Warning: This story contains spoilers for Knives Out, Charlie’s Angels and Hustlers.
In a pivotal scene in Knives Out, Rian Johnson’s wildly entertaining whodunnit, Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas) is interrogated by local police officers (LaKeith Stanfield and Noah Sagan) and consulting detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), about the mysterious death of her employer, successful crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). In his gooey mouthful of a Southern drawl, Blanc lays out the facts: Thombey died at some point during the night after his 85th birthday party. His housekeeper, Fran (Edi Patterson) found him the next morning with a slit throat and a knife in his hand, an apparent suicide. Still, with most of Thrombey’s relatives in town, there are a lot of potential suspects, each with their own particular reasons to want him dead.
When she's overwhelmed, she throws up. It's gross, but to me it's kind of cute and just sort of emphasises her childlikeness through physical manifestation,” Reinhart told Refinery29 in September. (If you were worried about poor Reinhart’s taste buds after all that puke, don’t be. “[The vomit] was crushed up animal crackers mixed with Sprite,” she said. “I don’t do well with those things. I don't like food mixed together. It really grosses me out, so I was worried that I was actually going to get sick from having to do that because the idea of soggy crackers in a liquid actually makes me want to vomit. But it wasn't bad — it wasn't like some weird gelatinous mixture. It tasted like Sprite-animal crackers.”)
Likewise, Charlie’s Angels’ Elena, a software engineer-turned-ersatz-spy, throws up in reaction to the severe stress brought on by her unusual circumstances. One day she’s just a young woman climbing the corporate tech ladder, the next she’s fighting for her life alongside a squad of millionaire-backed lady spies. That’s enough to make anyone anxious enough to puke, but it’s significant that this trait seems built into her character to the point that others remark on it. By the end of the film, when Elena has completed her training, fellow Angel Sabina (Kristen Stewart) actually marvels at the fact that she hasn’t thrown up after jumping out of a plane.
While we seem to be reaching a zenith of puke content, women have a long, proud history of on-screen vomit that spans everything from Linda Blair’s stream of demon green puke as Regan MacNeil in 1973’s The Exorcist to Chloe Grace Moretz wielding the Kick Ass 2 “Sick Stick” against her mean girl bullies. (And let’s not forget Anna Camp throwing up her taco cart lunch all over the third row in Pitch Perfect!)