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Restaurant (2000)




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At the center of a group of actors, writers and performers who make up the staff of a trendy Hoboken restaurant is longtime bartender Chris, a debuting playwrite who is struggling with the end of recent relationships, while taking his first step toward starting another with the newest waitress/singer at work.
R (for sexuality, language and drug use.)
Comedy , Drama
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Palisades Picture


Adrien Brody
as Chris Calloway
Elise Neal
as Jeanine
David Moscow
as Reggae
Simon Baker
as Kenny
Vonte Sweet
as Marcus
John Carroll Lynch
as John English
Sybil Temchen
as Lenore
Lauryn Hill
as Leslie
Elon Gold
as Kurt
Avery Waddell
as Al-Tariq
Siena Goines
as Carol--Actress
Gary J. Palermo
as Couple at McClure's
Jennifer Giles
as Couple at McClure's
Jennifer Coolidge
as Woman at McClure's
Gwendolyn Bessette
as Woman at McClure's
Rachel Zients
as Woman at McClure's
Meredith Scott Lynn
as Karaoke Girl
Tai Bennett
as Anthony
Shana Stein
as Margaret
as M.C. at Club
Robert Castle
as Priest
Lord Grayson
as Drug Dealer
Jennifer Skinner
as Karoake Singer
Alexandra Dellapenna
as Karaoke Singer
Cara Jedell
as Karaoke Singer
Robert Capelli
as Investor
Mary Jasperson
as Anniversary Couple
John Friemann
as Anniversary Couple
Lauren Patrice Nadler
as Casting Director
Sonya Wells
as Prostitute
Susan Spitz
as Barbara
Matthew Black
as Waiter
Jeff Bond
as Drunken Frat Boy
Karey Butterworth
as Girl at Bar
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Critic Reviews for Restaurant

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

The secondary characters are as well-defined as the leads.

Full Review… | October 17, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

At its best, this is a movie of unusual integrity and insight.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Attempting to ratchet up tension, Bross relies on forced crosscutting and stagey clichés.

January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 17, 2007
TV Guide

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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

There are a million stories in the big city, we understand from the start -- and this isn't one of them.

Full Review… | February 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for Restaurant

"A gay romp with a drunk-dialing Adrien Brody." - Having worked in the restaurant industry for quite some time, as well as being an aspiring actor familiar with Hoboken, New Jersey, I can attest to this film's realistic portrayal of an all-too-often clichéd premise of the suffering 'creative type' stuck in a seemingly haughty environment, performing menial work and engaging exceptionally ignorant people on daily basis. Unfortunately, 'Restaurant' tries too hard to be something it's not: "A thought provoking piece on bigotry and racial inequality.. Instead it serves up a uniquely sombre tale about a young man struggling to make ends meet as he tires to live out his dream as a playwright, and who just happens to have a black ex-girlfriend with whom he slowly grows further and further apart from. The entire message about race, though not lost, is only evident towards the very end of the film, despite being alluded to a few times randomly , and almost forcibly throughout the beginning and middle. (The poster gives it away, but having not seen it, you'd probably have no idea what the film is actually about).

Christopher Quinn
Christopher Quinn

Some films, oddly enough, can be too ambitious for their own good, which is the case with Restaurant. If Restaurant feels like a high-caliber TV drama, it's one that tries to pack an entire season (plus pilot, plus backstory) into one episode.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A great movie! A favorite.

Leo L
Leo L

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