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I shall serve no fries before their time: 5 flicks for National Fast Food Day

Fast Times at Ridgemont High



It’s really National Fast Food Day? Is that truly necessary? Shouldn’t it at the very lease coincide with National Cholesterol Education Month? (That’s September.) Or Heart Health Month? (That’s February.) At least the ‘80s can contribute to today’s “celebration.” Start with our blog item on the song "Fast Food" and then enjoy a side of movies featuring great fast food scenes.

Sure, many ‘80s flicks feature amazing food scenes, but few provide the proper context to the phenomenon of fast food. 


5. CADDYSHACK: Not a fast food movie per se, but when Spaulding reaches the snack food stand during a round at Bushwood Country Club, we are gifted the amazing "I want a hamburger, no a cheeseburger" rant. 

4. TAPEHEADS (1988): For years I thought Roscoe’s House of Chicken ’N Waffles was total fiction. Turns out the Los Angeles restaurant, for which John Cusack and Tim Robbins create a fake ad spot, is real. 

3. BETTER OFF DEAD (1985): Poor Lane Meyer. We’ve all had bad fast-food jobs - myself included during a stint at McDonalds in the mid-‘80s - but working at Pig Burgers has to top the list. At least Lane used his time creatively.

2. COMING TO AMERICA (1988): "Look... me and the McDonald's people got this little misunderstanding. See, they're McDonald's... I'm McDowell's. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs."

1. FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982): So many great scenes, from the exploding milkshake scene at Bronco Burger, the indecisive customers at Captain Hook Fish & Chips and of course, every single moment at All-American Burger. 

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