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Eric Bross directed this drama of romantic roadblocks and racial issues between a group of waitresses and bartenders waiting for their "big breaks." Former alcoholic Chris (Adrien Brody) is a playwright who works as a bartender at the popular Hoboken, New Jersey, restaurant J.T. McClure's, a gathering spot for a variety of creative wannabes. At a local theater, rehearsals are underway for Chris' play, an autobiographical drama echoing his past relationship with Leslie (Lauryn Hill); for the
Jan 28, 2000 Limited
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Attempting to ratchet up tension, Bross relies on forced crosscutting and stagey clichés.
Brody, who has the lean-and-hungry charisma of a skinny young De Niro, turns his potentially cliched, tortured artist character into somebody from whom you'd actually want to buy a drink.
I don't know anything about the background of director Eric Bross or screenwriter Tom Cudworth, but I'm guessing at least one used to be a bartender.
There are a million stories in the big city, we understand from the start -- and this isn't one of them.
Restaurant is like an hour long TV drama caught somewhere between Showtime and WB.
Thankfully, the film itself is a whole lot better than the name might indicate.
Solid performances, capable visuals, and the honesty of the interracial subject matter make Restaurant stand out from the typical 'I'm an artist, not really a waiter' pack.
The film is blessed by two fine lead performances, as Brody and Neal both offer naturalistic, understated interpretations.
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