As part of a drunken bet with her sister, a happily married woman sends an anonymous Valentine's card to her husband to see if he hides it. When he does, what was a prank leads to a series ... See full summary »
Jennifer Love Hewitt,
Lucas Thomas's grandmother Caroline returns every Valentine's Day to the station where, at their then first wedding anniversary, she waved off to the pacific war theatre in 1944 naval pilot... See full summary »
Jennifer Love Hewitt,
New York City. It's 1897. Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon has always loved Christmas. Until the day her classmates bring up the age-old question: "Is there a Santa Claus?" Not sure what to... See full summary »
Neil Patrick Harris,
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Ellie a talented young musician with the opportunity of a lifetime is torn between obligation to her family and the chance to realize her dream. Saddled with the care of her five siblings ... See full summary »
Caleb Landry Jones
A good-hearted musician struggles to find a way to tell his beautiful barista coworker that he loves her, despite the fact that she is in a relationship. Meanwhile, regulars and customers at the café where they work have their own problems and encounters. A police officer keeps his eye on his wayward cousin, who owes money to a charismatic dealer, and a married man contemplates his relationship with a good-looking new acquaintance. However, one customer believes he is in fact the main character in a computer simulation of modern life, set in the microcosm of the café, all designed by a young girl. Written by
The film takes place almost exclusively inside a real working West Philadelphia café. See more »
While Elly is sitting at a table talking to Avatar, the lighted logo on Avatar's MacBook computer goes dim, however, his screen is still lit. On this computer the back light for the screen is what lights the Apple logo. The lighted logo goes on and off during the conversation even though his screen is never turned off when we see it. See more »
This morning I intended to just keep on driving right past where I was going and just keep going into the wild blue yonder, and I ended up at the movies, which is kinda like running away without risking anything.
The wild blue yonder sounds like fun.
I'm still thinking of going. You want to go?
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Unlike most other Jennifer Love Hewitt movies, especially with the presence at the time of her former boyfriend Jamie Kennedy who plays against type, this movie isn't a fun loving light romantic comedy. Instead, what the audience is offered up is a rather strange but fascinating dramatic fantasy about relationships and infinite possibilities using an ensemble cast and short story plots, some connected and others not. All these characters their interspersed stories are also presented in an almost theatrical manner using the same diner set as the singular location throughout the entire movie (like a play) over a period of days starting with an shooting incident and then the movie told in flashback.
Cafe directed and written by Mark Erlbaum comes across somewhat like a movie based on a screenplay by the Oscar-winning Charlie Kaufman screenwriter Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Being John Malkovich (1999). Less weird and strange than the even more surrealistic The Devil's Carnival (2012), but more unusual than the traditional ensemble movie with various relational plots like Love Actually (2003) or the more serious dramatic presentation like Traffic (2001) or the more dramatic thriller Bobby (2006) or the dramatic television presentation of Separate Tables (1983).
Cafe might best be compared to another fantastical series of life stories as revealed in the Japanese fantasy movie After Life (1998) or the more polished and foreign but mainstream light comedy Chocolat (2001) or the rather distinctive mystery drama of Dogville (2004) with its creative theatrical set design. While the ending of the movie might be consider too sanguine and too cute, Cafe does presents a surprisingly ambiance and charm with its off-beat and creative approach to cinema.
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