Sunday, February 11, 2007

Top Five Foodie Movies

I got to thinking the other night about movies involving food, and decided to compile a list of my top five favorite foodie movies.

1. Babycakes - an obscure made-for-TV movie starring Ricki Lake as a single, overweight woman trying to win the man of her dreams, namely through food ("food is a way to a man's heart" or something like that?). Cute movie but depressing at times.

2. Like Water for Chocolate - based on a book (which I read in high school and loved), is about a young girl, Tita, who cannot marry because it is tradition for the oldest girl in the family to take care of her mother. Tita creates dishes that have a bit of magic to them and sometimes cause an uproar. I loved this book and the movie equally. I think this may be the only movie adaptation from a book that I really truly loved.

3. What's Cooking? - this movie is about a group of different people (different cultures) getting together at Thanksgiving. I loved this one, there is an air of drama but you also get to see dishes being prepared as well.

4. Soul Food - the trials and tribulations of a family going through changing times, and of course, soul food! What I loved the most was the women with their mother, showing the process of making the soul food. In a sense it reminds me of my Nana and when I used to watch her cook food in the kitchen.

5. The Joy Luck Club - While food may not be a huge part of this movie, it does have a part in it. This movie is about a group of Chinese-American women and their relationships with their mothers (their mother's history is focused on throughout this movie). This one is a REAL tear-jerker. I hadn't watched it in years until maybe six months ago and I was bawling my eyes out, thinking of my own mother, who I miss dearly (who lives 1,000 miles south of me!).

What are your favorite movies with a food theme or element in them?

7 Comments:

At 2:13 PM, Blogger sher said...

Oh, this looks like fun! I've seen all of your choices and it makes me hungry just remembering them!

 
At 2:13 PM, Blogger sher said...

Oh, this looks like fun! I've seen all of your choices and it makes me hungry just remembering them!

 
At 2:13 PM, Blogger sher said...

Oh, this looks like fun! I've seen all of your choices and it makes me hungry just remembering them!

 
At 5:50 PM, Anonymous kate said...

Oh! One of my absolute favorite movies of all time... Big Night

The very last scene is entirely wordless -- just one character cooking an omelet -- and it's simply beautiful.

The movie is about two brothers with a failing Italian restaurant. There is a rumor that Louis Prima will come to dine there and they gamble everything on this chance to save the business, creating a wonderful meal... one "big night".

It's got a great cast. If you've never seen it, I highly recommend it.

 
At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Deanna (Domestic Chicky) said...

Definitely Soul Food, and another fav is "woman on top"

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Thank you both for the recommendations! I have never heard of Big Night or Woman on Top but I will check it out and see if Netflix carries both!

 
At 7:35 PM, Anonymous kate said...

Jen, let me know how you like Big Night. I think I need to buy it on DVD.

 

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