Simply Irresistible

Simply Irresistible

Mark Tarlov (1999)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This is a very unfortunate title for a film that is, quite frankly, incredibly easy to resist. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as the mediocre chef at a small New York bistro who suddenly discovers she can magically make wonderful food that affects people's emotions. Sean Patrick Flanery plays the Manhattan businessman who offers her a culinary opportunity and possible romance. Unfortunately, the pair have no chemistry whatsoever, while first-time director Mark Tarlov can't decide whether he is making a romantic comedy or a quirky magical drama along the lines of Like Water for Chocolate. In the end, he throws far too many ingredients into the mix and doesn't stir them properly, ending up with a leaden, lumpen mass that's virtually unwatchable.


A woman inherits her mother's failing restaurant, if not her culinary talents. However, with the help of a magic crab, she turns the business's fortunes around and wins the heart of a department store executive who is struggling to resist her charms. Romantic comedy, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Patrick Flanery and Patricia Clarkson.

Cast & Crew

Amanda Shelton Sarah Michelle Gellar
Tom Bartlett Sean Patrick Flanery
Lois McNally Patricia Clarkson
Jonathan Bendel Dylan Baker
Gene O'Reilly Christopher Durang
Nolan Traynor Larry Gilliard Jr
Aunt Stella Betty Buckley
Director Mark Tarlov
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Contains some swearing.Available on: videoReleased on: 22 Oct 1999