When it comes to Christmas, it’s all about the food. Here are our top five movies with unforgettable dinner scenes that remind us what this festive season is all about as well as provide some #foodinspo.
Everybody’s Fine (2009)
A remake of the Italian film of the same name by Giuseppe Tornatore, the American version stars Robert De Niro as Frank, the ailing father trying to reach out to his children. He travels to the different states where each of his three children live and finds out that things are not what they seem. He suffers a heart attack, which is what eventually brings everyone closer. The dinner table at Christmas is crowded with food and wine, and Frank is beaming behind the turkey he’s carved. Hand us a tissue!
The Grinch (2018)
The third adaptation of Dr Seuss’ The Grinch sees him try to disrupt the festive season at Whoville by stealing the Christmas tree and all the presents. His plan backfires as the Whos continue to celebrate even without their gifts and decorations. Although he’s revealed as the culprit, he gets an invitation for dinner, which he attends remorsefully. Arriving as they’re setting up the table, we get a view of the main and dessert table that are both packed with delicious-looking animated treats we want a taste of.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
An anthology film from Walt Disney, this won an Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 5th Kecskemét Animation Film Festival in 1999. The first in the series is Donald Duck Stuck On Christmas, which follows Huey, Dewey and Louie as they get trapped in their version of Groundhog Day. They’re made to learn the true meaning of the festive season as they are forced to relive 25th December over and over. Even an appetising dinner of turkey, ham, toast and corn on the cob quickly turns stale.
A Christmas Carol (2009)
Jim Carrey takes on multiple roles for Disney’s third retelling of Charles Dicken’s classic as Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts that come to haunt. While it gets a little darker than previous adaptations, the end is still the same—Scrooge has a bounce in his walk and sings with street carollers after the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come leaves. He shows up at his nephew’s for dinner and is warmly welcomed in. There’s turkey, roast potatoes, wine and pie but most of all, we’d like to dress to the nines for a candlelight dinner.
The Ref (1994)
Not your usual feel-good movie for the festive season, this comedy starts off with the Chasseurs, a couple that can’t stop bickering. Throw a bank robber, who holds them hostage in their own house, into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for one crazy adventure. They even manage to host relatives for dinner, where Caroline Chasseur holds a St Lucia’s Day (a Scandinavian celebration to usher in Christmas) themed feast. Everyone has to wear a crown of candles and are introduced to dishes such as a seven-day-old fish and roast suckling pig. If this doesn’t give you more inspiration for dinner planning, we don’t know what will.