Fast Food, Fast Women (2001)



Critic Consensus: Fast Food, Fast Women tries too hard to be kooky and charming.

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Amos Kollek directs this quiet, understated comedy about lonely hearts and empty pockets in New York. Pushing 40, Bella (Anna Thomson) works as a waitress at small downtown diner in Manhattan. Her elderly regulars include Paul (Robert Modica), a lovelorn retiree who scours the personal ads and his ill-tempered buddies Seymour (Victor Argo) and Graham (Mark Margolis), who are more than a little disparaging toward Paul's attempts at finding love. Involved in a 12-year relationship with married Broadway theater director George (Austin Pendleton), Bella craves marriage and children. On a blind date set up by her mother, Bella meets Bruno, a divorced cabbie and fledgling novelist with two young children. Meanwhile, Paul meets ready-and-willing widow Emily (Louise Lasser), while Seymour shacks up with Wanda (Valerie Geffner), a stripper with a master's degree. This film was shown in competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
R (for sexuality/nudity and language)
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Anna Levine
as Bella
Lonette McKee
as Sherry-Lynn
Victor Argo
as Seymour
Mark Margolis
as Graham
Judith Roberts
as Bella's Mother
Loulou Katz
as Betsey
Irma St. Paule
as Mary Beth, Mugging Victim
Joe Darvieau
as Jasper
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Critic Reviews for Fast Food, Fast Women

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (16)

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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Despite some lovely moments ... Fast Food Fast Women operates like a sitcom.

Full Review… | November 25, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Nothing runs very deep, or very diverting ... in this overplayed, underwritten slice of (love-)life.

July 12, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Fast Food, Fast Women


I think that this movie was fun, honest, flawed, and atypical. I thought Anna Thompson was delightful and sexy.

Tom Watters
Tom Watters

(**): [img][/img] An okay cast but more work on the screenplay was needed.


Kollek's fondness for whimsical plot turns adds still more random elements to a movie that at times seems edited by a blindfolded monkey.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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