• Dinner Rush (2000)

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Release Date: September 28th, 2001

DVD Release Date: January 21st, 2003

R|1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary
One unlucky evening, Louis Cropa (Danny Aiello), a part-time bookmaker, discovers that his restaurant has become a hotbed of conflicting characters. In addition to having to please a whiny food critic (Sandra Bernhard), Louis must fend off a hostile takeover from a pair of gangsters (Michael McGlone), to whom his sous-chef (Kirk Acevedo) is in debt. Further, Louis has an argument with his son (Edoardo Ballerini), the star chef, whose culinary creativity has brought success to the business.

Cast: Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, Vivian Wu, Michael McGlone, Kirk Acevedo, Sandra Bernhard, John Corbett, Jamie Harris

Director: Bob Giraldi

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Giraldi/Suarez Productions

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  • As tension mounts through the evening, Giraldi cleverly sweeps in and out of conversations -- and brings it all together in a climax that is as hard to see coming as it is to resist.

  • There are enough plots here to challenge a Robert Altman, specialist in interlocking stories, but the director, Bob Giraldi, masters the complexities as if he knows the territory. He does. show more

  • It's rare to find an American movie that works so well structurally from beginning to end, including a second act that withstands the plethora of fast-moving action, and a climax that is satisfying and well earned. show more

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