This is like my fifteenth post about one line from one movie, but the death of Betty Friedan once again got me thinking of my least-favourite movie line of all time, from the movie The Courtship of Eddie's Father. I wrote about this recently in my post about why I like feminist movies and TV shows, but to repeat myself: Dina Merrill tells Glenn Ford that she wants to be defined as an individual, by her own work and accomplishments, instead of defining her life by her relationship to a husband or children; Glenn Ford scoffs: "You'll have to be satisfied with the vote; I don't think it'll ever become a national movement." This line is a perfect combination of several different kinds of wrongness: morally wrong, wrong in the context of the scene, and completely wrong as prognostication.
But what Friedan's death reminded me of is this: The Courtship of Eddie's Father came out early in 1963, meaning it was filmed in 1962. The same year it came out -- probably in the summer -- Friedan's book The Feminine Mystique was published. That means that Ford's line was not only wrong in predicting the future, but it was instantly proven wrong: the movie predicted that feminism would never become a national movement the same year that a book came out that kick-started feminism as a national movement. So it's sort of the highest level of wrongness that one line from a movie can attain.
It's also a reminder (the whole movie is a reminder, actually) of why that book was necessary.