Even we can admit that, at times, dentists can be a little intimidating. The rubber gloves, the mask, the tray of sharp metal tools, the (shudder) drill – even the friendliest of doctors can elicit cold sweats and panic attacks. To put things in perspective, Infinite Dental Wellness has compiled a list of our favorite movie dentists of all time; from Steve Martin’s Dr. Orin Scrivello to Jennifer Aniston in Horrible Bosses, compared to these hapless, deranged, sadistic, or just plain silly dental professionals, we guarantee that the good doctors at Infinite Dental Wellness will seem a lot less scary.
Steve Martin as Dr. Orin Scrivello in “Little Shop of Horrors”
Steve Martin shines as evil biker-dentist Dr. Orin Scrivello in the 1986 screen treatment of the popular horror/comedy musical “Little Shop of Horrors.” Though (spoiler alert!) Dr. Scrivello is eventually fed to the flesh-eating plant Audry II, what practicing dentist doesn’t just love the lyric: “I thrill when I drill a bicuspid / It’s swell though they tell me I’m mal-ad-just-ed!”
Laurence Olivier as Christian Szell in “Marathon Man”
Possibly the most terrifying movie dentist of all time, Laurence Olivier’s portrayal of Nazi war criminal Christian Szell in John Schlesinger’s 1976 thriller “Marathon Man” earned the actor an Oscar nomination. Even better, it made the phrase “Is it safe?” one of the most chilling ever uttered.
Ed Helms as Dr. Stu Price in “The Hangover”
As a member of the famed “Wolfpack” in the 2009 instant cult-classic “The Hangover,” Ed Helm’s character, Stu, must try to locate his estranged friend Doug after an insane night out in Las Vegas. In a hilariously ironic twist, it’s the dentist who ends up losing a tooth in this one!
The Dentist (voiced by Bill Hunter) from Pixar’s “Finding Nemo”
Much of Pixar’s hit digitally-animated gem “Finding Nemo” takes place is a dentist’s office – well, in a fish tank in a dentist’s office – and we love how knowledgeable Nemo’s fellow aquatic captives are about dentistry. Not the best portrayal of the dental profession, we admit, but this movie doc gets us every time!
Matthew Perry as Dr. Nicholas ‘Oz’ Oseransky in “The Whole Nine Yards”
Things start to get interesting when unhappy, debt-ridden dentist “Oz” (played by Matthew Perry of “Friends” fame) learns that his neighbour is a hitman in hiding and decides, against his better judgement, to rat on him. Murder, seduction, and lots of laughs ensue in this 2000 black comedy.
Jennifer Aniston as Dr. Julia Harris in “Horrible Bosses”
Probably the raunchiest role that Jennifer Aniston has ever (and will ever) play, Dr. Julia Harris is the epitome of unprofessionalism as a foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed dentist in the 2011 comedy “Horrible Bosses.” Worth a view, but make sure you put the kids to bed before watching this one.
Ricky Gervais as Dr. Bertram Pincus in “Ghost Town”
When asocial dentist Dr. Bertram Pincus is revived after being dead for seven minutes, he has developed the ability to communicate with ghosts! Ricky Gervais’ dry British wit is spot on in this under-the-radar 2008 comedy, and Greg Kinnear is excellent as his spiritual counterpart Frank.
Sinbad as “Dr.” Kevin Franklin in Houseguest
Though not an actual dentist in the 1995 comedy “Houseguest,” Sinbad’s character – a con man impersonating a dentist – manages to numb his own hands and still perform a complicated dental procedure! They just don’t make movies like this anymore… (We miss you Phil.)