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Five Best Food Fights on Film

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From the classic Laurel and Hardy custard pie fight to Eva Mendez angrily chucking veggies at Will Smith, the food fight is as much a Hollywood tradition as kissing on the beach and battling alien invaders.

Whether it's a fluffy cream pie, a slice of wedding cake, or a squeeze bottle of ketchup, there's just something delightful about watching people duke it out with dinner - and dessert, and breakfast, and lunch.

It's as American as, say, an apple pie in the face.
Here are five of the all-time best movie food fights:

See if you can dodge the pies, burgers, and fries coming your way after the jump.

The Great Race (1965)


This classic comedy about a car race from New York to Paris continues to inspire today's filmmakers

(including director J.J. Abrams)

. Its astounding food fight scene - featuring pies flying across the screen from all directions, and turning the set into a living Jackson Pollock painting - is easily the most incredible pie fight on film.

Watch how long it takes for Tony Curtis to get hit

; now that's well-choreographed!

Weapon of Choice:

Decadent cream pies in an assortment of bright colors.

Blazing Saddles (1974)


Another fan favorite pie fight comes from this classic Mel Brooks satire about a black sheriff in an all-white Western town. The scene

mixes the comic pie fight with the Western bar fight

as cowboys pelt each other (and a Hollywood studio tour group) with pies.

Weapon of Choice:

Mostly cream pies, but one cowboy rings up as covered in "Yankee bean soup, coleslaw, and

tuna surprise


National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)


The actual food fight portion of this iconic scene is really quite brief, but

John Belushi's immortal call

("FOOD FIGHT!") gives it a well-deserved favored spot in the history of movie food fights. Watch for Belushi's hilarious impression of a zit - the offending act that begins the fight.

Weapon of Choice:

Whatever's on the cafeteria menu (burgers, mashed potatoes...) and the plates it's served on.

Hook (1991)


As a grown-up Peter Pan returning to his Neverland roots, Robin Williams (and Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell)

stole our hearts and revived our imaginations

. In this inspiring scene, Williams rediscovers magic as he comes to see the banquet before him - and then participates in a grand food fight with the Lost Boys, culminating in him slicing a coconut in half in mid-air.

Weapon of Choice:

Turkey, vegetables, fruit, cheese, and a lot of colorful, gooey cream.

Whip It (2009)
(Clip provided by Video Detective)
Rundown: In an homage to Belushi, Drew Barrymore calls it like she sees it ("FOOD FIGHT!") in this scene (two parts food fight, one part catfight) from her directorial debut film about roller derby. When Juliette Lewis flicks a ketchup-covered fry at derby newbie Ellen Page, things get messy. Really messy.
Weapon of Choice: Banana cream pie, french fries and ketchup.

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