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Love's Kitchen (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 June 2011 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rob
... Waitress
... Françoise
... Loz
... Shauna
Matthew Clancy ... Ingo
Rick Panesar ... Kitchen Staff
Suzi Salkeld ... Kitchen Staff
Tony Mann ... Food Critic
... Michelle
... Gordon Ramsay
Philip Cross ... Gordon Ramsay's PA
... Guy Witherspoon
... Jill (as Serretta Wilson)
... Kate Templeton
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Rob Haley (Dougray Scott), an up-and-coming chef and restaurateur in London, is grief-stricken when he loses his wife. With encouragement from his infamous friend and real life TV Chef Gordon Ramsay, Rob decides to spice up his life by turning a run-down country pub into a gourmet restaurant. His food catches the eye - and taste buds - of beautiful American food critic Kate Templeton (Claire Forlani) and they soon both write a recipe for love that leaves both their hearts - and their stomachs - in full. Written by madjanssen

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »
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Given a limited initial release (4 screens) in the UK, it famously took just £121.00 during its opening weekend. See more »

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Rob instructs Kate on the "proper" way to use a knife. He tells her to place her index finger on the back side of the blade which is a very unsafe way to cut. See more »

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Open Arms
Performed by Gary Go
Written by Gary Go & Andreas Eide Larsen
Courtesy of Polydor Records
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© TCR Music Ltd Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd
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With the exception of Callow, the production values and the leads, this was a confection lacking in flavour
19 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

What saves Love's Kitchen from being an unsalvageable mess is Simon Callow. He positively relishes his role and is just delightful to watch. The film's also competently photographed and has charming locations. Dougray Scott and Claire Forlani perform earnestly, and are a warm, cute couple with some real genial spark.

The rest of the cast do not come over very naturally, with emotions both overcooked and underplayed. This is especially true with the cameo of Gordon Ramsay, a cameo that felt like a forced gimmick above all else that takes one completely out of the film. It's not completely the cast's fault though, because of the characters only Callow's has any real juice(a large part as to why he was the one that registered most strongly, as well as that he's a talented actor) and there are too many secondary roles that have so little depth to them. The script is pretty disastrous, much of the dialogue is stilted and hollow with some very awkward tone changes, and of the romance, comedy and drama elements it only does just okay with the romantic elements, which are quite cute. The comedy however is very forced, with again only Callow being properly at ease, and the drama is caked in maudlin sentiment that it'll make one nauseous.

Another major problem with Love's Kitchen is the story. A lot of romantic comedies get criticised for being predictable, but very few romantic comedies are this predictable, one where it's clear how the entire film was going to end even before it started. There is absolutely nothing fresh here and the material is treated with very little flavour or substance, everything feeling bland and shallow instead. The soundtrack is fitting but with not much memorable about it, the pacing was constantly askew being often on the dull side and Jack Hacking's direction is all over the place, pace-wise and especially tonally, only showing competence technically.

In conclusion, one flavourless confection salvageable only by three performances and the production values. 3/10 Bethany Cox


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