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Eat Your Heart Out (1997)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 17 August 1999 (USA)
Daniel, Sam(antha) and Peter are three old friends living together in a Los Angeles loft. Being gifted with a great cooking skill and good looks, Daniel uses his talent to bring home one ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Daniel Haus
Samantha (as Pamela Segall)
Jacqueline Fosburg
Mr. Haus
Stage Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phone Operator
Denise Ann Cochran ...
Sam-Book Buyer #2


Daniel, Sam(antha) and Peter are three old friends living together in a Los Angeles loft. Being gifted with a great cooking skill and good looks, Daniel uses his talent to bring home one beauty after another. As he gives public cooking lessons, there is enough female supply for his wishes. One day, a TV-Producer takes part in one of his courses and watches him work. Then, she offers him his own show, "Cooking for Two". Daniel is more than happy and accepts gratefully. The three friends promise to each other that not even money can bring them apart. But the show develops accidentally into a new direction: Female watchers pour out their problems on Air by telephone, while Daniel has to give partnership-counselling together with cooking recepies and, in a certain way, both subjects seem to be closely related. Daniel, being wealthy and famous, is now about to marry his new love, Jacqueline, when he finds out about some things going on behind the scenes that really do concern him, her, his... Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Pretty Actors, Cute Story = Nice Little Summer Popcorn Movie
30 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

EAT YOUR HEART OUT manages to do what few movies in this summer's theater spectrum are able to do - entertain with a well cast, tautly directed, romantic yet clever bit of welcome fluff. Though this film dates back to 1999 it stands up well in comparison to other films in this genre. It is a classy little act! Daniel Haus (the very handsome German actor Christian Oliver) is a gifted chef whose dream is to write a cookbook. Out of monetary necessity he shares a loft with artist Samantha (Pamela Segall) and ropy friend Peter (John Craig) who has many issues with relationships. When good fortune befalls Daniel in the guise of a TV Cooking/Lovelorn show run by Kathryn (the vastly under-used Linda Hunt) and agent Jaqueline (a miscast Laura San Giacomo from 'Pretty Woman' fame), his life and perception of his friends changes. He is dressed, groomed, and bedded by Jaqueline to the point that his friends barely recognize him. Daniel's ongoing family problems also disrupt his life until finally his father's illness alters his outlook and he rearranges his priorities. How that is accomplished and the results these surprises have on all involved form the end of the story.

The nice thing about EAT YOUR HEART OUT is that it never takes itself seriously: there are no ominous overtones to the everyday problems many of us face, just realistic resolutions. The entire cast is quite good with especial attention to Pamela Segall and Christian Oliver. The direction by Felix O. Adlon ("Salmonberries') is sensitive and well paced and a nod goes to the fine editing of Dan Lebental. Definitely worth viewing for a warm summer evening's pleasant entertainment. Grady Harp, June 05

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