Awesome: Matilda

  • Matilda's final victory over the Trunchbull.
  • Bruce (the fat kid) eats a whole cake (the size of a fat kid). This is a triumph of the human spirit and not only do the other kids cheer him on, but you will also be tempted to follow suit.
    • It's even more awesome when Trunchbull smashes the glass platter over his head. While that is a bad thing to do to a kid it gives two more awesome points for Bruce: 1. Being that he is durable enough to take a heavy glass platter over the head with nothing short of a loud belch. 2. It gives Bruce the satisfaction that the aforementioned action meant he got to Trunchbull showing us a glimpse of her Villainous Breakdown.
    • He gets a second moment in the film. As all the kids are throwing water balloons, he smears a cake across the Trunchbull's mouth.
  • Miss Honey also gets a slight one when she finally stands up to the Trunchbull.
    Miss Honey: I am not seven years old anymore, Aunt Trunchbull!
    • Miss Honey also gets one in both the book and the film when she calls Mr. Wormwood out for considering some stupid TV show (in the book, it was a soap opera; in the movie, it was a televised boxing match) more important than his daughter.
    • And again when Matilda's dad makes disparaging comments about college-educated people and Miss Honey points out that educated people have a place in the world (if, Heaven forbid, Matilda's dad had a heart attack, the doctor that cared for him would have been college-educated or, if Matilda's dad was sued for selling faulty cars, his lawyer would have been college-educated).
    • Mr Wormwood's I Never Said It Was Poison response:
    Mr. Wormwood: What car? Sued by who? Who have you been talking to?!
  • Matilda's class standing up to the Trunchbull in the musical. By misspelling words.
  • The end of the film version of Matilda features this scene at the end when Matilda's family is forced to leave the country.:
    Matilda: I love it here! I love my school; it isn't fair! Miss Honey, please don't let them...
    Harry Wormwood: [interrupting] Get in the car, Melinda!
    Matilda: Matilda!
    Harry Wormwood: Whatever!
    Matilda: I want to stay with Miss Honey!
    Zinnia Wormwood: Miss Honey doesn't want you! Why would she want some snotty, disobedient kid?
    Miss Honey: *extremely serious* Because she's a spectacularly wonderful child, and I love her!
  • Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny, but:
    Matilda: Here, I've got the adoption papers right here!
    Zinnia Wormwood: Where did you get those?
    Matilda: [Gives her a triumphant look] From the library! I've had them since I was old enough to xerox!
  • Miss Honey's method of teaching 5 year old children to spell "difficulty" is pretty cool.
    Mrs D. Mrs I. Mrs FFI.
    Mrs C. Mrs U. Mrs LTY.