• The 5 Best Movie Kitchens of All-Time

     

    They say the kitchen is the heart of the house, and perhaps that’s why so many significant movie scenes take place there.  Family dinners, big blow-out arguments, romantic interludes, the cute baby doing something cute—all of these things happen in the kitchen, all of which happen to be constructed with big film budgets, with set designers molding them into the kitchens of their dreams (and ours).  Here's a list of the most swoon-worthy kitchens from the big screen.  

     

     

    It’s Complicated (2009):

    If you’re salivating over a gorgeously-decorated kitchen in a movie, chances are pretty good that you’re watching a Nancy Meyers movie.  Two of the five movies on this list were written or directed by Meyers, who seems to have an affinity for light-soaked kitchens outfitted with the most expensive cooking accouterments.  In It’s Complicated, Queen Meryl Streep plays a successful divorcee who falls in love with her ex-husband.  Streep’s character is a bakery owner, which accounts for the extensive kitchen scenes.    

     

     

    Julie & Julia (2009):

    Interesting how Meryl Streep took on two roles in the same year that were focused on food.  In It’s Complicated, she played a small-time baker, but in Julie & Julia, she plays one of the greatest chefs of all time—Julia Child.  The movie recreates the actual in-home kitchen of the culinary giant, which make it even more amazing.  The blue cabinets and the copper pots hanging from a pegboard in the back manage to look chic while still remaining comfortable and believable as a kitchen that was used daily.

     

     

    Father of the Bride (1991):

    Another Nancy Meyers film, Father of the Bride—and its sequel—both take place in an incredible old house.  The house is so incredible that it becomes the source of main drama in the sequel, when Steve Martin tries to sell it while he’s in the middle of a mid-life crisis.  After he tries to sell the house, his wife—played by Diane Keaton—leaves him after decades of marriage.  Think that’s a bit hasty of a decision?  Check out that house’s kitchen.  Classic and open, but complete with the best, most modern appliances, anyone in their right mind wouldn’t give up that kitchen without a fight. 

     

     

    The Big Chill (1983): 

    When a group of old college friends get together for a mutual friends’ funeral, they do a lot of soul searching.  Soul searching, drinking, and dancing to Motown, that is.  The film’s ensemble cast¬—which included Glenn Close, Kevin Cline, and Jeff Goldblum—were all huddled together in the Tidalholm Mansion in South Carolina, an old plantation home with roots dating back to the Civil War.  The group broke off into pairs throughout the old house for different scenes, but always seemed to converge on the bright, old colonial-style kitchen.  A kitchen like that one is tailor-made for dancing to Motown, as they all do in one of the film’s most memorable scenes.    

       

     

    Bull Durham (1988):

    A lot of people think Bull Durham is about baseball, but really, it’s about romance.  Annie—played by Susan Sarandon—gets caught in a love triangle with two players (played by Tim Robbins and Kevin Costner) from the minor league baseball team, the Durham Bulls.  Annie’s whole house is kitschy—filled with antique furniture and hundreds of candles on every surface, and the kitchen is no exception.  Aside from the ballpark, Annie’s kitchen sees the most action in the film—it’s the place she romances Nuke Laloosh while wearing an apron, and eats Wheaties with Crash Davis, perched on the top of the sink. 

     

     

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