It’s that day of every year when burger joints the world over batten down their hatches. It’s International Hamburger Day, and it’s today! Here are some of what we think are the greatest burger moments in movies. Apologies if we give you the munchies…
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Krusty the Clown is basically the only member of his profession in the entire world that we can abide. This is possibly weird, considering just how few poops he gives about our health, as he pushes menu items like ‘The Clogger’. Actually, that’s probably why we just love him so much. Hey, hey!
Clerks 2 (2006)
After a small but perfectly fiery incident at the Quick Stop, Dante and Randal land on their feet. Well, they get jobs at the local burger joint Mooby’s. Naturally Jay and Silent Bob – now clean-living born again Christians – change their hangout accordingly. But they still deal drugs, of course.
Falling Down (1993)
Everybody’s had a William Foster (Michael Douglas) moment, when petty bureaucracy and crappy service just gets too much. Comparing his Double Whammyburger (with cheese) to the advertising photo, an incredulous Foster spits, “Look at this sorry, miserable squashed thing. Can anybody tell me what’s wrong with this picture?”
American Beauty (1999)
In the midst of a raging midlife crisis, ad exec Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) takes the extortion money and runs, crushing on a teenager, taking delivery of a flash Pontiac Firebird and landing a job at fast food place Mr Smiley’s. It’s here he discovers his wife’s cheating. Not that he really cares that much.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)
That big old nasty pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) has gone and stolen the recipe for Krabby Patties! This leads an incensed (and totally buff) SpongeBob and his posse to shout “Land ho!”, getting their 3D on in our real world to shut down Burger Beard’s Beard Burgers – and Burger Beard himself.
Better Off Dead (1985)
Everybody wants some… Stuck working for a pig of a boss at Pig Burgers, patting pig, Lane Myer (John Cusack) escapes into a dream world just to get by. In this very trippy instance it involves a guitar-slinging anthropomorphised hamburger letting loose Van Halen licks while surrounded by French fry groupies.
The Founder (2016)
Pick a scene, any scene, most every one of them has a hamburger or cheeseburger! Beyond flippancy though, when milkshake machine flogger Ray Croc (Michael Keaton) discovers the slick, super-efficient automated burger delivery of the McDonald brothers’ first restaurant it’s truly a sight to behold.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
“Burger rain, Burger rain…” Get your Prince on and that’ll make sense. Anyway, when Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) finally creates a breakthrough invention – the FLDSMDFR – which makes the heavens send scrummy burgers and other comestibles, the sardine-weary Swallow Falls population rejoices. For a while…
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Alright, so the collision of two stoners – the titular Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) – and a burger joint likely didn’t take much bonce-power to come up with. But basing a whole movie around a TV ad-inspired quest for munchies ended up being a genius move. Oh, and what’s the deal with Neil Patrick Harris? Why is he so horny?
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Seriously, like we’d forget Big Kahuna Burger?! As well as Sammy L’s Pulp endorsement, Quentin Tarantino’s fave purveyors of bun/meat collisions have also appeared in Reservoir Dogs, Death Proof, Four Rooms and From Dusk Till Dawn (as well as the non-QT Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion).
…and here are the bonus chips!Silicon Valley (2014-)
Office Space and Idiocracy creator Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley is possibly the funniest show on TV right now (OK, maybe it’s a dead heat with Brooklyn Nine-Nine… then there’s Veep, umm…). Anyway, in the third episode of season one, investment guru Peter Gregory (the late Christopher Evan Welsh) goes all-in contemplating the wonders of Burger King. It’s truly brilliant stuff, and if you haven’t had the great pleasure then you can now, for here it is…
Got a favourite movie burger moment? Let us know in the comments below…