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Fast Food Fast Women (2000)

How important is the truth when falling in love? Bella is a Manhattan café waitress, about to turn 35, stuck in a long-term affair going nowhere. Paul is a widower, facing old age alone. ... See full summary »

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Amos Kollek

Writer:

Amos Kollek

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Levine ... Bella (as Anna Thomson)
Jamie Harris ... Bruno
Louise Lasser ... Emily
Robert Modica Robert Modica ... Paul
Lonette McKee ... Sherry-Lynn
Victor Argo ... Seymour
Angelica Page ... Vitka (as Angelica Torn)
Austin Pendleton ... George
Sandrine Holt ... Giselle
Valerie Geffner Valerie Geffner ... Wanda
Mark Margolis ... Graham
Judith Roberts ... Bella's Mother
Lynn Cohen ... Jesse
Salem Ludwig Salem Ludwig ... Leo
Irma St. Paule Irma St. Paule ... Mary-Beth (as Irma St. Paul)
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Storyline

How important is the truth when falling in love? Bella is a Manhattan café waitress, about to turn 35, stuck in a long-term affair going nowhere. Paul is a widower, facing old age alone. Bella's mother sets her up with Bruno, a novelist/cabbie who likes to bed-hop and whose ex-wife expects their two children to stay with him for awhile. While Bruno learns some maturity from his young daughter, Paul answers a personals ad placed by a "widow, 60." The two couples - along with one of Paul's older pals and a Jungian stripper - sort out how to initiate a relationship these days, what to do when someone you like disappoints you, and when to tell the truth. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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There are 18 million people in New York City, but only one like Bella.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Lot47 Films [United States]

Country:

USA | France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fast Food, Fast Women See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,131, 20 May 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$186,586, 2 September 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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All In This Together
Written by Pat Cisarano
Performed by Pat Cisarano
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The power of being committed to what you personally believe in
28 May 2003 | by Wr1terSee all my reviews

I saw this movie last night on TV, and found it refreshing, personally inspiring, despite the negative comments others have written about it.

The characters redeemed themselves by sticking with what they thought they believed in, and/or went after what they thought was important to them, despite how impossible those goals seemed.

Much as Bella has chosen her waitress job, various characters meet impediments which cause them to choose one way or the other. At the end, you realize how true to themselves they really were.

The quirky personalities made the characters more real to me. I was able to envelop myself totally in this movie, forget all about myself, my troubles, my own world, despite some loose ends and unnatural jumps in the stories. Life's like that. These people seemed real to me, even when I knew they weren't.

The movie made me happy in general, happy for the characters' successes, and aware that it was a fairy tale colored a bit by some of life's inevitable disappointments. The characters were not foolish, just human. Because most of their lives were not in the movie, it seemed somewhat like a loosely structured play.

Rough, unpolished, quirky, non-Hollywood romances, people getting by, people looking for the "right" person to love them.....7.5 points from me


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