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Simply Irresistible (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 5 February 1999 (USA)
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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The female lead was supposed to be middle-aged, according to the script, but was rewritten to be a 20-year-old so that Sarah Michelle Gellar could be cast. The studio wanted to cash in on Gellar's popularity as the result of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996). See more »

Goofs

A string can be seen attached to the crab as it scuttles through the market in the opening scene. See more »

Quotes

Amanda Shelton: She's on something.
Nolan Traynor: Your food.
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For Judy See more »

Connections

References Dumbo (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Got the Girl (Boy from Panema)
Written by Michael Reiss, Craig Kafton, Steve Greenberg
Performed by Michael Reiss
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one of those guilty pleasures...
3 March 2005 | by tlcglitznglamSee all my reviews

Honestly, I think this is an awful movie... but I can't help but love it! It has a cheesy plot, unrealistic characters, a bit of magic that adds to the unbelievability and about everything else that a bad movie has. And yet, this is one of my favorite movies to watch when I'm in the mood to watch something light and fun. I'm almost embarrassed to say I love it! I don't know what it is about this movie that makes it so enjoyable to me. The basic plot... Sarah Michelle Gellar is a rather unsuccessful chef who wants to become better and save her family's restaurant. After buying a crab at a local market her luck begins to change. Suddenly she is able to cook amazing food that is sort of hypnotic and magical. She's offered a job as head chef at a posh new restaurant by a gorgeous guy who (wouldn't you know it) she ends up falling in love with. Give it a try. Maybe you'll love it too. I think it's the whole food idea that gets me....


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