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Doug Wright reporting
The previews for the new film, "No Reservations," seem to indicate a fairly light, romantic comedy.
Well, there's romance but I wouldn't describe the film as light. Catherine Zeta Jones stars as Kate, a driven chef who runs her kitchen with precision and expects all around her to meet her exacting standards.
Kate's inability to deal with criticism and compulsive behavior forces the owner of the restaurant-played by Patricia Clarkson- to require therapy for her prized chef. The glimpses into these sessions with Bob Balaban who plays the therapist are revealing and delightful.
Well, life changes forever when Kate's sister dies in a car crash leaving her young daughter Zoe-played wonderfully by Abigail Breslin- to her aunt's care.
Add to all of this a minor crisis at the restaurant. Assistant chef, Leah is pregnant and a temporary replacement is hired. Aaron Eckhart stars as Nick, a gifted and flamboyant chef whose style certainly conflicts with Kate's…..but, of course the sparks fly not only professionally but romantically as well.
Zeta Jones is terrific in this film delivering a compelling, complex and sympathetic character and little Abigail Breslin is perfect, devastated by the loss of her mother yet resilient and charming.
Eckhart goes close to, but not quite over the edge with Nick making him quirky…but not unbelievable. The array of supporting characters, who are not just space fillers, adds depth and texture to "No Reservations."
I really like this film, 3 ½ stars for "No Reservations" and it's only rated PG.