Beyond the PopcornFebruary 26, 2010
Oscar season is upon us, movies are in the air…and Chow.com had a cool idea of putting a list together of 10 memorable food scenes in film history. You can see their list here, but I think their list has a few glaring omissions (at least one anyway). Here are a few scenes that spring to mind for me:
Animal House – John Belushi’s impression of a bursting zit, using hard boiled eggs, is immature comedy at its best.
Stand By Me – continuing with the immaturity theme, the pie eating contest – or “the barf-o-rama scene” – is gross and hilarious.
Julie & Julia – the opening scene in Paris where Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and her husband Paul (Stanley Tucci) are served a dish in a restaurant, and they cannot contain their utter ecstasy at how delicious it is, reduced to grunts and moans of delight. Been there.
Hot Shots – spoofing a scene from 9 ½ Weeks, Charlie Sheen cooks a full breakfast on Valeria Golino’s belly (since her body is so hot with passion), including eggs, bacon and hash browns.
Ratatouille – a bit corny, but the scene near the end where the cold, heartless restaurant critic takes a bite of the ratatouille and is instantly transported back to his warm childhood memories of the dish, and then, very Grinch-like, his heart grows three sizes. Like I said, it’s corny, but it lovingly demonstrates the power of food.
So what are your favorite food scenes in film?