No Reservations

2007-12-21 13:28
What it's about:
Master chef Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is a perfectionist who runs her life with the same intimidating intensity she runs her kitchen. But she's put to the test when she "inherits" her nine-year-old niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin), and then has to contend with the brash new sous-chef who joins her staff – the freewheeling Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart). With undeniable chemistry the two soon fall in love, and Kate learns that true happiness is not a dream and within her reach.

What we thought of it:

"Terrible! If you saw the original Mostly Martha, give this Hollywood hotdog version a BIG miss. It's like taking a fine French meal and drowning it in ketchup and cheese."

"Absolutely deliciously delightful, especially Aaron Eckhart!"

"I love rom coms but this one had about as much appeal as tepid weak tea. While Aaron Eckhart is handsome and Catherine Zeta-Jones is beautiful there just wasn't any spark or magic between them. I give it a Yawn."

"A great escapist option: definitely a chick-flick. Aaron Eckhart is certainly worth seeing as a rugged opera-loving quirky Italian food guy. It's hardly realistic for an uptight obsessive compulsive chef like Catherine-Zeta Jones to manage to chill out enough to have an instant happy nuclear family within a week, but that's what escapist movies are supposed to deliver.

"No Reservations is a really sweet movie about food and love. There is no swearing, no nakedness and a cute gawky kid. It'll make you hungry, but that's okay, you get your fill of those warm fuzzy feelings. I'd recommend it as a light hearted look at the life of an emotionally repressed chef and her struggle to control her kitchen, life and one very good looking protégé."

"I like romantic movies and I like food, but this movie was just so bleh. Catherine's mouth annoyed me; she'd be saying something of little importance and all I could focus on was her annoying pouty mouth. Abigail Beslin upstages both Catherine and Aaron, and if it wasn't for her I'd have walked out half way through."

From warm and fuzzy to tepid and weak, is it really convincing when rivalry becomes romance? Here's what the ladies at had to say.

Nicole 2007/09/14 7:32 PM
No reservations I loved it! ts a MUST SEE!
Gail 2007/10/04 11:14 PM
A gastronomic delight Abigail Breslin is a remarkably talented young actress and what a feast for the eyes is Aaron Eckhart! Catherine Zeta-Jones gives a coolly elegant performance, but melts under the onslaught of love from child and man. A light-hearted, feel-good movie, textured with a measure of tension and sadness to anchor it in real life.
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