Parents' Guide to

Big Night

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Delicious adult fare sure to leave you hungry.

Movie R 1996 109 minutes
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Lavish, luscious, and delicious-looking, Big Night hits all the right spots. On the menu of this food-centered comedy is a perfect balance between comedy and pathos. Much like Babette's Feast, Big Night revels in the unique and delicious foods on display. The camera loves them and, truthfully, the viewer might get a little hungry.

Aspiring chefs will love the story line and food, but the plot lines about financial stress and adultery make this more adult fare. Still, mature teens may appreciate the music and food (and young fashion plates may develop an obsession with the Dior New Look). The impressive list of costars includes Marc Anthony, Allison Janney, Campbell Scott, and Isabella Rosselini. In the end, Big Night is a treat probably best enjoyed by adults after the kids go to sleep, maybe with a bottle of wine.

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