Your emoji game is about to get even better.
The Unicode Consortium — the powers that be when it comes to which emojis make it into our operating systems — has approved 72 new emojis. The Unicode will adopt this new set starting in late June, however iPhone and Android users will have to wait for the next iOS and Android software updates to start expressing away.
The best way to stretch your emoji muscles is with a game of “name that movie,” so here’s a list of 15 films that can finally get the emoji descriptions they deserve.
1. Every Batman movie
The “tuxedo” and “bat” emojis can be instantly attributed to the Batman universe. Bruce Wayne and his iconic bat counterpart can spice up any text thread or tweet, regardless if the user loves Val Kilmer or Christian Bale. Adding in existing emojis, like the “snowman,” could become a game about which villain the Bat is confronting.
It could be Drumline or The Music Man, but throw in this “drum” emoji with a “bandaged” emoji (a.k.a. Miles Teller), plus any line from the fantastic Whiplash, and there will be no doubt which movie is being discussed. Some examples to kick it off: “ARE YOU RUSHING OR DRAGGING?” “I’m upset. I’M UPSET!”
3. Meet the Parents
Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller head the comedy Meet the Parents, and now texters can show their movie street cred by inserting this “water polo” emoji into their daily use. The equally LOL and cringe-worthy scene: Greg Focker (Stiller) finally feels part of the family and spikes a volleyball into the face of his soon to be sister-in-law just days before her wedding. Ouch.
4. Beauty and the Beast
Just in time for the new trailer that dropped for the upcoming live-action telling, the princess meets the Beast with this “wilted rose” emoji that will conjure up Beauty and the Beast for any Disney fan. It’s perfect for that friend who is always running a little late to brunch. “Get here before the petal drops or you will forever be a beast.” (EW is not responsible for said friend being offended by the label of “beast.”)
5. Saturday Night Fever / Airplane!
Two for the price of one! John Travolta taking the ’70s dance scene by storm in his fitted and flared suit will bring an instant smile to anyone who sees the “man dancing” emoji. Of course, it wouldn’t be too off base to use this little guy to talk about the Saturday Night Fever spoof scene from Airplane!. Perhaps throwing in your “drinking problem” or that “two girl scouts are fighting near you” will get the right reference across.
7. The Parent Trap
Two classics collide. The “fencer” emoji could be used to talk about your next fencing match, but it’s much more appropriate to use for Lindsay Lohan. The 1998 remake of The Parent Trap used the iconic fencing scene to reveal to the twins, Hallie and Annie, that they are in fact both Lindsay Lohan. “I have class and you don’t.”
Just in time for the summer, the classic John Williams score to Jaws should accompany this “shark” emoji. Picture it: The gang is about to run in for a dip at the beach, when suddenly a friendly reminder pops up on their phone. “Don’t stay in too long. There may be sharks in the water…*insert shark emoji*”
Of course, there have been several iconic pregnancies in film: Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby; Ellen Page in Juno; and who could forget Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part One, but why not spice things up and put a twist on the “pregnant woman” with Junior? Arnold Schwarzenegger as a research scientist who becomes the first pregnant man is only half the fun of this “wonderful” film.
10. The Incredible Hulk / The Exorcist
Another double whammy! The “nauseated face” emoji may have been made to express extreme sickness, but why not take advantage of that lovely green hue. With Marvel studios continually churning out Avengers characters into their own films, fans could start tweeting the studio with this Hulk green face to demand another shot at a standalone movie for the hero. If horror is more your fancy, try this “Hulk” face combined with the “upside down” emoji for a Regan-inspired reference from The Exorcist. “What an excellent day for an exorcism.”
12. When Harry Met Sally
Now you can finally “have what she’s having”! The “salad” emoji may seem simple and healthy enough, but add in some “smirk” emoji (à la Meg Ryan) and the iconic scene from When Harry Met Sally can be thrown into an email. After Ryan proves to Billy Crystal woman can, in fact, “fake it,” she takes a bite from that side salad. It may be suggestive, but hey, it gets the point across. Don’t forget the “raising hand” emoji to get that famous line in there.
13. Larry Crowne
Fans of the Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks “classic” Larry Crowne can finally pose to a friend that hopping on the Crowne style of ride with the “vespa” emoji is a good way to go. Add some context with the mustached “man” emoji (aka Tom Hanks) trying to convince the “no way” emoji (aka Julia Roberts) to enjoy life. Now we can all drive with our hair blowing in the wind knowing a real paycheck can come with the next movie.
Everyone loves clowns! Well, that’s what this new set of emojis likes to think with its “clown” addition. Stephen King fans can get amped for the new remake of the story It, which just found its new Pennywise. Of course, in classic King fashion it can’t just be about a clown, it has to become a spider in the end, too. Just make sure to leave the clown references to the emoji world — showing up in a full clown get-up to the movie is not okay. Ever.
15. Every M. Night Shyamalan movie
Yes, the beginning of Shyamalan’s career was groundbreaking. The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and even Signs and The Village had something to offer. Sadly, the “twist maker” started to lose steam and left audiences wondering what was happening in…The Happening. It seems the “shrug” and “face palm” emojis were made just for the occasion of a new Shyamalan trailer. Real talk, though, The Visit was pretty great.