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food in movies/ grotesque chewing

i'm working on a project where i need visual scenes of food prep and chewing. 'cook thief wife lover' has some good stuff (mostly b/c the prep actually LOOKS good) and the visual info is strong.

i've also found good stuff in tampopo, eat drink man woman, like water for chocolate as far as big movies go.

but i'd really like to know about scenes involving grotesque chewing or visually startling food preparation (not violent or disgusting - just visually compelling)

any recs would be appreciated

(even if movie is technically not 'centered' on food like these are, specific scenes where food plays a big part would be great. indiana jones jokery not needed thanks)

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  1. Two that come to mind immediately:

    For food prep -- the omelet scene in Big Night (probably not visually startllng, but certainly visually compelling.)

    For chewing/eating -- the cherry eating scene in Witches of Eastwick.


    1. In Bunuel's "Discrete Charm of the Bourgouisie", everyone is trying to have a meal and no one succeeds, except for some very funny footage of Fernando Rey under a dinner table snatching food off the tabletop. In "Phantom of Liberte", guests sit around a dining table on toilets, reading magazines, while some excuse themselves to lock themselves in a small room where they eat furtively! Very funny.

      1. It's been a very long time since I watched it, but Babette's Feast is all about the preparation of a magnificent feast for a group of elderly stoics, and the food prep scenes are wonderful, as are the scenes where Babette's dinner guests slowly warm to the deliciousness of the meal being served to them.

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        1. The classic eating scene is a vital part of "Tom Jones" and for the very grotesque and disgusting, there's "Le Grande Bouffe".

          1. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life has a scene of gluttony which is grotesque (and gets violent and disgusting).

            9 1/2 Weeks has a scene in which Mickey Rourke blindfolds Kim Basinger & feeds her stuff.

            The Prince of Tides has a scene in which Kate Nelligan cooks dogfood for her abusive husband.

            In The Tin Drum, a group of kids make a stew outdoors. There is a frog involved.

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            1. re: small h

              thank you all for reminding me of these!
              excellent recommendations.

              I haven't seen the movie of the tin drum, but by any chance do they also film the scene with the horse's head being used as bait for eels seaside? that could come in handy

              1. re: mr mouther

                Yes, the eels scene is in the movie. Tasty....

                1. re: mr mouther

                  I want to say yes, but I don't have a clear recollection of seeing it.

                  Also, generally, any movie that has a big wedding scene would probably be useful to you.

                  1. re: mr mouther

                    The horse head scene is included, and while that particular image did not bother me too much, the portrayal of the mother's subsequent fish-eating compulsion is the closest I have ever come to being physically sickened by a movie.

                2. Caligula had quite the eating scene in it. It's been a long while, but perhpas it had more than one.

                  Big Night..for all kinds of prep and eating.

                  Good Fellas had a cool eating scene. 91/2 weeks...next to the fridge.

                  1. Layer Cake w/Daniel Craig. There is a scene in a diner-close-up, wet, sloppy chewing. Pretty grotesque...

                    1. In Dick Tracy, one of the villains eats about a zillion oysters very quickly. It's less chewing than slurping.

                      In The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Jeannie Berlin eats an egg salad sandwich and ends up with egg salad all over her face, grossing out her husband, Charles Grodin.

                      Seriously, if you do not stop me, OP, I will be adding to this thread until the cows come home.

                      1. Kramer vs. Kramer has the scene where Dustin Hoffman is making french toast... love that scene.

                        in the age of innocence it's food from the 1870's

                        The Gold Rush - when they boil the boot and serve it split with gravy...

                        Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom - monkey brains anyone?

                        My Big Fat Greek Wedding - the lamb or pig on a spit

                        Silence of the Lambs - with fava beans and a nice Chianti

                        Monty Python's Meaning of Life - it' s a little grotesque


                        Pretty Woman - the scenes with the snails "slippery little suckers!"

                        animal house has the food fight scene



                        not an eating scene per se, but When Harry met Sally in the restaurant when she fakes the orgasm, and then gives the waiter a hard time - "I'll have what she's having"

                        also not a "food scene" but gotta love jack nicholson in five easy pieces:
                        Dupea: I'd like a plain omelette, no potatoes, tomatoes instead, a cup of coffee, and wheat toast.
                        Waitress: (She points to the menu) No substitutions.
                        Dupea: OK, I'll make it as easy for you as I can. I'd like an omelette, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee.
                        Waitress: A number two, chicken sal san, hold the butter, the lettuce and the mayonnaise. And a cup of coffee. Anything else?
                        Dupea: Yeah. Now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules.
                        Waitress (spitefully): You want me to hold the chicken, huh?
                        Dupea: I want you to hold it between your knees.
                        Waitress (turning and telling him to look at the sign that says, "No Substitutions") Do you see that sign, sir? Yes, you'll all have to leave. I'm not taking any more of your smartness and sarcasm.
                        Dupea: You see this sign? (He sweeps all the water glasses and menus off the table.)

                        1. A Christmas Story--the dinner scene where Mom is trying to get Ralphie's little brother to eat. The second Hanibal Lecheter movie. The one where Ray Liotta's character is fed his own brains. (I forgot the name of the movie)

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                          1. "W" There are several scenes where he's shoveling food and talking at the same time.

                            1. Any episode of "Celebrity Rehab" involving Gary Busey eating!

                              1. One of my favorite food prep scenes is in "Soul Food". The women gather in the ktichen at the end of the movie and you see them lovingly prepare the fried chicken, the fried catfish (you watch it being lowered so gentle into the hot oil), mac and cheese. It's a feast for the eyes.

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                                1. re: Avalondaughter

                                  Try and find What's For Dinner...pretty sure that was the name of the movie, about making Thanksgiving dinner...multi cultural...pretty cool.

                                  As far as chewing some of my favorites are from the movie Mother..."protective layer" too funny!

                                  1. re: Avalondaughter

                                    I always really loved how that scene was shot as well.

                                  2. There's a great scene in "Alien," fairly near the beginning, when the crew have woken up from suspended animation and are stuffing themselves with great gusto. This is unusual in science fiction movies.

                                    1. “Harold and Maude” - Bud Cort compulsively devours a plate of beets.

                                      The aforementioned “Tom Jones”...classic

                                      There are a few scenes of food prep/catering in “Hannah and Her Sisters”

                                      What about the scene in the “Godfather” when some guy is telling someone else how to make spaghetti sauce...

                                      1. Jurassic Park- The kids eating the abandoned buffet. I think there is some stuffing of food in the mouth followed by wobbling jello

                                        Hook- The lost boys feast that starts out as colourful glop and with their imagination changes into real food.

                                        And if animation is ok there are a ton of Simpsons episodes with the family scarfing down food.

                                        1. I can think of few worst than the last Lord of the Rings movie--The Return of the King. King Denethor eating grotesquely as his son nearly dies in battle. (And no, I'm not a Lord of the Rings geek--thanks to IMBD for that detailed information and for also telling me that he's the mad scientist on TV's Fringe as well.) That scene was a whole lotta' lip smackin'.

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                                          1. Taxidermia, a Hungarian film about, in part, speed eaters. But it is in fact gleefully disgusting.

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                                            1. re: tatamagouche

                                              Oh! An amazing live octopus eating scene in Park Chan-Wook's Oldboy and an amazing fish-eating scene in Kim ki-Duk's The Isle.

                                            2. Tortilla Soup has Mexican cooking.

                                              1. When I hear the words "grotesque chewing" I automatically think of the scene in Miss Congeniality where Sandra Bullock is eating a steak (the first time she meets Michael Caine). Certainly not a food-centered movie but she is seriously going to town on the steak.

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                                                1. re: Elyssa

                                                  1) Pieces of April w/ Katie Holmes- she is preparing a Thanksgiving meal for her estranged family. 2)ET with the trail of Reeses pieces 3) Mostly Martha- lots of scenes-she is a restaurant chef.

                                                  Good Post! I will keep thinking. Movies and food are 2 of my favorite things!

                                                  1. re: Elyssa

                                                    I second the dinner scene in Miss Congeniality...

                                                    For grotesque, there’s always the pie eating contest in Stand By Me, as well as numerous iconic mouth-stuffing scenes throughout the entire run of The Simpsons.

                                                  2. not as strong as all of these other great recs, but i remember thinking that the guys are always eating something in all of the 'Ocean' movies (Ocean's 11, 12, 13).

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                                                    1. re: twiggles

                                                      Yea. Brad Pitt's character is always eating. I actually really liked that about those movies.

                                                      1. re: gastrotect

                                                        exactly what i was going to say... he looks ridiculously hot in all his chewing if you ask me

                                                    2. How about all of those wonderful-looking pies in Waitress?

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                                                      1. I can't stand the Flashdance scene where she's playing with the lobster...SICK! I second someone else's mention of Indiana Jones' monkey brains.

                                                        1. Serial Mom, when the older couple is eating dinner, it is pretty gross. But they get theirs when Kathleen Turner takes them out. Stabs the lady in the gut with scissors and drops an air conditioner on the man from a window. God I love that movie. John Waters FTW!

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                                                          1. re: MattInNJ

                                                            Cool Hand Luke....50 hard boiled eggs.

                                                          2. The bean scene in Blazing Saddles.

                                                            1. chewing- Definatly Kurt Russel in "Death Proof" from the grindhouse double feature....heres a link to the clip.....mmmmm nachos!


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                                                              1. re: medRare28

                                                                In one of the Twin Peaks episodes Sherilyn Fenn puts a cherry in her mouth and ties the stem into a knot with her tongue.

                                                              2. OK how about Splash where Darryl Hannah eats the lobster, shell and all.

                                                                1. The restaurant scenes in the early part of Victor/Victoria has some of what you're looking for.

                                                                  1. In The Cincinnati Kid Edward R Robinson slurps oysters w/ relish In New Orleans. In Saratoga Trunk, Ingrid Bergman downs jumbalaya and fresh peaches in champagne in NOLA as well.

                                                                    1. "Defending Your Life"
                                                                      Great food scenes in heaven, where all the food is fantastic.
                                                                      Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep gorge themselves on the food.
                                                                      "More pie?"

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                                                                      1. re: pacheeseguy

                                                                        I LOVE that scene. That is one of my favorite movies because of that scene.

                                                                      2. During the final Lord of the Rings there is a really gross eating scene. I forget the charecter but one of the hobits is singing a song as he dines. You see grape tomatoes snapping in his mouth and him tearning apart meat. It makes him look like an animal. Good scene!

                                                                        1. There's a scene in the newer Pride & Prejudice at a ball in which the mother is sitting at the banquet table and is stuffing food into her face and eating disgustingly.
                                                                          That's part of her crassness displayed along with simultaneous loud talk about marrying off her daughters to rich men.

                                                                          1. Just watched "W." the other day and there is a scene where W. is eating lunch with Cheney in The White House; takes a gulp of his drink while still chewing, picks his teeth, speaks with his mouth full. Fairly boorish and gross!

                                                                            1. Then there’s the scene in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” where Elizabeth Taylor masticates a chicken leg while talking to Richard Burton. When she’s done, she doesn’t know what to do with the bone and throws it back on the plate in the refrigerator.

                                                                              1. does "simply ming" count? 'cause ming tsai needs some better eating habits! he "wolfs" his food (as i was told once that i did, by a very crummy date, on our first and last date, after i finished my salad from the salad bar...).

                                                                                1. By far the most grotesque and memorable food scene is, with out a doubt, dear old Mr. Creosote from 'The Meaning of Life'. In his famous scene, Mr. Creosote was served moules marinieres, pate de foie gras, beluga caviar, eggs benedictine, a leek tart, frogs' legs amandine and quail's eggs all mixed together in a bucket with the quail eggs on top and a double helping of pate, and for apéritifs he has six bottles of Château Latour 1945, a double jeroboam of champagne, and half a dozen crates of brown ale (considerably less than his usual allowance).

                                                                                  And one thin mint.

                                                                                  Enjoy this scene with the usual musical number before Creosote walks in, and take cover. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2Bs1Z...

                                                                                  1. For chewing- In Gone with the Wind, when Rhett and Scarlett are on their honeymoon, she is absolutely gorging on all the fancy foods, including gesturing with her mouth full to get even more of the goodies rolling by on the cart. "Mmm, uhf, Rhett, one of those!"

                                                                                    There is also the famous scene in the movie in which she digs up a radish, takes a bite, spits it out and proclaims that "as God as my witness I'll never be hungry again". However, the whole thing is shot in shadow.

                                                                                    And finally, one more scene my all time favorite film, they cook up a banty rooster- they show Pork (the servant, not the chop) ready to execute the bird, then a shot of a less than appetizing looking chicken.

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