The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) may have a predictable story but sometimes predictability is still a good time. The Hundred-Foot Journey is a feel good comedy-drama and I would recommend it for viewing.
Even though the film is set in France and includes an Indian family, the film is an American production from Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey and directed by Swede Lasse Hallström.
The Kadam family run a popular restaurant in Mumbai. One day the restaurant is attacked and firebombed due to an election dispute and the matriarch of the family is killed. The family leaves India and after moving a couple more times find themselves in a small town in the South of France.
The father, played by Om Puri, finds an abandoned restaurant outside of the town. It’s 100 feet across the road from a snooty French restaurant run by Madame Mallory, played by Helen Mirren. A feud develops between Madame Mallory and Papa Kadam.
Another story finds the oldest son Hassan, played by Manish Dayal, who had been groomed to take over the cooking duties for the family restaurant from his mother, develops an interest in French cooking especially after falling in love with Madame Mallory’s sous chef Marguerite, played by Charlotte Le Bon.
While I knew where the story was going almost from the start, it was still an enjoyable journey. The entertainment came from the situations and the dialog if not so much from the plot.
Helen Mirren was great as usual and it was great seeing the other actors do a good job, especially Om Puri as Papa Kadam.
I normally don’t care for romantic comedy because there has been so many bad examples, it was refreshing to see one that did it right.
If you are looking for a good film that is entertaining and you love food then you should see The Hundred-Foot Journey.