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No Reservations (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) (2007)

John McMartin , Matthew Rauch , Scott Hicks  |  PG |  HD DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John McMartin, Matthew Rauch, Patricia Clarkson, Jenny Wade, Bob Balaban
  • Directors: Scott Hicks
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010HOZX0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,881 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A perfectionist chef addicted to her work struggles to adjust when her sister passes away leaving her with a little girl to raise and a new soup-chef threatens to take over her kitchen with his high-spirited and free-wheeling ways.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and fluffy and delicious! February 13, 2008
A lot of people seem to be saying, "Don't watch this awful remake! Go watch Mostly Martha, the original!" I say, by all means, watch Mostly Martha, but don't bypass this version.

It's true that if I had watched this without having seen the original version, Mostly Martha, I would probably have liked it even better. This American version is really too close to the original, right down to the appearance of several characters (Leah, the sous-chef, for instance). For this reason, if you try to compare the two, it comes off as a half-hearted reproduction, Mostly Martha's reheated leftovers.

In many ways, it does lack some of the heart and depth of Mostly Martha. The characters are not as deep and intense, so their relationships aren't as meaningful to the audience. Kate is not quite as tightly wound as Martha, not quite as isolated--so her sudden inheritance of a child and the infringement of a stranger in her kitchen are less difficult and less meaningful. Zoe is much happier and lively than Lina ever is, and is not as scarred by her mother's death, so her struggle to accept Kate is again less meaningful. Nick, I felt, was outstanding--he was different from Mario, but equally effective. I actually preferred Nick, in fact, as I found Mario bordered on annoying at times, while Nick was more appealing all the way through (and Aaron Eckhart is certainly better looking!).

So why did I give it four stars? Well, I'm a sucker for a good romance. I feel that if I hadn't seen Mostly Martha, I would have given it four stars as a good romantic comedy. That is what is, and that is, I think, all it tries to be.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Recipe for Life July 23, 2007
There's a light, good-hearted nature to "No Reservations" that's quite pleasing, if a little predictable. This is just as much a story of life as it is a story of romance, and we all know the formulas such films follow: a person's world is rearranged when someone new enters his or her life, and the laughter, tears, and conflict will be plentiful. I expected nothing less from "No Reservations," which is probably why I was able to enjoy it. This is a charming, funny, touching film that casts away any qualms about being formulaic, which is a good thing for anyone in need of romantic escapism. I don't dare question how realistic the events of the film are; this is not a film that bothers with realism, but rather with the idealism that life is supposed to work in a specific way. At times, it's a welcome diversion.

The plot concerns Kate (Catherine Zeta-Jones), the executive chef of an upscale New York restaurant. We immediately get the sense that hers is a very organized, controlled world; while not explicitly critical or demeaning, she is fiercely protective of what she's worked so hard for, namely her position at the restaurant. Here's a person that's strong on the outside but deeply insecure on the inside, exemplified by her inability to receive criticism (never complain about the food she prepares; you'll definitely regret it). For these reasons, she's ordered into therapy. She pretty much dominates her own sessions with incessant discussions on food preparation--appetizing, yes, but not exactly enlightening. Her therapist (Bob Balaban) is initially unable to ask any questions or give any advice. Clearly, she's afraid to let anyone examine her personal life.

Her world is turned upside down when her sister dies in a car accident, leaving behind a daughter, Zoe (Abigail Breslin).
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bland March 29, 2008
This romantic comedy is likable but extremely predictable. Catherine Zeta Jones plays a chef at an upscale NYC restaurant who has devoted her life to being a great chef. So much so that she doesn't have time for anything else. Her sister is killed in a car wreck on the way to visit leaving her with her daughter to raise as her own. Meanwhile the new assistant chef is a carefree guy who brings big changes with him. Can you see it coming? Catherine doesn't like him at first, but then....Yes you guessed it. The story is okay and the acting is good enough, but there is nothing new here. This is a good rental to watch with the girlfriend or wife.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor remake of "Mostly Martha" February 2, 2008
I absolutely loved "Mostly Martha" and therefore was a bit sceptical about a remake to begin with - unfortunately this version didn't even come close. It has none of the warmth of the original. And it totally lacked the intriguing dialog and relationship between niece and aunt. Although I liked all actors in other movies - here they just failed.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Food, drink, music, and taking a chance February 14, 2008
Once upon a time there lived a grown-up woman, renowned in all the land for her fabulous cooking. But as is often true when someone excels in one area, that person lacks in all others. This remarkable chef (Catherine Zeta-Jones) has a lovely sister who excels in being a mom to daughter Zoe (Abigail Breslin). As is often the case these two sisters had a father unremarkable for being a nonexistent father. So these two sisters choose to live their lives without men.

Then a terrible thing happens: the mother/sister dies in a car accident, leaving Zoe with the aunt who is a chef also famed for keeping her distance from people. Enter Kate and Zoe, struggling to deal with first, the loss of their beloved, then this new situation and environment. Child and woman, these two, have difficulty meeting on a common ground. There is no spark, no warmth between them. It's not that Kate resents poor Zoe--she just cannot connect with her. It's not that Zoe resents Kate--she is just too sad.

Enter Nick, the slight-of-hand, the guy with the charm and wit, but good charm and sensitive wit, who can read people. He is the synapse who clicks the two--child and woman into a synergy of three people. The loveliest part of the movie is the time the three spend the day together, just doing and being.

Zoe needs to be loved, Kate needs only her job, and the restaurant owner needs a sous chef until Kate adjusts to her new role as a caretaker. Nick (Aaron Eckhart), the sous-chef needs to be needed, not that he is wimpy. He is quite gregarious and fun-loving, but he likes cooperation and congenial surroundings, light-heartedness amidst an often chaotic profession. Kate is all about being serious and professional.
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Opinions do very greatly. I happened to love it - far more than the other "cuisine" films this year. If you're not sure you want to risk it, rent first, then make your decision.
Oct 29, 2007 by Tina S, |  See all 2 posts
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