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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.



(screenplay), (screenplay "Mostly Martha")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Silver ...
Mr. Peterson
Mrs. Peterson


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 July 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mostly Martha  »


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,704,357, 29 July 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The restaurant seen at the end of the film is the ground floor of the apartment building used for all exterior shots in the television series, "Friends". See more »


When Zoe is eating Nick's spaghetti in the restaurant kitchen, the bowl of spaghetti alternates between full and almost empty as they switch camera angles. See more »


Therapist: Why do you come to see me every week?
Kate: My boss said she'd fire me if I didn't get therapy.
Therapist: Why do you think, she thinks you need therapy? Why?
Kate: You know what, I haven't the faintest idea
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Referenced in The Big Box: The Ritz (2009) See more »


Colisomo Dies
(from the opera "Martha, oder Der Markt zu Richmond")
Written by Friedrich von Flotow, set to a German libretto by Friedrich Wilhelm Riese
Arranged by David Raksin
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Very likable even for a formula romcom, mainly because of the terrific casting
30 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Very likable even for a formula romcom, mainly because of the terrific casting and performances of the actors.

The forever beautiful and talented Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago, The Mask of Zorro) is spot on as Kate, a workaholic chef at hoity toity 22 Bleeker. Kate unexpectedly inherits her niece Zoe, played tremendously well by Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine). Real-life motherhood must have enabled Zeta-Jones to show her softer side with the restraint her character called for.

Aaron Eckhart (Thank You for Smoking, Black Dahlia) is Nick, the Italian-trained, opera-singing, charismatic new chef who invades Kate's precision-perfect French kitchen. Nick is Kate's quintessential opposite and eventually helps her sort out her trust issues and even enhances her parenting skills.

It is refreshing to see CZJ back on the silver screen where she belongs, and playing a non-glamorous character for once, even sans makeup in some scenes. At 38 years old, that is a brave feat indeed (and this courage is consistent with all the flawed characters she likes to play).

Her on screen chemistry with Eckhart is positively sizzling, and his cockiness to her coolness effectively makes you forget about the trite plot. While Zeta-Jones has also been criticized for being too beautiful for the role of a lonely chef, that is actually one of the ironies of life that this movie uncovers: beauty and talent doesn't really guarantee bliss.

Despite the awful MTV-like montage of the trio grocery shopping and the rest of the unspectacular elements, overall, the movie makes you feel for the characters. You leave the cinema all warm and fuzzy, and that makes the execution of No Reservations a success.

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