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7 Movie Moments That Will Make You Feel Hungry

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

Movies are guilty of making us covet a lot of things. We want the elusive ‘happy ever afters’ we see our characters get at the end of movies and we also want the ability to get up in the morning without a bedraggled head and morning breath.

But if there’s one thing we all want within our reach from these movies is the delectable food presented so invitingly on-screen. There have been many instances where filmmakers have chosen to torture viewers with visuals of characters enjoying delicious-looking foods that we can only look at as our mouth waters.

Here are a few instances of movie scenes that will make you drool…

Carl and gang making putting together a Cubano look like art in Chef

While the whole movie is a feast for the eyes, the scene where Carl (Jon Favreau) and Martin (John Leguizamo) make Cubanos together in their new food truck is the one that takes the big prize. The simple sandwich was made to look like a culinary masterpiece with gorgeous shots of the meat, cheese, and bread coming together to form the perfect Cubano.

Remy impressing Anton Ego with his cooking in Ratatouille

Only in the world of movies can a rat make a complicated French dish in a way that impresses the strictest of food critics. When Anton Ego samples Remy’s Ratatouille, he gets transported back to his childhood, remembering his mother who used to make the dish the same way. It wins his heart along with the audiences who were watching wishing they could experience it too.

Shashi winning hearts with her laddoos in English Vinglish

The ubiquitous laddoo played an important role in Shashi’s (Sridevi) poignant journey towards discovering her self worth in the movie English Vinglish. The simple sweet played an important role in reminding her family, and herself, that she was capable of so much more than they even imagined her to be. One of the movie’s pivotal scene happens when Shashi is tasked with making laddoos as wedding favours for her niece. The laborious process, that ultimately culminates in a mini-disaster, simply and effectively showed how much love and effort actually goes into making one simple laddoo.

Bruce Bogtrotter demolishing a giant chocolate cake in Matilda

Did you know, one of the most iconic scenes from the 1996 movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda almost didn’t happen? Yes, the scene where Ms Trunchbull (Pam Ferris) forces Bruce Bogtrotter (Jimmy Karz) to finish an entire giant chocolate cake in front of the whole school, as a punishment for supposedly stealing hers, was almost scrapped because of budget restrictions. Thankfully, the makers decided to go ahead with the scene, leaving us with the urge to chomp down on a rich, fudgy chocolate cake like Bruce.

Liz Gilbert having an epiphany over a slice of pizza in Eat Pray Love

The ‘Eat’ part of Eat Pray Love was filled with Italian delicacies that any self-resepcting foodie would give their left arm to experience in Italy itself. One of the most memorable scenes from the movie is when Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) savors a slice of margherita pizza after giving herself a mini pep talk, saying, “It’s a moral imperative to eat and enjoy this pizza,” with the pizza being a metaphor for good things in her life.

Rani unleashing spicy chaat on unsuspecting Dutch people in Queen

Rani’s journey across Europe was filled with new adventures for the naive, West Delhi girl who just had her heart broken. With each city teaching her something new about herself, it was in Amsterdam that she got to show-off her cooking skills and show the Europeans how to eat gol gappas the right way, ie. spicy AF.

Sally setting new standards for sandwiches in When Harry Met Sally

Sally (Meg Ryan) and Harry (Billy Crystal) were enjoying a simple lunch of pastrami and rye sandwiches when they get into an argument about which gender is better at faking orgasms. To make her case, Sally gives Harry (and the rest of the restaurant) a demonstration, after which she returns to her meal like nothing happened. This was followed by one of the most iconic lines in movie history, as a fellow customer turns to a waiter and says, “I’ll have what she’s having!”