Top 10 Comedy Food Scenes

What comes to mind when you think “food” / “movies”? Willy Wonka’s edible chocolate factory? The wafer-thin mint in Meaning of Life? Chilled monkey brains in Indiana Jones..?

Octopussy – Sheep’s Head

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Good food and pleasant company are in short supply as James Bond (Roger Moore) is served an entire, stuffed sheep’s head in this, his 1983 outing. Whilst Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan) gleefully informs Bond that he will interrogate him using mind altering drugs, he pops one of the sheep’s eyeballs into his own mouth and chomps away. Something Bond is less enthused about than even the thought of impending torture.

The Naked Gun 2½ – Lobster

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Lobster can be a tricky rascal to eat at the best of times, but when you are Detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), it is probably one to avoid completely. Whilst tackling the shellfish course, he manages to inappropriately grab the police commissioner, launches a lemon at a visiting diplomat, and punches out the First Lady. The very definition of butterfingers.

When Harry Met Sally – “What She’s Having”

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Katz’s Delicatessen is the setting for this film’s most famous scene. It may be the stimulating conversation more than the food that leads to Sally’s (Meg Ryan) enthusiastic response, but it nevertheless is seen as a ringing endorsement for her fellow diners: one of whom asks to “have what she’s having”.

Brain Dead – Custard

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There are some truly revolting meals in this list of comedy grub, but Peter Jackson (of Lord of the Rings fame) beats them all in this, his low budget, 1992 splatter-filled zombie movie. “Damn fine custard” is the verdict of the house guests, but with the hostess infected by a zombie plague, the serving conditions can hardly be described as sanitary.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – Chilled Monkey Brains

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Paying homage to James Bond’s run-in with a sheep’s head, Stephen Spielberg’s second part of the Indiana Jones series sees the eponymous action-archaeologist presented with a nicely chilled monkey brain. Presented, of course, intact and using the hapless primate’s skull as a bowl.

Ghostbusters – Marshmallow(Man)

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Set with the task of choosing the manner of the Ghostbusters’ own demise, Ray Stanz (Dan Ackroyd) opts for the most harmless thing he could imagine: the logo on the side of the Stay Puft marshmallow brand. Needless to say, the resulting 112-foot tall sugary snack lays waste much of downtown Manhattan.

Mickey Blue Eyes – Chinese Restaurant Proposal

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Service is the key to finding great Chinese Restaurants and the variations in hospitality can make all the difference. Just look what happens when Michael (Hugh Grant) tries to propose with a ring hidden inside a fortune cookie. Poor customer service is a total mood killer!

Brazil – Futuristic Gourmet Food

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In this deathly-black satire of bureaucracy, the very best meals come with the very worst service, with angry waiters demanding that guests choose specific items from the menu. And, in this dystopian future, when the plates arrive every diner is presented with an identical mound of green goo, accompanied with only a photograph of the meal that they had been expecting.

The Meaning of Life – The Waf(f)er Thin Mint

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The hungry diner Mr Creosote (Terry Jones) has had his appetite almost satiated when persistent Maître d’hôtel John Cleese insists he try a wafer-thin mint. Needless to say, it is this tiny morsel which proves Mr Creosote’s undoing – in both a metaphorical and a very real sense.

This Is Spinal Tap – little bread

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Satisfying the demands that rock stars place on their riders (the backstage refreshments) is a notoriously difficult task. But when you are catering for flamboyant stadium rockers Spinal Tap, the stakes are even higher. Guitarist Nigel Tufnel is barely able to contain his panic when the bread that the band has been provided with is much too small to accommodate the slices of ham. And don’t even mention the inconsistency of the stuffed olives.

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  1. Mark Reply

    Also:

    The food fight in Animal House

    The resteraunt scene (“How much for your wife?”) in The Blues Brothers

    La Grande Bouffe …. I think it’s Michel Piccoli who farts to death at the end of the suicidal eatathon

    Charlie Chaplin with the plate of beans in The Immigrant

    The campfire baked beans scene in Blazing Saddles

    The pie fight in The Great Race

    • Dan Reply

      …is that two references to farting, Mark? 🙂

      …I seem to remember the beans in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles causing a few “cowboys” some flatulence issues!

  2. Dan Reply

    How about the custard pie “shoot out” at the end of Bugsy Malone?

  3. Mark Reply

    @ Dan: You’ve got a point … perhaps these should be in a 10 ten flatulence scenes. The only other two that immediately come to mind are Cross of Iron (Peckinpah, 1977) and My Name is Nobody. Then we move into cartoon territory – Family Guy (when Peter tries to do outdo Michael Moore in some toilet cubicles), The Simpsons (when Homer is a used car salesman and tries to hide the fact he’s cut one by turning up the radio) and Ren and Stimpy.

    As for Bugsy Malone, I was a tad north of the wrong age when it came out, so in all likeliness I’d put it somewhere else ….

  4. Rodney Reply

    Just one tiny wafehhhh?

    Nice list – makes me hungry (not) just thinking about it all….

  5. Pete Turner (@ilovethatfilm) Reply

    Always makes me laugh when you can hear Tyler Durden on the other end of the phone to Jack and he’s munching away on some crisps or something in Fight Club. Just me?

  6. Pete Turner (@ilovethatfilm) Reply

    Also ‘that IS a tasty burger’ in Pulp Fiction cracks me up too.

  7. Evan Crean Reply

    An interesting combination of the delicious and the disgusting. The sheep’s head and monkey brains are pretty nasty. Same thing with the custard in Dead Alive, which is still fresh in my mind since I saw it recently. Gah. I cringed in that moment. I bet the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man would be kind of tasty after he was cooked/blown up though.

  8. Alex Withrow Reply

    Great list. I forgot about that scene in Octopussy. So gross.

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