Follow TV Tropes


Funny / Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Go To

  • The salt shaker full of cocaine is opened when they're bombing down the freeway in a convertible...predictably, the cocaine catches the wind and flies all over.
    Dr. Gonzo: Oh, jeezus! Did you see what GAAAHHHHD just did to us, man?
    Duke: God didn't do that, you did it! You're a fuckin' narcotics agent! I knew it!
  • The scene with the hitchhiker.
    Hitchhiker: Hot damn! I've never ridden in a convertible before!
    Duke: (his head suddenly spinning around in about one frame) Is that right? I guess you're about ready then.
    Dr. Gonzo: (In a Creepy Monotone) We're your friends. We're not like the others, man. Really.
    Duke: No more of that talk, or I'll put the fucking leeches on you! Understand? (Hitchhiker stares in rapt confusion as an extreme closeup of Duke's face is shown with Gonzo smirking in the background) GET IN.
  • Advertisement:
  • The bar scene in the first hotel. Duke is still feeling the acid and sees the floor as flooding with blood: "We'll need a pair of golf shoes. No other way to walk in this muck." He then starts seeing the crowd around him as walking lizards. This is all nightmare fuel, even when a hallucination of Dr. Gonzo is speaking gibberish. Then, Duke spouts this line: "PLEASE!!! TELL ME YOU GOT THE FUCKING GOLF SHOES!"
  • Though Duke and Dr. Gonzo are taking plenty of drugs while driving, it's imperative that they be sober while they check into the hotel. Dr. Gonzo offers the aforementioned acid to Duke.
    Duke: (gulps down the acid) How long have I got?
    Dr. Gonzo: As your attorney, I advise you to drive at top speed, and it'll be a damn miracle if we get there before you turn into a wild animal.
    Duke: (begins whacking away at Dr. Gonzo with a fly swatter, and missing. Under his breath:) pigfucker pigfucker pigfucker!! (Gonzo notices nothing, an irritated Duke speeds up)
  • Advertisement:
  • While Duke and Dr. Gonzo are in their hotel room, Duke, who is still high as a kite, continues hallucinating while staring out the window at the nearest neon sign. The sober Dr. Gonzo's reaction is priceless.
    Duke: There's this great big machine in the sky — kind of an electric snake — it's coming right at us.
    Dr. Gonzo: (completely deadpan) Shoot it.
    Duke: Not yet. I want to study its habits.
  • Duke is watching a highly inaccurate educational film about drugs stating the average "dope fiend" can be identified by how "his pants will be crusted with semen from constantly jacking off when he can't find a rape victim", then Duke reflexively takes a look at his own pants. Which are, in fact, crusted with something.
  • During a flashback, a businessman comes into a bathroom to find an unusual sight: a junkie eagerly licking LSD powder off of Duke's shirt sleeve. He calmly turns around, leaves the bathroom, and is never seen again.
    Duke: With a bit of luck, his life was ruined forever — always thinking that just behind some narrow door in all of his favorite bars, men in red woolen shirts are getting incredible kicks from things he’ll never know.
  • "You people voted for Hubert Humphrey! And you killed Jesus!"
    • "Dogs fucked the Pope, no fault of mine."
  • Gonzo and Duke encountering Christina Ricci's Lucy slowly trudging across the road... "Oh shi..."
    • The scene where Duke first meets Lucy is funny and so unexpected. Dr. Gonzo tells him where his reserved room is. However rather get the rest and relaxation before their latest scheme he is promptly attacked by Lucy who proceeds to bite his leg. It makes it more, funny that Dr. Gonzo takes his time and even laughs at Raoul before fending her off and explaining who he is.
  • This scene, naturally from the movie:
    Raoul Duke: [Beginning to narrate the "Jefferson Airplane" hallucination] There I was... [Sees the actual Hunter S. Thompson sitting at a table] Mother of God, there I am! Holy fuck...
  • To say that Raoul Duke Drives Like Crazy is a vast understatement:
    Duke: Few people understand the psychology of dealing with a highway traffic cop. A normal speeder will panic and immediately pull over to the side. This is wrong. It arouses contempt in the cop heart. Make the bastard chase you. He will follow. But he won't know what to make of your blinker signal that says you are about to turn right. This is to let him know you're pulling off for a proper place to talk. It will take him a moment to realize that he's about to make a 180 degree turn at speed, but you will be ready for it. Brace for the g's, and fast heel-toe work.
  • Gonzo trying to sell some unwilling customers some heroin. While drunk out of his mind. In the middle of driving. Benicio del Toro at his hammiest, and it is hilarious.