Now, That's Good Eatin'!

For your post-feast entertainment, we suggest trading football for a film festival on -- what else? -- food. After all, the dialogue's wittier, and hey, these calories don't count.

BIG NIGHT (1996) Brotherly bonding over Bolognese. To save their failing restaurant, Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub prepare a banquet for famous anticipated guest Louis Prima.

BABETTE'S FEAST (1987, subtitled) A lottery ticket to culinary paradise. In this Danish treat, a French servant spends her winnings creating a zillion-course meal for her elderly employers.

TAMPOPO (1987, subtitled) An elusive search for the perfect noodle. A Japanese truck driver helps a widow get her ramen right.

LA GRANDE BOUFFE (1973, subtitled) Gluttonous Gauls. Four ennui-filled Frenchmen purposely gorge themselves to death on food and drink.

A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING (1973, animated) Presenting the four food groups: jelly beans, popcorn, toast, and pretzels. When Peppermint Patty and the gang invite themselves over and Snoopy cooks, you get the ultimate ''Peanuts'' holiday.

Originally posted Nov 28, 2003 Published in issue #739 Nov 28, 2003 Order article reprints

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