Friday, June 5, 2015

Favorite Scene Friday! Jurassic Park: Lunchtime Argument

"WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SCENE FROM JURASSIC PARK?!"* It probably prominently features a dinosaur, CGI or animatronic. Well this week's scene doesn't have any!

Barbarian Factory via JoBlo

One of my all time favorite scenes from the original film is the lunch scene, the one where John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), Drs. Malcom (Jeff Goldblum), Grant (Sam Neill [Sam, why the hell do you have two Ls in Neill?!] and Sattler (Laura Dern), and Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) are gathered around for Chilean sea bass after a brief tour of some of the facilities. Gennaro - ever the smarmy asshole - is gushing about how much money the park is going to make, while Hammond is insisting that it should be available for everyone to enjoy, regardless of how rich they are. Dr. Malcolm isn't having any of it, of course, and lectures them about how naive they're being (love how he pounds on the table to make his point). Drs. Sattler and Grant pile on. The point of this scene is that it's a great discussion about the ethics of the core idea behind Jurassic Park. And that was Jurassic Park as a whole, really - they didn't want to just show you dinosaurs, they wanted to talk about the ethics and the real world implications. Is it ethical to bring dinosaurs back from extinction? Or smart? This scene is also home to some of the movie's best lines ("Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.").

I hope you guys are in the mood for some Jurassic Park, because Jay and I are featuring scenes from the franchise all month to celebrate the release of Jurassic World next week!

What's your favorite scene from Jurassic Park?

Would you be up for bringing dinos back to life?

*Scream this at one of your friends this weekend.


  1. Donald Gennaro; Jurassic Park's most under-discussed character? I love him in this scene, particularly the dismissive, condescending way he suggests a coupon day.

    Also, what is this room they're in? It's presumably some kind of conference room, but with projectors and screens facing EVERY direction, all showing different things. It must be a nightmare to both plan the presentation and pay attention to it.

    I love the condors argument too. It makes such a good point regarding mankind's destruction of the world, but us only wanting to bring back the cool stuff. Any scene with a surplus of Goldblum is a winner in my book.

  2. Gennaro is definitely a great character. Horrible person, right up until the end. We watched this on Monday and used these drinking rules - Gennaro's shorts and outfits really add to the experience.

    One cool thing about the projection room is that I think I see a slide about some kind of river ride, it looks like they were able to complete this in Jurassic World -

    Only Goldblum could make the comment "rape of the natural world" sound cool and charming...

    Thanks for reading/commenting, Jay!

  3. Oh, and, a thousand pardons for not crediting the late great Richard Attenborough as Hammond originally, I have rectified this.

  4. An unlikely but great choice. I really dig this scene too, and the light those projectors emit is so on point. Goldblum killed this scene.

    1. The light projectors do add a unique (and now kind of dated in a cool way) aspect to the scene. Goldblum is fantastic! Can't imagine the movie without him. Thanks for commenting!