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Simply Irresistible (1999)

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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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Mark Tarlov

Writer:

Judith Roberts

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Amanda Shelton
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Tom Bartlett
Patricia Clarkson ... Lois McNally
Dylan Baker ... Jonathan Bendel
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Nolan Traynor (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Christopher Durang Christopher Durang ... Gene O'Reilly
Betty Buckley ... Aunt Stella
Olek Krupa ... Valderon
Amanda Peet ... Chris
Alex Draper ... Francois
Drew Nieporent ... Gil Shapiro
Anthony Ruivivar ... Ramos
Andrew McFarlane ... The Poet
Steven Skybell ... Mr. Mueller
Phyllis Somerville ... Ruth
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Storyline

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>

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Magic opened up their hearts... Love did the rest. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magic Hour See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,232,686, 5 February 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,394,936, 11 April 1999
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Sarah Michelle Gellar stated that this was one of her least favorite films she had been in. See more »

Goofs

When Amanda goes to the restaurant to cook for the party, she checks her reflection and worries because she forgot to wear her mom's earrings. Later in the scene the earrings are back on. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Bendel: I like you, Lois. You're like a man. You think with your nuts.
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For Judy See more »


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Once In A Blue Moon
Written by Donald J. Markowitz, Sydney Forest, Russell Kunkel
Performed by Sydney Forest
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a charming romantic comedy that could have been better
12 January 2000 | by hbsSee all my reviews

This is a very sweet little movie. The "magic" business in it is there to give it a little edge, and I think that they wisely don't explain it, but the movie works best when they underplay it. It's at its best around the "shopping for plates" sequence when the characters discuss how often men think about sex. It's handled with a light touch that is just right. That is the tone that I would have liked to see the movie maintain, and which they hit now and again during the course of it, but also missed from time to time.

It's not a sure thing (it's no "Moonstruck", for example), but if you like romantic comedy it's worth a look. I'd give it a 7/10 (slightly less than 3 stars, but close).


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