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Release Date: February 5th, 1999

DVD Release Date: August 17th, 1999

PG-13|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
After her mother's death, mediocre chef Amanda Shelton (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is having trouble attracting customers to her family's restaurant. While shopping for ingredients, she is given a magical crab by mysterious Gene O'Reilly (Christopher Durang). Afterward, Amanda's dishes suddenly become excellent, inducing strong emotional reactions in everyone who eats them. Tom Bartlett (Sean Patrick Flanery), who is preparing to open his own eatery, tries her cooking and falls in love.

Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Patrick Flanery, Patricia Clarkson, Dylan Baker, Christopher Durang, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Betty Buckley, Amanda Peet

Director: Mark Tarlov

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: New Regency Pictures

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Falls prey to the all-too-contemporary problem of complicating the tale until the ending is not only obvious, but prayed for between yawns. [9 February 1999, Tempo, p.2]

  • The result is sometimes enchanting, but, more often than not, it's frustrating, because the disparate elements of the plot never quite gel. show more

  • Old-fashioned and obvious, yes, like a featherweight comedy from the 1950s. But that's the charm. show more

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