This is one of those movies I think of as aimed squarely at the PBS demographic. Telltale signs:
- Helen Mirren
- Multiculturalism. In this case: Indian, as in "from India".
- The resulting cultural clash. In this case:
between the frogs and the wogs.
- Attractive ethnic young person struggling against the odds to
achieve personal and professional success. In this case: Hassan
is a gifted chef, but will he be able to break into the
tradition-bound restaurant scene, and also get the girl?
- Metaphorical title. It's the distance between the Indian restaurant
run by Hassan's dad and the traditional hoity-toity French
restaurant across the road. But—wow, man—the real distance
in terms of culture and effort is much longer. I mean, think about it,
- Lines of dialogue meant to be inspirational, but come out wooden.
("Five mother sauces. You must find them in your heart. Then, bring them
to your pots. That's the secret.")
Hugging. Lots of hugging.
You might think I didn't like it. Mostly, I did! But this genre's components are nearly as predictable as your average romantic comedy, slasher flick, or superhero blockbuster.
Anyway: if you have a foodie PBS watcher in the house, you could do worse.