Famous movie scenes that would now be prohibited by the Vatican’s no ash scattering policy

(NY Daily News) With the Vatican telling Catholics they should no longer scatter the cremated remains of their loved ones, let alone bring them home, there could be quick condemnation for those works of pop culture that make light of a beloved character going up in flames.

Whether the scenes are following the “Ashes to Crashes” trope — that is, if there are ashes present, there’s a good chance someone’s going to knock them over for comedic effect — or they’re about sincerely seeing off a special someone one last time, here’s a look at some of our favorite movie moments that may no longer find favor in the eyes of God.

“Due Date”

On his way to fling his father’s ashes into the Grand Canyon, Ethan Tremblay, played by Zach Galifianakis, meets Robert Downey Jr.’s character, Peter Hyman, much to the latter’s misfortune.

This dark, “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”-inspired flick takes a comedic cliche up a level, as Ethan does indeed make a mess on the floor with what’s left of his dad but not before drinking it when the ashes are mistaken for coffee grinds.

Not one to be left out, Peter’s friend Darryl, portrayed by Jamie Foxx, accidentally takes a sip of the unsavory Starbucks substitute. [More]


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