Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for language, some violence and sexuality
DVD Features: Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Stereo Surround Sound ; English subtitles and closed captions; Spanish subtitles; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM content.
Director Bob Giraldi who's been directing music videos for years, hits all the right notes in this ensemble drama that moves back and forth from the super-active beautifully photographed kitchen, into the back office, the bar and restaurant, even the men's room, where all manor of intrigue is in play. A list of the characters will give but a hint of the drama being played out over several late night hours. There's Uto (Edoardo Ballerini) who's sensational as Aiello's son who's brought new-found fame and crowds to the little local bistro with his nouvelle cuisine offerings. He's in love with the head waitress (Vivian Wu) who enamored of the sous chef (Kirk Acevedo) who's over his head in bad debts to the mob, who've come to the restaurant this night for their pay-off. One of the thugs (Mike McGlone) wants to get his hands on the restaurant as well. Then there's a famous incognito food critic (Sandra Bernhard), a charming British bartender (Jamie Harris) who plays mind games with the bar patrons and a handsome Wall Street investment banker (John Corbett) who seems to be staying too long at the bar), a tacky art gallery owner (Mark Margolis) hosting a table full of artists and their hangers-on, a fesity waitress (Summer Phoenix) who's also done the paintings on the restaurant's walls. Put them all together on a busy night full of too many customers and the tension mounts. It's an altogether wonderful piece of film making written by Brian S. Kalata and Rick Shaughnessy You're bound to hear from all of this brilliant group again.