FINDING NEMO - After being unexpectedly captured, young clownfish Nemo finds himself as the new resident of an aquarium located in a dentist office. Coping with the utter boredom of captivity, the other fish really have nothing to do but absorb themselves in the day to day working of one Phillip Sherman. What do we learn about Sherman from their observations? Well...he's a little negligent in noticing the cleanliness of the aquarium right away, as well as oblivious to the fact that his niece probably isn't ready to take care of a fish. But the most disturbing? His handling of root canals. As an individual who JUST went through that this week, I'm glad P. Sherman of Wallaby way was not my dentist.
HORRIBLE BOSSES - Jennifer Aniston has never looked better....and has probably never played a more despicable character either. This lady dentist doesn't know the meaning of "no" as she's constantly sexually harassing her coworkers and taking advantage of her patients. She's a pretty horrible person...so it's no wonder that one of her dental assistants wants to...um murder her. Probably every single scene of her's in Horrible Bosses isn't exactly appropriate...so we'll leave this section clipless.
MARATHON MAN - Okay...I'll be honest. I've never seen this and I don't know that I ever could. Every clip I've ever seen in this film is absolutely horrifying. I hate going to the dentist as much as it is, but this film that shows it as an extreme form of torture would probably cure me for life of even contemplating the thought of sitting in a dentist's chair. The clip of the torture scene is readily available on youtube, but I'm opting to include the trailer below instead for my own peace of mind.
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER -
Hermey is without a doubt the nicest dentist you'll find on this list. But being an elf his whole life, that probably makes him the most inexperienced as well. Sure he's practiced pulling teeth on a few dolls (even ones he specially designed for the task...) and he helped the snow monster out of a jam...which is actually a huge client to have (pun intended.) But the real deal is always much different than pretend. Oh well...at least he's not maniacal right? Beggars can't be choosers you know.
pull out his own tooth, right? [/SPOILER] Okay, maybe that isn't the best showcase of his intellect or intuition while under the influence...but nevertheless his skills remain impressive. I must admit, losing a tooth is one of my recurring nightmares, so had I woken up without one...I probably would have freaked out at least ten times more than Stu did. What a pro.
GHOST TOWN - Ricky Gervais' Dr. Pincus is a man purely dedicated to his craft. Purely professional, he is almost a pleasant dentist to be around. Is there really such a thing? Wait strike that... he's kind of happens to be a big jerk in his personal life and barely talks to his patients (who likes small talk anyway?)....but you really can't deny that he knows his stuff. But don't worry, a near death experience will change all that relatively shortly...and soon he'll be a pretty decent guy to be around.
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - How would it be to grow up with a strict dentist for a father? Would you rebel as much as you could the first chance you got? Would you perhaps...create the world's grandest chocolate factory after living so many years without that sweet goodness? Yeah I probably would too. But at least he got freakishly white teeth out of the deal...
Sadly, I find myself relating to many of those cinematic patients for this is just the beginning of my time at the dentist. But hey at least writing this post was somewhat cathartic...so I could get a tiny bit of revenge....not to say I'm an anti-dentite or anything... Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my list. Thankfully summer is right around the corner and the movies worth writing about will be popping up all over the place, so I won't have any excuses for these blog lapses!