If there’s one thing that kids love more than a knock-knock joke, it’s a fart joke. Or a poop joke. Or a joke about boogers. You get the idea; kids like really gross stuff. And so, kid’s movies have long pandered to their demographic’s well-documented affinity for scatological humor — sometimes artfully and sometimes not so much. The gross-out scene is a common element of children’s movies that can either humanize characters, distract from plot, or just make the audience laugh. There’s a delicate art to getting it right and a less delicate art to making it as gross as possible.
Here’s are the 10 grossest gross-out scenes from kid’s movies. And, yes, they are kind of shocking when you see them outside of the context of a narrative. So maybe don’t try to digest this list with lunch.
The Sandlot (1993)
When Benny, Smalls, and the rest of the Sandlot gang spend an evening at the fair, Bertram reveals that he swiped some Big Chief chewing tobacco off his old man. All the boys gleefully put far too much in their mouth before hopping on a ride. Things quickly turn sour for the boys, as they find that the combination of a spinning ride and chew has put their stomachs in knots. And before long, they are puking their guts out on themselves, each other, and innocent bystanders. The scene has nothing to do with the rest of the movie so it primarily functions as an excuse to warn about the dangers of swallowing chewing tobacco and show off some of the most disturbing vomit in movie history.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)
When his brother Rodrick makes it look like titular wimp Greg has shat himself, Greg tries to cover it up. Unfortunately, Greg’s poopy pants end up getting exposed in front of the entire congregation. People are disgusted. It’s worth noting for both the sake of Greg and the sake of decency that Greg hasn’t actually pooped his pants. But to the movie’s credit, it really does look like there is poop all over the pants and the uncanny resemblance makes the event mortifying. In a sense, the audience’s reaction is one of sympathy and embarrassment. Also, kinda gross.
The much-maligned (and justifiably maligned) live-action version of the classic cartoon mystery show is packed with scenes you wish you could forget, but the most disgusting from a non-cinematic perspective is the one in which Shaggy and Scooby engage in a minute-long farting and burping contest. The two find increasingly creative ways to pass gas before they are interrupted by Daphne, who is appropriately disgusted by this incredibly juvenile behavior. Fart jokes are a staple in kid’s movies but perhaps none have ever gone to such unnecessary lengths to pay tribute to the art of flatulence. So that counts for something, right?
Shrek‘s entire opening scene is one gross-out gag after another, including mud showers, bug toothpaste, and farts so vile they literally kill fish. It may seem like these jokes exist solely for laughs, but they are actually serving a greater purpose. By introducing the titular character in such an outlandish and crass way, Shrek immediately managed to present itself in stark contrast to what viewers had come to expect from Disney movies. For a film about redefining what we expect from heroes, it made a lot of sense as an opening gambit. Still, it’s remarkable more people didn’t walk out.
Osmosis Jones (2001)
As blood cell cop Osmosis Jones and his partner Drix, a cold medication, try to track down a mysterious virus that has put Frank, the man they exist in, in a coma, they end up at the Snot Dam, which is exactly what it sounds like. Predictably, the dam ends up breaking just as they are investigating and Drix has to try and end up out-running a literal river of snot. Drix is able to survive thanks to Osmosis, but both end up covered in boogers and heading towards Frank’s nose hairs. It’s all very silly and extremely gross.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)
When George and Harold, two mischievous fourth-graders, discover they can control their mean-spirited principal, Mr. Benjamin “Benny” Krupp, they use it to turn the school’s band into one massive fart joke. Instead of playing instruments, the kids recreate the 1812 Overture entirely with fart noises. The bit starts out mildly enough, with the kids only using whoopie cushions and their armpits, but before too long, boogers and real farts are involved as well. It’s just the sort of thing kids love. It is also fairly nauseating.
How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)
Unsurprisingly, a movie about a kid who makes a bet to eat 10 worms has its fair share of nasty sequences but none are as foul as when Billy is forced to eat something called “the Greasy Brown Toad Bloater Special,” which is actually two worms cooked together and covered in liver juice. Even knowing that these aren’t real worms, watching Billy chow down on the Greasy Brown Toad Bloater Special might be enough to make you feel queasy.
In theory, the idea of watching a kid eat an entire chocolate cake doesn’t sound as bad as most of the entries on this list. But in execution, it’s every bit as grotesque as all the farting, puking, and burping combined. It is the apotheosis of Roald Dahl’s trademark cruelty. Watching poor Bruce forcefully eat that massive cake for over four minutes is truly terrible, as evidenced by the look on everyone’s face, except Principal Trunchbull, who finds some malevolent pleasure in watching a kid eat himself sick.