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No Reservations (2007)

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The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.

Director:

Scott Hicks

Writers:

Carol Fuchs (screenplay), Sandra Nettelbeck (screenplay "Mostly Martha")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Kate
Aaron Eckhart ... Nick
Abigail Breslin ... Zoe
Patricia Clarkson ... Paula
Jenny Wade ... Leah
Bob Balaban ... Therapist
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Sean
Lily Rabe ... Bernadette
Eric Silver Eric Silver ... John
Arija Bareikis ... Christine
John McMartin ... Mr. Peterson
Celia Weston ... Mrs. Peterson
Zoë Kravitz ... Charlotte
Matthew Rauch ... Ken
Dearbhla Molloy ... Anna
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Storyline

A master chef, Kate, lives her life like she runs the kitchen at upscale 22 Bleecker Restaurant in Manhattan--with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. With breathtaking precision, she powers through each hectic shift, coordinating hundreds of meals, preparing delicate sauces, seasoning and simmering each dish to absolute perfection. Written by AhmadMob

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Life isn't always made to order. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Kojo | Warner Bros [France] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Scott Hicks Film See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,704,357, 29 July 2007

Gross USA:

$43,107,979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,601,050
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Philip Glass: The film's score composer can be seen sitting at an outdoor table at the Bistro near the end of the film. See more »

Goofs

The restaurant is supposed to be at 22 Bleecker , and at the corner of Bleecker and Charles street . But there is no restaurant at that address (the Sheen Center is located at 18 Bleecker ; the next address is 26 Bleecker) , and the corner of Bleecker and Charles street is nowhere near 22 Bleecker (368 Bleecker is more likely) . See more »

Quotes

Kate: What are we going to do about work?
Nick: What we always do. You tell me what to do and then I'll go behind your back and do whatever I want.
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Soundtracks

Libiamo Libiamo
(from the opera "La Traviata", as used in the film)
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, with Carlo del Monte (tenor)
Courtesy of EMI records, Ltd., under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Yes, reservations.
25 July 2007 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves." Thomas Wolfe

Ratatouille renewed my appetite for food movies, just as Babette's Feast whetted it almost 20 years ago. No Reservations reminds me that even a well-intentioned food movie can be poorly served. Yuck, it's like looking at beautifully-appointed wax fruit; Look too closely and you'll not eat it. If you do eat, you'll regret.

I regret that the beautifully put together Catherine Zeta Jones as Chef Kate at a trendy eatery on Bleeker St. cannot generate half the soul a little animated rat does when he tosses a garlic in a stew. When she puts truffles in a quail sauce, it's like an inept carpenter destroying your cherry cabinet with one blow: You just know he is in the wrong profession. Granted, Zeta-Jones's Kate has the maudlin ingredient cooked right into the plot—her sister killed in an auto accident, her niece becoming her ward, the music tinkling when they look at the family photos and swelling when they do "crazy" things together to create the elusive bond.

All I took away from this tear-jerking rom-com was a desire to go home and cook my favorite pasta combination; Aaron Eckhart's sous-chef Nick inspired me with his combination. But in the end, I laughed little (cooking cute is a tough assignment), was annoyed at the well-worn plot (Would Kate and Nick fall in love, she the crusty chef, he the canoodling cook?), and just wanted to get the bill and go.

As you can tell, I have plenty of reservations about No Reservations. See what I mean: You knew I'd try to be critic cute with that title. What fun can it be to know what's going to happen?


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