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Cinema’s Coolest Bathtub Scenes, Part I

by on July 16, 2010
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From the time you’re a kid, you know that about 15% of the fun times in your life come in a bathtub. I mean, what’s not to like: it’s like a miniature swimming pool, and you can make the water as cold or warm as you want, plus there’s nothing in the world better than a nice bubble bath.

In the movies, this is just as much a fact of life as in the real world. With that in mind, here are some of the cinema’s cleverest cleaning sessions.

WARNING: Some of these images are NSFW.

Eric Bates’ ship house-The Toy (1982)

Spoiled rich kid Eric Bates (Scott Schwartz) had everything, including this fancy-schmantzy bathroom with an oversized bathtub and a virtual armada of model ships. Eric of course wanted nothing more than to bring his favorite toy in the bathtub with him, and why not, when your toy is unemployed writer Jack Brown (Richard Pryor)? Eric’s nanny, the Fraulein (Karen Leslie-Lyttle), objects, saying he’s too old to bathe with another naked man. Jack agrees, and proceeds to jump fully clothed into the oversized tub with Eric.

Madison has a tail-Splash (1984)

Poor Allen Bauer (Tom Hanks) thinks the perfect girl has come into his life literally out of nowhere. Madison (Darryl Hannah) is gorgeous, demure, quiet, and knows how to eat her some lobster, and wants nothing more than to be with Allen. But things change a bit when Madison takes a bath, and grows a tail. Yes, Madison is a mermaid. Wonder if Allen cares.

Francis Buxton’s John-Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

When Pee Wee’s wheels come up missing, the first place he goes is to punkass rich daddy’s boy Francis (Mark Holton), who is “having his bath.” Pee Wee busts in past Prof. Toru Tanaka, locks himself in the bathroom, and throttles Francis in his giant swimming pool tub until Mr. Buxton comes in to calm things down. Pee Wee got in one last shot, though, taking down both Mr. Buxton and Francis with some trick gum. Take that, rich people!

And the whole time I’m thinking “man, I wish I had a bathtub like that.” That and “why is Francis bathing in swimming trunks?”

Nancy’s super-deep tub- A Nightmare on Elm St (1984)

All poor Nancy wants is to get some rest, but nooo…this freaky child killer her mom torched before she was born is invading her dreams and trying to kill her. So when Nancy tries to unwind with a nice warm bubble bath, she dozes off, and that’s all the opening Freddy needs to strike, and he does, pulling her down into the deep, deep bathtub of her nightmares.

Sharon Stone is dirty, dirty, dirty-Sliver (1993)

Sharon Stone’s admittedly awesome tub excited her so much in “Sliver” that she had to take care of business solo, if you know what I mean. Little did she know that Billy Baldwin was secretly peeping in on her from his secret array of hidden cameras, which I suppose makes it the building itself the cool thing rather than just the bathtub.

Be sure to check out Part II!