If a film focuses on relationships – especially family relationships – then there’s almost guaranteed to be a dinner scene! The meal time formula is one of the best tools to create tension, awaken awkwardness, or act as a platform for some sort of big reveal.
In reality, I am lucky enough to have a family that generally enjoy peaceful mealtimes where we discuss the occurrences of the day, but I have always been intrigued by the cliché dinner rows you see in film and TV; the family dynamics, the explosive arguments, and the sound of silence only intercepted by the metallic clang of cutlery. It’s a thing of beauty.
So in honour of the many of you sitting down to a Sunday roast with family today, here is a list of some of the best (of the worst) dinner scenes in film.