Story and characters play the largest part of how much a viewer enjoys a movie, but Easter Eggs only add to the fun. Giving viewers something else to watch out for while watching a movie, the best nods or trivia can even warrant mediocre films a second viewing to catch them all. Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Great Easter Eggs in Movies.
The Departed - X Marks The Spot
Based on its title, you’d expect plenty of bloodshed in Martin Scorsese’s Boston crime drama. But eagle eyed viewers could actually predict who was going to make it out alive. Throughout the film, the letter “X” is used to foreshadow an upcoming death. The characters played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson are all hit with “the X” by the end of the film, but Mark Wahlberg’s character never is – leaving him alive to bring the film’s story to a close.
Pulp Fiction - Mia Wallace & The Bride
In Quentin Tarantino’s tale of connected short stories, Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace share a memorable chat about Mia’s acting career. Specifically, a TV pilot titled Fox Force Five, starring a team of five badass ladies specializing in different fields. Fast forward to Kill Bill, and Mia’s descriptions fit the film’s Deadly Viper Assassination Squad surprisingly well. Since Kill Bill takes place in Tarantino’s shared universe, it could be Mia Wallace – not actress Uma Thurman - playing The Bride. How’s that for a mind-bender?
Fight Club - Seven Years in Tibet
In this famous twist ending, Ed Norton’s Narrator escapes his mundane existence by creating an alternate personality named Tyler Durden, who’s everything he’s not. But the film might also reveal how he came up with Durden’s look to begin with. The movie includes a brief shot of a movie theater marquee advertising Seven Years in Tibet, which also starred actor Brad Pitt. While nobody says it outright, the implication is that the Narrator may have modeled Durden after the actor. Every modern movie fan wishes to live a life like the movie star – he just made it happen.
The Social Network – A Famous Friend?
Directors are often known to make references to their earlier films, and David Fincher did just that with his tale of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. During the film, Mark “cheats” on his art exam by building a fake Facebook profile to get students’ opinions on various pieces of art. What name does Mark use? None other than Tyler Durden. Apparently, Tyler’s imaginary life is so luxurious that even soon-to-be billionaires wish to be him. Either that, or Zuckerberg is a fan of Fincher’s thriller.
Toy Story – All Work and No Play
Pixar is known for its at-times adult humor or references, but throughout the Toy Story trilogy, there are numerous references made to one of cinema’s most terrifying films: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The carpet in infamous bully Sid’s house is identical to that of the Overlook Hotel, and everything from license plates to online chat user names in Toy Story 3 feature the number “237,” a nod to the horrifying contents of Room 237 in the same hotel. The toys have been put through some terrible situations, so these Easter eggs are either fun nods to Kubrick or subtle foreshadowing for older moviegoers.
The Phantom Menace – The Senator Needs a Phone Call
One of the funniest moments in Steven Spielberg’s classic ET: The Extra-terrestrial is when the loveable alien recognizes a young tirck-or-treater in a Yoda costume as a sign from “home.” Director George Lucas returned the favor in Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, placing creatures that strongly resemble ET in one of the Republic’s Senate sequences. Only visible for a brief moment, it’s a sign that ET really IS from the galaxy far, far away. We can only imagine what went through his mind watching Elliot show off his Star Wars toy collection, having seen the galactic conflict firsthand.
Fight Club - I Am Jack’s Cup of Coffee
A running theme in Fight Club is its satire on consumerism and how mankind has become overrun by corporations, constantly buying things that they don’t need. As a way of hammering this home, David Fincher decided to include a Starbucks coffee cup in nearly every scene of the finished film, a little in-joke he included for showcasing too much of a good thing. It was commentary on how we as a society purchase the same things without thinking twice and illustrated the monotony of everyday life. Starbucks was even aware of this and read the script, meaning the coffee giant is able to poke some fun at themselves. Sometimes.