must be married to a prince.

    SULTAN: By your next birthday.

    JASMINE: The law is wrong.

    SULTAN: You've only got three more days!

    JASMINE: Father, I hate being forced into this. If I do marry, I want it to be for love.

    SULTAN: Jasmine, it's not only this law. I'm not going to be around forever, and I just want to make sure you're taken care of, provided for.

    JASMINE: Try to understand. I've never done a thing on my own. I've never had any real friends. Except you, Rajah. I've never even been outside the palace walls.

    SULTAN: But Jasmine, you're a princess.

    JASMINE: Then maybe I don't want to be a princess.

    Disney movies usually make being a princess look awesome, but Jasmine isn't digging it. She's got some serious #PrincessProblems to deal with: she's being forced into a marriage she doesn't want, and her entire life so far has been restricted to the palace. She's just as caged as her pet birds.

    JASMINE: Oh, I'm sorry, Rajah. But I can't stay here and have my life lived for me. I'll miss you. Good bye!

    What do you do when your dad is forcing you to choose a prince to marry in the next three days? Run away. Jasmine can't take the repression anymore, so she makes a break for it.

    ALADDIN: Well, it's not much, but it's got a great view. Palace looks pretty amazing, huh?

    JASMINE: Oh, it's wonderful.

    ALADDIN: I wonder what it would be like to live there, to have servants and valets...

    JASMINE: Oh, sure. People who tell you where to go and how to dress.

    ALADDIN: It's better than here. Always scraping for food and ducking the guards.

    JASMINE: You're not free to make your own choices.

    ALADDIN: Sometimes you feel so—

    JASMINE: You're just—

    BOTH: —trapped.

    Aladdin and Jasmine come from opposite worlds, but they sure have a lot in common. Both of them are trapped in circumstances they didn't ask for. They're both in cages. Sure, Aladdin's cage is dirt and rat-filled, while Jasmine's cage is gold plated with pretty jewels on it, but they're both still cages. Now might be a good time to kiss, guys?

    ALADDIN: What would you wish for?

    GENIE: Me? No one's ever asked me that before. Well, in my case, ah, forget it.

    ALADDIN: What? No, tell me.

    GENIE: Freedom.

    ALADDIN: You're a prisoner?

    GENIE: It's all part-and-parcel of the whole genie gig. Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty-bitty living space

    ALADDIN: Genie, that's terrible.

    GENIE: But, oh, to be free. Not have to go "Poof! What do you need? Poof! What do you need? Poof! What do you need?" To be my own master, such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world! But what am I talking about, here? Let's get real here. It's not gonna happen. Genie, wake up and smell the hummus.

    ALADDIN: Why not?

    GENIE: The only way I get outta this is if my master wishes me out. So you can guess how often that's happened.

    ALADDIN: I'll do it. I'll set you free.

    GENIE: Uh huh, right.

    ALADDIN: No, really, I promise. After make my first two wishes, I'll use my third wish to set you free.

    GENIE: Well, here's hopin'.

    Awww. This is where we really start to feel for the Genie. He's not just some Santa Claus-type wish granter—he's a being with hopes and dreams. He wants to be free, not trapped in some lamp for the next 10,000 years. And Aladdin's gonna make it happen. Maybe…

    SULTAN: Jasmine will like this one!

    ALADDIN: And I'm pretty sure I'll like Princess Jasmine!

    JAFAR: Your highness, no. I must intercede on Jasmine's behalf. This boy is no different than the others. What makes him think he is worthy of the princess?

    ALADDIN: Your majesty, I am Prince Ali Ababwa! Just let her meet me. I will win your daughter!

    JASMINE: How dare you! All of you, standing around deciding my future? I am not a prize to be won!

    How dare they, indeed. Now we can see another reason why Jasmine hates her gilded cage so much. A bunch of dudes standing around debating about who she'll marry, without even asking her? We wouldn't like it, either.

    ALADDIN: I can show you the world—
    Shining, shimmering, splendid.
    Tell me princess, now when did you last
    Let your heart decide?
    I can open your eyes,
    Take you wonder by wonder
    Over, sideways, and under
    On a magic carpet ride.
    A whole new world!
    A new fantastic point of view.
    No one to tell us no
    Or where to go
    Or say we're only dreaming.

    JASMINE: A whole new world!
    A dazzling place I never knew.
    But when I'm way up here
    It's crystal clear
    That now I'm in a whole new world with you!

    Sweet freedom. Can you think of anything more liberating than jetting off on a magic carpet ride over Europe and Asia? We can't. Aladdin and Jasmine have never been outside of Agrabah, and now they're seeing the world for the first time. It's an incredibly freeing experience for both of them. The world is so much bigger than they ever could have imagined. Maybe now they should kiss?

    GENIE: Huzzah! Hail the conquering hero! Aladdin, you've just won the heart of the princess. What are you gonna do next? Psst, your line is, "I'm going to free the Genie." Anytime.

    ALADDIN: Genie...I can't.

    GENIE: Sure you can. You just go, "Genie, I wish you free."

    ALADDIN: I'm serious. Look, I'm sorry—I really am. But they want to make me sultan—no!—they want to make Prince Ali sultan. Without you, I'm just Aladdin.

    GENIE: Al, you won!

    ALADDIN: Because of you! The only reason anyone thinks I'm anything is because of you. What if they find out I'm not really a prince? What if Jasmine finds out? I'll lose her. Genie, I can't keep this up on my own. I can't wish you free.

    Oh, Aladdin, say it ain't so. Our hero knows he should set the Genie free, but he just can't. He's gotta keep his servant around to do his bidding and keep his lies up and running. It's a low point for Aladdin…and for the Genie.

    ALADDIN: Not so fast, Jafar! Aren't you forgetting something? You wanted to be a genie, you got it! And everything that goes with it! […] Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty-bitty living space.

    It's the ultimate punishment for Jafar: life as an all-powerful genie, imprisoned in a lamp. Sure, he'll have awesome power, but he'll also be confined to the lamp and will be forced to do the bidding of others. Take it from the Genie—it's not a fun way to live.

    GENIE: Al, no problem. You've still got one wish left. Just say the word and you're a prince again.

    ALADDIN: But Genie, what about your freedom?

    GENIE: Hey, it's only an eternity of servitude. This is love. Al, you're not gonna find another girl like her in a million years. Believe me, I know. I've looked.

    ALADDIN: Jasmine, I do love you, but I've got to stop pretending to be something I'm not.

    JASMINE: I understand.

    ALADDIN: Genie, I wish for your freedom.

    GENIE: One bona fide prince pedigree coming up. I—what?

    ALADDIN: Genie, you're free!

    GENIE: Heh, heh! I'm free. I'm free. Quick, quick, wish for something outrageous. Say, "I want the Nile." Wish for the Nile. Try that!

    ALADDIN: I wish for the Nile.

    GENIE: No way! Oh does that feel good! I'm free! I'm free at last! I'm hittin' the road. I'm off to see the world!

    This is a sweet scene. The Genie is willing to forgo his freedom to give Aladdin and Jasmine a chance to be together, but Aladdin turns him down. He makes things right and sets the Genie free…even if it means losing Jasmine forever. Spoiler alert: it doesn't mean losing Jasmine. Hey, this is a Disney movie, after all.

  • Power

    IAGO: I can't take it anymore! If I gotta choke down on one more of those moldy, disgusting crackers...bam! Whack!

    JAFAR: Calm yourself, Iago.

    IAGO: Then I'd grab him around the head. Whack! Whack!

    JAFAR: Soon, I will be sultan, not that addlepated twit.

    IAGO: And then I stuff the crackers down his throat!

    The Sultan might have the power now, but Jafar and Iago see their chance on the horizon: soon, they'll be the ones in charge. Cue evil laughter. Bonus point to Jafar for helping you pass your SAT vocabulary section by using the word "addlepated," which means "confused," "stupid," or "befuddled." Yeah, that pretty much sums up the Sultan.

    GENIE: You got some power in your corner now, Some heavy ammunition in your camp. You got some punch, pizzazz, yahoo, and how See all you gotta do is rub that lamp And I'll say, "Mister Aladdin, sir, What will your pleasure be?" Let me take your order, jot it down. You ain't never had a friend like me— No, no, no!

    For the first time in his life, Aladdin has a friend with some might on his side. The Genie is here to grant his wishes and make his dreams come true. So, what'll it be?

    GENIE: Ah, rule number one: I can't kill anybody. So don't ask. Rule two: I can't make anyone fall in love with anyone else. You little punim, there. Rule three: I can't bring people back from the dead. It's not a pretty picture, I don't like doing it! Other than that, you got it!

    ALADDIN: Ah, provisos? You mean limitations? On wishes? Some all-powerful genie—can't even bring people back from the dead. I don't know, Abu—he probably can't even get us out of this cave. Looks like we're gonna have to find a way out of here—

    GENIE: Excuse me? Are you lookin' at me? Did you rub my lamp? Did you wake me up, did you bring me here? And all of a sudden, you're walkin' out on me? I don't think so, not right now. You're gettin' your wishes, so sit down!

    How does Aladdin trick the Genie into giving him an extra wish? By questioning his power, that's how. Hey, maybe this guy isn't all that impressive if he can't even bring people back from the dead… The Genie falls for it hook, line, and sinker, which turns out to be good news in the end, since Aladdin uses that last wish he's saved to set the Genie free.

    IAGO: To think we gotta keep kissing up to that chump, and his chump daughter for the rest of our lives...

    JAFAR: No, Iago. Only until she finds a chump husband. Then she'll have us banished—or beheaded!

    IAGO: Oh! Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Jafar? What if you were the chump husband?

    JAFAR: What?

    IAGO: Okay, you marry the princess, all right? Then, uh, you become sultan!

    JAFAR: Oh! Marry the shrew? I become sultan. The idea has merit!

    IAGO: Yes, merit! Yes! And then we drop papa-in-law and the little woman off a cliff! Kersplat!

    JAFAR: Iago, I love the way your foul little mind works!

    This is a pretty nasty (yet effective) idea for a power grab. Why wait for Jasmine to accumulate more power and get rid of them, when Jafar can marry Jasmine and become sultan that way? The idea does have merit. Evil merit, but still.

    ALADDIN: Better check your crystal ball again, Jafar!

    JASMINE: Prince Ali!

    IAGO: How in the he—uh, awk!

    ALADDIN: Tell them the truth, Jafar! You tried to have me killed.

    JAFAR: What? Ridiculous nonsense, your highness. He is obviously lying.

    SULTAN: Obviously...lying.

    JASMINE: Father, what's wrong with you?

    ALADDIN: I know!

    SULTAN: Oh, oh, oh my!

    ALADDIN: Your highness, Jafar's been controlling you with this!

    SULTAN: What? Jafar? You, you traitor!

    JAFAR: Your majesty, all of this can be explained.

    SULTAN: Guards! Guards!

    IAGO: Well, that's it—we're dead, forget about it. Just dig a grave for both of us. We're dead.

    Wow. Jafar was pretty close to getting everything he wanted, but it all came crashing down around him thanks to Aladdin. Our hero exposes the truth: Jafar has just been trying to grab authority for himself by mind-controlling the Sultan. Iago sees the writing on the wall: they're toast.

    SULTAN: You two will be wed at once! Yes, yes. And you'll be happy and prosperous, and then my boy, you will be sultan!

    ALADDIN: Sultan?

    SULTAN: Yes, a fine upstanding youth like yourself, a person of your unimpeachable moral character is exactly what this kingdom needs!

    This sounds like it would be good news, but Aladdin doesn't take it very well—it's kind of how we know he's the good guy. He's been handed a chance for power—he's gonna be sultan one day—but he doesn't want it. It's too much. The kid has humility, and we love him for it.

    ALADDIN: Genie! No!

    GENIE: Sorry, kid—I got a new master now.

    SULTAN: Jafar, I order you to stop!

    JAFAR: There's a new order now—my order! Finally, you will bow to me!

    JASMINE: We'll never bow to you!

    IAGO: Why am I not surprised?

    JAFAR: If you will not bow before a sultan, then you will cower before a sorcerer! Genie, my second wish—I wish to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world!

    Yeah, this is not looking good. Now that Jafar has the lamp, he's blowing through wishes. He's got the power, but there's one thing he's failing to consider: the consequences of his actions. Might that be his tragic downfall? Fingers crossed.

    JAFAR: You little fool! You thought you could defeat the most powerful being on earth! […] Without the Genie, boy, you're nothing!

    ALADDIN: The Genie! The Genie! The Genie has more power than you'll ever have!

    JAFAR: What?!

    ALADDIN: He gave you your power, he can take it away!

    GENIE: Al, what are you doing? Why are you bringing me into this?

    ALADDIN: Face it, Jafar—you're still just second best!

    JAFAR: You're right! His power does exceed my own! But not for long!

    GENIE: The boy is crazy. He's a little punch drunk. One too many hits with the snake

    JAFAR: Slave, I make my third wish! I wish to be an all-powerful genie!

    Okay, so here's where it all falls apart. Jafar is so enthralled with his own power, and so convinced he has the upper hand, that he can't see through Aladdin's ulterior motives. He demands to be made a genie because he just wants more, more, more. Hubris alert.

    JAFAR: Yes! Yes! The power! The absolute power!

    JASMINE: What have you done?

    ALADDIN: Trust me!

    JAFAR: The universe is mine to command, to control!

    ALADDIN: Not so fast, Jafar! Aren't you forgetting something? You wanted to be a genie, you got it! And everything that goes with it!

    JAFAR: No! No!

    IAGO: I'm gettin' out of here! Come on, you're the genie, I don't want—

    ALADDIN: Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty-bitty living space.

    Jafar's feeling pretty good here for a minute. Pretty darn powerful. Then, the other shoe drops, and wow, he did not see that coming. That's what happens when you get drunk on your own power: you forget to think. Better luck next time, Jafar.

    GENIE: Me too, Al. No matter what anybody says, you'll always be a prince to me.

    SULTAN: That's right. You've certainly proven your worth as far as I'm concerned. It's that law that's the problem.

    JASMINE: Father?

    SULTAN: Well, am I sultan or am I sultan? From this day forth, the princess shall marry whomever she deems worthy.

    JASMINE: Him! I choose...I choose you, Aladdin.

    Okay, so we're at the end of the movie, and the Sultan has finally realized that he's got some power, too. He's like the ruler of this kingdom and stuff, and that means he can change laws if he wants to. Wow. Jasmine has literally been complaining about this for days (probably years), and you've just come to this conclusion now? Step it up, Sultan.

  • Society and Class

    PEDDLER: I can see that you're only interested in the exceptionally rare. I think then, you would be most rewarded to consider this. Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts. This is no ordinary lamp! It once changed the course of a young man's life. A young man who liked this lamp was more than what he seemed. A diamond in the rough.

    This lamp might not look like much, but it's what on the inside that counts. That's not usually how our ideas about society and class work, do they? Well, we think Aladdin is about to prove us all wrong.

    CAVE: Who disturbs my slumber?

    GAZEEM: It is I, Gazeem, a humble thief.

    CAVE: Know this. Only one may enter here. One whose worth lies far within. A diamond in the rough.

    JAFAR: What are you waiting for? Go on!

    CAVE: Seek thee out, the diamond in the rough.

    Settling aside the fact that Gazeem is a murderer and not a "humble thief," even the Cave of Wonders knows you've gotta have something special if you want to go inside and get the lamp. Doesn't matter if you're fancy like Jafar or lowly like Gazeem—if you're not right in your heart, things aren't gonna turn out well for you.

    ALADDIN: Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat. Otherwise we'd get along!

    GUARDS: Wrong!

    This is an interesting little side note in Aladdin's tune about stealing. He observes that if he and the guards weren't on different sides of the class divide, they might be friends. The guards aren't super convinced by his logic…or by his singing skills.

    PRINCE: Out of my way, you filthy brat!

    ALADDIN: Hey, if I were as rich as you, I could afford some manners

    PRINCE: Oh, I'll teach you some manners!

    ALADDIN: Look at that, Abu. It's not every day you see a horse with two rear ends!

    PRINCE: You are a worthless street rat. You were born a street rat, you'll die a street rat, and only your fleas will mourn you.

    ALADDIN: I'm not worthless. And I don't have fleas. Come on, Abu. Let's go home.

    This rude rich guy kind of gets the last word here. Even though Aladdin is faster and cleverer than he is, the guy knows that he's richer and more powerful. What will Aladdin ever amount to? Nothing. That's what this dude thinks, anyway.

    ALADDIN: Riffraff, street rat. I don't buy that. If only they'd look closer. Would they see a poor boy? No siree. They'd find out, there's so much more to me. Someday, Abu, things are gonna change. We'll be rich, live in a palace, and never have any problems at all.

    Time to break out the tissues. Aladdin is so much more than his social class. If only people would take the time to see the real him, they'd know how awesome and resourceful he is. Someday they'll all see the truth. Someday…

    JASMINE: Oh, you must be hungry. Here you go.

    PROPRIETOR: You'd better be able to pay for that.

    JASMINE: Pay?

    PROPRIETOR: No one steals from my cart!

    JASMINE: Oh, I'm sorry sir. I don't have any money.

    PROPRIETOR: Thief!

    JASMINE: Please, if you let me go to the palace, I can get some from the Sultan.

    PROPRIETOR: Do you know what the penalty is for stealing?

    JASMINE: No, no please!

    Okay, we can't fault Jasmine too much here. She's lived in a palace her entire sheltered life, so how was she supposed to know that money is exchanged for goods and services? Her high-class lifestyle almost loses her a hand when she hits the streets. Luckily, Aladdin comes to the rescue.

    GUARD: It's the dungeon for you, boy.

    ALADDIN: Hey, get off of me!

    JASMINE: Let go of him.

    GUARD: Look what we have here, men—a street mouse.

    JASMINE: Unhand him, by order of the princess.

    GUARD: Princess Jasmine.

    ALADDIN: The princess?

    ABU: The princess?

    GUARD: What are you doing outside the palace? And with this street rat?

    JASMINE: That's not your concern. Do as I command. Release him!

    GUARD: Well, I would, princess, but my orders come from Jafar. You'll have to take it up with him.

    Way to pull rank, Jasmine. After getting a taste of what life is like for the poor folk of Agrabah, the princess decides she doesn't like it one bit. She also doesn't have to take it. She removes her disguise and demands the privileges her class affords her. Aladdin isn't so lucky.

    ALADDIN: I'm a fool

    OLD MAN: You're only a fool if you give up, boy.

    ALADDIN: Who are you?

    OLD MAN: A lowly prisoner, like yourself. But together, perhaps we can be more.

    ALADDIN: I'm listening.

    OLD MAN: There is a cave, boy. A cave of wonders. Filled with treasures beyond your wildest dreams. Treasure enough to impress even your princess, I'd wager […].

    ALADDIN: But the law says that only a prince can marry—

    OLD MAN: You've heard of the golden rule, haven't you boy? Whoever has the gold makes the rules.

    Aladdin's seen enough of life to know that the old man has a point. If he gets enough treasure, he might be able to get closer to Jasmine and have a chance with her. Money can buy you food…and access to the upper class.

    JASMINE: Hmm. I'm rich too, you know.

    ALADDIN: Yeah!

    JASMINE: The daughter of a sultan

    ALADDIN: I know.

    JASMINE: A fine prize for any prince to marry.

    ALADDIN: Uh, right. Right. A prince like me.

    GENIE: Warning! Warning!

    JASMINE: Right, a prince like you. And every other stuffed shirt, swaggering, peacock I've met!

    GENIE: Mayday! Mayday!

    JASMINE: Just go jump off a balcony!

    ALADDIN: What?

    GENIE: Stop her! Stop her! Do you want me to sting her?

    ALADDIN: Buzz off!

    GENIE: Okay, fine. But remember—bee yourself!

    ALADDIN: Yeah, right!

    JASMINE: What?!

    ALADDIN: Uh, you're right. You aren't just some prize to be won. You should be free to make your own choice. I'll go now.

    Aladdin's got Jasmine all wrong. He thinks he needs wealth and social status to win her heart, but she fell in love with the poor kid from the marketplace. She doesn't want some high-class prince who's only after money and power. She wants someone who loves her and respects her for who she is.

    ALADDIN: Jasmine, I'm sorry I lied to you about being a prince.

    JASMINE: I know why you did.

    ALADDIN: Well, I guess this...is goodbye?

    JASMINE: Oh, that stupid law. This isn't fair—I love you […].

    GENIE: No matter what anybody says, you'll always be a prince to me.

    SULTAN: That's right. You've certainly proven your worth as far as I'm concerned. It's that law that's the problem.

    JASMINE: Father?

    SULTAN: Well, am I sultan or am I sultan? From this day forth, the princess shall marry whomever she deems worthy.

    JASMINE: Him! I choose...I choose you, Aladdin.

    And this is how you know we're in a fairy tale—in the end, money and class and social status just don't matter. Love conquers all, and everyone lives happily ever after. We're not sure how this would work in real life, but it sure makes for a great Disney movie.

  • Truth

    ALADDIN: Thank you kind sir. I'm so glad you've found her. I've been looking all over for you.

    JASMINE: What are you doing?

    ALADDIN: Just play along.

    PROPRIETOR: You know this girl?

    JASMINE: Sadly, yes. She is my sister. She's a little crazy.

    PROPRIETOR: She said she knows the Sultan!

    ALADDIN: She thinks the monkey is the Sultan.

    JASMINE: Oh, wise Sultan. How may I serve you?

    ABU: Well, blah blah blah blah.

    ALADDIN: Tragic, isn't it? But no harm done. Now come along sis. Time to see the doctor.

    JASMINE: Oh, hello doctor. How are you?

    ALADDIN: No, no, no. Not that one. Come on, Sultan.

    Okay, so right off the bat, we know Aladdin is good at lying. Here, his quick-thinking and his knack for falsehoods saves Jasmine. That's a good thing, though, right?

    ALADDIN: Help me out!

    OLD MAN: Throw me the lamp!

    ALADDIN: I can't hold on. Give me your hand.

    OLD MAN: First give me the lamp! Yes! At last!

    ALADDIN: What are you doing?

    OLD MAN: Giving you your reward. Your eternal reward.

    Maybe Aladdin should have seen this lie coming. This old man was fishy from the beginning, but Aladdin heard the words "treasure" and "escape from the dungeon," and he was on his way. Can't say we blame him.

    GENIE: Prince Ali! Fabulous he, Ali Ababwa! Genuflect, show some respect— Down on one knee. Now try your best to stay calm. Brush up your Sunday Salaam And come and meet his spectacular coterie. Prince Ali! Mighty is he, Ali Ababwa! Strong as ten regular men, definitely! He faced the galloping hordes! A hundred bad guys with swords! Who sent those goons to their lords? Why, Prince Ali!

    We love this song. So catchy. But it's all one big lie: Aladdin is not a prince. The Genie set up all this stuff so that Aladdin could stroll in and win over Jasmine. Basically, Prince Ali is a big old fraud. But we love to sing along when the Genie tells us all about how great he is.

    ALADDIN: Genie, I need help.

    GENIE: All right, sparky, here's the deal. You wanna court the little lady, you gotta be a straight shooter, do ya follow me?

    ALADDIN: What?

    GENIE: Tell her the...TRUTH!

    ALADDIN: No way! If Jasmine found out I was really some crummy street rat, she'd laugh at me.

    GENIE: A woman appreciates a man who can make her laugh! Al, all joking aside, you really ought to be yourself.

    ALADDIN: Hey, that's the last thing I want to be. Okay, I'm gonna go see her. I gotta be smooth, cool, confident. How do I look?

    GENIE: Like a prince.

    The Genie knows the deal—if Aladdin wants to have any chance with Jasmine, he needs to be straight with her. Seriously, how many long-term relationships do you know that are built on lies? Any? But Aladdin can't do it. Why would a princess want a street rat like him? Nope. He's gonna stick with the prince lie for now.

    JASMINE: Wait, wait. Do I know you?

    ALADDIN: Uh, no, no.

    JASMINE: You remind me of someone I met in the marketplace.

    ALADDIN: The marketplace? I have servants that go to the marketplace for me. Why I even have servants who go to the marketplace for my servants, so it couldn't have been me you met.

    JASMINE: No, I guess not.

    And more lies. This is not gonna end well for Aladdin. He's also too busy preening in his princely robes to realize that Jasmine would actually prefer the boy in the marketplace to this pompous prince standing on her balcony.

    JASMINE: You are the boy from the market! I knew it. Why did you lie to me?

    ALADDIN: Jasmine, I'm sorry.

    JASMINE: Did you think I was stupid?

    ALADDIN: No!

    JASMINE: That I wouldn't figure it out?

    ALADDIN: No. I mean, I hoped you wouldn't. No, that's not what I meant.

    JASMINE: Who are you? Tell me the truth!

    ALADDIN: The truth? The truth...the truth is...I sometimes dress as a commoner to escape the pressures of palace life. But I really am a prince!

    JASMINE: Why didn't you just tell me?

    ALADDIN: Well, you know, um...royalty going out into the city in disguise, it sounds a little strange, don't you think?

    JASMINE: Not that strange.

    Yes, telling the truth is hard…especially for Aladdin in this situation. He just keeps digging himself deeper into this prince lie. Jasmine has seen through it partially for now, but he still hasn't come totally clean with her. When does he plan to do this? On their 25th anniversary?

    GENIE: Aladdin, you've just won the heart of the princess. What are you gonna do next? Psst, your line is, "I'm going to free the Genie." Anytime.

    ALADDIN: Genie...I can't.

    GENIE: Sure you can. You just go "Genie, I wish you free."

    ALADDIN: I'm serious. Look, I'm sorry—I really am. But they want to make me sultan—no! They want to make Prince Ali sultan. Without you, I'm just Aladdin.

    GENIE: Al, you won!

    ALADDIN: Because of you! The only reason anyone thinks I'm anything is because of you. What if they find out I'm not really a prince? What if Jasmine finds out? I'll lose her. Genie, I can't keep this up on my own. I can't wish you free.

    GENIE: Hey, I understand. After all, you've lied to everyone else. Hey, I was beginning to feel left out. Now, if you'll excuse me, master.

    Harsh words, Genie, but true. Aladdin made a promise, and he broke it. He's dug himself in deep with these fibs, and now he can't set the Genie free. Which means he lied to the Genie when he said he would set him free. The Genie calls this out for what it is.

    ALADDIN: What am I doing? Genie's right—I gotta tell Jasmine the truth.

    JASMINE: Ali, oh Ali—will you come here?

    ALADDIN: Well, here goes.

    Okay, so we'll give Aladdin some credit here. He does want to do the right thing, but then that weird thing happens in movies when one person tries to confess everything, but no one will let it happen. Seriously, if someone in real life tells you, "I have to tell you something," you drop everything and listen, right?

    JAFAR: So Ali turns out to be merely Aladdin Just a con, need I go on? Take it from me His personality flaws Give me adequate cause To send him packing on a one-way trip So his prospects take a terminal dip His assets frozen, the venue chosen Is the ends of the earth, whoopee! So long, Ex-Prince Ali!

    It's kind of a bummer that Jafar doesn't get a really good villain song in Aladdin. He does get this reprise of "Prince Ali," though, in which he unmasks Aladdin's lies and exposes him for the street rat he really is. It's embarrassing, but we can't say Aladdin didn't have it coming.

    ALADDIN: Jasmine, I'm sorry I lied to you about being a prince.

    JASMINE: I know why you did.

    ALADDIN: Well, I guess this is goodbye?

    JASMINE: Oh, that stupid law. This isn't fair—I love you.

    Jasmine: the most forgiving sweetheart ever. She's not mad that Aladdin lied. She knows he only did it to get close to her. It's even kind of sweet in a way. Plus, it worked.