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Film / Burnt

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Burnt is a 2015 drama film starring Bradley Cooper as a brilliant but temperamental chef trying to return to prominence.

Tropes present in this film include:

  • Analogy Backfire: A Star Wars metaphor is used to explain how good a chef one has to be to get a Michelin star. To get three, you have to be Yoda. Sara wonders if that means Adam is really Darth Vader.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Adam has a history of drug abuse that destroyed his career.
  • Fast-Food Nation: France has become one because of fast food chains exported from the United States such as Burger King.
  • Food Porn: Yes, naturally, it's a movie about a gourmet chef.
  • French Jerk: A lot of the French characters are quite arrogant and hostile. Ironic or not, the French think of Americans as jerkasses.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Simone says this about Adam, although it isn't quite "okay."
    Simone: You know, when I lie awake at night and list my regrets, you're one of them. I say to myself, "Simone, you're a lesbian. Why did you sleep with Adam Jones?"
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  • Insufferable Genius: Everyone thinks that Adam is a genius, but he's frequently temperamental and abusive to his staff.
  • Off the Wagon: After losing his chance to get a three-star rating from Michelin, Adam goes on a bender and tries to suffocate himself with a sous-vide bag.
  • Poverty Food: Although a master in making gourmet food, Adam loves Burger King and chows down on a Whopper and fries calling them delicious and affordable. Helene denigrates Burger King for being high in fats and salts, and so there is a correlation between being poor and being obese/unhealthy.
  • Worthy Opponent: Adam's arch-rival Reese tells him that he needs Adam to be great to inspire greatness in himself.

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