The biggest laugh in Carnage, Roman Polanski’s chaotic ensemble comedy, doesn’t come from one of the verbal barbs spewed between the group of ill-mannered New Yorkers. Rather it’s a gut-busting scene (quite literally) that involves, well, spew. And it’s from Kate Winslet, no less. In fact, the actress is so believable in the moment that if the Golden Globes were to vote on a vomit curve, she’d have this thing in the bag. (Bridesmaids’ Kristen Wiig’s near-puke in the bridal shop would be a close second.)
Is it the fact that you’re watching an Oscar-winner lose her lunch (in this case, a piece of fruit cobbler) all over another Oscar-winner’s prized art book that makes it so outrageous? Or simply the fact that vomiting, when played for laughs is always funny? Check out the wreckage in Carnage below. But, fair warning, unlike Ms. Winslet, it ain’t pretty.
Happy holidays, PopWatchers! Still, as impressive as that puking scene may be, there’s a rich history of stomach-turning cinema upchucks that paved the way for it. (I may have to compile a list of best TV vomit scenes, too, though I’m already predicting I’d have to reward Jon Hamm and masterful barfing on Mad Men.) There’s the undisputed all-time greats like The Exorcist, The Fly, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, The Witches of Eastwick, and of course, the end-all, be-all of movie vomits, the pie-eating contest gone horrendously, hilariously awry in Stand By Me. Relive the magic here:
Then there's the movie puke sequences that will never make you never want to go on a ride (The Sandlot, Problem Child 2, The Parole Officer) or drink (The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, Superbad, I Love You, Man) ever again. Watch Paul Rudd's projectile vomit ("That's a real thing!") moment from the latter below:
Of course, leave it to Matt Stone and Trey Parker to take the obscene, disgusting cake with their minute-long puppet upchuck in Team America: World Police.
But, which movie would you crown with having the best vomiting scene of-all time? Does the nauseating Detroit Rock City scene narrowly trump Stand By Me? Or does nothing else compare to that barf-o-rama? Does Kate Winslet's scene in Carnage officially rank among the best? Say it – but please, for the love of all that is good – don’t spray it, in the comments section below. And to quote the great Wayne Campbell, may you always remember these sage words of puking wisdom: “I say hurl. If you blow chunks and she comes back, she’s yours. But if you spew and she bolts, then it was never meant to be.”