New Year's Eve fun: Share your favorite film and TV drunk scenes

The ball is set to drop in just a matter of hours, PopWatchers! So I can only imagine that more than a few of you are preparing to channel your inner Frank the Tanks this holiday. (Now I believe it is my duty to warn you that streaking will probably be looked down upon by your respective towns, as well as your respective sober selves when you see the inevitable embarrassing pics.)

And as I begin to line up my own champagne and wine bottles to celebrate the new year, I’m reminded of those in film and on TV who willingly put themselves in humiliating, decidedly non-sober situations purely to make us laugh. Like, for example, Frank the Tank in Old School. But as funny as it was to watch Will Ferrell prance around in the nude after more than a few keg stands, I’d argue that the funniest drunk scene in a movie or TV predates dear ol’ Frank by more than 50 years. I’m talking about, of course, Lucille Ball’s iconic Vitameatavegamin scene from a 1952 episode of I Love Lucy.

Honorable mentions, however, go to Charlie Korsmo in Can’t Hardly Wait, Leslie Mann in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Ari Graynor in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Robert Hays in Airplane, who, I admit, was never really drunk, but had a really unfortunate drinking problem. But that’s just my opinion, PopWatchers. What are your favorite drunk scenes in TV and movies?

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  • Mikey

    Peter O’Toole in My Favorite Year

  • Ceballos

    An underrated drunk scene: Dan White showing up drunk to Harvey Milk’s birthday party in “Milk.” I don’t know why, but the way Josh Brolin played that scene was some of the most realistic drunkenness I’ve ever seen.

    Other than that, I don’t so much have favorite drunk scenes as I do drunk characters:
    Movie: Dudley Moore in “Arthur”
    TV: Christine Baranski in “Cybill”

    Also, HAPPY NEW YEAR POPWATCH WRITERS AND FELLOW POPWATCHERS!

    • Stephanie Tanner

      Mrs. Slocombe from “Are You Being Served?” always gave hilarious drunk scenes.

      • Dede

        Are you being served was the best!

  • Linda L

    Vitameatavegamin esisode is one of my favorites.
    The only drunk scene that comes to my mind right now is Dong from Sixteen Candles. Love that movie.

  • Ryan

    I saw this when I was a kid and never realized she was drunk…haha amazing.

  • Becky

    my favorite is from “beer fest”, just the whole movie

  • Dan M

    Probably the most memorable drunk scene for me would be Cary Grant in North by Northwest.

  • val

    Buster Bluth, when he discovers a massive “juice box” aka Lucille’s emergency wine stash. It was the first taste of alcohol Buster had since he was nursing.

    • treee

      him dancing to chicago then doing the star wars moves- hilarious!

  • Jill

    Steve Buscemi in The Wedding Singer.

    • Dave

      That’s a good one!

  • Gina

    How about just the opposite for my favorite alcoholic? Patsy eating something on Absolutely Fabulous’ New Year’s episode. And I also love Bubble trying to figure out exactly what New Year’s is…

  • Nate

    Pam Beasley from The Office. “When the ice melts, its like second drink!”

    • Thomas

      Yes!!

      “I’d like to thank God, because God gave me this Dundie. And I feel God in this Chili’s.”

  • Anna

    “I can’t feel my legs! I have no legs!” –I LOVE Can’t Hardly Wait! And that I the best scene of the movie!

  • craig

    the best drunk of all-time is probably oscar nominated Dudley Moore in ‘Arthur”…but I also loved Kim Basinger in “Blind Date”

    • jrm

      Moore was my first thought at seeing the title of this. Still the very best drunk ever imho.
      I had forgotten about Blind Date, good call!

  • Marie

    Jimmy Stewart in The Philadelphia Story. I don’t know how Cary Grant held it together!

    • wayhip

      Agreed! And, if you watch closely (and has been verified by the participants) much of what Stewart did was improvised and you can see Grant almost cracks up in a couple spots.

      Another great one is Thomas Mitchell in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (again in a scene involving Jimmy Stewart). Mitchell walks off camera and trips over lighting equipment (not planned) and Stewart nearly loses it. Mitchell played through well, yelling “I’m alright!”

  • Taylor

    The Boondock Saints when they kill the cat. Hilarious!

  • iggy

    Mildred Natwick in Barefoot in the Park (1967). Her scene with Robert Redford after their catastrophic dinner with Corrie and Velasco is absolutely priceless.

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