I have seen many movies in my life. In fact, before immersing myself in the culinary world full-time, I used to work in the movie industry. Truth be told, if it weren’t for my trials and tribulations in the entertainment business, I may have never started cooking. You see most of my experiences in the “biz” involved toiling for crappy bosses, reading piles of miserable scripts and dealing with way too many asses. My life was full of stress and misery. I needed to find ways to release that stress and escape. Working out was one good way, drugs were so passé, (although I had my fair share of Scotch), sex is amazing of course, and cooking was great because it lead to sex. But I digress.
Let's get back to the topic of food movies she will love. Before popping in the DVD or while it’s downloading, open up a bottle of wine or some beers and eat nothing else but freshly popped popcorn drizzled with the finest extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste. It’s healthier than butter and tastes better!
Even if she isn’t a foodie you will both love these movies. They’re basically all love stories. Most are comedic.
1) Big Night (Stanley Tucci & Campbell Scott 1996)
This was Stanley Tucci & Campbell Scott’s first film and it was fantastic. It’s about brothers. It’s about struggle. It’s about passion. If you haven’t seen this movie, watch it soon.
“Primo and Secondo are two brothers who have emigrated from Italy to open an Italian restaurant in America. Primo is the irascible and gifted chef, brilliant in his culinary genius, but determined not to squander his talent on making the routine dishes that customers expect. Secondo is the smooth front-man, trying to keep the restaurant financially afloat, despite few patrons other than a poor artist who pays with his paintings. The owner of the nearby Pascal's restaurant, enormously successful (despite its mediocre fare), offers a solution - he will call his friend, a big-time jazz musician, to play a special benefit at their restaurant. Primo begins to prepare his masterpiece, a feast of a lifetime, for the brothers' big night...” Source: Imdb.
2) Tampopo (1996 Juzo Itami-Japanese)
It’s a Japanese noodle movie and it makes you so hungry. It's one of the best!
“Tampopo, a widowed noodle chef, is helped to become a first class noodle chef by truck driver Goro and friends. Food is the theme throughout this movie and it includes novel uses of food as erotic toy’s” Source: Imdb.
3) Chocolat (Lasse Holstrum 2000)
This movie sizzles with sexiness. I really enjoyed this treat.
“Vianne Rocher and her young daughter are drifters who are met with skepticism and resistance when they move to a conservative town in rural France and open a chocolate shop during Lent. As Vianne begins to work her magic and help those around her, the townspeople are soon won-over by her exuberance and her delicious chocolates - except for the mayor, who is determined to shut her down. When a group of river drifters visit the town, Vianne teaches the townspeople something about acceptance, and finds love for herself along the way.” Source: Imdb.
4) Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee 1994)
The opening sequence in this is delicious. Great story too. I loved it.
"Senior Master Chef Chu lives in a large house in Taipei with his three unmarried daughters, Jia-Jen, a chemistry teacher converted to Christianity, Jia-Chien, an airline executive, and Jia-Ning, a student who also works in a fast food restaurant. Life in the house revolves around the ritual of an elaborate dinner each Sunday, and the love lives of all the family members." Source: IMBD
5) Bella Martha (AKA Mostly Martha Sandra Nettlebeck 2002)
This German film was so good that Hollywood had to remake it. No Reservations was the remake and it sucked.
“in a German restaurant, Chef Martha Klein is the undisputed supreme ruler of the kitchen staff and woe to any customer who would dare criticize her cooking. Her life is firmly centered around cooking which takes on a obsessive level with stubborn single mindedness. Even when she is ordered to take therapy, she still constantly talks about her work and the iron clad control she relishes in her task. All that changes when her sister dies in a car accident, leaving her 8 year old daughter, Lina. Martha takes her niece in and while making enquiries for her estranged father, she struggles to care for this stubbornly headstrong child. Meanwhile at work, a new chef named Mario is hired on and Martha feels threatened by this unorthodox intruder.” Source: Imdb.
6) Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau 1992) Love, food, desire and longing. Viva Arau! This movie underlines what we all know: that food is sexy!"
7) Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart 1971)
This is my favorite movie. Gene Wilder is amazing in this. It’s not number one on this list because I think most everyone has seen this version. If not you need to see it now!!!!