'The Hundred-Foot Journey' - Movie Review

Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) and his family lost their restaurant and home in India, and are traveling across France when their van breaks down. Their father decides to buy a local building and start a restaurant pretty much on the spot. There's a slight technical problem: there's a Michelin star restaurant directly across the street in their tiny town, and the owner of that restaurant (Helen Mirren) is less than welcoming of competition. Hassan is a brilliant chef, but will the other chef ever acknowledge it?

This is elevated above movie-of-the-week territory both by the good acting and the charm of the whole affair, but the heavy-handedness of the plot points as it plodded to an inevitably happy conclusion made the Producer list including the name "Oprah Winfrey" less surprising than it might otherwise have been. I enjoyed it, but it's definitely manipulative and obvious.