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No Reservations [DVD] [2007]

Catherine Zeta-Jones , Aaron Eckhart , Scott Hicks    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,980 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.


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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No ordinary Rom Com 11 Feb 2013
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A romantic drama, not a romantic comedy 4 May 2008
As a lover of romantic comedy I purchased this film as it was advertised in this genre. I was surprised to view a film with lots of depth, despair and drama. At times the film is quite depressing and brought me to verge of tears, at others it was touching and amusing. Not a traditional romantic comedy in any sense but a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Romantic comedy lovers should look elsewhere, romantic drama enthusiasts will love this light-hearted look at love, death and everything in between.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but serious issues considered 10 Jun 2008
Yes, this film is fine for Sunday afternoon watching. there are some very serious issues addressed here and we thought that this was well acted on the part of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ekhart and the young girl actress but it's not all that funny because it's over-shadowed by the deep sadness running throughout the whole movie. Dont get me wrong, there are some very funny parts which will have you roaring with laughter, but it's one of those films that when you sit and think about it afterwards, it's not the comedy side of things which sticks in your mind. I think it's worth a watch, but i dont think i'll be rushing out to buy it. I'll sit and watch it again when it comes on normal tv, but it is forgettable - not Zeta-Jones' usual stuff, but still very good performances from the main cast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Reservations (DVD 2007) 9 Sep 2011
By Visa
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy watching film.... 20 Jan 2011
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No Reservations is a really easy to watch film. I had caught some of it on Sky but liked what I saw and wanted to buy it. This is the type of film you can watch again and again. The two main stars worked really well together - good story line even though a bit predictable but all in all a lovely film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute 7 Feb 2009
By Laura82
This falls into the category of "feel good" films as I like to call them. It falls into the category of easy viewing on a Sunday afternoon perhaps.
The protagonists are Kate, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Nick, played by Aaron Eckhart. This is not very realistic. Beautiful people being Chefs. When did that happen in real life?
Kate is a single thirty-year-old woman who lives in New York. Her job as a Chef is all her life. She spends all of her time in her kitchen in an upscale Greenwich Village restaurant. She is so strict and controlling that everyone is afraid of her in a way. If a customer complains about a dish, she cannot take the criticism and becomes angry. The reason she isn't fired is because of her unique talent in the kitchen. Kate also sees a shrink because her boss told her to.
The shrink is played by actor Bob Balaban who plays Frank Buffay in Friends, alias Phoebe's dad.
The real problem of Kate is the fact that she's scared of being committed, because of fear of losing her independence.
One day, her sister and little niece of 9 years old are coming to town to see her, but they have a car accident, and her sister dies leaving her daughter Zoe behind.
Strangely enough, her sister wrote a will and asked Kate to take care of her daughter. Kate will now be responsible for Zoe. During the few days that Kate takes off work, her boss employs cute looking Nick who is a very funny chef who loves Italian cuisine and music such as Pavarotti, and even plays the music in the kitchen singing, while holding a lobster in his hand.
Kate is worried that he's going to steal her job, but he explains that he wants to work with her, because he heard so much about her. This is true, but she's still sceptical because of her trusting issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a gift and the recipient was delighted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good film love Catherine-Zeta Jones part
Published 7 days ago by richard carrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film
I really enjoyed this film. A good storyline and I'm a sucker for a romantic ending!
Published 9 days ago by Lynn Fenton
5.0 out of 5 stars good value!
As described, good value!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this film, not to serious and a few laugths acting was good and made a nice evening.
Published 3 months ago by chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Harmless
Ok film for watching with the kids on a Sunday afternoon. Got it cheap so felt it was good value.
Published 4 months ago by Janine
2.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT a romantic comedy but a social drama, serious, humourless,...
The cover of this DVD is absolutely misguiding, in every possible aspect. More detailed description below, with some limited SPOILERS.

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Published 7 months ago by Darth Maciek
1.0 out of 5 stars Unlikeable
I'm a huge fan of romantic comedies. I have several which I'm happy to watch again.

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Yes, this film is fine for Sunday afternoon watching. there are some very serious issues addressed here and we thought that this was well acted on the part of Catherine Zeta-Jones,... Read more
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