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Chris (Adrien Brody), an aspiring playwright, pays the bills as a bartender at an upscale New York restaurant and pours his frustrations into his work. Jeanine (Elise Neal), an aspiring singer from a musical family, is the newest waitress on the staff. He's Italian American and she's African American, but the chemistry is there. All that stands between them is Chris's unresolved feelings for his ex (pop star Lauryn Hill in a cameo), the reverberations of his blue-collar father's dinner-table racism, and the unspoken and usually ignored but unavoidable issue of race. Eric Bross (Ten Benny, also with Brody) has a light touch with his ensemble cast--which also features Malcolm-Jamal Warner as a well-spoken law student and Jesse L. Martin of TV's Law and Order as a philosophical line cook--and the thoughtful script. The issues simmer below the surface of the individual dramas, romantic complications, and personal struggles with self-esteem and responsibility that buzz through the restaurant, finally boiling over in a raw but dramatically restrained finale. Much of the drama floats between clear-eyed honesty and hip glibness, but Bross and his cast anchor the drama in vivid, complicated characters who bring the film to life. Restaurant, which sat on the shelf before receiving a short theatrical run, is no Do The Right Thing, but in its own respectful way manages to cast a fresh look at race relations. --Sean Axmaker

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  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Elise Neal, David Moscow, Simon Baker, Catherine Kellner
  • Directors: Eric Bross
  • Writers: Tom Cudworth
  • Producers: Eric Bross, Galt Niederhoffer, Gary J. Palermo, H.M. Coakley, Jennifer Chaiken
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: York Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U5RZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,272 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Restaurant" on IMDb

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2003
Format: DVD
I would have given it five stars, but in some spots the movie went off base. It is generally an excellent film. The entire cast fit their roles perfectly. Elise Neal and Adrien Brody were the perfect couple. Malcolm Jamal Warner was pretty impressive himself. This film was humorous, charming and sensuous. The director did an excellent job. At times I felt like I was actually in the restaurant with the cast. Rarely do you see a film that incoporates real life situations with a flawless script. One of the most believable films I've ever seen. A great cast, excellent script, and pleasing acting. You can't get better than Restaurant these days.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By RHC on August 15, 2003
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This heart-wrenching drama focuses on aspiring writer Chris Calloway, played soulfully by Adrien Brody. His past love with an African-American women, played by the exquisitely beautiful Lauryn Hill, haunts his present life, interfering with his artistic creativity, friendships, and current lover. Shadows of racism hinder his ability to truthfully love, truthfully write, and truthfully live.
As we watch Chris and his friends pinball between the things they want to do, and the things they need to do, we begin to relive our own painful experiences in the field of love.
Tensions rise as Chris grasps to make decisions that will forever affect his happiness, for better, and for worse.
Adrien Brody, Elise Neal, Simon Baker, & Lauryn Hill give memorable performances.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2002
Format: DVD
I'm not big on indie film but for some reason i notice this one when it was avalaible to rent through pay-per-view. it is a movie i really took time to understand the characters i thought the story was engaging..and of course the racial issIt was one ues was handle i guess the best way they could considering that it was shot back in 1998. The movie is full with fresh talent. I got to give it up to Adrian Brody an excellent actor i've seen him briefly in a movie called Liberty Heights but didn't think much about it until i saw his face. Elise Neal was pretty good along with Simon Baker. My only regret about this film is i wished they had elaborate the relationship with Brody character(Chris) and Lauryn Hill(Leslie) more in depth i felt there was so much to this story and can i say even though Hill wasn't there as much as i wish her charisma was bursting out all over the screen for the moments she shared with Brody character. Not too mention she was absoulutely glowing... Overal it is a great film one that i don't mine adding in my DVD collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Jerome on May 6, 2007
Format: DVD
Bought for only $1.00 at Wal-Mart. Was expecting a poorly made independent film, but was pleasantly surprised by this film. Part romance, mix in a little comedy, a little racial tension and a stellar cast, and you get a good story that is completely watchable and believable. I especially like that the movie ended with the romantic leads going their separate ways, possibly to reunite later. Added a realistic touch.

This was probably the movie before some of these actors hit the big time. Nicely done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sophia on September 28, 2011
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I am a great fan of Simon Baker. He is so good at seemingly actually becoming the person he portrays. So many actors just portray themselves, although they can be quite good at that. This is one of Baker's earlier films when he was still calling himself Simon Baker-Denny. It's a small part but he carries it off so well! Beyond that, the story is really interesting, with excellent performances throughout. It is kind of a shock to see the views of the New York skyline with the World Trade Center towers still intact. A sad reminder of the destruction to come. I rated this at 4 stars only because there wasn't enough of Simon Baker's character for me, although it was enough for the story. I could spend the entire time just watching Baker watch paint dry. Sheesh! he's good!
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This movie was editted, but I got the jest of the director's point of view. The movie centers around Adrien Body's character who has just been dumped. He is a beginning screenplay writer who works at a restaurant to pay the bills until he is successful. All the character's work at the restaurant. They vary in races and the premise is how they get along with each other.

They movie is okay. I love Adrien Brody, so it was no big deal to watch him. He is a great actor and this role fit him. Elise Neal did a great job as a aspiring singer and his love interest. They movie was good, but not great. It lacked something, that I can' quite put my finger on. It had enough stars with Simon Baker, Lauryn Hill, Brody, and Neal, but something was missing. It is a movie I will watch again.
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By Dolce Soie on January 21, 2013
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I watch all of Adrien Brody's movies. He is always interesting to watch. I was surprised to see so many actors that I recognize for other hit movies/TV shows. I use to work in Jersey City myself, so It felt very real. A day in the life of people who work in a restaurant and eventually have to grow up to become responsible and persue their dream.
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By Dana R. Widmark on April 10, 2012
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What an amazing cast, thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Adrien Brody is brilliant but that really goes without saying. One of the best movies I've seen in some time, a real must see, I know that sounds clique but it really is an great flick.
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