Montage showing character out on a bender. Character often stumbles through a backdrop of flashing neon signs, swirling lights, floating alcoholic beverages, and so on. Expect to hear Blues
music on the soundtrack.
A Discredited Trope
- a more popular variation nowadays is the Binge Montage
. See also Drowning My Sorrows
. Compare and
contrast Disney Acid Sequence
Anime & Manga
- Tenma has one of these early on in Monster. He appears to have slept it off in a trash heap after unsuccessfully trying to stumble his way home.
- In one episode of Sgt. Frog, Keroro gets drunk on humidity due to his Bizarre Alien Biology, and he is shown wobbling in front of a shot of neon lights and signs (and holding a take-out box, a uniquely Japanese symbol of a drunken Salaryman stumbling home).
- Tylor from Irresponsible Captain Tylor has a few of these.
- In the Fatal Fury tie-in OVA, Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle, Terry Bogard finds himself drinking heavily, after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of Wolfgang Krauser. His fall into drunken depression comes complete with him staggering through the streets, with images of neon bar signs passing over his head.
- One of the most famous early examples of this trope (and the stylistic basis for many a parody) is the film The Lost Weekend.
- Even earlier was Greogory's montage in Metropolis.
- Mel Brooks's Silent Movie does feature a montage of Mel Funn stumbling through town on a bender. Oddly enough, it doesn't feature the floating neon signs. Those are reserved for the later scene where Mel's friends look in every bar in town to find him.
- Classic example in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as they cruise down the strip drunk, high, and totally blasted on acid and mescaline.
- The 1942 black-and-white film Moontide featured an amazingly surreal montage. What's amazing is that this is the Lighter and Softer version of the montage. Salvador Dali had been brought in to create images for the bender, and his Booze Clock was the only bit to make the final cut—everything else was deemed too disturbing.
- This trope appears to have been fully developed by the time it appeared in Black Angel (1946).
- This appears in Wristcutters: A Love Story in which the main character proceed to get drunk at bars in purgatory
- The 2000 film 28 Days starring Sandra Bullock has one of these shortly before her character is forced into rehab.
- This happens a few times in The Twilight Zone; the first time is purely this trope, the others? Well they're more a case of reusing sets.
- Several of the films by James Franco and Seth Rogen, including The Interview and This Is the End, include sequences like this. The trope is often somewhat deconstructed by showing comical glimpses of realism, such as one of the characters vomiting after drinking too much, sparingly in the montages.
- In Corner of a Round Planet this is achieved over the course of several chapters to illustrate just how big a mess the main character has gotten himself into.
- Played surprisingly straight on Frasier, when he was racked with guilt. For a change.
- Played straight in the series finale of Battlestar Galactica, in a flashback sequence set on pre-war Caprica where then-Captain Adama, Colonel Tigh, and Mrs. Tigh have a wild night out in a strip club to celebrate Adama's upcoming "retirement" from the military to take a civilian job. Adama has one too many, ends up puking in a back alley, then gazing up at the stars. (Obviously, Adama changes his mind.)
- Played for laughs in Community episode Communication Studies when Abed gets Jeff prepared to leave a drunk message.
- The third season opener of Jeeves and Wooster, features one played for laughs involving a character Wooster is supposed to be keeping out of trouble. For bonus points, it's set in Prohibition-era New York.
- Miyuki Nakajima's Yakai Vol. 8 features one.