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Feb 22, 2008 12:07 PM

Nominate your favourite Food and or Drink themed movie seen in the last 5 years?

I am a big fan of the intoxicating comedy "SIDEWAYS" about a washed up actor and writer who take a climactic, life examining road trip through the Central Coast wine region of California. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards and winner of BEST COMEDY of 2004

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  1. oh, frugle one, we've got ourselves a semantics issue here.

    for films RELEASED in the last 5 years, sideways just about covers the good ones for me. actually, that and "supersize me."

    ratatouille was pretty mediocre. haven't seen "mostly martha" or "no reservations" yet, and planning to watch "waitress" this weekend...that one could conceivably make the list.

    but if we talk about movies we've SEEN in the past 5 years, that's a whole different ball game because we can include ones that were released anytime.

    big night
    mystic pizza
    eat drink man woman
    like water for chocolate
    charlie & the chocolate factory [the original]
    fried green tomatoes

    gotta love loopholes :)

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      FYI - The original was called "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." I remember hearing that there was a controversy because they didn't keep the name of the book. But at least now it's easy to seperate them! (That is, if you're a psycho-cinephile like me.)

      1. re: miss_bennet

        you're absolutely right. i stand corrected. i was a bookworm as a kid, and read it long before i saw the film, so the title stuck in my head.

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Have to echo Big Night (Stanley Tucci) and add A Good Year (Russell Crowe) as two of my favorites. goodhealthgourmet's list is a pretty good reference chart. I'd add Ratatouille as a light-hearted exposure to life in the restaurant kitchen.

        1. re: Midlife

          i had ratatouille in there, but not as a fave. although i wanted to love it, i thought it was just so-so.

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Yes, goodhealthgourmet.
          Your game of semantics has taken it's toll on my well thought out thead to correspond with the Academy Awards Show.
          I/we did receive some excellent film recommendations ,fortunately

        3. I actually liked "Last Holiday." It wasn't fantastic, but I enjoyed it. (Especially the food parts.)

          Of course, I must agree with
          Like Water for Chocolate
          Fired Green Tomatoes
          Big Night

          And, to take the original question a little far, I've always loved "The Breakfast Club."
          Does anyone know exactly what Ally Sheedy puts in those sandwiches? They're just so crunchy!

          Also, I want to see "Babette's Feast."

          Some people think that "Tom Jones" belongs in the food category, but that scene always made me feel ill.

          Realistically, I'd watch a bad movie if it centered around food, and enjoy it. ('Simply Irresistable." Case in point.)

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          1. re: miss_bennet

            i forgot about last holiday. i did enjoy the food aspect of it. plus, it was an excuse to watch LL.

            ally sheedy's sandwich was cap'n crunch cereal. and pixy stix. on white bread. 'cause apparently a girl can never have too much sugar.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I totally forgot he was in that! Now I'll need to watch it again! I just love Queen Latifah, and I loved the food scenes. Apparently LL was eclipsed by the food.

          2. I loved Sideways and Last Holiday.

            1. dinner rush, w/danny aiello
              everyday people - from hbo
              both have good ensemble work

              1. Babette's Feast is my all time favorite "foodie" movie. so much fun to watch!