Having a drink or two won’t do you no harm, they say, but if you indulge to the extent of these movie protagonists you’ll end up a lot worse for wear. Let’s take a hazy tour through the biggest cinematic drinking binges.
8. The World’s End
Simon Pegg’s apocalypse flick features a group of blokes who have to down a pint in each of a dozen pubs in a single night.
John Cassavetes’ 1970 flick follows a trio of friends on a two-day binge in New York as they mourn the passing of a friend.
This whole flick is one big drinking binge, as a pair of brothers head to Germany to compete in a boozing competition.
5. Leaving Las Vegas
Nicolas Cage is terrifyingly believable as a screenwriter who travels to Sin City in order to drink himself to death.
4. Animal House
This collegiate classic is beer-soaked from beginning to end, but the toga party is a classic binge.
3. Withnail & I
If you haven’t seen this British cult favorite, track it down – it features Richard E. Grant as one of cinema’s most charming alcoholics.
2. The Hangover
Even though you only see it in flashback, the orgy of alcohol that kicks off The Hangover must be respected.
1. The Rum Diary
Johnny Depp’s second turn as Hunter S. Thompson is powered by high-proof alcohol instead of psychedelics (at least at first), but he’s still a glorious mess.
Catch The Rum Diary on IFC tonight at 8p: