100 Foot Journey

Jays Rating:

Lasse Hallstrom directs a heartwarming drama about culture and cuisine in the film, The Hundred-Foot Journey. When the Kadam family moves from India to France and opens a restaurant across the street from an upscale French restaurant, the proprietress Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) isn’t happy with her new neighbors. She has a run-in with the Papa (Om Puri) of the family and even tries to sabotage the opening by buying all the produce in the local market leaving the Indian restaurant high and dry. She eventually notices the cooking skills of one of the sons named Hassan (Manish Dayal) who blends Indian spices into French food and is impressed. While learning how to cook French cuisine from Madame Mallory, Hassan falls in love with the sous-chef named Marguerite (Charlotte Le Von) at the French restaurant. It seemed as though Hassan picked the girl and the fancy restaurant over his own family business. This film is based on a best selling novel by Richard C Morais and as usual, I can see why the book was in all probability, better than the movie. Yes, it does have an original story, but some truly interesting story lines were never developed. For example, what happened to the Indian restaurant after Hassan left and did the Kadam family fit into the French countryside after Hassan became a chef? The film was so long I thought it should be called the 200 Foot Journey. The acting was fantastic with Helen Mirren at the top of her game. She has performed both on stage, in television, and in comedy, drama, and action films. With the increasing interest in movies from the Indian culture we will see more films like Slum Dog Millionaire, Life of Pi and Million Dollar Arm. Although the previous films were great dramas, this movie actually has some humor. I’m giving this heartfelt film a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA

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