“The Hundred-Foot Journey” is one of the best surprises of the year. This unique story is a blend of culture, love, and food network. Most notably, it’s PG-rating proves that you don’t need profanity to write a great script. PG often implies “kids movie” but don’t let the rating fool you: this story is geared toward adults. It just happens to be family-friendly. The idea of a man who is searching to find his culinary style while falling in love may sound cheesy, but the love story and beautiful food cinematography complement each other well. The literal and figurative culinary journey ranges from traditional Indian and French cuisine to molecular gastronomy, appealing to the foodie in all of us with technique and beautiful food presentation. You will be so hungry by the end of this film! I was particularly impressed by this mostly-unknown group of actors. Helen Mirren’s name draws people in and you know that you will always get a great performance from her, but the rest of the cast keeps up. Om Puri is hilarious as Papi, Charlotte Le Bon in enchanting as Marguerite, and Manish Dayal carries the entire film in the lead role. The acting and screenplay are on par with any Oscar nominee, but without the foul language. “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a delicious exploration of food that will make you wish that it was available in Smell-o-Vision!
[Pictured: Helen Mirren never disappoints!]