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Simply Irresistible (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 5 February 1999 (USA)
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A magical crab works wonders for a terrible chef's culinary skills, leading her towards the man of her dreams.

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Mark Tarlov

Writer:

Judith Roberts

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Amanda Shelton
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Tom Bartlett
Patricia Clarkson ... Lois McNally
Dylan Baker ... Jonathan Bendel
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Nolan Traynor (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Christopher Durang Christopher Durang ... Gene O'Reilly
Betty Buckley ... Aunt Stella
Olek Krupa ... Valderon
Amanda Peet ... Chris
Alex Draper Alex Draper ... Francois
Drew Nieporent ... Gil Shapiro
Anthony Ruivivar ... Ramos
Andrew McFarlane ... The Poet
Steven Skybell ... Mr. Mueller
Phyllis Somerville ... Ruth
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Storyline

A department store executive (Flanery) tries to resist falling in love with a young woman (Gellar), who he believes has possessed magical powers after inheriting a restaurant. Written by Lawless <lawless@smgfan.com>

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A bewitching romance. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magic Hour See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,232,686, 7 February 1999

Gross USA:

$4,398,989

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,398,989
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Several scenes in the movie were shot inside New York's Henri Bendel department store. So as not to disrupt normal business, motion picture equipment was brought in at closing time and filming would go on all night. When customers arrived at the store each morning, all traces of the production had vanished. See more »

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Throughout most of the dish-throwing scene, a crewmember's legs are visible in one of the mirrors in the background. See more »

Quotes

Nolan Traynor: We can get other jobs.
Amanda Shelton: Sure, we can take out an add. We can afford it. "Situation Wanted: Shitty chef and sous chef seek restaurant to ruin."
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For Judy See more »

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References Dumbo (1941) See more »

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Angel of the Forever Sleep
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Performed by Marcy Playground
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A modern take on the 1930's style of screwball comedy
5 August 2003 | by averagemoverSee all my reviews

This is a charming film, very well acted and with great production values. But, like the screwball comedies of the thirties, and the musicals of Fred Astaire, it isn't for everyone. Of course, a romantic comedy which is based on the magical ability of a crab to inspire Gellar to feats of culinary greatness is a premise which might be hard for some to swallow. But I think its worth the effort, and it's no dafter than many successful comedy of earlier days. For those who follow such things there are three great references to the films of Fred Astaire. First is when Flannery is choosing the floor design for his new restaurant. The wavy black and white design is straight out of Yolanda and the Thief (1946 MGM) where, in a number called Coffee Time, Fred Astaire and Lucille Bremer dance on a huge floor of exactly this design. As if to hammer it home Flannery's boss reacts by saying " it looks like something out of an MGM musical". Reference number two is to The Belle of New York (1952 MGM) where Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen kiss and float up to the ceiling. This is directly quoted in a kitchen scene where, under the influence of the crab, Gellar and Flannery kiss and float to the ceiling. These references are interesting because both films have fantasy/magical themes and both are somewhat looked down on in Astaire's oeuvre. The third reference is to Shall We Dance (1937 RKO)where in the Gershwin number of the same name Fred Astaire is confronted with a long line of Ginger Rodgers masked look-alikes. In Simply Irresistable Gellar appears reflected in a long line of mirrors with Flannery temporarily confused as to where she is, with both of them standing in a set that seems right out of Van Nest Polglase's Art Deco creations for RKO. Here the reference seems to be to the magician's art of illusion. Anyhow, after all that, you should have a feel for whether this film is for you.


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