Simply Irresistible (film)

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Simply Irresistible
Simply irresistible.jpg
One-sheet poster
Directed by Mark Tarlov
Produced by
  • Jon Amiel
  • Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr.
  • John Fiedler
Written by Judith Roberts
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sean Patrick Flanery
Patricia Clarkson
Dylan Baker
Christopher Durang
Larry Gilliard, Jr.
Betty Buckley
Music by Gil Goldstein
Cinematography Robert M. Stevens
Edited by Paul Karasick
Production
  company
Regency Enterprises
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • February 5, 1999 (1999-02-05)
Running time 96 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million
Box office $4,389,989

Simply Irresistible is a 1999 American romantic comedy film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean Patrick Flanery. It was directed by Mark Tarlov and was written by Judith Roberts.

Plot[edit]

Tom shows Amanda the kitchen before they share an intimate imaginary dance.

Amanda Shelton (Sarah Michelle Gellar) inherits her late mother's restaurant, but lacks her mother's ability to cook. The restaurant is failing when Amanda meets a mysterious and possibly magical man at the local market. He introduces himself as Gene O'Reilly and claims to be an old friend of her mother's. He sells her crabs, one of which escapes cooking to become her personal mascot. This special crab is magical and it casts spells, with a wave of its claw. Amanda meets her love interest at the market, Tom Bartlett (Sean Patrick Flanery), a department store manager at Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue, who is opening an ambitious new restaurant inside his store. It is never explicitly explained why, but this eventful day transforms Amanda into a miraculous food witch; people who now eat her impressive new dishes fall under her accidental spells. These are inspired by her emotions and created with the help of her magic crab. Amanda saves her restaurant overnight, and her relationship with Tom blossoms just as fast. However, Tom, being a career-minded control freak, panics when he realizes that not only could she be a witch who could be casting spells on him, but that his own emotions are getting the best of him, and he promptly dumps her. When Amanda goes to confront Tom one last time at his office, she witnesses the violent tantrum and resignation of a celebrity French chef hired for the opening of Tom's new restaurant. When it is discovered that Amanda is in fact the hot new chef in town everyone is talking about, she is hired on the spot, despite Tom's protests. Once Amanda overcomes her self-doubts and insecurities, she reaches her full potential as a chef, and the opening is a complete success. Though Tom refuses to taste Amanda's food during the opening, he eventually admits to himself he was wrong to reject Amanda because she made him feel emotional. He finally decides to embrace his feelings for her and goes after her. At the last minute, he reaches her with his own personal magic (a paper airplane), and the two reconcile on the dance floor.

Cast[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at #9 at the North American box office making $2.2 million USD in its opening weekend.

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. "Little King" – The Hollowbodies
  2. "Busted" – Jennifer Paige
  3. "Falling" – Donna Lewis
  4. "Got the Girl (Boy from Ipanama)" – Reiss
  5. "The Angel of the Forever Sleep" – Marcy Playground
  6. "Take Your Time" – Lori Carson
  7. "Beautiful Girls" – Chris Lloyd
  8. "Once in a Blue Moon" – Sydney Forest
  9. "Parkway" – The Hang Ups
  10. "Our Love Is Going to Live Forever" – Spain
  11. "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" – Katalina
  12. "That Old Black Magic" (Harold Arlen) – Jessica

Astaire references[edit]

The film contains interesting references to four musical films of Fred Astaire:

  • Yolanda and the Thief (1946)
    • The flooring which Flanery selects for his new restaurant is a copy of that used in the "Coffee Time" number.
    • Dylan Baker comments: "This looks like something out of an MGM musical".
  • Shall We Dance (1937): Flanery's confusion when faced with multiple images of Gellar echoes Astaire when confronted with multiple masked versions of Ginger Rogers in the Shall We Dance finale.
  • Swing Time (1936): The layout of the restaurant at the end of the movie closely resembles the restaurant and night club, the "Silver Sandal."

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