Whatever you call it -- practical joking, pranking, or punking -- you've gotta love an elaborate gag at someone else's expense, especially in the movies.
Sometimes a prank is the climactic comeuppance for the story's primary antagonist; other times, it's an extended performance that serves as the basis for an entire film. Below, we count down the 11 best (or worst, depending upon your perspective) pranks ever to appear onscreen.
"Home Alone": Kevin's house of horrors
The best compilation of booby traps ever to appear in a single movie.
"Jackass": the hardware store toilet prank
In a movie franchise full of pranks, Dave England's number two is still number one. All hail the king of the Ceramic Throne.
"Borat" in its entirety
Sacha Baron Cohen's prank crosses the line into performance art.
"Bad Grandpa" in its entirety
And so does Johnny Knoxville's.
"Grumpy Old Men": the fish in the car
Beautiful in its simplicity.
"The Sandlot": Squints fakes his own death
The one prank on this list that was done for the love, not the lulz.
"Dumb and Dumber": TURBO LAX
Lloyd knows that Harry just wants to be a regular guy.
"Carrie": the prom prank
No list of movie pranks would be complete without this elaborate scheme to crown Carrie White prom queen, and then drench her in a bucket of pigs' blood. (If someone did this to you, you'd burn down the school with your mind, too.)
"Animal House": the horse prank
Unfortunately, this one ended badly. Particularly for the horse.
"Matilda": the hat and the superglue
In which a brilliant child gets some satisfying revenge on her stupid, stupid father.
"Stand by Me": the pie-eating prank
Even though this prank never really happened -- even in the context of the movie, it was purely the invention of storyteller-to-be Gordy LaChance -- it's number one on this list for its sheer mercenary vengeance.