"Interesting Portrait of a Man Devoted to Food and Family"
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CITY OF GOLD shows Gold’s loyal readers following his lead anywhere he takes them. The resulting portrait is of a man devoted to family and food. As the documentary follows Gold on his adventures around Los Angeles, it proves to be a great travelogue for the city and a deep look at the psychology of eating. CITY OF GOLD is a solid documentary for older teenagers and adults. A few incidental “f” words warrant strong caution.
(B, H, L) Light moral worldview in a humanist context as documentary follows a famous, well-respected and feared Pulitzer Prize winning food critic and family man as he travels around Los Angeles; five “f” words uttered by other people in the movie, which give the movie its R rating; and, nothing else objectionable.
CITY OF GOLD is a documentary about America’s greatest food critic, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jonathan Gold, and the techniques and philosophies that make him stand out in his field. CITY OF GOLD is an interesting look at a famous, well-respected and feared food critic and family man, but it does have a few incidental “f” words in the dialogue, so caution is advised.
The movie follows Jonathan Gold, the former restaurant critic for L.A. Weekly who now works with the Los Angeles Times and has won a Pulitzer Prize for his writing. As he drives around Los Angeles in his beloved pickup, he reveals that the city and its restaurants are inextricably linked, and that food and dining establishments are an essential part of the city’s character as well as its residents.
Along the way, viewers see the impact Gold’s reviews can have on a restaurant. Even a high-profile chef recoils in fear that Gold’s in his restaurant. At the same time, several different low-key restaurant owners recollect how his reviews catapulted their businesses to wild success due to Gold’s loyal readers following his lead anywhere he takes them.
The documentary also shows Gold’s history of course and especially focuses at times on his wife, an LA Times editor named Laurie Ochoa, whom he met when both worked at LA Weekly, and their young son. The resulting portrait is of a man devoted to family and food. As the movie follows Gold on his adventures around Los Angeles, it proves to be a great travelogue for Los Angeles and a deep look at the psychology of eating.
CITY OF GOLD is a solid documentary for older teenagers and adults. A few incidental “f” words warrant strong caution, even though younger people probably won’t be interested in seeing this documentary anyway.