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Restaurant [DVD]

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  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Elise Neal
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Scanbox Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X6R9SC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,054 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Chris Calloway (Adrien Brody) is a bartender in a trendy New Jersey restaurant as well as an aspiring playwright with a problem case writers block. Unexpectedly he finds himself juggling a promising new relationship with fellow waitress,singer wannabe Jeannine (Elise Neal) while coming to terms with his ex Leslie (Lauryn Hill) as well as living his life with his co-workers, each with their own charming eccentricities. A warm, funny and hugely entertaining story of New York twenty something s making a living whilst chasing their ambitions of fame, Restaurant cleverly interweaves a series of stories and character studies exposing tensions, competitiveness, class and racial issues that eventually force Chris and his work colleagues to come to terms with how they see their lives, potential careers and personal relationships.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 27 Jan. 2011
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A warm enjoyable thought provoking film set in a New York restaurant staffed mainly with wannabe performers just starting out. The delicious seasoning being that this was made far enough back for the actors we see to have now become well known. So we see them then, starting out, and can think of them now as seasoned performers. Added bonus is that the star (a well deserved title) is the versatile Adrien Brody who looks now pretty much as he looked then, acting his socks off with my favourite flavour of the month, a heartbreakingly gorgeous young Simon Baker...still with the additon of Denny to his name to distinguish from another actor. Both are superb and with success still to come this makes us relate even more to their characters. Briefly, Adrien is an aspiring playright with writer's block caused by his loss of the love of his life, a beautiful black girl. When they met he and Simon Baker were friends and fellow womanisers, no girl unapproached. But Adrien's girl was religious, clean living and a virgin, whilst he was a hard drinker lothario. Adrien puts pressure on the girl and they have a love affair but she cannot cope with him and his drinking so to break them up she sleeps with his best friend, Simon Baker. End of friendship in great bitterness. As the picture opens Adrien is still grieving and and is enfuriated to learn that Simon Baker has got the lead in Brody's play. The irony is obvious. Meanwhile a new black girl, a singer, comes in to work in the restaurant and lightning strikes twice. Brody is friendly with the many black workers in the restaurant and is noted because he cannot say the 'n' word due to the remembered racism of his father who used it all the time. One wonders if his courting of black girls is a true choice or reaction to his father's views.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ShirleyBurns on 12 Nov. 2009
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This movie is about a white man's love for his black girlfriend (ex that is) and how it affects his current relationship that he has with another black girl the characters are realistic and enjoyable this is a "one to see" movie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sp on 9 Nov. 2009
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Why are all these films so angst ridden? Brody plays a playwright who works in said restaurant with an assortment of social degenerates. His play is being put on off/off/off Broadway and his mortal enemy Kenny gets the lead. Kenny (Simon Baker) is a slimy actor who slept with Brody's ex. Brody can't get over it, even though he's met a new woman who is the spit of the ex and treats her mean (to keep her keen maybe).

And so it goes. Lots of drinking, smoking weed and some social colour issues "you called him the N word" thrown in to give it gravitas (which it doesn't).

Boring, dull and uninspiring. Tries too hard to be arty.

The DVD quality of shocking, no subtitles and sound is very dodgy.

Honestly, avoid.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great Movie----- A Must See!!!! 21 Jun. 2003
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I would have given it five stars, but in some spots the movie went off base. It is generally an excellent film. The entire cast fit their roles perfectly. Elise Neal and Adrien Brody were the perfect couple. Malcolm Jamal Warner was pretty impressive himself. This film was humorous, charming and sensuous. The director did an excellent job. At times I felt like I was actually in the restaurant with the cast. Rarely do you see a film that incoporates real life situations with a flawless script. One of the most believable films I've ever seen. A great cast, excellent script, and pleasing acting. You can't get better than Restaurant these days.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Restaurant 16 Aug. 2003
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This heart-wrenching drama focuses on aspiring writer Chris Calloway, played soulfully by Adrien Brody. His past love with an African-American women, played by the exquisitely beautiful Lauryn Hill, haunts his present life, interfering with his artistic creativity, friendships, and current lover. Shadows of racism hinder his ability to truthfully love, truthfully write, and truthfully live.
As we watch Chris and his friends pinball between the things they want to do, and the things they need to do, we begin to relive our own painful experiences in the field of love.
Tensions rise as Chris grasps to make decisions that will forever affect his happiness, for better, and for worse.
Adrien Brody, Elise Neal, Simon Baker, & Lauryn Hill give memorable performances.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good! 15 May 2002
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I'm not big on indie film but for some reason i notice this one when it was avalaible to rent through pay-per-view. it is a movie i really took time to understand the characters i thought the story was engaging..and of course the racial issIt was one ues was handle i guess the best way they could considering that it was shot back in 1998. The movie is full with fresh talent. I got to give it up to Adrian Brody an excellent actor i've seen him briefly in a movie called Liberty Heights but didn't think much about it until i saw his face. Elise Neal was pretty good along with Simon Baker. My only regret about this film is i wished they had elaborate the relationship with Brody character(Chris) and Lauryn Hill(Leslie) more in depth i felt there was so much to this story and can i say even though Hill wasn't there as much as i wish her charisma was bursting out all over the screen for the moments she shared with Brody character. Not too mention she was absoulutely glowing... Overal it is a great film one that i don't mine adding in my DVD collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly Good 7 May 2007
By L. Jerome - Published on
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Bought for only $1.00 at Wal-Mart. Was expecting a poorly made independent film, but was pleasantly surprised by this film. Part romance, mix in a little comedy, a little racial tension and a stellar cast, and you get a good story that is completely watchable and believable. I especially like that the movie ended with the romantic leads going their separate ways, possibly to reunite later. Added a realistic touch.

This was probably the movie before some of these actors hit the big time. Nicely done.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good chance to see Simon Baker's early work 28 Sept. 2011
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I am a great fan of Simon Baker. He is so good at seemingly actually becoming the person he portrays. So many actors just portray themselves, although they can be quite good at that. This is one of Baker's earlier films when he was still calling himself Simon Baker-Denny. It's a small part but he carries it off so well! Beyond that, the story is really interesting, with excellent performances throughout. It is kind of a shock to see the views of the New York skyline with the World Trade Center towers still intact. A sad reminder of the destruction to come. I rated this at 4 stars only because there wasn't enough of Simon Baker's character for me, although it was enough for the story. I could spend the entire time just watching Baker watch paint dry. Sheesh! he's good!
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