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Restaurant (1998)

R | | Drama | 24 July 1999 (Japan)
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A few young waiters at a popular New Jersey restaurant are dreaming of becoming actors or otherwise getting into the artistic community.

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Eric Bross

Writer:

Tom Cudworth
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Chris Calloway
Elise Neal ... Jeanine
David Moscow ... Reggae
Simon Baker ... Kenny (as Simon Baker-Denny)
Catherine Kellner ... Nancy
Malcolm-Jamal Warner ... Steven
John Carroll Lynch ... John English
Jesse L. Martin ... Quincy
Sybil Darrow ... Lenore (as Sybil Temchen)
Vonte Sweet ... Marcus
Michael Stoyanov ... Ethan
Elon Gold ... Kurt
Lori Heuring ... Donna
Lauryn Hill ... Leslie
Avery Kidd Waddell ... Al-Tarique (as Avery Waddell)
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A few young waiters at a popular New Jersey restaurant are dreaming of becoming actors or otherwise getting into the artistic community.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Restaurante See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,750, 30 January 2000

Gross USA:

$75,232

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,232
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

The restaurant used in the film is now The Madison Bar & Grill. See more »

Goofs

Jeanine and Kenny board a PATH train (a New York-New Jersey subway) in Hoboken, New Jersey, go one stop and get off at the same Hoboken station. See more »

Quotes

Chris Calloway: [of his father] If that bastard rolled over in his grave every time I did something he disapproved of, he'd be a fuckin' rotisserie.
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A complete disappointment
16 May 2000 | by BlueNeon-2See all my reviews

"Restaurant" is your basic boy-meets-girl movie, with emphasis on "basic" - it operates on autopilot throughout. It has the basic feel of a made-for-TV schmaltzfest, and it handles racial issues with the same level of intellectual vigor.

The main character of "Restaurant", a playwright who considers his work "beyond great" (what we see of it looks pretty silly and shallow), finds himself unable to finish his most recent production. I can only assume this was semi-autobiographical, since this movie has no clear ending in sight throughout, and the ending it does bring about for us is clumsy and completely incongruous with the rest of the story.


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