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Family Movie Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13         Length: 122 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 14+. This is a film based on a novel about an Indian family resettling in a French town and opening a restaurant there, which causes friction between them and the French citizens and also raises questions about assimilation, cultural context, nationalism, and xenophobia. These subplots are also tempered with some romantic situations, kissing, an implied sex scene, and a late-life romance, but there is cursing, some violent situations, the suggestion that a main character might be veering into alcoholism, and a few different fires, one of which kills someone.  

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ is a tricky little film, one that is ostensibly about beautiful food being cooked by beautiful people but also about the life experiences and cultural peculiarities that we reflect through our cuisine. The film isn’t as evenhanded as it pretends, but it has strong, emotionally resonant things to say about the immigrant experience.

By Roxana Hadadi

How does what you cook reflect who you are? That’s the central question of “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” but it’s a deceptively simple one. It’s a query the film wraps with issues of nationalism vs. xenophobia, assimilation vs. isolation, and also some tidy romantic subplots, so the central question branches off into other directions throughout. But ultimately, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is poking at the question of how our construction of ourselves manifests in everything we say and do, and what it reveals about the immigrant experience is often quite affecting.

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