Pizza at the Movies
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I recently wrote an essay in University about Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. The film takes place in and around a pizzeria in a Brooklyn neighbourhood. Whether it was fate or merely a coincidence, I was watching a movie with a pizzeria for school and helping to develop our new line of pizzas at work! I got to thinking about what other films have a certain pizza-centric focus. Let’s take a look at some of the hits!
Saturday Night Fever
We’ll start out our list with one of the most iconic opening scenes of all time. The movie kicks off with John Travolta strutting down a Brooklyn street munching on some pizza. I don’t know what’s more memorable, his iconic strut in time with the Bee Gee’s Stayin Alive, or the fact that he was holding and eating a double decker of New York slices.
Another flick that opens with the main character wielding some pizza. Spider-Man swings through the New York skyline to deliver a stack of pizzas to an office. When he arrives, crashing out of the storage closet and dressed as Peter Parker, the receptionist points out that he missed the delivery window, and that the pizzas should be free. I think I would’ve been more concerned with the smushed boxes of pizza, or the fact that a delivery guy somehow popped out of a closet, not the elevator to deliver them!
Do the Right Thing
As I stated in the introduction, Spike Lee’s 1989 film focuses on a Brooklyn community and their interactions with their local pizza joint, Sal’s Pizzeria. The pizzeria was even more than just a set piece though, as it was a functioning restaurant that provided meals for the cast and crew during production. It was an understandable bittersweet moment when they filmed the movie’s climax, the burning down of the pizzeria.
Not the most flattering use of pizza in a movie, but the 1987 Star Wars satire has maybe the most unique use of the Italian classic. Instead of Jabba the Hutt threatening the space cowboy, it’s Pizza the Hut. It’s definitely gross to watch, but entertaining nonetheless.
Speaking of Pizza Hut, it makes a brief, but likely expensive appearance in Wayne’s World in a very ironic and hilarious scene. The titular character stands up to his corporate sponsor, declaring he will not sell out and “bow to any corporate sponsor”. All the while, he’s doing some pretty obvious real life product placement for Pizza Hut, as well as some other brands. Pizza is only a small part of the joke, but it’s too funny not to include in this list!
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
A classic comedy from the 80’s, Fast Times has provided us with some of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history. Among them is a scene in which Sean Penn’s Spicoli orders a pizza in the middle of a lecture. I can neither confirm nor deny doing the same thing during my time in high school.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
There have been many iterations of the shelled superheroes, be it comics, cartoons or movies. But in every version, the four brothers have a love for pizza. I can’t agree with all the combinations of toppings they’ve used, but I can agree with their obsession with pizza.
I’ll admit that I’ve never seen the film, and don’t know a whole lot about it other than that Matt Damon makes his film debut in it. I do also know (because the internet) that it was based on a real pizza place and that a bunch of locals were extras during filming. They even helped build sets. Talk about teamwork!
One of the greatest TV shows of all time has the best showcase of food wastage (something that is a problem, but in a fake TV show, I’ll allow it for entertainment purposes). In a fit of rage, Walter White flings an extra large pizza in the air. The pizza itself leaves the box and lands perfectly on the roof of his garage. What makes this scene even more amazing is the fact that Bryan Cranston nailed the throw on the first take, removing any need for multiple takes and multiple thrown pizzas. The scene was so iconic that fans would go to the house and attempt to do the same thing, much to the dismay of the owners.
Home Alone is my favourite Christmas movie. After losing track of how many times I’ve seen it, I still find myself laughing each time I do. Kevin Mcallister’s anger with his family begins with their dinner the night before their holiday trip. After he doesn’t get a slice of cheese pizza, Kevin lashes out and sets a hilarious chain of events off that includes his cousin getting pinned to the wall by a chair. Later, though, Kevin gets his cheese pizza using a scene from the fictitious Angels With Filthy Souls. I’ve been a delivery driver, and thankfully I’ve never had as stressful a delivery as that!