These 10 movies with a food theme will alternately make you hungry and sick to the stomach. In other words, it’s like food poisoning in list form. Read on for some cinematic E. coli.
- "Food Inc." The title of this documentary made it an obvious pick, but trust us when we say that this is one movie worth watching. It is a hard-hitting look at the culinary-industrial complex that will change the way you think about the food you buy. As far as movies with a food theme go, this one is the best.
- "Delicatessen" Now the real stomach turning begins. “Delicatessen" is a French dark comedy about a deli that sells human meat. That’s only slightly less gross than eating horse meat, though, which the French actually do. Zut alors.
- "Soylent Green" Spoiler alert! Much like the meat in “Delicatessen,” "Soylent Green" is eating people. Set in a dystopian future where people are used both as furniture and as a source of nutrition, “Soylent Green” is part of Charlton Heston’s legacy of being in some pretty kick-ass science fiction films (see also: “Planet of the Apes” and “The Omega Man”).
- "Ratatouille" What if we told you that delicious dinner you’re eating was made by a rat? You’d probably be pretty disgusted, right? But what if that rat had the voice of beloved comedian Patton Oswalt? Well, then you’d probably be all, “Yeah, I’ll eat that.” As far as family films go, “Ratatouille" is one of the better movies with a food theme.
- "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" Another family movie with a food theme, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” is also one of the most entertaining musical films of all time. Just stay away from the Tim Burton remake, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which destroys everything that was good about the original and replaces it with a creepy, Michael Jackson-esque Johnny Depp and a lame back story about Willy Wonka’s father being a dentist.
- "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" This movie doesn’t have a whole lot to do with food, but at the very least there’s dinner involved. It was a fairly groundbreaking movie about interracial marriage that, while it seems a little quaint now, blazed some trails back in the day.
- "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" It’s surprising that of all the stoner comedies out there this one appears to be the only one with food mentioned in the title. After all, smoking pot and eating ridiculous amounts of junk food go hand in hand. Or so we’ve heard.
- "Chocolat" In case you haven’t figured it out yet, chocolat is French for “chocolate.” See it now? Good. Johnny Depp plays a gypsy who falls for the film’s heroine after tasting her um… confections (That wasn’t a double-entendre, we just struggled to remember the word.).
- "Soul Food" Centering around an African-American family that is held together by its love for soul food, this film is the enemy of anyone who has ever tried to teach healthy eating. You’d think when the matriarch of the family has to have her limbs amputated and lapses into a diabetic coma due to her love of the titular food, the rest of the family would wise up. Not so. The happy ending involves them all eating more soul food.
- "My Dinner with Andre" "My Dinner with Andre" is a rather minimalist movie that takes place over the course of a dinner conversation with well… Andre. It was also adapted into a video game in an episode of "The Simpsons." Someone needs to do that for real, though, because we would totally rock it out on our Xboxes.
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