There’s no better combo than movies and pizza and, on occasion, those worlds collide on the silver screen. We present to you our five favorite pizza scenes in movie history:
“Fast Times At Ridgemont High” – Spicoli orders a pizza in class
Eating in class is a big no-no, but Spicoli was not one to play by the rules. In the middle of Mr. Hand’s history class, he orders a double cheese and sausage pie directly to his desk. Mr. Hand, unfortunately, did not take kindly to his stunt.
“Mr. Spicoli, you’re on dangerous ground here,” the teacher says. “You’re causing a major disturbance on my time.” “I’ve been thinking about this, Mr. Hand,” says Spicoli, who has clearly given this some thought. “If I’m here, and you’re here, isn’t it our time? And there’s certainly nothing wrong with a little feast on our time.”
After that, it’s heartbreak for Spicoli as Mr. Hand turns his personal pie into an impromptu pizza party by doling out slices to lucky students before biting into one himself.
Kids, it’d be easy to get a pizza delivered to class via the Slice app, but we don’t recommend it – your teacher has definitely seen “Fast Times” and won’t hesitate to pull a Mr. Hand.
Saturday Night Fever – The Walk
The opening scene of “Saturday Night Fever” is one of the most iconic in pizza cinema history. As John Travolta’s character struts down Bay Ridge’s 86th Street, he scarfs down two slices of pizza from Lenny’s, a local institution that is still going strong to this day.
The boldness of Travolta character’s stride is matched only by his pizza eating strategy. A man who spends this much time on his appearance has little time for anything else, so he stacks one slice on top of the other and chows down. He also doesn’t close his mouth while chewing, but he has enough 70s haute couture style to offset any faupaux.
“The Jerk” – Pizza in a Cup
When Marie sits down to eat with Navin R. Johnson (played by Steve Martin), she finds that he is living in squalor. On the plus side, Navin has some good eats in the form of pizza in a cup, plus some phenomenal salvaged swag.
Marie approves of pizza in a cup and it turns out that she’s far from the only fan.
“Oh, this is the best pizza in a cup ever,” Navin says. “This guy is unbelievable. He ran the old Cup ‘o Pizza guy out of business. People come from all over to eat this!”
“Home Alone” – Keep the change, ya filthy animal.
Pizza (along with parental negligence) is at the core of “Home Alone.” Early on, Kevin McCallister is sent upstairs after a pizza squabble, which is where the eight-year-old remained when everyone else left for France.
Later on, he resolves to get a pizza to enjoy all by himself, so he orders a pie from Little Nero’s. To keep his predicament on the down low, Kevin artfully hits the play and pause buttons on an old-timey gangster movie to correspond with the teenage delivery boy.
Unfortunately for the delivery boy, the prank leaves him with a lowly 2% tip and the scare of a lifetime.
“The Net” – A portal into our pizza future.
The online world was portrayed as grim in 1995’s “The Net,” but it wasn’t without its advantages. In the opening scene, Sandra Bullock’s character places an order on pizza.net which promises “The best pizza in Cyberspace!”
At the time, the notion of ordering a pizza from the comfort of your home seemed as far fetched as flying cars. Today, we’ve improved on the wildest fantasies of the mid 90s with an app that brings you pizza via your phone.
What a time to be alive.