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Simply Irresistible (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  5 February 1999 (USA)
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A magical crab works wonders for a terrible chef's culinary skills, leading her towards the man of her dreams.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lois McNally
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Gene O'Reilly
Aunt Stella
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Gil Shapiro
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A department store executive (Flanery) tries to resist falling in love with a young woman (Gellar), who he believes has possessed magical powers after inheriting a restaurant. Written by Lawless <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A bewitching romance. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:







Release Date:

5 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Magic Hour  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,232,686 (USA) (5 February 1999)


$4,394,936 (USA) (9 April 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original title for this movie was "Vanilla Fog". See more »


Throughout most of the dish-throwing scene, a crewmember's legs are visible in one of the mirrors in the background. See more »


Lois McNally: If you need anything call me, although I don't know how to do anything except buy clothes.
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Crazy Credits

For Judy See more »


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Written & Performed by Chris Lloyd
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User Reviews

Light and funny
30 May 2004 | by (Pensacola, FL) – See all my reviews

This is a light, cutesy chick-flick sort of movie. There's lots of humor and silliness. This movie fortunately never tries to take itself too seriously, because it would fail. The watcher who tries to take this movie too seriously won't enjoy it. Go into it with the idea that it's a silly movie meant to be laughed at and enjoyed, and you won't go wrong. Sarah Michelle Gellar is really good for the role of Amanda Shelton - she's very expressive and she does the dry humor really well, but she also gets the emotional roller-coaster that the characters are on and she does it smashingly well. Sean Patrick Flanery is excellent as the guy who really can't figure out what the heck is going on but he can't pull himself away from it anyway; and Larry Gilliard, Jr. as the support man to Gellar's Shelton is simply funny. This movie is definitely worth watching at least once.

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