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Aladdin Cunning and Cleverness

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.