Bingo is not what you would call a frenetic game. It’s more about relaxing, socialising and enjoying the ride. So, you might assume that bingo isn’t a game that would get featured much in movies, but you’d be wrong. It is, interestingly, the notoriously relaxed approach bingo has that often makes it a perfect feature for movie scenes.
In fact, bingo is one of the most featured games in movies, directly contrasting the excitement and lightening fast rounds of games like roulette and poker. Here are some of the most entertaining instances where bingo has been featured in recent movies.
You wouldn’t expect a movie with a name like Rampage to have a scene that involved bingo. And, given that the movie is about a young man going on a murderous rampage, you certainly wouldn’t expect the scene involving bingo to be one of the best in the film.
Rampage has a rather dark plot, based around a frustrated person getting fed up with the world and deciding to kill as many people as possible. It’s pretty controversial as far as movie plots go, but the tone the film takes turns the gloomy subject matter into an entertaining dark comedy that many enjoyed.
In one scene, the rampaging youth bursts into a bingo hall strapped with two guns, ready to get busy killing, but things don’t go as planned. The senior citizens are so engrossed in their bingo that they pay the killer no attention at all. Confused, the killer instead orders a sandwich and leaves without killing anyone. It’s an amusing scene, parodying both the nature of bingo as a game, and the nature of human beings in general.
The Jackass movies are not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, many consider them to be an indication that the movie industry is simply sinking to its lowest depths in history. Others, however, simply consider them silly, gross-out comedies that are nothing if not good for a few guilty laughs. After making the Jackass movies, the directors and producers went on to create Bad Grandpa, a hidden camera prank film that is equally as offensive as the Jackass movies.
The bingo scene in Bad Grandpa shows the central character, disguised as an old man, entering into a game and proceeding to horrify and disgust the other players with his behaviour. Keep in mind that no one but the grandfather is in on the gag. Again, some find it to be hilarious, while others simply shake their heads and call it outrageous.
Hotel Transylvania is an excellent animated movie about a hotel populated with vampires, ghouls and monsters. Don’t worry, though, the characters in this film are more along the lines of being adorable as opposed to scary.
Count Dracula, the owner of the hotel, may be a good host, but doesn’t understand much about how to be entertaining. So, the scene involving bingo is a bit of a clichéd one, demonstrating how slow and boring Count Dracula’s events can be. A human, having snuck into the hotel, livens up the game of bingo with his unconventional behaviour and unusual antics.
This bingo scene is perhaps a bit less original than the others on this list, but still manages to be an entertaining one. Plus, Hotel Transylvania is largely aimed at children, so it makes sense that bingo is still being portrayed in the old fashioned way.
Better Call Saul
Breaking Bad was, and still is, one of the most popular television series of all time. The plot is based around a chemistry teacher who believes he is at death’s door, and so turns to producing and selling crystal meth as a way to leave his family some money. After landing in trouble, he turns to a crooked lawyer, Saul, for help. Saul then acts as one of the central characters.
Better Call Saul is a prequel to Breaking Bad, centred on the character of Saul, and explains how he became a crooked lawyer. The tone of the series is similar to that of Breaking Bad, using both dark comedy and drama in equal measure.
The bingo scene in this series is a classic. It involves Saul hosting – or at least attempting to host – a bingo game. Instead of calling out the numbers, he ends up ranting to the confused players about the state of his life and career in general. It’s a funny scene, sure to get a few laughs, but is still very much grounded in the tragedy of Saul’s character. Don’t worry, though, Saul soon becomes the crooked lawyer everyone loves in Breaking Bad.