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The Menu
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMark Mylod
Written by
  • Seth Reiss
  • Will Tracy
Story byWill Tracy
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyPeter Deming
Edited byChristopher Tellefsen
Music byColin Stetson
Production
companies
Distributed bySearchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • September 10, 2022 (2022-09-10) (TIFF)
  • November 18, 2022 (2022-11-18) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$30 million[1]
Box office$79.3 million[2][3]

The Menu is a 2022 American black comedy horror film[4][5] directed by Mark Mylod, written by Seth Reiss and Will Tracy, based on an original story created by Tracy, and produced by Adam McKay, Betsy Koch and Will Ferrell. It features an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes as a celebrity chef with Hong Chau playing his assistant and Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Janet McTeer, Reed Birney, Judith Light, and John Leguizamo playing diners who attend his exclusive restaurant.

The Menu had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2022, and was released in the United States on November 18, 2022, by Searchlight Pictures. The film grossed over $79 million worldwide on a budget of $30 million and received positive reviews from critics.

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Black comedy

Black comedy, also known as dark comedy, morbid humor, gallows humor, or dark humor is a style of comedy that makes light of subject matter that is generally considered taboo, particularly subjects that are normally considered serious or painful to discuss. Writers and comedians often use it as a tool for exploring vulgar issues by provoking discomfort, serious thought, and amusement for their audience. Thus, in fiction, for example, the term black comedy can also refer to a genre in which dark humor is a core component. Popular themes of the genre include death, crime, poverty, suicide, war, violence, terrorism, discrimination, disease, racism, sexism, and human sexuality.

Horror film

Horror film

Horror is a film genre that seeks to elicit fear or disgust in its audience for entertainment purposes.

Mark Mylod

Mark Mylod

Mark Mylod is a British television and film director and executive producer. He is known for his work on the television series Succession and Shameless, as well as for directing the horror-comedy film The Menu (2022).

Adam McKay

Adam McKay

Adam McKay is an American comedy film director, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. McKay began his career in the 1990s as a head writer for the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL) for two seasons. He rose to fame in the 2000s for his collaborations with comedian Will Ferrell and co-wrote his comedy films Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys. Ferrell and McKay later co-wrote and co-produced numerous television series and films, with McKay himself co-produced their website Funny or Die through their company Gary Sanchez Productions.

Ensemble cast

Ensemble cast

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Hong Chau

Hong Chau

Hong Chau is an American actress who is most known for her performance in the 2022 film The Whale, for which she was nominated the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and other supporting-actress awards. Her breakthrough role was in the 2017 film Downsizing, for which she was nominated for several supporting-actress awards. Variety wrote in 2022 that Chau had "been prolific in recent years" and that she had "an acclaimed turn" in the TV series Watchmen (2019) and Homecoming (2018–2020).

Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya-Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy is an actress. She has won several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, in addition to nominations for a BAFTA Film Award and a Primetime Emmy Award.

Nicholas Hoult

Nicholas Hoult

Nicholas Caradoc Hoult is an English actor. His body of work includes supporting work in big-budget mainstream productions and starring roles in independent projects in both the American and the British film industries. He has received several accolades, including nominations for a British Academy Film Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award. He appeared in the 2012 edition of Forbes 30 Under 30.

Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer is an English actress. She began her career training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before earning acclaim for playing diverse roles on stage and screen in both period pieces and modern dramas. She's received numerous accolades including a Tony Award, a Olivier Award, a Golden Globe Award, and nominations for an Academy Award and Primetime Emmy Award. In 2008 she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II for her services to drama.

Judith Light

Judith Light

Judith Ellen Light is an American actress. She made her professional stage debut in 1970, before making her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of A Doll's House. Her breakthrough role was in the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live from 1977 to 1983, where she played the role of Karen Wolek; for this role, she won two consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Light starred as Angela Bower in the long-running ABC sitcom Who's the Boss? from 1984 to 1992.

John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo

John Alberto Leguizamo Peláez is an American actor, comedian, and film producer. He has appeared in over 100 films, produced over 20 films and documentaries, made over 30 television appearances, and has produced various television projects. He's also written and performed for the Broadway stage receiving three Tony Award nominations for Freak in 1998, Sexaholix in 2002, and Latin History for Morons in 2018. He received a Special Tony Award in 2018.

2022 Toronto International Film Festival

2022 Toronto International Film Festival

The 47th annual Toronto International Film Festival was held from September 8 to 18, 2022.

Plot

Foodie Tyler Ledford and his date, Margot Mills, travel by boat to Hawthorn, an exclusive restaurant owned and operated by celebrity chef Julian Slowik, located on a private island. The other guests attending the dinner are Lillian Bloom, a food critic; her editor Ted; wealthy regulars Richard and Anne Leibrandt; washed-up movie star George Diaz and his personal assistant Felicity Lynn; business partners Soren, Dave, and Bryce; and Slowik's alcoholic mother Linda. The group is given a tour of the island by the restaurant maître d'hôtel, Elsa, who notes that Margot was not Tyler's designated guest for the evening.

Dinner begins, and Chef Slowik introduces a series of courses, delivering increasingly unsettling monologues about each dish. For the third course, uncomfortable truths about each guest ranging from affairs to embezzlement are exposed via laser-printed images on tortillas. During the fourth course, Jeremy, a sous-chef, kills himself, causing a panic amongst the guests, except for Tyler. When Richard tries to leave, the staff cut off his ring finger. Hawthorn's angel investor Doug Verrick, to whom Slowik had to relinquish ownership of the restaurant to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, is then drowned. For the fifth course, which begins with Slowik allowing himself to be stabbed by Katherine, a female employee whom he sexually harassed, the female guests dine with Katherine while the male guests are given the chance to escape the island, but Slowik's staff catch all of them.

Slowik explains each guest was invited because they either contributed to him losing his passion for his craft or because they make a living off exploiting the work of artisans and workers like him and his team. He announces that everyone present will be dead by the end of the night. Since Margot's presence was unplanned, Slowik privately gives her the choice of dying either with the staff or the guests, and she chooses the former.

Margot is unmasked as an escort who has previously served Richard and whose real name is Erin. Slowik reveals that Tyler was invited to the dinner months in advance and informed the guests would be killed. Despite this, Tyler was so zealous in his desire to participate in Slowik's craft that he kept the secret and hired Margot to replace his ex-girlfriend for the evening because Hawthorn did not offer seating for parties of one. Slowik humiliates Tyler by forcing him to cook in front of everyone and insulting his food, then orders Tyler to hang himself.

Slowik asks Margot to go to the smokehouse and collect a barrel needed for dessert; as she leaves the kitchen, she sees Tyler's body. En route, Margot sneaks into Slowik's house, only to be attacked by a jealous Elsa, fearful that she would be replaced by Margot. After a scuffle, Margot accidentally kills Elsa. After seeing a framed employee of the month award showing Slowik as a young and happy cook at a greasy spoon diner, Margot finds a radio, calls for help and returns to the restaurant with the barrel. A Coast Guard officer named Dale arrives from his boat, but after the guests are convinced they have been saved, he reveals himself to be a line cook in disguise and returns to the kitchen.

As dessert is being prepared, Margot mocks Slowik's dishes and "loveless" cooking, and complains that she is still hungry. When Slowik asks what she would like to eat, Margot requests a cheeseburger and fries. Moved by her humble request, Slowik personally does so, finding joy in creating the dish, and after one bite, she requests to take it "to go". Slowik and the staff allow her to leave. Margot takes the Coast Guard boat docked nearby and escapes the island.

The dessert is an elevated s'mores dish—the staff cover the floor with crushed graham crackers and adorn the guests with stoles made of marshmallows and hats made of chocolate. Slowik then sets the restaurant ablaze, detonating the barrel and killing the guests, staff, and himself. Safely away from the island, Margot eats her cheeseburger in silence while watching the restaurant burn, using a copy of the menu to wipe her mouth.

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Celebrity chef

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Food critic

Food critic

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Alcoholism

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Maître d'hôtel

Maître d'hôtel

The maître d'hôtel, head waiter, host, waiter captain, or maître d' manages the public part, or "front of the house", of a formal restaurant. The responsibilities of a maître d'hôtel generally include supervising the waiting staff, welcoming guests and assigning tables to them, taking reservations, and ensuring that guests are satisfied.

Angel investor

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COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic

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Hanging

Hanging

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Employee of the month (program)

Employee of the month (program)

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Greasy spoon

Greasy spoon

A greasy spoon is a small, cheap restaurant – either an American diner or coffee shop, or a British or Irish cafe – typically specializing in fried foods or home-cooked meals. The term greasy spoon has been used in the United States since at least the 1920s and is used throughout the United Kingdom. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term greasy spoon originated in the United States and is now used in various English-speaking countries.

Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger

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French fries

French fries

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Cast

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Hong Chau

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Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer

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John Leguizamo

John Alberto Leguizamo Peláez is an American actor, comedian, and film producer. He has appeared in over 100 films, produced over 20 films and documentaries, made over 30 television appearances, and has produced various television projects. He's also written and performed for the Broadway stage receiving three Tony Award nominations for Freak in 1998, Sexaholix in 2002, and Latin History for Morons in 2018. He received a Special Tony Award in 2018.

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Judith Light

Judith Light

Judith Ellen Light is an American actress. She made her professional stage debut in 1970, before making her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of A Doll's House. Her breakthrough role was in the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live from 1977 to 1983, where she played the role of Karen Wolek; for this role, she won two consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Light starred as Angela Bower in the long-running ABC sitcom Who's the Boss? from 1984 to 1992.

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Production

Development

Will Tracy dined at Cornelius Sjømatrestaurant, an island restaurant outside Bergen, Norway, during a honeymoon and later suggested a story to Seth Reiss inspired by the experience.[6][7] Several figures from the world of fine dining were brought on as consultants for the film, including food designer Dominique Crenn, who recreated several dishes from her San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn for the fictional restaurant Hawthorn, and second unit director David Gelb, who was brought on to recreate the filmmaking style from his Netflix docuseries Chef's Table.[8]

It was announced in April 2019 that Alexander Payne was attached to direct.[9] In December 2019, the screenplay appeared on the annual Black List, a survey showcasing the most popular films still in development.[10] By May 2020, Searchlight Pictures held the distribution rights, and Payne had left the film due to scheduling conflicts, with Mark Mylod replacing Payne as director.[11]

Casting

In April 2019, it was announced that Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes would star in The Menu.[9][12]

In June 2021, Fiennes joined the cast. Anya Taylor-Joy entered negotiations and was confirmed in July to replace Stone, who had left due to commitments to other projects;[13][11] Hong Chau and Nicholas Hoult joined the cast the same month.[14][15] John Leguizamo,[16] Janet McTeer,[17] Judith Light,[18] Reed Birney,[19] Rob Yang,[20] and Aimee Carrero joined in September.[21] In October, Paul Adelstein, Arturo Castro, Mark St. Cyr, Rebecca Koon and Peter Grosz were confirmed as parts of the ensemble.[22]

Filming and post-production

Filming began on September 3, 2021, in Savannah, Georgia, with cinematographer Peter Deming.[23] and film editor Christopher Tellefsen.[22] Film locations include the Jekyll Island shore.[24]

Colin Stetson composed the musical score, released by Milan Records as The Menu (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on November 18, coinciding with the film's release.[25]

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Bergen, historically Bjørgvin, is a city and municipality in Vestland county on the west coast of Norway. As of 2021, its population is roughly 285,900. Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. The municipality covers 465 square kilometres (180 sq mi) and is on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen. The city centre and northern neighbourhoods are on Byfjorden, 'the city fjord', and the city is surrounded by mountains; Bergen is known as the "city of seven mountains". Many of the extra-municipal suburbs are on islands. Bergen is the administrative centre of Vestland county. The city consists of eight boroughs: Arna, Bergenhus, Fana, Fyllingsdalen, Laksevåg, Ytrebygda, Årstad, and Åsane.

Honeymoon

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Dominique Crenn

Dominique Crenn

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Atelier Crenn

Atelier Crenn

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David Gelb

David Gelb

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Chef's Table

Chef's Table

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Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne

Constantine Alexander Payne is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for the films Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011), Nebraska (2013) and Downsizing (2017). He is noted for his dark humor and satirical depictions of contemporary American society. Payne is a two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and a three-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director. In 2017, Metacritic ranked Payne 2nd on its list of the 25 best film directors of the 21st century.

Emma Stone

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Anya Taylor-Joy

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Hong Chau

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John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo

John Alberto Leguizamo Peláez is an American actor, comedian, and film producer. He has appeared in over 100 films, produced over 20 films and documentaries, made over 30 television appearances, and has produced various television projects. He's also written and performed for the Broadway stage receiving three Tony Award nominations for Freak in 1998, Sexaholix in 2002, and Latin History for Morons in 2018. He received a Special Tony Award in 2018.

Janet McTeer

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Release

The Menu premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2022,[26] and also made its US premiere at Fantastic Fest that month.[27] It was released November 18, 2022 in the United States in 3,211 theaters, the widest release in Searchlight's history.[28]

The film was released to digital platforms on January 3, 2023, with a Blu-ray and DVD release by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on January 17, 2023.[29]

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Wide release

Wide release

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Video on demand

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Blu-ray

Blu-ray

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Reception

Box office

As of January 29, 2023, The Menu has grossed $38.5 million in the United States and Canada, and $40.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $79.3 million.[2][3]

In the United States and Canada, The Menu was released alongside She Said.[30][31] It made $3.6 million on its first day, including $1 million from Wednesday and Thursday night previews. The film went on to debut to $9 million, finishing second behind holdover Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.[1] Over its second weekend, The Menu made $5.5 million (and a total of $7.6 million over the five-day Thanksgiving frame), finishing fifth.[32] During its third weekend, the film made $3.5 million, finishing fourth.[33]

Critical response

Fiennes' performance as Chef Slowik was praised by critics
Fiennes' performance as Chef Slowik was praised by critics

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 89% of 305 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The website's consensus reads, "While its social commentary relies on basic ingredients, The Menu serves up black comedy with plenty of flavor."[34] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 71 out of 100, based on 45 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[35]

Accolades

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Fantastic Fest September 27, 2022 Audience Award The Menu Won [36]
Hollywood Music in Media Awards November 16, 2022 Best Original Score in a Horror Film Colin Stetson Nominated [37]
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association December 18, 2022 Best Original Screenplay Seth Reiss and Will Tracy Nominated [38]
San Diego Film Critics Society January 6, 2023 Best Actor Ralph Fiennes Nominated [39]
Best Original Screenplay Seth Reiss and Will Tracy Nominated [39]
Best Ensemble The Menu Nominated [39]
Golden Globe Awards January 10, 2023 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Ralph Fiennes Nominated [40]
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Anya Taylor-Joy Nominated [40]
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London Film Critics' Circle February 5, 2023 British/Irish Actor of the Year (for body of work) Ralph Fiennes Pending [42]
Satellite Awards February 11, 2023 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Ralph Fiennes Pending [43]
Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild February 11, 2023 Best Contemporary Make-Up in a Feature-Length Motion Picture Deborah LaMia Denaver, Mazena Puksto, Donna Cicatelli, Deb Rutherford Pending [44]
Best Contemporary Hair Styling in a Feature-Length Motion Picture Adruitha Lee, Monique Hyman, Kate Loftis, Barbara Sanders Pending [44]
Hollywood Critics Association Creative Arts Awards February 17, 2023 Best Casting Director Mary Vernieu and Bret Howe Pending [45]
Hollywood Critics Association Awards February 24, 2023 Best Comedy The Menu Pending [46]
Best Original Screenplay Seth Reiss and Will Tracy Pending [46]

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