The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Review Date: August 8, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 122 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Cultures clash in the kitchen in warm family drama.
  • Review Date: August 8, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 122 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Home is wherever your family is. The film also stresses the importance of accepting differences in other people, including cultures and cuisines. Love of family and cooking are prominent themes.

Positive role models

Hassan is briefly seduced by fame and fortune, but he eventually realizes that family is more important. A snobby woman learns that she should be more open to accepting people who have different customs.

Violence

An angry mob storms a restaurant and burns it to the ground, leading to a sad death. Later, two men deface and try to burn down another building in the dead of night; a main character is injured as a result of the fire.

Sex

Two characters share a few kisses, and in one scene, they emerge from a back room hastily putting their clothes back on, suggesting they've shared an intimate moment.

Language

Some characters use the British exclamation "bloody"; also a mumbled use of "s--t," plus "hell" and "oh God."

Consumerism

Repeated mentions of the Michelin guide to French dining and its famous star system for rating restaurants.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults often drink wine with meals. One character is later shown drinking frequently to suggest that he's slipping into depression.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lasse Hallstrom's The Hundred-Food Journey follows the journey of Hassan (Manish Dayal), a young and extremely talented chef, and his/his family's culture clash with rival restaurateur Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). The many mouth-watering food scenes are often accompanied by wine, and there are some scenes in which one character starts to drink a bit more heavily (to suggest depression). Two brief moments feature some violence (including one in which men throw fire bombs) -- one of which causes a sad death. There are also a few romantic kisses and suggestions of intimacy and language along the lines of "bloody."

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

After unrest drives them away from their native India to London, Hassan (Manish Dayal) and his family take to the road and find themselves stranded when their brakes fail in a small French town. Hassan's father decides it's just the spot to open an Indian restaurant. Directly across the street, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) runs another restaurant, one with a long, proud tradition of fine French dining -- and possessed of a famed Michelin star. She's not happy with her new neighbors and declares war on their rival eatery. Meanwhile, Hassan starts to fall for Marguerite, the sous chef in Mallory's kitchen, who teaches him the basics of French cuisine.

Is it any good?

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Like beef bourguignon, one of the many dishes filmed so delectably in this production, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY is a crowd-pleasing classic: The family story, told with empathy and love here, is its base; the food scenes that are odes to the art of cooking, framed through a  cross-cultural prism, are its mea; and the gorgeous French countryside and melodic Indian music are its garnish. It's a delight to watch, especially because of the cast.

But, also just like beef bourguignon, it's not particularly inventive, even if the story centers around a young man's ingenuity in the kitchen. You know what you're getting. A true master chef -- as director Lasse Hallstrom has revealed himself to be in many previous turns at the helm -- would take a classic and turn it into something transcendent, adding elements that transform, rather than just substituting one ingredient (the location, perhaps) for another and hoping it feels different. Still, the film is big-hearted and filling enough -- so filling that it runs too long, actually -- to be a pleasant enough cinematic meal.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about bias. What does Madame Mallory think about Hassan and his family when she first meets them? Why? How do her opinions change?

  • Why are movies about food and cooking so appealing? How does this one compare to others you've seen?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 8, 2014
DVD release date:December 2, 2014
Cast:Helen Mirren, Charlotte Le Bon, Manish Dayal, Om Puri
Director:Lasse Hallstrom
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Genre:Drama
Run time:122 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality

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Written byAnonymous September 6, 2014
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11
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Inspiring for a food lover of any age

Amazingly directed and great story lines for an inspiring movie. Great role models, mostly the main character, who proves that you can do anything in your life if you just put your mind to it. A few kissing scenes, and quite a bit of drinking (it's France, what else would you expect), but this movie is great for any age, but recommended for 11+ because it needs a certain level of maturity to understand the plot.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bySARAHA5ME August 24, 2014
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12
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My Opinion

So, first off I'd like to say that just because I'm over 13 years old, I still am very picky when it comes to the movies I watch sometimes. I was kind of iffy about seeing this movie in theater when it said it involved this mob burning this restaurant down and then another scene with 2 men burning a restaurant with fire bombs. Because the sound of that even scared me a little. . . But this movie is way better than it sounds. It is full of comedy and romance :) LOL I would suggest for parents with kids maybe 12 or under- to watch this at home when u are able to fast forward the scenes with the fire and the one scene where the main character and Margaret come out of a closet together. But besides that: I really liked this movie and lots of families will too. :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 1, 10, and 10 year old Written byMaggieTT September 7, 2014
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11
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Lovely movie, may go over kids' heads

The only reason I would hesitate to recommend this for younger children is that there are two scary scenes involving fire - one in which a mob burns a place down, resulting in a person's (implied, not shown) death, and one in which another place is firebombed, resulting in burns to a main character's hands. Kids this age or younger who aren't familiar with the world of haute cuisine (which is to say, nearly all kids!) may find the details of Michelin stars and bechamel sauces tedious. But it's a lovely movie for parents and an OK one for kids to tag along to as long as the fire scenes won't scare them. Prejudice against an Indian family is also depicted although ultimately they triumph.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old September 29, 2014
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9
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A sweet, heartfelt, sometimes funny, delicious film. Not only it's one of the best films for the summer, it's also one of the best films of 2014. The cast performed really well. The soundtrack was great, but the cinetography was stunning. Oh, and the food they made looked delicious(I said that already).
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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