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.