No Reservations

  • PG
  • Scott Hicks (2007)
  • US / Aus
  • 99 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Opposites attract for Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart in this affable remake of the 2001 romantic comedy Mostly Martha. Kate Armstrong (Zeta-Jones) is a no-nonsense chef who keeps a lid on her emotions, even after her sister dies and leaves daughter Zoe (Abigail Breslin) in her care. Eckhart plays the laid-back sous-chef who eventually begins to melt the heart of our uptight heroine. Zeta-Jones is initially tough to like - it's not until Breslin (who made such an impression in Little Miss Sunshine) moves in that the mood of the movie is raised. Generally, director Scott Hicks (Shine) balances the bitter and the sweet beautifully, although the romance with Eckhart's too-good-to-be-true hunk does have its cloying moments. Hicks is much better at capturing the excitement during dinner service at the restaurant and throws in plenty of mouthwatering close-ups. It's these touches and the sincerity of his approach (in not always going for the easy gag) that make the occasional cheesy moment a tad more palatable.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy drama starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart.Chef Kate Armstrong's perfectionist approach to both her life and her kitchen is put to the test when she becomes guardian to her young niece - a situation complicated by the arrival of a brash new sous-chef whose attitude to work differs wildly from Kate's.

Cast and crew

Cast

Kate Armstrong
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Nick Palmer
Aaron Eckhart
Zoe
Abigail Breslin
Paula
Patricia Clarkson
Leah
Jenny Wade
Therapist
Bob Balaban
Sean
Brian F O'Byrne
Bernadette
Lily Rabe

Crew

Director
Scott Hicks

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
May be edited for language and sex references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 31 Aug 2007
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Comedy