Top ten most unappetizing food scenes from the big screen
The only thing better than a fabulous food scene on the big screen is a scene involving brutal, unabashed violence (True Romance, or anything Tarantino for that matter), or a fantastic food moment involving sex (9 1/2 Weeks, for example). But while some culinary scenes will leave you yearning to hump on the kitchen counter, others might make you swear off food forever. Scenes like these:
10. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1997)
Classic. The turkey is nearly carbonized, the chewing noises are atrocious, Uncle Eddie calls dibs on the neck, and Aunt Bethany puts cat food in the green Jell-O. Oh, Clark.
9. Alive (1993)
A plane carrying a Uruguayan soccer team crashes in the Andes, and in an attempt to survive, the players end up eating the corpses of those who have already perished. Don't pretend like you didn't think of who you would eat first in this situation. For more cannibalism, see The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover and Fried Green Tomatoes.
8. American Pie (1999)
If you haven't seen Jason Biggs boning the apple pie in this movie, you have either been living in a cave for the last ten years or you just have impeccable luck. So wrong. But so very funny. Poor little pie.
7. Animal House (1978)
"I'm a zit, get it?"
6. The Great Outdoors (1998)
America is littered with food joints that have a double-dare disgustingly large dish with more calories than the entire McDonald's menu combined. Meet the "Old 96er," a 96-ounce prime beef that guarantees you and yours a free dinner. John Candy and Dan Aykroyd are superb in this hilarious and underrated flick.
5. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Fat Bastard's stool sample. Need I say more?
4. Waiting (2005)
If you've ever worked in the restaurant industry, you'll appreciate this movie like a bottle of Maker's Mark after a full house on a Saturday night.
3. The Exorcist (1973)
Split pea soup was never the same after little Regan MacNeil and her demons.
2. Hannibal (2001)
Hannibal Lecter's Silence of the Lambs dinner of liver, chianti, and fava beans sounds downright edible after watching this follow-up flick ten years after he first meets Clarice Starling. As an act of loyalty, Lecter drugs Starling's boss (Ray Liotta) and then proceeds to remove part of his brain, sautee it in butter and feed it to him. Wretched.
1. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)
Mr. Creosote is full. Too full to digest anything more -- even a wafer-thin mint. From the fish in the tank that hide when they see him, to the colossal amounts of vomit, this is easily the funniest, most grotesque food scene ever created.
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