“Food is memories.” It’s one of the few points of agreement between French sous chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) and Indian chef Hassan (Mayish Danal) in The Hundred-Foot Journey. The recipe doesn’t even have to be elaborate: a package of ramen reminds me of my college internship when I was so broke that 50-cent noodles were a luxury; a pint of Ben and Jerry’s brings me back to being pregnant and spooning Phish Food out of the container while watching Sex and the City; and banana pudding with Nilla Wafers makes me miss my grandma, who’d always have the treat ready when I came to visit.
But food isn’t the only memory trigger. Movies are memories, too. This is why I’ve made going to the movies an event in my family. One of my favorite memories is when my mom took me to Xanadu even though I was technically home sick (and I was, my fever really made that movie pop!). Every time someone mentions Ferris Bueller, I think of me and my dad talking about it all the way home. And every time I hear about Poltergeist, I think, “where were my parents and why didn’t they stop me from watching this terrifying movie on HBO?”
I hope I’ve filled my kids full of happy memories of movies with mom. I asked them their strongest memories. My 19-year-old son Cole says, “Shrek, because you surprised me by taking me on opening day.” For my 13-year-old daughter Riley, “Marmaduke, because you let me pick out anything I wanted from the concession stand…and because some guy in the theater was yelling at the usher.” Well, good or bad, movies are memories. Just like food, so hopefully the smell of popcorn wafting through a room will spring some warm-and-fuzzy mom memories. But, to hedge my bets, I do make a delicious chocolate-chip cookie. Frequently.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is in theaters August 8. Here are three movies to see with your family this weekend:
Guardians of the Galaxy. It may very well be this generation’s Star Wars, but these good guys start out on the wrong side of the law, so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised by their salty language.
Hercules. The trailers don’t lie, the battle scenes are epic and violent. However, the violence has a purpose: to deliver one big, fantastic message every teen should absorb and live.
Planes: Fire and Rescue. In the age of the superhero, it’s a delight to see our real-life superheroes lifted up. Your little one may hang a fire hose next his cape.
Read Tara’s full parent reviews at ThatWasSomething.com. To see what kids think about these films, go to KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics.