Disney’s Hundred Foot Journey Opens Today (8/8/14)

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by on August 8, 2014

HFJ Screening

If you are ready to dazzle your taste buds and enjoy a feel good movie this weekend, I recommend that you see Disney’s new film, The Hundred Foot Journey. I had the privilege to see it on a sneak preview this week and needed to wait until the opening day to share it with you.

Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, I knew that this was going to be a good movie. I usually like to read a book before seeing a movie, but unfortunately I haven’t read “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais, but I know have it added to my reading list. The movie left me wanting to be able to cook masterpieces, like one of the main characters, Hassan Kadam, however, more than anything, it reminded me that life is about taking chances, following your heart, and valuing family.

Hassan’s family was displaced from India and searches for a place that they can call home. One of my favorite lines in the movie is when Papa tells his children that “home is where the family is” – not necessarily in a certain location. They eventually settle in a quaint village in the South of France and open an authentic Indian restaurant. New to the villagers and only one-hundred feet from a classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the opening of their new restaurant causes a bit of controversy and eventual “war” between the two owners.

But as these two unique worlds collide – boldly and loudly – the individuals involved start to learn more about each other and themselves. Madame Mallory recognizes Hassan’s amazing culinary gift and takes him under her wing. His hundred-foot journey and beyond helps him find home in every pot, no matter where he may go.

The movie is rated PG and I plan to let my kids watch it. There are a few sad parts, but overall the movie leaves you feeling inspired. I loved seeing the different cultures in the movie and how they learned to appreciate each others differences. Plus, in typical Disney fashion, there is a subtle love story weaved throughout the movie.

I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did – just don’t go to the theater hungry. You’ll be ravished by the time it is over!

Disclosure: I did receive 2 tickets to view this movie before opening day, however, the sponsor did not alter my review.

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