You know how as a kid mom always told you not to play with your food? Well that doesn’t apply to the world of movies. Over the years, there have been countless examples of characters suddenly getting the urge to pick up a plate of food and start throwing it. So we figured we’d take a look back at some of our favorite times things got a little messy.
This is the gold standard for food fights. Everything about it, starting with John Belushi’s impression of a zit that leads to him proclaiming “Food fight!” has managed to stick in the pop culture lexicon. When you think about food fights in general, this is most likely the sequence you think of most.
Another 70’s comedy also takes the cake (or pie in this case). At the end of the film, all hell breaks loose as the fourth wall is broken, leading to those on screen engaging in an over-the-top custard pie fight on the Warner Brothers lot. The entire ending sequence of the film is classic by itself, but the food fight just makes it all the more exciting.
Steven Spielberg’s 1991 epic adaptation of Peter Pan has become something of a cult classic over the years. One of the scenes in the film Hook just happens to involve a now grown up Peter Pan (played by Robin Williams) throwing food around with all the other lost boys.
Yes, we know that this is technically a “short film” and not a feature length movie. However, as it was originally produced for movie theaters and made its way to the big screen, we’re going to count it. It also stands out because – aside from a snoring cameo a few years later – this is sadly the final appearance of Curly with the Three Stooges.
The Great Race
In 1965, Blake Edwards came out with his slapstick film The Great Race. This film actually holds the record for the most pies thrown on screen, clocking in at 4,000. The epic scene lasts over four minutes and cost a then-astonishing $200,000 to film. And hell, $18,000 of that went to just the pies alone!
This is the very first example of a pie fight. In the 1909 Essany silent film, Mr. Flip, Ben Turpin plays a man that goes around harassing people. At the end of the film, as he’s seen sexually harassing a waitress a counter, she decides to get her revenge by throwing a pie in his face as well as various other food objects.
In movies, the villain always gets what’s coming to them. And 1996’s Matilda is no exception. The film finds the evil Ms. Trunchbull finally get hers when, after her evil is finally exposed, the kids take a stand and get revenge by pelting her with their lunches. Revenge never tasted so sweet!
Why should adults have to have all the fun playing with their food? In Bugsy Malone, the 1970’s gangster film that features a cast made up entirely of kids playing adult parts, there are “splurge guns”, which contains cream instead of bullets. That was done to maintain its family rating, and not only did it work, but it also captures our imagination as well!