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As you know, I like to watch a good foodie movie every once in a while, and when I discovered The Ramen Girl starring Brittany Murphy, I thought I'd give it a try. I loved Murphy in Clueless, so I had high hopes for her in this film.
Abby, a self-centered American, moves to Tokyo to be with her boyfriend. But soon after she arrives, he leaves both her and the city. The only good news is that Abby can have his apartment. Thus she finds herself stuck in Tokyo, unable to understand Japanese and without anyone to help her.
After she eats in the local mom and pop ramen cafe, Abby decides that she wants to learn to make the perfect bowl of ramen soup, one so special it will affect the emotions of each person who tastes it. The only trouble is, the grouchy chef/owner doubts Abby's sincerity and is reluctant to let her into the kitchen. Will she stick it out to become the next great ramen chef or will she give up and go back to America?
A light romantic comedy for foodie fans. Although this is not Murphy's best work, the film is a pleasant way to spend the evening. And, by the way, Abby is not learning to make that 16¢ pack of ramen noodles that got you through your poor college days! By the end of this movie, you'll have a newfound respect for authentic Japanese ramen.
I think I'll be making ramen soup tonight!