This Could Get Messy: Top 10 Poop and Fart-Related Jokes in Film

Finding a truly universal joke can prove to be a tricky task. With all the cultural differences in the world, many types of jokes simply do not translate from country to country. People miss out on the subtleties and nuances of verbal gags, misunderstand situations that are unique to a particular area, and essentially fail to identify with the cultural norms from which jokes are constructed. So, in order to find humor that anyone can enjoy, you must look toward the most basic functions in life; things that everyone deals with. Bathroom humor falls under that limited category. Let’s face it, everyone goes to the bathroom, it’s a part of life – and it can make for some of the best laughs.


Now, I know that some people may look down at this type of humor, thinking that it’s simply crass, juvenile, or just plain gross. To those people I would say, “Get off your high horse!” I think everyone has laughed at some form of bathroom humor in their lives. If it isn’t your style, then that’s fine, but just remember, when it comes down to it, bathroom humor is one of the few things that connects us all. As a wise man once said, “Everyone poops.”

To cut to the point, one of the best places to find some good bathroom humor is in the movies. I’ve compiled my own personal top 10 list of these jokes – not an easy task as there are many films to choose from. So, here it is, in no particular order, the best of best, the cream of the crap!

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Every entry in the Austin Powers series contains its share of bathroom humor, but I think the gag that tops them all comes from the first film. When an assassin attempts to strangle Austin while seated in a men’s room stall, hilarity ensues. This joke is so well set up and paid off (“What did you eat?”) that no matter how many times I see it, it makes me laugh. Plus, I’m not sure I’ve ever been more pleased to see Tom Arnold in a film.  Now that’s saying something!

Dumb and Dumber

Turbo Lax: “one spoonful for fast, effective relief.” Harry (Jeff Daniels) gets his share of laxative and then some when his buddy Lloyd (Jim Carrey) attempts to sabotage his date. His scramble into the bathroom and the resulting effects of the Turbo Lax are a highlight of the film. As he learns that the toilet is broken, the look of horror on Jeff Daniels’ face adds the perfect closer to the scene. 

Rocket Man

Do people remember this one? Well, they should. I’ve always been a big Harland Williams fan and this film was his attempt at a starring vehicle. While the film didn’t fare so well financially, it left a lasting impression on me as a kid. Williams’ specific style of humor shines throughout the film, but there was one particular scene which I immediately thought of when compiling this list. If you’ve seen the film, then you know what I’m talking about. But for those who haven’t, I’ll give you two words: space farts. Yeah, you’re sold now, aren’t you?

Blazing Saddles

This film is perhaps the pioneer for fart jokes in cinema, so I must include it. We watch as a bunch of grizzled cowboys consume plates full of beans while sitting around a camp fire – all accompanied by a multitude of fart sound-effects that build in frequency. This scene is brilliant in its simplicity and Slim Pickens delivery of the line, “I think you’ve had enough” never fails elicit a smile. Thank you, Mel Brooks.

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Lethal Weapon 2

We all dread this situation: dying on the toilet. And that’s exactly what Sergeant Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) comes dangerously close to experiencing in this film. Someone wants our hero dead, so they plant a bomb on his toilet. The second he stands up, the bomb will go off. Fortunately, Roger’s got Riggs (Mel Gibson) to help him out. This scene plays out with both humor and intensity; not an easy combination to achieve. If nothing else, it will make you think twice the next time you go to the can.

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Children really should be supervised closely whenever they’re online.  You never can tell what will happen.  I won’t give away the context for this scene, simply because I couldn’t do it justice. Instead, I’ll just quote the signature line of dialog: “Back and forth, forever and ever.” While one of the oddest scenes I’ve ever witnessed, it’s one of the most memorable as well. ))<>((

Caddyshack

You know it, you love it, it’s the Swimming Pool Scene. This Jaws parody delivers every time as a Baby Ruth candy bar becomes mistaken for feces floating in the country club swimming pool. The mad dash out of the pool, followed by its clean-up, remains one of the highlights from this comedy classic.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Many of Kevin Smith’s films could qualify for a place on this list as he deals heavily with “low-brow” comedy, but I’ve chosen one of his most recent works as it goes a bit further than the rest. This is definitely the most visually graphic scene on this list, but funny nonetheless. I won’t describe the details, but suffice it to say that a cameraman is put in a most compromising position while filming a low-angle shot of a constipated porno actress. Things get messy…very, very, messy.

Borat

Sasha Baron Cohen would have us believe that when those from Kazakhstan excuse themselves to go to the restroom at a dinner party, they typically return with their waste wrapped up in a bag. While I doubt this is a custom in any country, it does make for one of the most awkward dinner conversations I’ve ever seen. Like most of the material in the film, the real joy in this scene generates from the reactions of the unsuspecting dinner guests – those poor, unfortunate people.  (Note: I couldn’t find the clip from the film, but here’s a similar segment from Cohen’s TV show.)

Billy Madison

In a gleefully juvenile scene, Billy and his two friends light a bag of crap on fire in front of an old man’s house and watch as he angrily stomps it out. Their laughter throughout is infectious and the fact that the old man is pants-less while stomping out the bag adds a slightly bizarre element to the situation. Truly, this is a sublime moment and a classic prank which I hope never runs out of style.

Well, those are my choices for the best poop / fart moments in film.  I’m sure there are many other moments I’ve overlooked that are equally valid for this list, but, as we like to say on the site, it is what it is.  What are your favorite moments of bathroom humor?

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  • http://www.kutt-out.co.uk Billy Boyd Cape

    Zack and Miri one, brilliant.

  • http://twitter.com/xaItchyfinger Itchy-Finger

    I’ve always been a fan of the scene in 3 Ninja’s. It’s a classic.

  • http://www.filmjunk.com/category/podcasts/cantankerous/ Reed Farrington

    Aaron, you took a puerile subject and maturely handled it.

    I completely agree that these types of jokes cross cultural barriers. I was trying to think of some foreign movies. The intro image is from the British film “Trainspotting,” I guess. I have yet to see that film, but I’ve heard of the gross toilet scene. I know Jackie Chan’s Hong Kong movies have had these types of jokes, but I can’t think of which ones had them. His earlier films tend to all blur together for me.

  • Alisha

    Brilliant im a fan also i thanks for the post.

  • pcch7

    That sign you did after the text on Me and You and Everyone We Know, is that supposed to be a pussy?

  • James

    ))((

    @pcch7 You should watch the clip included. It’s two butts pooping in to each other.

  • http://twitter.com/xaItchyfinger Itchy-Finger

    @pcch7 what sort of vagina’s have you been looking at?

  • The Het

    I like the scene in “Any Given Sunday” when the football player is taking fluids in an IV and he has to shit all of a sudden. Poor Matthew Modine has to go into the bathroom stall with him as he takes a massive shit. Hilarious!

  • http://www.labimmerinsider.com/ Jessica

    This clips are cool, I really laugh out loud. thanks for the scene :)

  • http://filmbalaya.blogspot.com Adam

    Nice list Aaron, but was a little disapointed to not see Eddie Murphy’s Nutty Professor dinner farting scene. “Hercules, hercules!”

  • http://twitter.com/xaItchyfinger Itchy-Finger

    @Adam that’s because he was pointing out funny scenes, which automatically eliminates anything Eddie Murphy post Beverly Hills Cop 3.

  • HFD

    Excellent job linking in the clips! Thanks for the laughs :D

  • http://filmbalaya.blogspot.com adam

    @Itchy-Finger I agree that Eddie Murphy hasn’t done a complete funny movie since BHC3 but he was just talking about scenes not entire movies. In that regard, I stand by my belief that the Nutty Professor dinner scene still cracks me up, more so than say Harlond in Rocket Man at least.

    But hey, everybody has their own opinion right?

  • Ford

    Really?

  • pcch7

    “@pcch7 what sort of vagina’s have you been looking at?”

    well I can see what it looks like now but with the “diamond” in the middle it kinda looked like a woman lying on her back, )) and (( looks like legs and looks like the “opening”.. ))((.. Maybe it´s only me though.

    Just to clarify, I have seen real-life vaginas.

  • pcch7

    ok the “diamond/square) signs wasn´t included in my comment for some reason but just look above the video

  • http://twitter.com/xaItchyfinger Itchy-Finger

    @pcch7 I see what you were saying, but vagina’s go the opposite way, long ways vertical. Looks like the girls you’ve been with have been around the block once or twice. You might want to get yourself checked.

  • http://thecriticalcritics.com CriticalCritics

    One of my favorites is with James Woods in Scary Movie 2. Our site did a top 10 on this last year – check it out: Top 10 Poop Scenes in a Movie.

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