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Best Bingo Scenes in Movies

Bingo is one of the most popular games of all time. It’s fun, it’s easy to play, and it’s a great way to socialize with friends. What’s more fun than joining friends in a bingo hall as you wait expectantly for a caller to choose your number?

This familiar scene has found its place in many Hollywood movies. Here are some movies that use bingo rooms and players to illustrate interesting characters, bizarre situations, and funny moments.


Directed by Uwe Boll, Rampage is an action thriller about a young man who’s been mistreated his whole life. One day he decides he’s had enough. He vows revenge against the world and all who have wronged him.

He makes himself a suit of black Kevlar armor, loads up on guns, and simply starts killing people. The movie has nothing to do with bingo except for one scene that illustrates just how compelling the game can be. The shooter enters a hall full of people, but no one notices him. The players are completely focused on their tickets and marking numbers with their daubers.

The armed man even snatches a ball from the caller in an attempt to get people’s attention, but the crowd still remains hypnotized.

Hotel Transylvania

Maybe you remember the hilarious bingo scene in Hotel Transylvania. At Count Dracula’s resort, monsters have a bingo evening. The set mimics a bingo parlor, but the drum is full of talking skulls instead of numbered balls. An old monster-lady withdraws skulls and reads the numbers in a flat, unenthusiastic tone while players mark numbers studiously. The dull atmosphere is briefly interrupted when a woman wins bingo. Her joy is short-lived, however: Her friend snatches the winning ticket away and eats it in the blink of an eye.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Bad Grandpa is part of the popular Jackass franchise. The movies include a minor character named Irving Zisman, a crazy old man who curses all the time and behaves completely inappropriately. The audience loved the character so much that the Jackass team gave the minor character his own movie: Bad Grandpa.

In the movie, Zisman makes pranks and tests other people’s limits. In one scene, he is in a bingo hall with a bunch of people focused on the game. He talks with other players, marks bingo tickets, and impulsively drinks marker fluid.

Big Momma’s House 2

Big Momma’s House is a popular American comedy that shows the adventures of an FBI agent named Malcolm Turner. On an undercover assignment, Turner transforms into an old lady. In Big Momma’s House 2, he gets a job as a nanny for a family named Fuller.

One of the funniest scenes in the movie is when the Fuller family goes to bingo night. The hall is full of players who thoughtfully mark their cards. At one point, a little girl named Carrie calls “Bingo” just for fun. All the players put their daubers down and look angrily at the Fullers as Big Momma tries to explain it was just a joke.

Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino’s masterpiece has nothing to do with bingo, but the phrase “That’s a bingo!” plays a perfect role in characterizing the main villain, Hans Landa. Christoph Waltz, who played Landa, won an Oscar and several other awards for the role.

Landa is an Austrian SS officer who is known as “the Jew hunter.” He is ambitious, vain, ruthless, and arrogant, but he is also a super-intelligent man who doesn’t actually doesn’t believe in Nazi ideology. One of the most memorable scenes is the one in which Landa bungles the common English idiom, shouting, “That’s a bingo!” instead of “Bingo!”

Image by Samuele Schirò from Pixabay


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