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Old 06-11-2009, 10:00 PM
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What's with all this puking? (in movies)

Since I've bought a Roku to supplement my Netflix account I've been watching more movies than ever. At least 6 to 8 a week. And I've noticed that in about 70% of them there is a scene where someone throws up. I enjoy comedies, thrillers, suspense, cops and robbers, some independent and foreign films. And this puking business transends all genres. So what the hell is going on? Is this some kind of inside joke by directors or screen writers? I just don't get it.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:12 PM
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Coincidence? I can't think of many puking movies. What have you been renting?
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:19 PM
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Coincidence? I can't think of many puking movies. What have you been renting?
The OP is far from the only person to have noticed this trend. I've even seen it commented on by film critics. It really does seem to be inescapable in recent years. And I could really, really, really do without it.
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:24 PM
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Might be that they figure with all the reality shows having people eat stuff that makes them throw up, that society has become accepting of seeing it onscreen and hence it doesn't need to be avoided. And, then since it's new and exciting, it gets put into everything.

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Old 06-11-2009, 11:40 PM
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Doubt I'd be spoiling anything if I suggest that you should probably just skip Drag Me to Hell. No, no, don't thank me.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:25 AM
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Don't watch Team America: World Police.



Although it is a funny movie to those of us less puke-sensitive.
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:00 AM
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I've noticed the same trend. I hate it and I blame 90's era Saturday Night Live for it. They used do the puking gag every week in at least one sketch. The puke thing has now slowly invaded our movies to a point where it seems normal to have actual visual of the puke. Nasty.

I can't even listen to it happening on the movie without gagging. It's a horrible horrible thing that really must stop.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:49 AM
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I had a friend with a puking phobia - she couldn't stand it. She could tell 3 minutes before some character was going to puke in a movie and she'd hightail it to the lobby. And somebody always did.

In more dramatic movies, I think they have characters do it because it can be such an intense conveyor of emotion without using exposition or words at all.
Find out your significant other is cheating :: puke::
Find out someone's dead :: puke::
Getting married :: puke::
...and so on.

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Old 06-12-2009, 03:00 AM
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I've heard it said that the stomach has more nerve endings than the brain. I certainly have found that stomach pain is a much more visceral kind of pain than anywhere else in the body, and that it carries with it far more of a mental effect than any other kinds of pain. Discomfort in the stomach can actually cause feelings of panic and dread, and the obverse is also true. And there is a feeling of loss of control and disconcertingly detached reflexes involved in the act of throwing up. Therefore it makes much sense that vomiting would be used for emotional effect in film and television. However, I certainly don't find it pleasant to watch, and I would be happy to do without it.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:07 AM
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It's true. And I will add that it is damn near impossible to actually puke.

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/...d.php?t=506423

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Old 06-12-2009, 05:44 AM
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Hollywood: I have no desire to see people puke. It is not funny, nor interesting. Likewise, I know people must use the toilet - but I have no interest in seeing anyone doing so.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:46 AM
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I have wanted to start this very same thread a number of times but since I've commented on this subject during a few different discussions I figured I didn't want to harp on it. But you know, I actually do want to harp on it because it's really starting to get on my nerves. Besides being gross it's also unrealistic, Argent Towers excellent observation notwithstanding. Do people regularly vomit as a response to stress/surprise/ grief? I know that's never been a reaction that I've had and I've lived through a few harrowing things, as I'm sure all of you have. Nor have I ever witnessed anyone react that way. I don't know what started this revolting trend but I hope it fades away.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:13 AM
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I have been so upset that I've thrown up, on a few occasions, and I'm not exceptionally pukie, as a rule. I never threw up when pregnant, for example.

What are some puke-movie examples? I can only think of Saving Private Ryan, off the top of my head and I'm not even sure that was fear-inspired puke, or seasickness.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:47 AM
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What are some puke-movie examples?
Ha!

I've just ploughed through your 18 month old thread discussing No Country For Old Men, having seen it last night for the first time, and there's a puke scene in that very film.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:54 AM
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Ha! I don't even remember.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:54 AM
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Ha!

I've just ploughed through your 18 month old thread discussing No Country For Old Men, having seen it last night for the first time, and there's a puke scene in that very film.
Uhhuh and as I recall, no particular reason for it either.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:55 AM
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I have been so upset that I've thrown up, on a few occasions, and I'm not exceptionally pukie, as a rule. I never threw up when pregnant, for example.

What are some puke-movie examples? I can only think of Saving Private Ryan, off the top of my head and I'm not even sure that was fear-inspired puke, or seasickness.
Well, there is that memorable scene in "Monty Python's Meaning of Life", for one.

I also recall Emilio Estevez puking off of an overpass in "Repo Man".

I remember hearing an interview with Jon Waters several years ago where he discussed the puke scene and what an easy effect it was to film -- open a can of creamed corn, have the actor get a mouthful, roll the cameras, and have them spit it out. (That's probably not how Monty Python did it!)
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:09 AM
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What are some puke-movie examples? I can only think of Saving Private Ryan, off the top of my head and I'm not even sure that was fear-inspired puke, or seasickness.
Some of the better known ones (movies, not vomit scenes) are The Reader, The Wrestler, Brokeback Mountain, Requiem for A Dream, Atonement, Audition and, of course, The Exorcist. I could go on, but I have to leave for lunch now
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:26 AM
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South Park has relied on it, big-time, and not only for Stan's romantic butterflies, but other situations, as when everyone started eating with the wrong end of their GI tracts, and when Cartman got his revenge against Scott Tennerman.

I'm kind of surprised there isn't even more puking in movies compared to what we have now. When you think about babies just being babies, motion sickness situations, alcoholism, drug use, chemo, extreme fear, stress, or disgust (like when a character discovers a gruesomely dead body), vampires experimenting with food (Let the Right One In), and zombies or people becoming zombies (by whatever definition, as in 28 Days Later), then there could be a lot more of it.

Another weird category: mummies supernaturally vomiting bugs or sand or whatever (the Mummy franchise).
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:28 AM
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:54 PM
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As an emetophobe, I could very well do without this trend. It's never necessary. Not once ever have I felt that it added to a movie or TV show. This excuse that it's shorthand for strong emotion is bullshit; not only have I never known that to happen to anyone in real life, it's also lazy and reveals the writer/director/actor as unskilled and unimaginative. I get a little hot under the collar about this, because it upsets me for a long time after I see it. Fortunately my partner is very good about spotting when it might be about to happen even when I haven't (though that's rare), and makes sure I have the remote/have left the room. There's just no need for it. I would also, and especially, like to point out to whoever is in charge that vomiting is not funny. If I'm watching a comedy, I don't want to see that. Also don't put it in the fucking TV trailer for your movie. I don't want to see it all unexpectedly in the middle of an innocent ad break.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:04 PM
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I can take most anything, but this is where I draw the line. The first instance of this I remember was one of the Amityville Horror sequels. Then there was The Pest, that was inspired by The Most Dangerous Game which had the two characters puking in each others faces several times for "comedic" effect. Now, I do watch a lot of junk, but those movies I would celebrate if every copy were lost and/or destroyed.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:08 PM
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What are some puke-movie examples?.
I think the main character in Death Wish goes home and pukes in the toilet after killing his first mugger.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:24 PM
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I also hate this. It's gross and unnecessary and icky. I always close my eyes; I just can't take it. (I could not call myself an emetophobe, but I'm certainly not far from it.)

It's used for comedy in some TV shows, and Mythbusters in particular likes to show Adam tossing his cookies. I hate that. Mythbusters, quit showing that! It's gross!
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:34 PM
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A search on IMDB of films since 1990 (excluding TV movies or series, or direct to video films) which have received at least 500 votes (so fairly mainstream, non-obscure) English-language movies with Keyword "vomit" yields 426 entries.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:37 PM
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In addition to movies, what about TV shows? I mean, I love House. It's my favorite show. It's pretty much the only thing I watch anymore. But sheesh, guys, does somebody have to vomit something disgusting every week? If it's not regular puke, it's blood (which is even worse), and it's almost always very sudden. I'm pretty good at anticipating puke scenes, but sometimes this show catches me by surprise.

I know it's a medical show. But still.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:58 PM
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I've been doing a mental playback, and I still don't remember a puking scene in No Country For Old Men. And I just saw it recently, too.
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Old 06-13-2009, 02:41 AM
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I've been doing a mental playback, and I still don't remember a puking scene in No Country For Old Men. And I just saw it recently, too.
It occurs shortly after Moss discovers the transponder secreted in the money bag.

Chigurh blows the lock of the hotel room door whereupon Moss throws the bag out of the window and dives out after it. During the ensuing street firefight, Moss looks down at his injuries and vomits graphically.
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:03 AM
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As an emetophobe, I could very well do without this trend. It's never necessary. Not once ever have I felt that it added to a movie or TV show. This excuse that it's shorthand for strong emotion is bullshit; not only have I never known that to happen to anyone in real life, it's also lazy and reveals the writer/director/actor as unskilled and unimaginative. I get a little hot under the collar about this, because it upsets me for a long time after I see it. Fortunately my partner is very good about spotting when it might be about to happen even when I haven't (though that's rare), and makes sure I have the remote/have left the room. There's just no need for it. I would also, and especially, like to point out to whoever is in charge that vomiting is not funny. If I'm watching a comedy, I don't want to see that. Also don't put it in the fucking TV trailer for your movie. I don't want to see it all unexpectedly in the middle of an innocent ad break.
Hey now, sometimes it's funny. Generic puking isn't too entertaining, but scenes where it's grossly overdone to the point of ridiculousness can occasionally be redeeming, such as in the Team America scene... Of course instead of being so upset by it, you could also try getting over your phobia as I used to be a bit of an emetophobe myself (but it never bothered me to see other people vomitting). Perhaps you need to see more movies with puking?
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:16 AM
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If you don't watch the puking, you'll never become desensitized to it!
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:20 AM
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Hm, weird. I SAW No Country and I don't even remember that scene.

I haven't noticed the trend either. Other than Trey Parker/Matt Stone movies, what are the other movies that have done this?
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:24 AM
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My brother is a huge film buff (he's a curator at AMPAS). He used to keep a list of every movie he saw that had puking. It ran over four pages.
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:25 AM
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I don't remember it either, FS. I'm guessing we're not as troubled by this puke-spike as the rest of these wusses.
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:31 AM
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Hmm, other than scenes where it's overdone for comic effect (Team America, Monty Python, Stand By Me, etc.) I really can't even remember any puking scenes in other films.
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:36 AM
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I don't remember it either, FS. I'm guessing we're not as troubled by this puke-spike as the rest of these wusses.
It was you who brought it up.
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:46 AM
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I guess I've noticed a bit more of this in recent movies, but I can't say that it seems like it's an epidemic or anything. Other than the comedic use in Team America and The Meaning of Life, it's been appropriate in context, all in all.

Probably the most memorable such scene for me recently was Adriana La Cerva barfing all over an FBI conference room table when she realized she'd have to rat out Tony and his gang, at great risk to herself, in The Sopranos.

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Old 06-13-2009, 06:11 PM
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HBO dramas are heavy on the puking. I'm currently watching True Blood and several episodes recently had graphic puking, regular and bloody vampire-style. I love HBO shows, but it seems they don't think their viewer is getting their money's worth unless they cram in as much sex, violence, and puke as possible.
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Old 06-13-2009, 06:11 PM
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Vampires puke? I didn't know they...had bodily functions.
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:05 AM
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It occurs shortly after Moss discovers the transponder secreted in the money bag.

Chigurh blows the lock of the hotel room door whereupon Moss throws the bag out of the window and dives out after it. During the ensuing street firefight, Moss looks down at his injuries and vomits graphically.
I thought it was after Moss has crossed the border back into the US and has drunk some of the beer he got from the teens whose jacket he bought. I do remember a shot of his gaping wound though so you're probably right.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:36 AM
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I've heard it said that the stomach has more nerve endings than the brain.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:08 PM
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I thought it was after Moss has crossed the border back into the US and has drunk some of the beer he got from the teens whose jacket he bought. I do remember a shot of his gaping wound though so you're probably right.
You've got me wondering about this now.

To be honest, I was practically mesmerised by the film so it's not impossible I lost concentration at some point, just thinking about the direction or the cinematography, or something. Anyway, I fully intend to watch it again soon. In the meantime, confirmation one way or the other would be welcome.
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Old 06-15-2009, 04:54 PM
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Vampires puke? I didn't know they...had bodily functions.
You could say they puke up any food that passes their lips precisely because they lack those functions, like digestion. They cannot handle food, so their bodies violently reject all traces of it.

I can recommend Christopher Moore's comic novel, You Suck: A Love Story, in which a young man is turned against his will by his vamp girlfriend (and anarchic events ensue). He kinda grooves on the lifestyle, but sorely misses food and drink. (An early rebellious food binge ends disastrously, with projectile vomiting all over the place.) The couple experiments with blood adulteration, adding, for ex., coffee in tiny amounts to their blood pints so as to get accustomed to it. To a small degree, they're able to cheat on the age-old vampire dietary restrictions.
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Old 06-15-2009, 05:30 PM
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As winterhawk11 points out, yakking is a constant on House, but it's a convenient time-telling tool. Seems to always happen at about the 20-minute mark, in between the first set of seizures and the full-on cardiac arrest.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:38 PM
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Might be that they figure with all the reality shows having people eat stuff that makes them throw up...
MPSIMS: I've puked on reality TV.

(Well it certainly looked like me that the rescue helicopter had come for after the jet-ski accident and the fractured skull. Still have no memory of the event and only know what the aftermath looked like because there was a camera crew filming the 'copter's activities).

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Old 06-15-2009, 09:52 PM
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Don't watch Team America: World Police.



Although it is a funny movie to those of us less puke-sensitive.
I'm borderline between puke-sensitive and puke-aware, and that scene in Team America is one of the funniest send-ups (throw-ups?!??) of movie puking scenes ever.

The first movie puking scene I remember was in Barry Lyndon. I can remember how horrified and fascinated I was that they actually showed...stuff...coming out of a character's mouth, complete with retching sounds, etc.

I have no idea if this is an original comment, but I was in a conversation once with someone that went like this:

"Why does it bother you to see a woman breastfeeding? It's perfectly natural!"

"So's puking, but I don't want to see that either."

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Old 06-19-2009, 11:56 AM
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2 comedies come to mind:

Pineapple Express
Get Smart

Very unnecessary...
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:09 PM
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All puking scenes I've seen are gross, but I think the worst has to be the astronaut puking in zero G in Apollo 13. The other two astronauts seemed puzzlingly unconcerned; I'd be retching and hiding my head in a towel or something.
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