No Reservations

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3 Stars
This is a mildly amusing romantic comedy. Actually it’s light on the romance and even lighter on the comedy (meaning that there are no big laughs.) However it is definitely heartwarming and fun to watch.

Catherine Zeta Jones plays a workaholic chef with no interests outside of work. Her life is disrupted when her sister is killed in an automobile accident, leaving her in charge of her nine-year-old niece (the adorable Abigail Breslin.) At the same time she is forced to work with a happy-go-lucky sous chef (Aaron Eckhart) who irritates the Hell out of her. Will this group somehow form a family? I’ll give you one guess.

This is a remake of the 2002 German film Mostly Martha (Bella Martha). Since I never saw the original I am in no position to make invidious comparisons.