The Hundred Food JourneyThis movie was a feast for the eyes. It’s the first movie I’ve seen in a long time that, except for a certain pigeon dish, made me hungry just watching.

This movie, which was produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, is about an Indian family that owns and operates a thriving restaurant in their home country. One night following an election, an angry mob storms the restaurant and burns it to the ground, killing with it the mother of the family. Deciding it’s too dangerous to stay, the family flees Europe, finally settling in a french village.

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Doing what they do best, the family converts a large home on the outskirts of town into their new restaurant, much to the displeasure of the owner of a well-known, revered and French restaurant just across the street — 100 feet away. The owner of the French restaurant, played by Academy Award-Winner Helen Mirren, does things like buy up all of the ingredients used to make the items on the Indian restaurant’s menu and has the restaurant’s sign removed because it violates zoning laws. Their rivalry escalates in a series of funny events.

The movie’s protagonist, played by Manish Dayal, gives a solid performance as the oldest child of the Indian family and gifted chef eager to work for Mirren and learn how to cook French cuisine. He gets a spot at her restaurant and quickly gains notoriety for infusing spices into the dishes he learns, which leads him away from the town and the young female chef he’s fallen for.

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Although a little predicable, the film was overall entertaining — a good date film — and a definite must-see for foodies. And while it tackled some pretty serious topics, had some very funny scenes.

This movie is rated PG-13.

The DVD extras include an interview with Spielberg and Winfrey as they discuss their first project together in 30 years.

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