Monday, June 4, 2012

Monday Movie Meme: Memorable Dinner Table Scenes

Today is my first time participating in the Monday Movie Meme, AND I got to choose the topic. I love to cook, so I chose dinner table scenes. Here's the scoop direct from Nicole of The Madlab Post, our hostess:

Share on your blog or in the comments section, movies that feature dinner table scenes that are either “uncomfortable, have weird food -- whatever made it stand out from the usual, ‘Let's put in a dinner scene so that the characters can discuss X’." Remember, to also visit the blogs of fellow Monday Movie Meme participants and if your film choices for the meme are on your own blog, link back to this (that would be Nicole's) blog post.

As I was contemplating what scenes to talk about, I realized how many there are that stand out. I also remembered my vow of brevity, so I've chosen three that are each memorable for their own reasons.

Weird food: Mermaids 

Mrs. Flax had one cookbook it seemed, and it was about party appetizers. If you look closely, even when Charlotte isn't talking about the strange items they eat, you'll see them in the background of scenes. Almost every meal had something on a skewer, and often ordinary items were cut into unusual shapes with various cookie cutters. Personally, I think that would have been a great way to eat as a child. My mother had a schedule of meals on a two week rotation, and that was predictable. I would have enjoyed a salmon spread sandwich in the shape of a fish, that's for sure.

Uncomfortable: When Harry Met Sally 

I think we all know the scene I'm talking about, but for those of you who haven't seen it, I'll try to describe this as PG as possible. Harry and Sally are discussing women faking feeling satisfied after certain male/female activities, and to prove her point that he can't tell the difference, fakes satisfaction. In the middle of a very crowded diner. The memorable line is, “I'll have what she's having.” (I love to watch the commentaries. It's Rob Reiner's mom who utters that famous line.) I'm pretty sure that Harry was uncomfortable while this all took place.

Stand Out: Talledega Nights
Movies with this type of humor aren't usually what I'm drawn towards, but a friend made me watch it and I laughed. A lot. This scene is my favorite: Ricky Bobby says grace to, “Sweet Baby Jesus”. Others at the table argue that Jesus is grown up and has a beard, etc, but our hero likes the baby Jesus best. “So tiny, yet omnipotent.” I couldn't help but include the video. The movie is rated PG-13, but this clip is PG, in my opinion.

What are some of the dinner table scenes from movies that stand out for you? Do you have a favorite? Most cringe-worthy? Please share. Or you can write your own post and link up at Nicole's place.


Andrea said...

OOOH! great choice for uncomfortable! Beetlejuice comes to mind for me for weird dinner scene!

JoJo said...

I think there was a weird dinner scene in "The Breakup" where everyone is singing 'Owner of a Lonely Heart'. That was odd. And the Thanksgiving scene from "Giant" when Rock Hudson & Elizabeth Taylor's kids realize that the bird about to be carved was their pet turkey, Tom and start bawling. Fave dinner scene hands down is when Ralphie Parker & family go for Chinese food on Christmas Day in "A Christmas Story".

Nicole said...

Oh yeah, that diner scene in "When Harry Met Sally" is hard to miss. I just watched that movie for the first time, maybe 2 or 3 weeks ago and that scene made me uncomfortable but when the lady said "I'll have what she's having," it made me laugh.

I never watched Mermaids or Stand Out: Talladega Nights but do agree with you in that it would surely be entertaining to have dinner made of fun shapes. If I ever have kids, that would be nice to try.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm thinking the diner scene from When Harry Met Sally. Is that wrong?

klahanie said...

Hey Tina!
I know how much you have been eagerly awaiting another comment from shy and oh so humble me. Apologies, however I have been on another blogging tour spreading joy and goodwill wherever I go. Or something like that...
Oooooohhhhh I just had a hunch that you would note "When Harry Met Sally".
Slightly different, but the breakfast scene after Goldilocks had been messing about with the bear's porridge was pretty darned uncomfortable.
There you go and with that, I'm sorry to say, I must leave and spread um more joy and goodwill in blogland :)
Your starstruck fan, Gary

Heather Murphy said...

I had forgotten about the weird foods in Mermaids. That was such an oddly great movie!

Brian Miller said...

when harry met sally is one of my fav movies...and uncomfortable dinner scene....the cook, the thief, his wife and her lover....the lover gets cooked and served for dinner, the wife says...try the cock its my fav part....omg...

shelly said...

I'll hold your hair...OMG! TFF!

One of my favorite dinner scenes is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Grace saying the Pledge of Allegiance as grace.
Eddie's dog barfing on the floor.
And everyone eating a dried out turkey.

Haddock said...

Yes agree with you on that "Harry met Sally"

Arlee Bird said...

Actually, I don't believe I've seen any of these movies. And Brian mentioned the one that came to my mind first, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover--a very perverse scene.

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