MOVIE: No Reservations (2007)

Romantic comedies aren’t usually my thing (unless, of course, they also happen to feature zombies, as in Shaun of the Dead, a zom-rom-com). But I’d been wanting to see this one for quite a while now. It had three things going for it: Abigail Breslin, who I have loved since she wouldn’t drink the contaminated water in Signs; Catherine Zeta-Jones, who has the eyebrows I have always wanted; and the fact it’s about chefs. Though I’ve somehow managed to get WORSE at cooking with time and practice, but that doesn’t I greatly enjoy watching OTHER people work magic in the kitchen. And I’m a pretty mean baker despite the fact I can’t even correctly make rice — IN A RICE COOKER — these days.

Oh wait — there was a fourth reason I wanted to see this movie! I’m always interested in seeing just how bad Aaron Eckhart’s hair is going to be. Love the guy, think he’s adorable, but he’s totally tied with Stephen Baldwin as reigning master of the absolute most unflattering hair styles of all time. Worse hair, I dare you to find.

Happily, I can report that Eckhart’s hair was the best I’d ever seen it in this movie. SUCH a huge improvement over his ‘do in Paycheck, which was the very epitome of Calvin on Picture Day. To wit :

In No Reservations, though, he sports the casual/mussed look, and it works extremely well with his laid-back, friendly, swoon-inducing character.

I can also report that while there were a few things I felt could’ve been better about this movie, both my Mom and I really enjoyed it. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Kate, an executive chef who is supposedly quite tyrannical in the kitchen, though I confess I found Zeta-Jones was a bit weak on this mark in the beginning — she wasn’t really all that tyrannical, and her staff always smiled wistfully when she’d yell at them, as though they thought she was super cute when she was mad. Didn’t QUITE work.

Things are going smoothly for Kate, or so she thinks, when suddenly her sister is killed in a car accident, leaving her young niece Zoe (Breslin) with no home and no parents. Kate immediately takes Zoe in, despite the fact she knows less than zero about kids, as evidenced by the gourmet meals she keeps trying to feed to Zoe (like a whole trout, head, eyes and all!). Things between the two of them are a bit rocky — until Nick shows up.

Nick (Eckhart) is a sous-chef brought into Kate’s kitchen by the restaurant owner (Patricia Clarkson) to replace one of her other staff who is heading out for maternity leave. At first, Kate can’t stand him — he’s too charming, too loud, too relaxed. Then she kinda likes him. Then they fall for each other. Then she gets mad because he keeps trying to improve her kitchen. Then they break up. Then they get back together again. Then there’s a happy ending.

It’s as predictable as romantic comedies always are. But it’s also sweet, entertaining, and extremely fun to watch.

Are “entertaining” and “fun to watch” redundant? Methinks they are. Methinks I don’t care, though.

All in all, this was a very pleasant way to spend two hours with my Mom. I think my sister would really like this one too (hi, Marni!). And if you’ve seen the original foreign-film version of this (I think it’s called Mostly Martha), please post your opinion in the comments below and tell me if you think I would like it too? Merci!

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Genre: Romantic comedy
Cast: Catherine Zeta Jones, Aaron Eckhart and his thoroughly acceptable hairdo, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson

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8 Responses to “MOVIE: No Reservations (2007)”

  1. Wendy Says:

    On a semi-related note, I’ll watch anything Simon Baker is in just to spend quality time with his hair. Sigh.

  2. Liz Says:

    Aaron Eckhart was very good in “The Dark Knight.” And I think his hair was fine.

  3. alisa Says:

    When I heard about the movie title I thougth it was a documentary about Anthony Bourdain and I was all excited LOL and then I found out what it was really about and đŸ˜¦ . I just don’t have desier to see this movie. Maybe one day when I’m bored.

  4. Lorraine Says:

    I haven’t seen “No Reservations”. Meg, I did see “Mostly Martha” and I definitely recommend it. So, I didn’t want to see the Hollywood watered-down version and I’m not a fan of Catherine Zeta-Jones.

    I do like Aaron Eckhart and if you are a fan then I recommend “Thank You for Smoking”. He is outstanding. I don’t think he had bad hair in that. Eckhart didn’t really do anything for me in “The Dark Knight”. Maybe there was just too much else going on.

    Wendy – I agree about Simon Baker. The combo of hair and smiling-eyes is a killer. He was very cute in “Something New” but I loved his performance in the tv series “The Guardian”.

  5. Marians Says:

    Yay! Interesting…

  6. Marni Says:

    Thanks for including a shot of Calvin on picture day. It’s just been too long since I’ve seen that guy!

  7. Brie Says:

    I first saw Aaron Eckhart in the movie Possession with Gwyneth Paltrow (based on the novel by A.S. Byatt). I remember liking him, but honestly can’t remember his hair in it, haha.

  8. David Glatt Says:

    I thought the movie was delightful. Catherine Zeta Jones looks great as always and did a good job. No one looks better in a chefs uniform.

    David Glatt

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