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The Kitchen (2013)





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Jennifer (Laura Prepon) is turning 30 and her best friend, Stan (Matt Bush), is throwing her a party. But she is in no mood to celebrate. She just left her job, as well as her cheating boyfriend, Paul (Bryan Greenberg). Her cynical little sister Penny (Dreama Walker) is threatening to overshadow the whole affair with the most inappropriate party announcement. And she is pretty sure she's too old to still be living with her creepy roommate. What starts out as a well-intentioned day of celebration quickly spirals into a most ill-fated disaster, from an ex-boyfriend who can't "get enough" to the bands dueling in the backyard and from disloyal friends showing their true colors to a manic-depressive party photographer who may have forgotten to take his meds. In this hilarious ensemble comedy set entirely inside a kitchen, turning 30 has never looked this chaotic! (c) Monterey Mediamore
Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Jim Beggarly
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On DVD: Apr 8, 2013
Monterey Media - Official Site


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Set more like a stage play, "The Kitchen" focuses on a small group of friends dealing with relationships and life decisions ranging from breaking up with boyfriends to pregnancy. Lead by Laura Prepon as Jennifer, a somewhat uptight art gallery owner who hates birthdays, the film focuses around her plight to get through the night of her own birthday party. The gorgeous Dreama Walker plays Penny, Jennifer's sister, who is always in the mix yet somewhat removed from the entire group of friends. All of this would be a lot more interesting had it played out more like the classic "Can't Hardly Wait", a similar party film with a ranging group of friends. Instead, "The Kitchen" remains stale and stagnant, taking place almost entirely in, you guessed it, the kitchen. With half the story arcs never coming to a conclusion and the other half taking giant leaps to reach their unwarranted climaxes, the film drops the ball at being anything more than just a sub-standard independent film with a group of talented yet underutilized young actors.

Christopher Haskell

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This one was really interesting, it's a slice of life film that all takes place in one room (the kitchen, obviously). That aspect of it is really clever, and all of the transitions between the different conversations are smooth and well done. However, I found some storylines more interesting than others, which is always a pitfall of ensemble comedies. Also, there were characters I wanted more from, and some I was good with only seeing once or twice. Also, none of these characters are exactly likeable. In fact, they're all pretty annoying. But, I did understand the majority of them, so that's a plus. Laura Prepon and Dreama Walker worked well together as sisters. So, while this is better than other slice of life movies, I still dozed off a few times.

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