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No Reservations (2007)

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The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.

Director:

Scott Hicks

Writers:

Carol Fuchs (screenplay), Sandra Nettelbeck (screenplay "Mostly Martha")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Kate
Aaron Eckhart ... Nick
Abigail Breslin ... Zoe
Patricia Clarkson ... Paula
Jenny Wade ... Leah
Bob Balaban ... Therapist
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Sean
Lily Rabe ... Bernadette
Eric Silver Eric Silver ... John
Arija Bareikis ... Christine
John McMartin ... Mr. Peterson
Celia Weston ... Mrs. Peterson
Zoë Kravitz ... Charlotte
Matthew Rauch ... Ken
Dearbhla Molloy ... Anna
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Storyline

A master chef, Kate, lives her life like she runs the kitchen at upscale 22 Bleecker Restaurant in Manhattan--with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. With breathtaking precision, she powers through each hectic shift, coordinating hundreds of meals, preparing delicate sauces, seasoning and simmering each dish to absolute perfection. Written by AhmadMob

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Life isn't always made to order. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mostly Martha See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,704,357, 29 July 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,107,979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,601,050
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to USA Weekend, Catherine Zeta-Jones worked for one evening as a server at the Fiamma Osteria restaurant in New York City in preparation for her role in the movie. When customers told her and/or remarked on how much their server resembled Catherine Zeta-Jones, she would reply to them (in a faux American accent to hide her distinctive British/Welsh accent), "I hear that all the time." See more »

Goofs

While playing Monopoly, Kate was excited to land on Free Parking when according to official Monopoly rules, there is no reward for landing on the space; however, it is a widely accepted house rule in most circles that there is, in fact, a generous cash prize for landing on Free Parking. See more »

Quotes

Kate: Oh, I see you've brought something to read to Zoe.
Charlotte: It's for my thesis... rapidly mutating deadly viruses.
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Libiamo Libiamo
(from the opera "La Traviata", as used in the film)
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (as Rome Opera House and Chorus), with Carlo del Monte (tenor)
Courtesy of EMI records, Ltd., under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Very likable even for a formula romcom, mainly because of the terrific casting
30 September 2007 | by jemps918See all my reviews

Very likable even for a formula romcom, mainly because of the terrific casting and performances of the actors.

The forever beautiful and talented Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago, The Mask of Zorro) is spot on as Kate, a workaholic chef at hoity toity 22 Bleeker. Kate unexpectedly inherits her niece Zoe, played tremendously well by Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine). Real-life motherhood must have enabled Zeta-Jones to show her softer side with the restraint her character called for.

Aaron Eckhart (Thank You for Smoking, Black Dahlia) is Nick, the Italian-trained, opera-singing, charismatic new chef who invades Kate's precision-perfect French kitchen. Nick is Kate's quintessential opposite and eventually helps her sort out her trust issues and even enhances her parenting skills.

It is refreshing to see CZJ back on the silver screen where she belongs, and playing a non-glamorous character for once, even sans makeup in some scenes. At 38 years old, that is a brave feat indeed (and this courage is consistent with all the flawed characters she likes to play).

Her on screen chemistry with Eckhart is positively sizzling, and his cockiness to her coolness effectively makes you forget about the trite plot. While Zeta-Jones has also been criticized for being too beautiful for the role of a lonely chef, that is actually one of the ironies of life that this movie uncovers: beauty and talent doesn't really guarantee bliss.

Despite the awful MTV-like montage of the trio grocery shopping and the rest of the unspectacular elements, overall, the movie makes you feel for the characters. You leave the cinema all warm and fuzzy, and that makes the execution of No Reservations a success.


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