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The Top 5 Worst Movie Dentists of All Time

The Top 5 Worst Movie Dentists of All Time
  • Bob Alaburda
  • May 29, 2013

While many dentists strive to provide the perfect Hollywood smile, dentistry rarely receives star treatment in return. From a drunken dentist in Vegas to a singing sadist on Skid Row…one thing is for certain: these dentists are as bad as they come. Here are the 5 worst dentists that have graced the silver screen, wreaking havoc on themselves and their patients.

#5. Ed Helms -- The Hangover


Of all the bad decisions made by the characters in The Hangover, Ed Helms’ (as Stu) choice to pull his out own tooth with pliers on a drunken dare surprisingly wasn’t the worst. No, the worst decision was making 2 sequels.


The Hangover
Looks like the patient has an acute case of drunken pliers on #10.

At least Stu kept most of the damage confined to himself, unlike the next guy on this list…

#4. Christopher Waltz -- Django Unchained

While many clinicians rely on amalgam, Christopher Waltz prefers to administer lead fillings. In Django Unchained, Waltz plays a dentist/hitman that uses his gun to create more cavities in people. Maybe he graduated from the John Wayne School of Dentistry?

Django Unchained
Infection control is a little tougher when your office is a horse-drawn wagon.

I also could have just reminded you that Django Unchained is a Quentin Tarantino movie and left it at that.

And while he didn’t do any actual dentistry in the movie, it’s worth pointing out that, like all dentists, his primary enemy was named Candie.

#3. The Dentist -- Finding Nemo

In every movie mentioned so far, at least the dentist has been the good guy. No such luck in Finding Nemo, where the plot revolves around rescuing an adorable CGI fish trapped in an aquarium at a dentist’s office.

Finding NemoMaybe I shouldn’t have filled this bag with chlorhexidine…

While the dentist wasn’t evil per se, Finding Nemo ranks highly on this list because it’s a kids’ movie. As if it weren’t already hard enough to overcome their apprehension, kids are now going to think of the dentist as a Disney villain.

#2. Jennifer Aniston -- Horrible Bosses

What can I say about Jennifer Aniston’s character in Horrible Bosses that hasn’t already been said about a U.S. Senator right before they resigned in shame?

Horrible BossesTime for the morning huddle! Wait, where is everyone going?

Aniston plays a dentist that subjects her male assistant to unending sexual harassment until he is able to catch her unprofessionalism on camera and blackmail her into leaving him alone. Although her inappropriate behavior doesn’t hold a candle to…

#1. Steve Martin -- Little Shop of Horrors

I’m no Netflix scientist, but Little Shop of Horrors may be the one movie that can be categorized as both a comedy and a documentary about dental malpractice.

Little Shop of HorrorsRemember to floss and please don’t ask how we fit an entire camera inside your mouth.

Most people remember Little Shop of Horrors for its talking plant, but it also featured Steve Martin as Orin Scrivello, a sadist who became a dentist because it allowed him to constantly inflict pain on people. During a single scene—which is an upbeat musical number—we see him assaulting patients and staff, drilling without anesthesia, and nearly drowning a patient.

Oh, and did I mention he was high on nitrous oxide while doing so?

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