An interesting and funny phrase from the website here:
Which movies do you feel could be considered Spinach Cinema?
The term apparently refers to movies that are not very exciting or interesting, but that one feels
one must see because they are educational or otherwise uplifting.
QUOTES: “If you
haven’t seen the movie because it sounded too much like spinach cinema, I’m
here to tell you not to miss out.”
– wrote one reviewer recently
*** The use of the word “spinach” here is meant to remind us that these
movies, like the vegetable, are good for us, but not particularly
palatable. (This will no doubt seem a libelous association to those
of you who enjoy spinach.) The “spinach” modifier is fairly common:
for example, “spinach television” (1996) and “spinach book” (2001).
It’s sometimes seen in longer form as “eat-your-spinach” (for
example, one writer described the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen’s
work as “eat-your-spinach literature.”)