13 Great Movies About Getting Absolutely Sloshed
With the Amy Poehler-directed comedy "Wine Country" hitting Netflix Friday, we thought it would be an excellent time to toast some of our favorite movies about people who like to indulge just a little too much.
"Iron Man 2" (2010)
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) isn't usually known for his moderation in anything, so when he throws an epic bash at his Malibu pad, we learn a few things. 1) He can pee in the suit. (Yay?) 2) The best food to combat hangovers if you're a superhero is clearly donuts.
Is there a movie where Thor (Chris Hemsworth) isn't pounding beers? He can usually handle his own, but, alas, mere mortal Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) doesn't have quite the same heroic metabolism. Of course, Thor really (ahem) ups his drinking game in "Avenger: Endgame."
Speaking of millionaires who like to bend the elbow, Tony Stark has nothing on Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore). Perpetually drunk, he's got to rely on his long-suffering butler (John Gielgud) for everything. Including not drowning in the tub.
"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" (2018)
A struggling, misanthropic writer (Melissa McCarthy) and her down-on-his-luck friend (Richard E. Grant) become drinking buddies and partners in crime in this based-on-a-true-story drama. They both (deservedly) scored Oscar nominations.
"Withnail and I" (1987)
In this brilliantly funny British cult film, Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and "I" (Paul McGann) are out-of-work actors in '60s London. When they go on holiday in the country "by mistake," the local tearoom will never be the same. They barge in, already drunk, and demand "the finest wines known to humanity." Grant's Can You Ever Forgive Me?" character was a joyous update on the gloriously shameless Withnail, who's such a lush he'll drink anything -- even lighter fluid!
"My Favorite Year" (1982)
Who else but legendary real-life drinker Peter O'Toole could play swashbuckling matinee idol Alan Swann, whose career (and liver) have seen better days? A comedian (Mark Linn-Baker) has got to keep him somewhat sober to appear on his show. Shenanigans naturally ensue, including horse-napping, chandelier swinging, and the crowd going wild.
"Get Him to the Greek" (2010)
Essentially the same premise as "My Favorite Year," but with an out-of-control rock star, a big concert, and a variety of illegal drugs. In one of the funniest scenes, record label talent scout Aaron (Jonah Hill) makes sure Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) isn't smashed during a live "Today" interview by chugging all his whiskey and bogarting his blunt. Aldous is fine, but a seeing-double Aaron doesn't make the best impression on Meredith Vieira.
The best Oscar-nominated comedy/drama about an author (Paul Giamatti) and an actor (Thomas Haden Church) whose wild weekend in Napa includes fleeing from ostriches and Giamatti chugging the entire slush bucket at a winery. But, thankfully, absolutely no Merlot.
"The Hangover" (2009)
When you wake up to a chicken, a tiger and a baby in your hotel room, you know you've really painted the town. In this comedy that launched two sequels, four friends' Vegas bachelor party is all kinds of out of control. To be fair, it wasn't just the booze. Thanks, Alan (Zach Galifianakis) for slipping roofies in everyone's drink, thus ensuring no one remembers what the hell happened the night before.
Mickey Rourke stars as Henry Chinaski, a character who closely resembles noted writer (and drinker) Charles Bukowski, who created him. Henry and fellow alcoholic Wanda (Faye Dunaway) start a tortured romance, which is as comic as it is doomed. Rourke's "My friennnnnzz" toast scene is legendary.
The only way to avoid getting eaten by voracious sea creatures (whose tentacles can reach you even on land)? Staying perpetually drunk! This "Tremors"-esque Irish horror comedy is a hoot.
After a bad breakup, unemployed party girl Gloria (Anne Hathaway) leaves New York City to return to the town where she grew up. And promptly gets a job at an old friend's bar (unwise) and continues drinking until she blacks out. When she's out cold, a Godzilla-esque monster terrorizes the city of Seoul. It couldn't be related... could it? And certainly wouldn't be a metaphor for the beast inside of us when we drink.
"Animal House" (1978)
We don't advise chugging an entire bottle of Jack Daniels in one go, but where would this -- and all college comedies from "Old School" to "Neighbors" -- be if Bluto (John Belushi) and his beer-loving buddies hadn't pounded the booze quite so hard?