6/01/2009

Foodie Movies

Posted by Chrisi

I can say with a fair bit of certainty that pies are not a hot cinematic theme.  "Waitress," starring Keri Russell, is the only recent pie-themed film that I am aware of (love it!).  The pies' names reflect the main character's thoughts/feelings ("Earl Murders Me Because I’m Having An Affair Pie" and "Pregnant Miserable Self Pitying Loser Pie"). Recipes for these pies can be found at http://waitressmovie.net/jennas-pies/.

Pie throwing, however, is a popular movie theme as documented in the blog, "Cinematical - The Greatest Pie Fights in Movies" (http://www.cinematical.com/2008/09/30/the-greatest-pie-fights-in-movies/).  Here you can see video clips from "Blazing Saddles" and "The Sweet Pie and Pie," which features the Three Stooges (of course, pie throwing naturals).  

If we expand the pie theme to include pizza pies, then we have the "naughty" movie Loverboy, "May I have anchovies on my pizza, please?" and others such as "Mystic Pizza," which I haven't seen.   The rest of the movies listed below are just damn good Foodie Movies.  My favorites have a naughty/sensual side (e.g., Chocolat, Like Water for Chocolate) which is why they are included on Naughty Pies.

Waitress (2007)

Jenna (Keri Russell) is trapped in an unhappy marriage with a controlling, jealous husband and the last thing she wants is a baby, so when she discovers she has fallen pregnant, she’s terrified of what the future holds. In an effort to escape her husband, Jenna saves what money she can by working at Joe’s Diner where she creates amazing pies. Jenna also finds support in her friends Becky (Cheryl Hines) and Dawn (Adrienne Shelly), working southern women trying to make the most out of the little they've been given in life and Old Joe (Andy Griffith), who owns the pie shop where Jenna works. Things seem hopeless for Jenna until she meets gynecologist Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion). He’s kind. He’s neurotic. He’s married.


Julie and Julia (2009)

Meryl Streep is Julia Child and Amy Adams is Julie Powell in writer-director Nora Ephron’s adaptation of two bestselling memoirs: Powell’s Julie & Julia and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme.

Based on Julie Powell's book 'Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen.' Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul. Julie Powell is 30-years-old, living in a rundown apartment in Queens and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that's going nowhere. She needs something to break the monotony of her life, and she invents a deranged assignment. She will take her mother's dog-eared copy of Julia Child's 1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and she will cook all 524 recipes. In the span of one year.  

Chocolat (2000)

1960, small town France. Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) and her pre-teen daughter move into town and open a chocolate shop just as lent is beginning. The town's small-minded mayor can't accept this and does his best to shut her down, but her warm personality and incredible chocolates manage to win over many townsfolk. Things get shaken up even more when a group of river drifters, led by Roux  (Johnny Depp), stop into town (to the even greater distress of the mayor) and Vianne takes up with him. Meanwhile, she's been helping Josephine out of her abusive marriage and her equally freethinking landlord, Amande Voisin (Judi Dench), get together with her grandson, Luc, whose mother doesn't approve of Amande's ways.


Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

Tita and Pedro want to get married, but Tita has to take care of her ageing mother and is not allowed to marry. Pedro ends up marrying Tita's sister, but lets Tita know he only married her sister to be closer to her. When Tita is forced to make the wedding cake, the guests at the wedding are overcome with sadness... Tita has discovered she can do strange things with her cooking.

Movie posters and summaries taken from the Internet Movie Database (http://www.imdb.com/) 

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