30 December 2001 | gurustump
Don't expect Bruckheimer...it's not that kind of movie.
This was a slow-moving picture. Indeed, it was hard to tell whether it was moving at all, given that it didn't seem to be anywhere when it started nor anywhere when it finished. Nevertheless, I still found it interesting. As I believe that the first rule of food film is simply to be interesting, and that all other rules don't matter if that first one is kept, I give this film a good rating.
I'm having a hard time figuring out precisely what makes the film interesting. I suppose having Drea de Matteo's lovely form on screen for 2 hours is enough to accomplish that. Nevertheless, I think this film has a little more going for it than just her. I think the thing that got me was that I could identify with the characters. Their motivations and reactions appeared very real to me. They weren't particularly brilliant characters...just normal people. But they were complex, and surprising, and the way one would expect them to be, even though one could not predict how they would be: rather like real people. So kudos to the writer/director and cast. Hope you get to work some more.