Featuring scenes with dream kitchens like Julia Child’s or even imaginary chocolate worlds, these movies deliver no shortage of inspiration on our favourite indulgent ingredient. Just add popcorn for the perfect movie night in.
1. Bridesmaids (2011)
Even during the epic meltdown of Kristen Wiig’s character during the bridal shower scene, there is no denying the grandeur of the chocolate fountain in the background. As the dessert table gets demolished and things go flying into the fountain, it remains the focal point during the climax of the movie. Just try not to laugh when she says, “Let’s have some nice, hot unsanitary chocolate,” as she throws grass into it.
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2. Julie and Julia (2009)
We can all relate to Paul, Julia Child’s husband, when he steals a taste of chocolate from the bowl it’s being prepared in, and we can relate equally to his wife when she slaps his hand away. The scene even prompted countless online iterations of the Torta al Cioccolato (chocolate cake with almonds) recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the storied book that the plotline is based on. The movie first offers the perspective of Julia herself as she learns to cook in France and eventually helps to write it, then that of a modern-day food blogger cooking her way through every single recipe. Food lovers will experience Julia Child’s infamous recipes through a whole new lens.
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3. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Isn’t it every kid’s (and chocolate lover’s) dream to drink from a flowing river of chocolate? In the musical that first brought the famous Roald Dahl book to fantastical life, the late Gene Wilder manages to assuage both a child and adult audience. After witnessing the wonderland that is chocolate and candy here, it’s impossible not to crave some immediately.
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4. Chocolat (2000)
Lead us to temptation was the underlying message throughout this empowering film that revolves around a single mother, played by Juliette Binoche, who opens an usual chocolate shop in late ’50s rural France (across the street from a church, of all places). With scenes like the slow stirring of tempered chocolate to breaking down blocks of chocolate with a mallet, the film offers no shortage of kitchen inspiration paired with an entrepreneurial spark.
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5. It’s Complicated (2009)
There’s nothing complicated about the act where Meryl Streep’s character treats her date, played by Steve Martin, to freshly baked chocolate croissants in her bake shop. The movie manages to make the entire cooking process look like a breeze – complete with a snap of her fingers and disclosure that it’s her specialty. Chocolate cake lovers will love the scene where she executes perfect swirls of rich, glossy frosting onto a decadent cake.
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6. Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
The Spanish expression como agua para chocolate refers to the practice in some Latin American countries of making of hot chocolate with water rather than milk. It’s also often used as a metaphor to describe intense emotion, like the romantic feelings between lead characters Tita and Pedro in this film set in Mexico. Though they can’t be together for reasons beyond their control, Tita uses her culinary prowess to express her love for Pedro through the dishes she creates—including the wedding cake she bakes for his marriage to her sister Rosaura—each meal a love note to her amor.
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