Crack an Uncle Buck egg into the bowl, sift in some Kid and stir in 250ml of Rain Man.
After frying gently flip then add some grilled Talladega Nights or try sprinkling on a little Pulp Fiction.
Get some inspiration this Shrove Tuesday from these cinematic celebrations of what the humble combination of flour, eggs and water can achieve.
Whatever the movie the frisson that accompanies the creation of the perfect pancake, the pouring of maple syrup or the squeezing of lemon onto sugar adds a certain something.
Uncle Buck, 1989
Uncle Buck cooks an enormous pancake for Miles, played by a pre-Home Alone Macaulay Culkin. As he fries the massive crepe, Uncle Buck says “this is where you separate the men from the boys” before proving he is a boy by burning it.
In Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length feature film Kid, his sidekick and adopted son is put in charge of cooking pancakes for them both. Luckily Kid’s culinary debut does not send the house up in flames and the two tuck into the crepes with (what looks like) chocolate sauce.
Rain Man, 1988
In this scene Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman order pancakes with maple syrup, but there is little enjoyment to be had. Autistic Ray (Hoffman) grows overly anxious that he doesn’t have his toothpicks and that the syrup will come before the pancakes. His brother Charlie (Cruise) tells him: “Don’t make a scene, stop acting like a f***ing retard”.
Talladega Nights, 2006
In this clip Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays French Formula 1 driver Jean Girard, puts Will Ferrell’s best friend into an arm lock and demands him to say “I really love crepes” before letting him go. Some confusion ensues about what a crepe is, before Ferrell’s character Ricky realises it’s a “really thin pancake”. Sadly no actual pancakes are anywhere to be seen.
Pulp Fiction, 1994
Vincent orders the American classic pancakes and bacon and asks Jules if he wants some. Jules, played by Samuel L Jackson, refuses. Vincent asks “are you Jewish?” to which Jules replies “no I ain’t Jewish. I don’t dig on swine that’s all. Pigs are filthy animals, I don’t dig on filthy animals.”