No Reservations

No Reservations

DVD - 2008
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Master chef Kate Armstrong is a perfectionist who leads a regimented life while running the kitchen of an exclusive restaurant. She revels in the sense of power and control her career affords. When her sister is killed in an automobile accident, her nine-year old niece Zoe comes to live with her. Kate's life is turned completely upside down and she is suddenly forced to split her focus between work and family. Nick Palmer is the newly hired, fun-loving, opera-singing sous chef, whom Kate perceives as a serious rival. She then begins an impassioned struggle to rein in Nick's exuberance and maintain control over her kitchen staff. Even as they clash, Kate is drawn toward Nick, eventually coming to the realization that Nick offers something that she needs both in her restaurant kitchen and her new life with Zoe.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2008]
ISBN: 9781419865398
Branch Call Number: DVD No
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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May 24, 2019

I didn't expect to love this movie, nor did I expect it to be so touching. In reading the reviews before seeing the movie, I was disappointed to find that most of the reviews focused on the fact that this film is a remake of a foreign film. So, I am basing my review on this film ONLY rather than trying to compare it to a film that I'd never even heard of before I read the reviews. "No Reservations" was completely different than I expected. I absolutely LOVE Catherine Zeta Jones (Kate) and she was perfect in the lead role! The first part of the film was okay, but a little slow. However, I was completely unprepared for the manner in which Zoe (Abigail Breslin)comes into the film. Once she arrived, the movie got better and better. I wasn't a fan of "Little Miss Sunshine" at all and I think Abigail's acting was much better in this film, even though she didn't have top billing. I loved Aaron Eckhart's Nick, who comes into Kate's life (and kitchen) and sets it on edge. The film has several hilarious moments, and the film itself was much better than the previews make it out to be. Not too many movies make me cry but I found myself shedding a few tears in the course of this one. If you haven't seen the so-called "original" and don't plan to, this is a great movie. Seinfeld fanatics (like myself) will immediately recognize the therapist (Bob Balaban) as Russell Dalrymple (most notably in "The Pilot" episode, where George and Jerry pitch the TV show to NBC).

May 14, 2018

Like many other romantic comedies, 'No Reservations' relies heavily on cliches and features not only a predictable happy ending but also a lot of obvious story elements before then. At the same time, however, the film has a lot that's truly special. To begin with, co-star Aaron Eckhart radiates charisma, and the screen seems to light up whenever he's around. As well, the film's many moments behind-the-scenes in the kitchen of a major restaurant do a brilliant job in capturing how the best cooks truly are artists at heart.

The story focuses on a workaholic chef, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, dealing with the death of her more free-spirited sister and the emotional turmoil that her nice, played by Abigail Breslin, is going through. If somebody's willing to overlook the heavy focus on genre tropes and focus on the characters, then he or she will find plenty that's well worth seeing. In the end, the detailed picture of restaurant life, on its own, is fascinating to watch. It's a charming. warm film.

VaughanPLTracy May 10, 2017

It was sometimes frustrating to watch Zeta-Jones' character who showed a lack of emotion in what I find to be the most emotional scenes in the movie. On the other hand, Breslin did a phenomenal job as a grieving young girl who's forced to immediately adapt to a whole new life with her aunt. Overall, I enjoyed this movie, and I was pleased that it didn't only focus on romantic relationships, but on other types of connections and relationships as well.

Aug 31, 2016

pretty good. love the restaurant/chef atmosphere. classy. zeta-jones character is a bit frustrating, though. i don't think she quite deserved the happiness at the end because she was not really a nice person, BUT oh well. at least the little girl and love interest seemed happy, so i guess that counts for something.

Mar 27, 2016

It's definitely a movie, and fairly predictable, but very cute! LOL
Great acting.
A real "Feel Good" film.

Jul 29, 2015

I had liked the movie this is not for children to watch

Jan 06, 2015

Lovely romantic comedy! Perfect casting.

i have this movie i got it for christmas in 2011 from my ante i went to her house and she gave me this movie it looks like a good movie i wanted to take this movie to school to my cooking class but i forgot to take it to school but now i don't have cooking class i can't bring but i can still watch it at home .

Jun 18, 2013

This movie was on last Saturday night and as I watched it I said, "this feel familiar". I had watched the German version of this film (which is the original) called Most Martha which this movie is the American version.

Parineeta Apr 24, 2013

Very predictable and very annoying. CZJ has been starring in crap lately.

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nadian May 17, 2008

Sexual Content: Some scenes of sensuality.


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