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No Reservations (2007)

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

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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

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

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27 July 2007 (USA)  »

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Mostly Martha  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,704,357 (USA) (29 July 2007)

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$43,107,979 (USA)
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When he's in the kitchen, Nick wears orange clogs, the trademark of famous Chef Mario Batali. See more »

Goofs

While playing Monopoly, Kate was excited to land on Free Parking when according to official Monopoly rules, there is no reward for landing on the space; however, it is a widely accepted house rule in most circles that there is, in fact, a generous cash prize for landing on Free Parking. See more »

Quotes

Kate: I know I'm doing everything wrong, but I promise you that I will always be here for you.
Zoe: [pause] Kate? You're not doing *everything* wrong.
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Referenced in The Big Box: The Ritz (2009) See more »

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Nessun Dorma
from "Turandot"
Written by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Performed by Tito Beltrán
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Very likable even for a formula romcom, mainly because of the terrific casting
30 September 2007 | by (Philippines) – 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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