Hypoglycemia in the movies

There have been a few times when the issue of low blood sugar has graced the big screen.

Movie: Live Free or Die Hard (Die Hard 4.0)
Character: Matthew Farrell

Justin Long as Matthew Farrell
Justin Long as Matthew Farrell

In the movie Live Free or Die Hard, Matthew Farrell plays a computer hacker who assists Bruce Willis’ character in taking down a group of hackers trying to steal the wealth of the United States. At least twice, Matthew Farrell asks Bruce Willis if they can stop to get something to eat because his blood sugar is dropping.

Sadly, Matthew is portrayed as a “wimp” anyway and his blood sugar dropping is used as evidence towards his “wimpiness,” so his requests are ignored. This is a classic case of what NOT to do when someone mentions low blood sugar and they don’t really show the consequences of this (passing out).

Movie: Steel Magnolias

Character: Shelby Eatenton Latcherie


Movie: Kindergarten Cop
Character: Phoebe O’Hara

Phoebe O'Hara (Pamela Reed) in a red jacket on the left in Kindergarten Cop.
Phoebe O’Hara (Pamela Reed) in a red jacket on the left in Kindergarten Cop.

I couldn’t get the video to embed, but you can watch it here: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/an-oB7L7ntYhbJmm/kindergarten_cop_1990_the_assignment/

One of my favorite family movies, Kindergarten Cop, also shows a character with hypoglycemia. Police Detective Phoebe O’Hara plays the partner to Arnold Swarzenegger. He comments early on in the movie how he’s never seen such a tiny woman eat so much. She quips back that’s she’s hypoglycemic and, if she doesn’t eat often, she gets a little nutty.

This is probably the best representation of hypoglycemia in a movie because it does show the character Phoebe O’Hara having to eat often. Unfortunately, it’s not perfect either. Phoebe is shown eating mass quantities of foods that hypoglycemics shouldn’t eat including a heaping bowl of white pasta and blueberry pie.

I know there is more than this that show hypoglycemia and low blood sugar, but I can’t seem to find them. If you happen on a movie that talks about it, please let me know!  I’d love to add to this list!


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