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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
Jonathan Bendel
Nolan Traynor (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Christopher Durang ...
Gene O'Reilly
Aunt Stella
Gil Shapiro
The Poet
Mr. Mueller


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 <lawless@smgfan.com>

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?


Screenwriter Judith Roberts is the wife of director Mark Tarlov. See more »


When Tom goes to the Southern Cross to break up with Amanda, he ends up helping instead, waiting tables. The plates are plain white with gold trim. However, these are not any of the three plate patterns Amanda picked out in the department store that Tom paid for. See more »


Tom Bartlett: How do you know so much about paper airplanes?
Amanda Shelton: I hated algebra.
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Crazy Credits

For Judy See more »


Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
Written by Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart
Performed by Katalina
Courtesy of Restless Records
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User Reviews

one of those guilty pleasures...
3 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Honestly, I think this is an awful movie... but I can't help but love it! It has a cheesy plot, unrealistic characters, a bit of magic that adds to the unbelievability and about everything else that a bad movie has. And yet, this is one of my favorite movies to watch when I'm in the mood to watch something light and fun. I'm almost embarrassed to say I love it! I don't know what it is about this movie that makes it so enjoyable to me. The basic plot... Sarah Michelle Gellar is a rather unsuccessful chef who wants to become better and save her family's restaurant. After buying a crab at a local market her luck begins to change. Suddenly she is able to cook amazing food that is sort of hypnotic and magical. She's offered a job as head chef at a posh new restaurant by a gorgeous guy who (wouldn't you know it) she ends up falling in love with. Give it a try. Maybe you'll love it too. I think it's the whole food idea that gets me....

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