Friday Happy Hour: The Best Drunken Movies of All Time

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The Writer’s Bone crew got together to discuss what the best drinking movies and the best movies to get drunk to. This is the result. Cheers!

"Old School"

Daniel Ford: I remember seeing “Old School” in college with my buddy Steve-O and him laughing so loud I thought my ear drums were going to explode. When the movie ended, but didn’t really end because there was one more scene, Steve-O shouted to some of the departing audience, “It’s not fucking over!” One of the top movie-going experiences of my life. It’s tough to choose my favorite scene from the movie, but Mitch’s drunken wedding toast speech is pretty stellar.

Drunken Quote: “True love is hard to find, sometimes you think you have true love and then you catch the early flight home from San Diego and a couple of nude people jump out of your bathroom blindfolded like a goddamn magic show ready to double team your girlfriend...”

"Sex and the City"

Stephanie Schaefer: Although it's not necessarily a "drinking movie," the “Sex and the City” series, and the films that followed, led to a slew of 20-, 30- and 40-somethings all over the country ordering Cosmos at happy hour. Although the first movie definitely wasn't as good as the series, it was still a fun excuse for a girl's night (although since we were teenagers, my friends and I celebrated with "mock-tails"). And as far as “Sex and the City 2” goes, you had to have a drink (or two, or three) just to get through the terrible plot and ridiculous outfits.

Drunken Quote: “Why did we ever stop drinking these?"


Matt DiVenere: I think about “Swingers” being on while me and my friends were pre-gaming my junior year of high school to this day. True story: I can recite the entire video game sequence from “Swingers.”

Drunken Quote: “This place is dead anyway.”

"Die Hard With A Vengeance"

Sean Tuohy: Heavily armed terrorist versus a crushingly hungover John McClaine

Drunken Quotes: FBI: “Anybody following you at all? Any kind of surveillance, telephone, house, anything unusual at all?” John McClane: “Well, now that you mention it, I have experienced a, you know, like a burning sensation between my toes. I thought it was just some athlete's foot or something.”


Rachel Tyner: The only time I ever drank before seeing a movie was when I saw Inception which was a horrible idea.

Drunken Quote: “I'll tell you a riddle. You're waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter. How can it not matter to you where that train will take you?”

"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

Daniel: I’m bending the rules “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” is more about drugs than booze, but fuck it, it’s my website.

I read the book and watch the movie before every trip to Las Vegas. Never gets old.

Drunken Quote: “The possibility of physical and mental collapse is now very real. No sympathy for the Devil, keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride.”


Lindsey Wojcik: I'm a sucker for Ryan Reynolds and most films set in the 1980s. So why not brown-bag it while being nostalgic for an era I barely remember?

Drunken Quote: “Panty stain, that's me. Good night everybody.”


Matt: That is all (but check out Writer’s Bone’s interview with Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme of Broken Lizard).

Drunken Quote: Anything the German team says.

"Super Troopers"

Sean: I made a drinking game to this in high school where you drank every time they said "meow" and any time they said a character's name.

Drunken Quote: “Who wants a mustache ride?”


Lindsey: Seth and Evan spend the whole film on the quest for alcohol. Unaware of the plot, I went prepared.

Drunken Quotes: Officer Michaels: “How old are you McLovin?” Fogell: “Old enough.” Fogell: “Old enough for what?” Fogell: “To party.”

"Batman & Robin"

Robert Hilferty: One of the best, most ridiculous drinking games I've ever played was while watching "Batman & Robin." We all picked a character that has their own rules and half way through the movie three of us were blacked out.

Drunken Quotes: Poison Ivy: “There's just something about an anatomically correct rubber suit that puts fire in a girl's lips.” Batman: “Why is it that all the beautiful ones are homicidal maniacs? Is it me?”

"There Will Be Blood"

Hassel Velasco: I came up with a “There Will Be Blood” drinking game.

Drink every time...

  • You see fire 
  •  “Oil” is mentioned
  • You see a drill in motion
  • Creepy (read: any) violin music plays
  • Daniel says “H.W.” or “my son”
  • Daniel says “plain speech”
  • You want to punch Eli in the face
  • Daniel slaps Eli (and also every time he screams like a girl).

So hungover...

Harry Potter Series

Dave Pezza: Harry Potter drinking game:

Drink every time…

  • Every time Gryffindor is awarded or deducted house points drink the same number of times
  • When Hermione says something pretentious and douchey (be careful, that's every word she speaks in the first two movies)
  • When Dumbledor says something homoerotic
  • When anyone says "Harry Potter" in an English accent
  • Every time a new professor for Defense Against the Dark Arts is introduced
  • When Malfloy says something a Hitler youth would say
  • When someone says "He Who Must Not Be Named"

Try it with multiple Harry Potter movies and you'll be drunk off your broom by the end of “The Chamber of Secrets.”

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