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Thursday
Jan232014

Happy National Pie Day! What's Your Favorite Pie Scene in a Movie?

my first pie I baked solo! Today is National Pie Day and if you don't celebrate it by watching Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet make pies as a substitute/preamble to carnal rutting in Labor Day (reviewed), you should eat one. To the left you'll see me as the proud chef of my first pie a month back. It was pumpkin (duh!), messy, and a little burnt but I devoured it anyway. Despite the deliciousness I had planned for this Very Important Day, film festivalling has thrown off my other blogging instincts (I'll be back to normal Monday). So no big pie-celebrating top ten list or visual extravaganza for this very special day.

When I think of pies in the movie I often think of The Help or Waitress but in neither of those cases would I want a slice, you know? The other most easy-to-retrieve pie memory is the now extinct slapstick gag of cream pies in people's faces. 

Help me find better cinematic attachments to pies by citing your favorites in the comments. 

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The huge pie fight in The Great Race in a pie factory no less! Goofy but Natalie Wood at her most beautiful and most antic, yes please.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

Jason Biggs

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatryk

Not movies but pies will always make me think of Lee Pace. Piemaker forever.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJA

I'm with JA - The Piemaker forever. And Lee Pace for everything.

For me, almost everything that comes to mind almost relating to pie is tv, not film - Pushing Daisies, Twin Peaks, the old SNL diner skit with Jan Hooks and Alec Baldwin ("pie is never free"). That said, it is fun to see Kenneth Mars take a pie in the face in What's Up, Doc?

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterScottC

Too late. Was going to mention Lee Pace. He can bake my pie any day. Wait, what?

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Meryl giving it to Jack in Heartburn.

Pies are big in my family. Grandma always baked us kids our favorite pie--not cake--for our bdays.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Yeah, Lee Pace!

I also like that moment in Never Been Kissed where Drew Barrymore gets high and eats her whole pie.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

I'm also guessing The Help's is no one's favorite pie moment. ;)

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

Is it too cliche to say the infamous scene from American Pie. I find the physical comedy of it and the after conversation to be hysterical.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQueermyntcritic

"But I don't want to be a pie!"

And then there were the meat pies in Titus.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Dude -- Lardass from Stand by Me.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Well there's no actual pie in the scene, but my first cinematic pie thought was When Harry Met Sally :) Pecan Pie!

Sally Albright: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.

Harry Burns: But I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTravis

Mildred Pierce made yummy pies. And then got her own restaurant.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Travis -- awww you just made my heart swell three sizes. I could totally hear "pecan pie" line readings in my head.

January 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

It's such a shame that the Sweeney Todd movie adaptation flopped! Mrs. Lovett's human meat pies are probably my favorite slice of pop culture pie, and I reckon now it'll remain forever an exclusive treat for theater goers!

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen Sandiego

Heartburn! Priceless.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

As others mentioned above - Always The Piemaker, Always Lee Pace.

January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIvonne

I also immediately thought of Natalie Wood (and Jack & Tony) in The Great Race. If you grew up in the 60s, it was one of those "more is more" kind of movie moments.

January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Alamitos Beach

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