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No Reservations -- A perfectionist chef addicted to her work struggles to adjust when her sister passes away leaving her with a little girl to raise and a new soup-chef threatens to take over her kitchen...
No Reservations -- The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.
No Reservations -- Interview: Abigail Breslin "On learning to cook"
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Writers (WGA):
Carol Fuchs (screenplay)
Sandra Nettelbeck (screenplay)
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Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Kate

Aaron Eckhart ... Nick

Abigail Breslin ... Zoe

Patricia Clarkson ... Paula

Jenny Wade ... Leah

Bob Balaban ... Therapist

Brían F. O'Byrne ... Sean

Lily Rabe ... Bernadette

Eric Silver ... John

Arija Bareikis ... Christine

John McMartin ... Mr. Peterson

Celia Weston ... Mrs. Peterson

Zoë Kravitz ... Charlotte

Matthew Rauch ... Ken

Dearbhla Molloy ... Anna
Stephanie Berry ... School Principal Ellen Parker

Matt Servitto ... Doctor
Yevgeniy Dekhtyar ... Truffle Dealer

Fulvio Cecere ... Fish Vendor Bob

Ako ... Vegetable Vendor
Frank Santorelli ... Lobster Vendor
Arden Lewis ... Line Cook Arden
A.J. McCloud ... Line Cook A.J.
Mario Morales ... Line Cook Mario

Monica Trombetta ... Liz

Sam Kitchin ... Mr. Mathews

Rob Leo Roy ... Rare Steak Man
Brian Luna ... Sous Chef Applicant
David Wheir ... Sous Chef Applicant
Joey Cee ... Sous Chef Applicant

Roxanna Hope ... Sous Chef Applicant

Katherine Sigismund ... Ken's Wife
James Starace ... Waiter
Jeanne Omlor ... Waitress
Noah Petroski ... Sean's Twin
Nicholas Petroski ... Sean's Twin
Lorca Simons ... Rare Steak Woman

Patrick Zeller ... Leah's Husband

Gretchen Wiese ... Mrs. Matthews

Ramon Fernandez ... Carlos

Angel Rosa ... Busboy
Ignacio Heredero ... Busboy
Albert Martinez ... Busboy
Hani Shihada ... Chalk Artist

Akira Takayama ... Produce Customer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Borras ... Construction Foreman (uncredited)

Philip Glass ... Man at Bistro (uncredited)

Chris Kerson ... Man at the Bar (uncredited)
Henry Kwan ... Delivery Guy (uncredited)

Tristan Laurence ... Sous Chef #5 (uncredited)

Directed by
Scott Hicks 
Writing credits
Carol Fuchs (screenplay)

Sandra Nettelbeck (screenplay "Mostly Martha")

Produced by
Sergio Aguero .... producer (as Sergio Agüero)
Bruce Berman .... executive producer
Susan Cartsonis .... executive producer
Kerry Heysen .... producer
Mari-Jo Winkler .... co-producer (as Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda)
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
Cinematography by
Stuart Dryburgh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Pip Karmel 
Casting by
Ronna Kress 
Production Design by
Barbara Ling 
Art Direction by
W. Steven Graham 
Set Decoration by
Leslie E. Rollins 
Costume Design by
Melissa Toth 
Makeup Department
Jerry DeCarlo .... key hair stylist
Marjorie Durand .... makeup artist (as Margie Durand)
Elisabeth Fry .... hair stylist: Mr. Eckhart
Elisabeth Fry .... makeup artist: Mr. Eckhart
Karyn Huston .... hair stylist: Ms. Zeta-Jones (as Karyn Alexander Huston)
Todd Kleitsch .... key makeup artist
Jackie Payne .... hair stylist (as Jacqueline Payne)
Cindy J. Williams .... makeup artist: Ms. Zeta-Jones (as Cindy Williams)
Vincent Schicchi .... additional make up artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Erica Kay .... production supervisor
Sylvia Walker-Wilson .... post-production supervisor
Mari-Jo Winkler .... unit production manager (as Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda)
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Mark Scoon .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniela Barbosa .... second second assistant director
Nicole Feder .... dga trainee
Peter Soldo .... second assistant director
Jeffrey Wetzel .... first assistant director
Aaron D. Forste .... key second assistant director: reshoots (uncredited)
Art Department
Anthony Baldasare .... first assistant props
Wayne Brackett .... set dresser
Roland Brooks .... charge scenic artist
Garf Brown .... scenic artist
Diana Burton .... property master
Joseph Deluca .... set dresser
Kathryn Freund .... assistant props
Emily Gaunt .... stand-by scenic artist
Edward A. Ioffreda .... graphic artist (as Edward Ioffreda)
Karen Kates .... first assistant props
Erik Knight .... art department coordinator
Marion Kolsby .... assistant art director
Eoin V. Lambe .... second assistant props (as Eion V. Lambe)
Eric Lewin .... set dresser
Brian Mannain .... set dresser
Christine Moosher .... assistant set decorator
Kris Moran .... assistant props
Ken Nelson .... construction coordinator (as Kenneth D. Nelson)
Edward Pisoni .... assistant art director
John Ralbovsky .... paint foreman
Julio Rodriguez .... set dresser
James Sadek .... construction foreman
Rodney Sterbenz .... on-set dresser (as Rodney T. Sterbenz)
Chris Vogt .... set dresser
Robert Vogt .... set dresser
Lance R. Walters .... carpenter
Dave Weinman .... leadman
Kenneth Brzozowski .... shop craftsman (uncredited)
Gerard J. Furey .... set construction foreman (uncredited)
Jorge Luis Gonzalez .... key scenic industrial (uncredited)
Derrick Kardos .... additional graphic designer (uncredited)
Susan Perlman .... set decorating coordinator (uncredited)
Giovanni Rodriguez .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Joan Winters .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Burgess .... foley editor
Steve Burgess .... foley recordist
Bruce Emery .... sound consultant: Dolby
Helen Field .... sound facilities manager: Soundfirm
Chris Goodes .... sound assistant
Julie Lewington .... sound studio manager
Kim Maitland .... cable
Aileen Maquiraya .... audio post-conform
Andrew Neil .... sound effects editor
Andrew Neil .... sound re-recording mixer
Glenn Newnham .... sound effects editor
Glenn Newnham .... supervising sound editor
T.J. O'Mara .... sound mixer
Dan Paikin .... boom operator (as Daniel Paikin)
Livia Ruzic .... adr editor
Livia Ruzic .... dialogue editor
Roger Savage .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicola Tate .... sound studio manager
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist
Martyn Zub .... sound engineer
Benjamin Cheah .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Jamie Roden .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Andy Wright .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Bird .... special effects technician
Fred Buchholz .... special effects coordinator
Richard Bryan Douglas .... special effects foreman
Lorenzo Hall .... special effects technician
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects supervisor (as Steve Kirshoff)
Visual Effects by
Marty Pepper .... visual effects
Dan Ashton .... film recording technician: Weta Digital (uncredited)
Nick Booth .... film recording supervisor: Weta Digital (uncredited)
Mark Chataway .... visual effects (uncredited)
Stephen Roucher .... film recording technician: Weta Digital (uncredited)
Pete Williams .... film recording manager: Weta Digital (uncredited)
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator
Kacie Borrowman .... stunts
George B. Colucci Jr. .... stunt driver (as George B. Colucci)
Blaise Corrigan .... additional stunt coordinator
Geoffrey Dowell .... stunt driver
Samantha MacIvor .... stunts
Jodi Michelle Pynn .... stunts
Keith Siglinger .... stunts
Kacie Borrowman .... stunt double: Abigail Breslin (uncredited)
Ian Mclaughlin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sebastián Almeida .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Sebastian Almeida)
Braden Belmonte .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Keith Bunting .... dolly grip: "a" camera (as Keith M. Bunting Jr.)
Anne Carson .... film loader
Jack Coffen .... electrician
Stephen Consentino .... Steadicam operator
Stephen Consentino .... camera operator: "b" camera
James Domorski .... 24 frame video operator (as James Domarski)
Gene Engels .... chief lighting technician (as Gene W. Engels)
McCord Fitzsimmons .... additional video assist operator
Dennis Green .... 24 frame video operator
Carlos Omar Guerra .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Carlos Guerra)
Joel Holland .... video assist operator
David Lee .... still photographer (as David C. Lee)
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator: "a" camera
Gus Magalios .... best boy grip
Frances 'Buddy' McBride .... rigging gaffer (as Francis Buddy McBride)
Tim Metivier .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Milcetic .... assistant chief lighting technician
Billy Patsos .... key rigging grip (as William Patsos)
George Patsos .... key grip
Louis Sabat .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Joel Tishcoff .... lighting board operator
Joseph Trammell .... 24 frame video supervisor (as Joe Trammell)
John Coots .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Michael Gallart .... electrician (uncredited)
Damian Gonzales .... electrician (uncredited)
Sal Martorano .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Tim McAuliffe .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul C. McKenna .... crane technician: Technocrane (uncredited)
Iris Ng .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Roberto A. Quezada .... electrician (uncredited)
Lewis Sadler .... electrician (uncredited)
Mike Yurich .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Barbara McNamara .... extras casting
Courtney Sheinin .... casting associate
Chelsea Watson .... casting assistant
Matt Carr .... background casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arlynn Abseck .... costumer
Stephanie Biear .... master seamstress
Cara Czekanski .... costumer
Leah Katznelson .... assistant costume designer
Stev Taylor .... costumer
Deirdre N. Williams .... costume supervisor (as Deirdre Williams)
Benjamin Wilson .... costume supervisor
Natalie Arango .... costumer (uncredited)
Ellen Houlihan .... costume intern (uncredited)
Monica Ruiz-Ziegler .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Colette Birrell .... post-production editorial production assistant
David Birrell .... first assistant editor
Kate Butler .... post-production facilities manager
Louisa Forni .... post-production editorial production assistant
James W. Harrison III .... apprentice editor
Kevin L. James .... post-production coordinator (as Kevin James)
Henry Karjalainen .... second assistant editor
Natalie Mandel .... post-production coordinator
Lisa Melodia .... post-production editorial production assistant
Ryan Murphy .... second assistant editor
Marty Pepper .... colorist
Dale Roberts .... post-production facilities manager
W. Jarvis Rooker .... post-production editorial production assistant (as Jarvis Rooker)
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... assistant music editor
John Bissell .... music supervisor
Dan Bora .... scoring engineer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Scott Hosfeld .... musician
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Michael Riesman .... conductor
Michael Riesman .... score producer
Tim Ryan .... music editor: trackdown
Marni Sanders .... copyist
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Michael Trepagnier .... assistant scoring engineer
Mauricio Vazquez Salido .... assistant scoring engineer
Natalie Baartz .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Buckman .... driver
Jim Buckman .... transportation captain
Robert Buckman .... transportation co-captain
Tom Fitzsimmons .... driver: Ms. Zeta-Jones
Robert Foster Jr. .... driver
Scott Lieberz .... driver: Mr. Eckhart
Gary O'Connell .... driver: Ms. Breslin
Billy Stuart .... driver: Mr. Hicks and Ms. Heysen
Other crew
Dale Amtsberg .... assistant: Mr. Hicks and Ms. Heysen
Julian Austin .... title designer
Helen Aylett .... accounts officer
Tamara Bally .... production accountant
Jessica Beiler .... assistant: Mr. Hicks and Ms. Heysen, US
Jonathan Blitstein .... set production assistant
Tara-Jean Canlon .... stand-in: 'Zoe' (as T.J. Canlon)
Cecilia Cardwell .... studio teacher (as Cecilia M. Cardwell)
Jean Chien .... location manager
Santena Jenaris King Clough .... second assistant accountant (as Santena Jenaris King)
Chester Coleman .... set medic
Jennifer Côté .... assistant: Ms. Zeta-Jones
Gary DeJesus .... key set production assistant
Stephani DeLuca .... set production assistant
Liza Donatelli .... art staff assistant
Joy Ellison .... dialect coach: Ms. Zeta-Jones
Frances Fiore .... unit publicist
Richard Franceschini .... production resources executive
Chris Giarraputo .... consultant: restaurant
Timothy Giessauf .... intern
Mike Grosky .... assistant location manager (as Michael Grosky)
Jane Guilliano .... stand-in: 'Kate'
Taylor Guterson .... set production assistant
Jill Hewitt .... post-production accountant: Moneypenny Services
Scott Heysen .... computer and technical consultant
Justin Kron .... location assistant
Sydney Leier .... location assistant
Kirstin Liu .... production secretary
Gine Lui .... location scout
Casey Madigan .... set production assistant
John Malakoff .... production travel consultant
Michael Maxwell .... head chef
Shelly Mittal .... location assistant
Luis Neito .... consultant: restaurant
Maire Ni Rochain .... production office coordinator
Eric Papa .... location assistant
Diana Pappas .... staff assistant
Matthew F. Preston .... assistant production office coordinator
Judy Pursley .... assistant production accountant
Marie Rodriguez .... assistant: Ms. Winkler-Ioffreda
Jennessa Rose .... additional voice
Julianna Rose .... voices
Daniele Sbordi .... consultant: restaurant
Jon Shaw .... set production assistant
Abraham Sparer .... stand-in: "Nick'
Jonathan Sunderman .... office staff assistant
Brett Thornquest .... post-production accountant: Moneypenny Services
Michael White .... consultant: restaurant
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor (as Christine M. Wilson)
Caleb Wisdorf .... production assistant: reshoot
Terri Yuan .... office staff assistant
Jamie Broadnax .... production assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Cavagnet .... production assistant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Cline .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Roberto Donati .... adr voice (uncredited)
Cohl Kenneth Klop .... additional voices (uncredited)
Brendan MacDevette .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Lisa Madden .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Gary Martyn .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tenita Murray .... first accountant (uncredited)
Matthew S. O'Brien .... production secretary: re-shoots (uncredited)
Jennifer Quesenbery .... location scout (uncredited)
Morgan Ressa .... production assistant (uncredited)
Allison Robin .... stage manager (uncredited)
R. Zachary Shildwachter .... office assistant (uncredited)
Collin Smith .... location scout (uncredited)
Julie Solomon .... location scout (uncredited)
Rodney Tait .... location scout (uncredited)
Ned Thorne .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Velasco .... location scout (uncredited)
Lawrence 'Law' Watford .... assistant stage manager (uncredited)
Nils Widboom .... location scout (uncredited)
Lee Anne Wong .... culinary consultant (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Happy recipies" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Rated PG for some sensuality and language
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) | Denmark:A | Finland:K-3 | Germany:o.Al. | Hong Kong:I | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:AL | Philippines:G | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Africa:A | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:10 (canton of Basel-Stadt) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:GP | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #43219)

Did You Know?

Aaron Eckhart accidentally sliced off one of his fingernails while filming a scene cutting onions, and didn't notice until Abigail Breslin screamed at the blood.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Kate and Zoe are walking alongside a yellow school bus on the way to Zoe's first day at school, a mother with her son is crossing the road. As the mother and son pass the front of the bus, the son drops his book. The son tells the mom and they pause in the path of Kate and Zoe briefly before being forced to move on, leaving the book behind in order not to block Kate and Zoe. A crossing officer attempts to pick it up for them before leaving it as the mother and son exit the scene.See more »
Kate:[about Nick] You bring in a sous chef from an Italian restaurant and I'm the one in therapy?See more »
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Lugubrious Hybrid of the Food Network and Lifetime Makes for an Attractive But Bland Movie, 14 September 2008
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

Despite what I recall of the advertising campaign last year, this soft-hearted 2007 film is far less a Food Network-derived romantic comedy than a Lifetime-oriented drama about grief and work/life balance. Directed by Scott Hicks ("Shine") and written by first-timer Carol Fuchs, this film offers the most insightful peek into the workings of an upscale Manhattan restaurant since 2000's "Dinner Rush" (i.e., if you don't count last year's CGI-generated, French food-fest, "Ratatouille"), but it also seems intent in splintering the story between the romantic sparks between the co-stars and the unexpected relationship that a single aunt forms with her orphaned niece. The result is heartwarming but rather diluted considering the potential inherent in the material presented. Hicks and Fuchs also seem intent on inserting predictable clichés along the way to reinforce the formulaic approach taken with the story.

Basically a remake of the 2001 German comedy, "Mostly Martha", the plot centers on perfectionist chef Kate who runs a tightly efficient kitchen in a chic SoHo bistro. As a resolute overachiever, she is able to get up before dawn to get to the fish market and stay late at the restaurant making her impeccably presented dishes until closing. So tightly wound is Kate that restaurant owner Paula forces her to see a therapist to address her supposedly difficult personality. This is the first of several disconnects I had with the film as Kate strikes me as demanding but not particularly abusive to her staff. Regardless, her life is turned upside down by the sudden death of her sister and the addition of her niece Zoe to her structured life. As if that wasn't enough, Paula has hired Nick, a rowdy opera-loving sous-chef, to partner with Kate as she struggles with her personal transition at home. Taking a number from the Tracy-Hepburn manual for romantic comedy, tempers flare as do sparks. Zoe's recovery from her mother's death becomes a complicating factor, but the rest of the story plays out basically how you would presume.

More interesting in edgier, less sympathetic roles, Catherine Zeta-Jones plays the icier aspects of her role well, but she is markedly less arresting when her character turns warm and gooey. The script also doesn't really respect her character much since she is made to look overly foolish and insensitive in her early scenes as a struggling mother figure. Aaron Eckhart seems to be playing more of a plot device as Nick, but he does it well, and the requisite sparks occur with Zeta-Jones. Cornering the market on playing put-upon children, Abigail Breslin is fine as Zoe, even though she has to be glumly depressed for much of the film. The usually more dimensional Patricia Clarkson plays Paula as a surprisingly brittle, opportunistic character, while Bob Balaban isn't given much to do at all as Kate's therapist but act as a bromide. Stuart Dryburgh's autumnal cinematography makes all the food look good, the stars as well, and minimalist composer Philip Glass, of all people, provided the unobtrusive soundtrack dominated by Puccini, Verdi, and Flotow arias. The most significant bonus item on the 2008 DVD is a twenty-minute episode of the Food Network's "Unwrapped" which includes interviews with the film's stars and the real chefs who concocted the dishes in the movie.

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