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  • Actors: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson, Jenny Wade
  • Directors: Scott Hicks
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen, Surround Sound
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YELSOY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,055 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Master chef Kate Armstrong (Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones) lives her life like she runs her kitchen at a trendy Manhattan eatery with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. Kate's perfectionist nature is put to the test when she "inherits" her nine-year-old niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin), while contending with a brash new sous-chef who joins her staff. High-spirited and freewheeling, Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart) couldn't be more different from Kate, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable. Rivalry becomes romance, but Kate will have to learn to express herself beyond the realm of her kitchen if she wants to connect with Zoe and find true happiness with Nick.

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Achieving balance in one's life can be a difficult process, but master chef Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones) leads a regimented, very ordered existence running the kitchen of an exclusive restaurant and revels in the sense of power and control her career affords. When Kate's sister is unexpectedly killed in an automobile accident and her 9-year old niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin) moves in with her, Kate's life is turned completely upside down and she is suddenly forced to split her focus between work and family. Enter a newly hired, fun-loving, opera-singing sous-chef Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart), whom Kate perceives as a serious rival, and thus begins an impassioned struggle on Kate's part to rein in Nick's exuberance and maintain control over her kitchen staff. Even as they clash, Kate is inexplicably drawn towards Nick, eventually coming to the realisation that Nick offers something that she needs both in her restaurant kitchen and her new life with Zoe. Based on the screenplay for Mostly Martha, Catherine Zeta-Jones carries the lead well in this romantic comedy and there's a nice chemistry between herself and Aaron Eckhart, as well as a poignant performance by Abigail Breslin. And, of course, and the food looks simply scrumptious. --Tami Horiuchi

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Weston on 11 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
You would think that with all the 'cooking' programmes currently on UK TV, another Rom Com about a self confessed cooking addict would be last on my shopping list. This is why I gave this one a wide berth on its release. However, now I've finally watched it (whilst trying to remain open-minded) I was actually surprised by this movie. Both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart are fine actors so I gave it a chance, and am so glad I did. Zoe (played by Abigail Breslin), the orphaned niece of Kate (CZJ), puts in a really great performance, and is a star in the making. This sets this particular movie apart from many other romantic dramas. Kate is a brilliant, narrow minded and some what obsessive chef, who loses control of her life and her kitchen, when her sister dies in an accident leaving her to becomes the guardian of Zoe. Here is a little girl who really isn't into cordon bleu and 5 star presentations, but prefers simple food like spaghetti and pizzas. As Nick blasts his personality into Kate kitchen at work, the sparks soon fly. There is a strong story line between Kate and Zoe, which develops into a loving bond. But as great as CZJ is in her role I think it is Nick and Zoe who steal the focus of the film. Both characters are brilliantly portrayed and evolve their own special bond, whilst educating Kate into expanding her horizons at the same time. The film touches such a lot of areas, including coming of age, self realisation and romance, and is a gentle roller coaster for the emotions. So for me, this is definitely not a run-of-the-mill Romantic Comedy. I could quite happily watch this again in the near future and can't help to be inspired by its warmth. A solid 8 out of 10 for its production and concept and 10 out of 10 for acting quality. Recommended easy time viewing - you won't need a hanky but it will make you think.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Louise Amkaer on 5 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
Yes, I agree with the Short Attention Span Summary of "No Reservations" from one of the other reviewer, but I was actually surprised by this movie. I really hadn't expected the whole Zoe-angle, and for me that sets this movie apart from so many other Sunday-afternoon-on-the-couch-romantic-dramas.

Kate is a single-minded, brillant, slightly obsessive chef, who loses control of her life and kitchen, when her sister is killed in an accident and Kate becomes the guardian of Zoe, a little girl who really isn't into forel au bleu, but prefers pizza and Nick barges into Kate kitchen chopping and singing opera.

I really like the story line between Kate and Zoe, that really show how not in control Kate is, but it is Nick and Zoe, who steal the focus in "No reservations". They are brilliantly played.

Watch it from the couch on a Sunday afternoon. Have gourmet munchies within reach and get inspiration for your own livingroom-pizza-plateless-safari.

Louise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
I liked this movie very much. I found the storyline very poignant and the acting did not disappoint. It is a romantic comedy but the story is quite original and depicted beautifully how love and caring can change our perspectives and melt even the hardest and coldest of hearts. It makes you wonder why we sometimes take ourselves too seriously, like the character played by Catherine Zeta Jones Douglas, the no nonsense, perfectionist and unemotional head chef Kate Armstrong, your classic type A personality both in and out of work. While this may have earned her a name as one of the best chefs in her trade, she was very ill equipped to deal with anything else like caring for her nine year old niece whose guardianship was suddenly thrust upon her. Throw into the mix a new impulsive sous chef, Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart) whose laid back nature and non conformist attitude throws the spanner in the wheel of the perfect kitchen run by our head chef and you have an exciting drama. Usually when people ignite that level of sparks off each other, cupid's arrow is not far off, but the path to true love can often be thorny, with much egoistic resistance and fighting. While romantic comedy's are predictable, when the story is original and fresh like this one, it makes for an enjoyable viewing and affords one some life lessons. I recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Visa on 9 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this film on the tele, and liked it so much that I bought the DVD. It's great to see a film where there are no monsters out of space, or murderers waiting round the corner to strike you dead. This is a lovely story, with great actors and very well directed. Steady all the way through. Zeta Jones shows one more what a great actress she is, with Aaron Eckhart as her co-star. Excellent direction. It's worth having it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
The cover of this DVD is absolutely misguiding, in every possible aspect. More detailed description below, with some limited SPOILERS.

1. Catherine Zeta-Jones character (Kate Armstrong) seems a quite cheerful and likeable person on the cover - well, in the film it is definitely NOT the case! Kate is indeed not only a bitter, depressed workoholic and a pathological loner, but she is also cold, humourless, frequently mean and agressive. And even if some improvement occurs during the film, she mostly remains like that until the end.

2. Aaron Eckhart character (Nick Palmer) was supposed to be a complete opposite of Kate and, well, indeed he is more exuberant and definitely nicer - but ultimately he is rather a very average and a little bit pale guy. Nice but ultimately boring.

3. Looking at the cover we naturally assume that that there will be a romance between the two main characters. Indeed, the director tried to build such a romance into his film, but he failed. The "romance" seems completely artificial as neither of the main characters seems really interested - they just go through the motions because it is in the scenario.

4. The rivalry between two amazingly gifted and very competitive chefs, mixed with the war of sexes, offered so many possibilities to the scenarist - but he seized NONE of them. Dialogs are so lame that there is not even one smart one-liner! Humour is completely absent, as in the whole 104 minutes there is only ONE funny scene (it involves one very aggravated chef, one very obnoxious patron and one very surprised steak...)

5. Most of the film is NOT about Kate and Nick but about the very difficult task Kate faces when she has to take in her orphaned niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin).
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