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No Reservations (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)
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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Catherine Zeta-Jones is wonderful as Kate who is one of the best chefs in New York; unfortunately, she seeks solace and comfort in the kitchen of an upscale restaurant. Her daily routine is turned upside down when tragedy forces her to becomes a parent to her niece, and a handsome, dashing chef (Aaron Eckhart) is hired to assist her in the kitchen. During the course of the movie, Kate metamorphoses from a self-isolated, suspicious person into someone who can trust, love and share her world.
Great performances are given by everyone, especially Abigail Breslin who is very convincing as Kate's orphaned niece, Zoe; Zoe has a hard time adjusting to the loss of her mother and your heart will break for her.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhard look great together. Their kissing is very passionate. They are able to heat up the kitchen without turning on the stove.
"No Reservations" comes highly recommended; it will make a great addition to anyone's collection of romantic comedies. Watch it tonight; reservations aren't required.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cute and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, and Abigail Breslin are enchanting.Published 6 days ago by Marie Long
Enjoyable. Catherine Zeta Jones is always a delight to watch. I saw the original German version, Martha, and loved it. You can watch them both and still enjoy them. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Xicily
Good, clean, Romantic Drama surrounding the subject of something we all enjoy, food.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I hate to give an Aaron Eckhart film less than 3 stars but CZJ is her usual empty, vacuous, soulless robot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jbkmd
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