Breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day. I often order it for lunch, and I’ve also been known to order up to three breakfast entrees at my favorite greasy spoon to sate both my savory and sweet breakfast cravings. Now, mind you, I don’t eat it everyday – though I know I should, and that it’s the most important meal of the day, blah blah, but the thing is that anytime I actually do crack a couple of eggs in the morning, I inevitably find myself starving about 2 hours later. Makes for a rough wait to lunch, so instead I opt for just a cup of coffee in the morning which tends to hold me pretty well until lunch time.
Anyway, this morning, my husband (who is a school teacher and has yet another day off this month, thanks to the large Jewish population in NYC) offered to make me breakfast. While I could practically smell the bacon frying up in the pan (or in our case, on our handy George Foreman grill on the balcony – which prevents the smell of bacon from taking over the apartment for a week!) I turned down his offer so as to avoid the aforementioned starvation. But it did get me thinking about how much I do love breakfast, which of course opened the file cabinets in my mind where I store memorable movie scenes. I thumbed through to the “Breakfast” folder and here’s what I found:
Pulp Fiction: The brilliant Tarantino classic features what is for me one of the most memorable diner/breakfast scenes of all time. Out of no where, these two odd patrons decide to jump up out of their seats and rob the place. Who can forget the shrill and piercing sound of Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) yelling “If any of you f*$@ing pricks move and I’ll execute every mother f&$%ing last one of ya!”? I mean, come on, you can’t think of the movie without remembering that scene (among countless other incredibly memorable moments) and the diner booth has never been the same for me ever since.
Then there is Knocked Up. Obviously Judd Apatow’s children got the funny gene, because the scene at the breakfast table where they ask all the questions about why Ben (Seth Rogen) and Alison (Katherine Heigl) are over for breakfast, and why they are having a baby, and where babies come from, is adorably funny and awkward – and as with all scenes featuring his two children with wife Leslie Mann is among my favorites in his films.
Lastly there’s Uncle Buck. Who can forget the impossibly ginormous pancakes and the even bigger spatula used by the hilarious John Candy to prepare breakfast for his niece and nephew? And the look on the kids’ faces when they run down the stairs and head into the kitchen to find the biggest stack of pancakes anyone has ever seen? Priceless. Say what you will, but that is one fun loving and well intended uncle that any kid would be lucky to have.
So there you have it. Obviously I could go on, but now that I’ve managed to work up a healthy appetite (and yes, I will probably be ordering breakfast for lunch!) I should probably turn it over to you – tell us which of these films featuring memorable breakfast scenes is your favorite?