Dinner Rush (2001) (C)
"Two thumbs up! Nothing short of amazing!"
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper.
Things are really heating up at New York's hottest restaurant.
Owner and bookie Louis Cropa (Danny Aiello) lost a friend to a mob hit and now his chef's gambling problem has brought the unwelcome mobsters into his restaurant.
With an all-star cast including John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Sandra Bernhard, Dinner Rush serves up delicious surprises at every table. It's sure to be a night to remember. -- (C) New Line Home Entertainment, 2001, USA.
Starring Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, Kirk Acevedo, John Corbett.
Directed by Bob Giraldi.
"This is an incredible movie, the sort of thing you'd never expect. It takes you completely by surprise. Part gangster film, part drama, part foodie flick, it keeps you on your toes all the way through. Danny Aiello is at his very best, supported by an excellent, but under-rated cast. Sandra Bernhardt makes several hilarious appearances as a snarky restaurant reviewer, and adds a gritty comedic edge to the movie. Throughout, I felt that I was actually in the restaurant itself, and that every scene was unfolding around me. That immersive experience is quite unique, I think, and you get lulled into this sense of comfort, you know, like you're enjoying dinner at this great local place, surrounded by friends and family, and then - boom! It gets you! An excellent film. Good cast. Great dialogue. I highly recommend this movie."
"But no movie in the (gangster) genre portrays food as lovingly as Dinner Rush, a story about a New York City restaurateur/bookmaker trying to protect his properties against rival gangsters. In truth, the film focuses more on the cuisine than the crimes. But don't underestimate it; Dinner Rush is a solid mob movie... The portrayal of life behind the scenes in a bustling restaurant is terrific. In the kitchen, the chef acts as a tyrant and the workers as his slaves. The speed and detail of the prep work, the cooking, the plating and the serving are more impressive than anything seen on a Food Network reality show. It should be no surprise that director Giraldi is actually a New York restaurateur and owns the eatery where Dinner Rush was filmed."
From The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies, written by George Anastasia & Glen Macnow, pp187-8
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