The Hundred-Foot Journey

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Cultures clash in the kitchen in warm family drama.
  • PG
  • 2014
  • 122 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.

What 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 10, and 10 year old Written byMaggieTT September 7, 2014

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 dow... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 year old Written byNcarb January 2, 2015

schmaltz by numbers

Useful as a starting point for a discussion of how harmful and hurtful casual prejudice can be. There's nothing in the film that tweens and teens shouldn... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 29, 2014
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... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySARAHA5ME August 24, 2014

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... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love romance and drama

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