The cinema uses “fast food job” as handy shorthand for “demeaning, unpleasant hellscape of greasy teenagers.” In this list, we’ll spotlight ten of the most nightmarish fast food workplaces in film.
10. Good Burger
The rival chain in 1997’s Good Burger, Mondo Burger, was an awful hive of unscrupulous villainy and secret sauce stealing.
9. Pootie Tang
When the wicked Dick Lecter takes Pootie Tang’s name to hawk his disgusting, unhealthy burgers, it’s a crime against humanity.
8. Better Off Dead
This surreal teen comedy makes John Cusack work at Pig Burger, a workplace so bizarre it inspired a Claymation hallucination.
7. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Sorry, Burger Shack. You’re no White Castle. Even the employees admit it.
6. Office Space
Fictional TGI Friday’s-esque eatery Chotchkies might be a little more upscale than the other eateries on this list, but any place that forces the flair needs to be closed down.
5. Clerks II
When Randall and the gang have to get a job at Mooby’s, we learn that minimum wage is even worse in your 30s.
The owner and namesake of Big Edna’s Burger World is the kind of boss who will throw you across the parking lot for burning a basket of fries.
3. Sex Drive
The mall kiosk is the saddest form of fast food, especially when you have to wear a giant donut outfit and get tormented by mall punks.
How to make a fast food job worse? Build the restaurant over an ancient Indian burial ground, as in this schlocky horror comedy.
1. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Any fast food job where you have to wear a costume is automatically awful, and when Brad Hamilton is made to deliver fish & chips in pirate gear, it breaks his poor teenage spirit.