Why Mormons Are So Obsessed with the Princess Bride


We’ve all seen it. In fact, if you’re a Mormon, you’ve probably got the movie completely memorized. You might even throw a full-blown party now that Netflix has finally added the film to its collection. That’s because this beloved classic draws Mormons to it like bees to buttercups. But why? Why are Mormons so obsessed with the Princess Bride? After years of blood, sweat, and painstaking research, our team thinks we’ve finally figured it out.

Mormons believe in true love.

westley from the princess bride believes in true love

Or is it “to blathe?”—which we all know means “to bluff!” Regardless, here is a fantastic article by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin about the power of “True Love.” Enjoy!

We also believe in miracles.

Miracle Max from the Princess Bride believes in miracles

If there’s one thing Miracle Max taught us, it’s that miracles can happen if you believe in yourself—that and how to make a delicious mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.

We’re obsessed with mawwiage.

Mormons are obsessed with marriage

After all, mawwiage is that bwessed awwangement, that dweam wifin a dweam. What’s not to obsess over?

We quote it on a daily basis.

When anybody misuses a word:

I do not think it means what you think it means

When our kids are taking forever to get out the door:

vizzini is waiting for someone to get out the door

On Fast Sundays:

westley tells whiney roommate that life is pain

At snack time:

anybody want a peanut for snack time

When we can’t make sense of something:

is vizzini going mad

And this quote applies to . . . well, any situation, really:

my name is inigo montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die

It teaches good morals.

Westley from the Princess Bride teaching good morals

Westley makes two good points here. You’ll find these principles (being “men of action” and “honesty”) in the following talks:

It’s a clean comedy.

the booing hag lady from the princess bride

Um, even if the booing hag lady doesn’t agree.

It encourages good familial relationships.

princess bride encourages good familial relationships

Even if that means enduring a little cheek pinching from time to time.

We can spot a Mormon metaphor a mile away.

There is life after death:

miracle max teaches life after death

There is opposition in all things:

grandpa from the princess bride explains that life isn't fair

True love conquers all:

death cannot stop true love

And finally, well, it’s a kissing movie.

mormons believe in true love

Didn’t you know? Mormons are suckers for kissing movies (and kissing books, for that matter). It’s just a fact.

Now we want to hear from you! Why do you love the Princess Bride?

Marian is a seasoned traveler and third culture kid, having spent most of her life in Australia and Southeast Asia. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University in English with an editing minor, and is passionate about all things beautiful, meaningful, and edible.