Tossin It Out There – What’s YOUR Favorite Movie Moment Involving Food?

Ok, folks. Thanksgiving is right around the corner… and that means a bunch of FOOD. Eatin’s. Mmmmm.

So I thought we’d turn today’s topic to the subject of food. Will it be a tricky one? Maybe… but let’s try to come up with our favorite scenes or moments from movies involving eating, or food.

Plenty of comedies deal in food… obviously, there’s the food fight in Animal House. Spicoli ordering a pizza in class. The lunch scene in the Breakfast Club. But horror goes there too. How about the dinner scene in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or the octopus scene in Old Boy? There’s plenty of dramatic scenes that happen at the dinner table… American Beauty has a family dinner scene from hell, for example. Jack Nicholson tells Helen Hunt “You make me want to be a better man” over dinner.

“Look Mr Frodo. Lembas!”

:D There’s tons of ammunition out there for you today, and I promise the judges will be lenient. So let’s hear it! What are YOUR favorite movie scenes involving food?!

144 thoughts on “Tossin It Out There – What’s YOUR Favorite Movie Moment Involving Food?

  1. For me it is the final masterpiece meal in Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It is at the same time incredibly artistic and edible while at the same time being presented with an almost foodie eroticism!

  2. I know this may sound weird, but Spanglish. This one scene in particular, where Adam Sandler’s character comes home from a long day at work and makes himself this amazing sandwich with a soft sunny side up egg on top. Man, just thinking about that sandwich makes me hungry. Too bad I couldn’t find a YouTube clip.

    • LOL. Your twitter feed could do the trick, too. I swear, you used to make me hungry like every day! :D

      I dont actually remember if Ive seen Spnglish… I may have wiped it from my reollection. :D

      You were the one who likes Jiro Dreams of Sushi, right? Ric was just commenting about that above, actually…

      • Ya, he totally stole my first idea. It’s cool. LOL I should be faster at commenting back on your blog. Lesson learned.

      • This is behind the scenes of Spanglish with one of world’s best chef’s Thomas Keller teaching Sandler how to make the world’s greatest sandwich or BLT with egg. Attached link in support of Jenkakio Spanglish sandwich. ;-)

  3. In The Big Lebowski, after The Dude’s car gets smashed up by the dude with the crowbar, it cuts to the guys in the car eating hamburgers. It’a small moment but it always makes me laugh. I also love the dinner argument in American Beauty, the eating scene from Dead Alive, and the horribly racist but still funny dinner from Temple of Doom.

    • Yeah, I guess there’s some un-politically correct shit going on in Temple of Doom. Just a bit… hey, it was the 80s, you know?

      I love the Big Lebowski. :D Any answer involving it is a good answer.

      • Hey man, I LOVE the scene in Temple of Doom. I don’t care how politically incorrect it is, the scene cracks me up. Besides, political correctness is overrated.

      • It’s been just a bit too long since I’ve seen Temple of Doom (curse my VCR dying on me last year; still haven’t been able to track down cheap DVD copies), but I wonder how much of that scene was deliberate political incorrectness, in order to fit in with the time the movie is set in. There’s a ton of “make it like that era’s stories” going on in the whole series, more than most people notice, I think.

    • The political incorrectness of “Temple of Doom” didn’t bother me because I’m pretty sure it never implied that all Indian people are like this. (The bigger complaint, which I understand from my Indian friends, is that Indians are mainly vegetarian, and they wouldn’t be eating any of that meat.) If anything, I thought it was about tolerance. Earlier, when Indy was at a poor village he was eating sketchy food there, too, but warned that it was all that they had. Meeting other cultures sometimes means eating weird food as a sign of respect.

      (This is, of course, coming from a guy who has eaten balut — a.k.a. boiled eggs with the chicken fetus still inside.)

  4. Some good choices already mentioned, like the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. What came to my mind first, though, was Benny & Joon, and Sam’s unique approach to cooking. Grilled cheese sandwiches made with an iron, dicing potatoes with a tennis racquet….

      • Awesome! This was going to be my #1 choice–I love this film BECAUSE it deals with food. So wonderful and truly a love letter to food by foodies. From the hilarious “lightening” flavored mushroom to the fabulous rats cooking in the kitchen–so great. And Ego’s review at the end is beautiful. Brad Bird is a genius.

        And yes…I LOVE FOOD!

        I must also give a shout out to Stand By Me and the pie eating contest that turns to Barf-O-Rama! EWWWWW….that one sticks with you! So funny!

      • Heh. Alright. I guess a lot of people do, this topic did WAY better than I thought it would.

        I expected to stump a lot of people, but everyone had examples aplenty! :D

        That is a good flick. I have to rewatch it and see if its MTESS material. I havent seen it since around its release, and that is turning into “too long”.

      • OOOOoo I got you! Mr. and Mrs. Smith! I’ve looked for a clip of this scene but I can’t find one. They’re sitting at the dinner table (one of several scenes like this in the film) and talking about the food…right after each one has gotten back from their incredible jobs as assassins..blah, blah, blah.

        It just cracks me up that Jolie has a scene in a movie where she is EATING. And I can only put it in capitals when I’m talking about her. She cooked food, she’s sitting down, and EATING. PEAS. The food looks nice, but those two…

        And yeah, Willie Wonka makes me drool throughout the whole film. I don’t eat candy, but that movie makes me want to, just so I could float up or turn into a berry.

        (The movie Willie Wonka, that is, not Johnny Depp. No saliva wasted on that mustached man.)

    • I mentioned it there cause its a great scene. THAT’S why that movie is so scary to me. LOL. Leatherface, chainsaw… victims running, whatever, whatever… I’ve seen it. LOL.

      But you put on that dinner scene? And I am dying to get out of there, I am freaking OUT!!! GET ME OUTTA HERE!!!! :D

  5. Hi, Fogs:

    I’ll go with a superb romantic comedy from 1978. ‘Who Is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?’ Where George Segal and Jacquiline Bisset are high end food writers who are surprised when great chefs are be killed off after dramatically showing off their distinct specialties.

    Opulent locations. Fantastic looking meals and filmed in meticulous detail while going through their preparation stages. A nice little film for a cold, somewhat dreary
    Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

  6. Hey Fogs….hope all is well. A wonderful film that comes to mind is Barry Levinson’s diner….the scenes in the diner with fries and turkey gravy and conversation are classic…Eddie (Steve Guttenberg) asking who do you prefer, Sinatra or Mathis and Boogie’s (Mickey Rourke) answer , Elvis Presley….that and the Paul Reiser voice over during the credits about evolution with the sounds of the diner mixed in….just really good filmmaking. For folks from the East Coast that spent hours late night at diners, it totally captures the spirit.

    • Hi, Garner:

      Ahhhhhh…. I do miss ‘Wets’. The fries and gravy combination you mentioned from ‘Diner’. But beef gravy! The only way to go.

    • Dinerrrrrr

      [Slow, grinning nod]

      Hells yes. Great flick. Been too long since I’ve seen it, I’ve gotta pick it up on Blu.

      Oh. Ok, I guess I dont feel that bad now… its not out yet. Thats probably why I dont own it! LOL Great flick though… good choice

  7. Love this question. Posed it to my husband, too, because I knew he’d have a good answer, and his was immediately the Hook food fight scene too, partly because of the “epic spread.” It is a fantastic food scene.

    Being the huge animation fan I am, of course, a bunch of animated movies quickly came to my mind.

    Lady and the Tramp, of course. The classic.

    The entirety of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs works, but here’s a particular favorite scene.

    And the food scene I’d most want to experience myself, less the creepy parents. Coraline masterfully pulls off whimsical and haunting simultaneously.
    http://www.anyclip.com/movies/coraline/dinner-with-the-other-parents

    Some non-animated favorites:
    Sweeney Todd, Have a Little Priest. An entire song about how people would taste! Can’t beat that, nosir. ;)

    My Best Friend’s Wedding features a food critic as the protagonist, so it has a number of food scenes and references. It’s one of the only movies I know where two characters manage to display exactly what they think of each other, all with food dialogue. And there’s something so pitiful and great in the line, “I have to be Jell-o.”

    And The Matrix — lots of great food scenes in this trilogy, really (cake, anyone?). Unfortunately, I fail to find a clip that shows the *entire* dinner scene in the original, but this one at least makes it very clear that before we get the “tastes like chicken” glump dining scene with Neo and Mouse, we also get the Cypher and Agent Smith dining scene. Beautiful contrast, all revolving around food.

  8. Couldnt get that Coraline clip to embed for you :( People can click through if they want…

    Meanwhile, we’re obligated around these parts to say “Awwww” at the mention of Lady and the Tramp. :) So, “Awwww”

    I guess I really do need to revisit “Hook”, people have brought it up three times now. I have that pop culture standard “it was lame” tag on it right now :(

    Fun choices from S Todd and the Matrix, but I cant comment on My Best Friend’s Wedding… that one had chick flick all over it, so I’ve stayed away. Maybe I should re-open “Chick Flick City” and induct that flick :D Coraline and Cloudy were both great though, love ‘em both. We’re gonna get a Cloudy 2, I hope it lives up to the first! :D

  9. Movies and food, great! As a movie nut with a food blog this is the mash up I’ve been waiting for. :-)
    1. Wallace and Gromit: almost there whole canon but particularly Curse of the Were Rabbit where the whole village is obsessed with growing vegetables. And of course Wallace’s obsession with “cheeeeese.”
    2. Victor/Victoria, the scene in the fancy restaurant where Julie Andrews buys Robert Preston dinner who she has just met based on the cockroach in her handbag.
    3. The Help – which I just saw this week – not the famous/infamous pie scene (though that deserves a mention) but all the stuff about Minnie’s fried chicken “Minnie don’t burn no chicken” and the thank you feast at the end.
    4. Diva – where the mysterious cool French guy describes the perfect way to butter a baguette.
    5. I dont really like painful dinner family scenes, but best one IMO belongs to the Birdcage with Hank Azaria, Robin Williams et al, struggling horribly with almost no food to serve. More hilarious than painful, it never gets old.

    Also, earlier this year I did a post on food in Miyazaki’s movies titled Visual Feasts. (http://meliovore.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/visual-feasts-and-oscar-eve-appreciation/)

    Thanks for the topic and Happy Thanksgiving!

    • That “Birdcage” scene is hysterical. LOL. You cant relegate Nathan Lane to the “et al” though, Jan, Come on! :D I watched that just a few months ago and it cracked me up just as bad as when it first came out.

      Remind me never to trust a pie baked by a maid, ok? LOL :D
      :( I think you’re aware of my Japanimation deficieny, though. Maybe I should do a piece on one of those flicks if you want to trade off (I emailed you a couple days back about “Free Enterprise” for the Readers series, btw…) I’d be down for that.

      Anyways, happy thanksgiving to you and yours as well, hope you have a great day and lots of great food!! :D

      • You’re right, you’re right. Sorry, Nathan! I can just hear his shrieks of wounded pride and devastation right now. :-)
        Yeah, I know you’re not a Japanimation guy so I didn’t push it, but yeah, I think you should take a look. Hmm didn’t get the e-mail. Best address: janice(at)prudcomm.com.
        Thanks!

  10. Favorite: Eat Drink Man Woman. Just watching the cooking scenes in the film makes it worth the viewing. I particularily like it when the father sees the neighbor’s daughter with a lunch for school and takes it from her. (This scene is an important clue and a nice, subtle, foreshadow of things to come.) He shows up at school with a magnificent lunch tin filled with wonderful food. Later on in the film, it shows how her classmates have started to gather around her at lunch to see what she gets every day. Food is central to this film, as the title indicates.

    Least Favorite: The worst food scene deserves a mention. The movie itself is great, The Baker, a dark comedy. The sex scene with all the baking supplies is so gross it turned me off of both food and sex for several days.

    • LOL well. Not exactly a stirring recommendation then is it. :D I should remember that put down next time I want to give a movie an F and really kick it around LOL.

      I havent seen either one though, so I’ll just trust in your tastes here on both of them. Get it? Food? Tastes? Hahahaah Alright, I’ll shut up now.

      • Eat Drink Man Woman is directed by Ang Lee, who is starting to get a good reputation and following here in the western world. Knowning that may help people understand why the food prep scenes, and food scenes in general, are so inspiring and mouth watering.

        Raw eggs just do not belong in sex scenes. There is no way to make them hot. Aside from frying them.

      • LOLLLOL!!

        I had to wait to stop laughing at that egg bit to assure you that I do know who Ang Lee is. Love me some Crouching Tiger. Hulk not so much, but… hey, cant win em all. Brokeback was good though.

        LOL. Funny comment though, youre killin’ me today!! :D

      • What if you fry the raw egg as part of the sex scene, a la Hot Shots? Does that work out? ;)

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