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No Reservations | 2007 | PG | - 4.3.3

A perfectionist chef (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is so paranoid she's unable to trust anyone and suspects everyone who might threaten her position. When her sister dies in a car accident and she is left to care for her young niece (Abigail Breslin) she struggles with the day-to-day complications of childcare and career, until a charming sous chef (Aaron Eckhart) is hired to help in her kitchen. Initial resistance gives way to love. Also with Patricia Clarkson and Jennifer Wade. Directed by Scott Hicks. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man feeds a woman sauce from a spoon while she is blindfolded, he then tastes the sauce and kisses her; they kiss passionately and caress each other's faces and necks, and it is implied that they have had sex when he is still with her in the morning.
 A woman goes to a man's apartment, he opens the door, they talk, she enters, they move close to each other, the door closes and it is implied that they have sex.
 A man and a woman kiss in several scenes. A man and a woman kiss goodnight. A woman kisses a man on the cheek.
 Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes.
 A man leans over to pick up his scarf, a woman sitting near the scarf thinks that he is leaning over to kiss her and moves toward him, but he is not (he takes his scarf and leaves).
 A woman tells a man that he was right about sex being better while listening to Pavarotti. A man asks a woman out on a date, and she declines. A woman talks briefly about bondage movies. A woman talks about a man staring at her breasts while she serves him in a restaurant.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A young girl is told that her mother died in a car accident, and she cries. A woman gets news of a car accident that has left her sister dead and her niece in the hospital (we see the young girl in a hospital bed with scratches on her face).
 A young girl becomes angry and disappointed, and runs away from her aunt and into a busy street (cars honk and speed by but she is not harmed).
 A woman panics when she cannot find her niece, and she and a man search for her and find her at a cemetery visiting her mother's grave.
 A man is insulting to a chef, the chef brings a raw steak on a fork to his table, slams it down in front of him and then pulls the tablecloth off the table in a rage. A man is insulting to a chef and her food, the chef argues with him and he is dismissive as he leaves the restaurant angrily. A man and a woman argue. A woman argues with another woman in several scenes.
 A woman holding a sharp knife talks to a man and appears threatening. A woman and a girl have a pillow fight until the pillows release their feathers.
 A woman forgets to pick up her young niece from school and the girl is angry when she finally arrives.
 A woman cries uncontrollably over the death of her sister. A young girl does not eat for several days. People gather and mourn at a funeral.
 A young girl talks about fearing that she will forget her mother. A woman talks about her mother having died when she was young. A woman talks about a chef throwing plates at her. A young woman says that the book she is reading is about rapidly mutating deadly viruses. A woman practices lines from a play that include references to abuse.
 A woman describes methods of roasting a hen and talks about one method that's to cook it in a pig's bladder. A young girl is alarmed when a whole fish on a plate is placed in front of her. A pregnant woman's water breaks (nothing is shown).
 A Goth teenager (wearing black lipstick and a nose ring) arrives to baby-sit for a young girl and the young girl seems alarmed by her appearance.

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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 sexual reference, 1 anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (honey, bimbos, barbarian), 1 religious profanity, 5 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman drink brandy, a man and a woman drink wine together and the woman appears drunk (she's stumbling a bit), and people are shown drinking wine in several restaurant scenes. A woman finds an ashtray filled with cigarette butts left by a babysitter in her apartment.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a sibling, death of a parent, caring for a child, single parenting, grief, responsibility, making mistakes, master chefs, the restaurant business, Psychotherapy, love, trust, fear of trusting, rules.
MESSAGE - Our lives end up empty if we cannot trust.
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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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