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No Reservations [DVD] [2007]

Catherine Zeta-Jones , Aaron Eckhart , Scott Hicks    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,120 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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No Reservations [DVD]

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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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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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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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By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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.

I bought this because I thought, with Catherine Zeta Jones in, it would be good. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jan-Jan
4.0 out of 5 stars No Reservations [DVD] [2007]
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
Published 4 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars No Reservations
I saw this film years ago and enjoyed it but couldn't remember the name. Recently bought it and now both my daughters are also fans.
Published 6 months ago by jax
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Light Rom Com
Workaholic and stressed chef (Katherine Zeta Jones) finds herself having to look after her sister's daughter and deal with a new sous chef who has a much more relaxed attitude to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Di Le Bec
5.0 out of 5 stars I always liked this movie!
I Got this movie because I wanted to show it to my friends. I have a wide selection of DVD's & this will watch again & again in my house! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs M Moriarty
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing =) !
One of my favourite movie! Actors amazing (especially Catherine Zeta-Jones), songs awesome! I received on time. I definitely recommend it to anybody.
Published 13 months ago by Durand Aurelie
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior!
s i m p l y d o e s n ' t g e t a n y b e t t e r !
Published 14 months ago by Christian Edlmayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story with a feelgood factor
Have seen this film previously and enjoyed it very much. Am a fan of CZJ and admire her films but I think she is especially good in this film. Good acting all round.
Published 15 months ago by anniedav
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical rom com
Saw this at the cinema and bought the dvd. Bit of a sad start, not a typical rom com but still very very moving. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rebecca Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Endings
I love this film. Breslin is a good actress. It's definitely one to watch if you like happy endings - I would recommend it. DVD came in good condition and in good time.
Published 15 months ago by Natalie2011
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