Restaurant (1998 film)

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Restaurant
Poster of the movie Restaurant.jpg
Directed byEric Bross
Produced byH. M. Coakley
Shana Stein
Written byTom Cudworth
StarringAdrien Brody
Elise Neal
Lauryn Hill
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
David Moscow
Simon Baker
Catherine Kellner
Jesse L. Martin
Sybil Temtchine
Music byTheodore Shapiro
CinematographyHoracio Marquínez
Edited byKeith Reamer
Release date
  • April 17, 1998 (1998-04-17)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Restaurant is a 1998 independent film starring Adrien Brody, Elise Neal, David Moscow and Simon Baker. Written by Tom Cudworth and directed by Eric Bross, Restaurant was the follow-up to this writing–directing duo's first film, TenBenny, which also starred Adrien Brody. Restaurant premiered at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival on April 17, 1998, and garnered Adrien Brody an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead. Set in Hoboken, New Jersey, Restaurant is a romantic comedy about young waiters with big dreams, but few chances to actually succeed. This is Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist Lauryn Hill's last movie to date.

Plot[edit]

A Hoboken restaurant within sight of NYC and all of its promise is staffed with many aspiring artists of different races, who generally get along well. Chris Calloway, the bartender, is about to mount his first play, based on the fallout of a failed relationship. He strikes up a new relationship with the latest addition to the staff, a singer named Jeanine. The reemergence of his previous girlfriend Leslie, as well as the casting of Kenny, the man whom she cheated on Chris with, along with increasing racial aggression between certain employees, begins to take a toll on Chris.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Adrien Brody Chris Calloway
Elise Neal Jeanine
Lauryn Hill Leslie
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Steven
David Moscow Reggae
Simon Baker Kenny
Catherine Kellner Nancy
Jesse L. Martin Quincy
Sybil Temtchine Lenore

Production[edit]

Director Bross and writer Cudworth had first met while working at the same Montclair, NJ restaurant, and had long thought about making a film in such a setting. Cudworth had also been involved with an African-American woman for a long time, inspiring the main storyline.[1]

The film was shot in 28 days in New Jersey and New York. The workplace scenes were shot in an actual Hoboken restaurant, which had just been sold and renovated. After shooting, the owners initially kept the name it was given in the film, J.T. McClure's.[2] However, it is now known as the Madison Bar & Grill.

Lauryn Hill was originally cast as the love interest and singer Jeanine. However, when she became pregnant, she was recast as the former girlfriend Leslie.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Atlantic City Film Festival

  • 1999: Won, "Best Full Feature Drama"

Independent Spirit Awards

  • 2001: Nominated, "Best Male Lead" - Adrien Brody

Soundtrack[edit]

[3] Tracklist [4]

  1. True Fortune "Paradise" 2:55
  2. Cap-One "Ladies & Willies" 4:37
  3. Evil Minds "All Mine" feat. Lord Tariq 3:57
  4. Rawcotiks "Place Ya Bets" 3:30
  5. N'Dea Davenport "No Never Again" 3:39
  6. Magic Juan "Piece Of Cake" 3:59
  7. Infinite "The Game Don't End" 3:34
  8. Shabaam Sahdeeq "Are You Ready" 3:49
  9. Rated Raw "From The Heart" 3:12
  10. Susan Garcia "In My Moment" feat. Magic Juan, Malik 3:44
  11. Old World Disorder "3 6 5" feat. Eminem 4:39
  12. Truck "Who Am I?" 4:30
  13. Adrien 'A. Ranger' Brody "This Ain't A Movie" feat. Rawcotiks 4:36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A FINE `RESTAURANT' ON OUR PLATE; CLASSICALLY INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL PUTS DRAMA ABOUT HOBOKEN EATERY IN SPOTLIGHT. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Production Update - Filmmaker Magazine - Fall 1997". Filmmakermagazine.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Restaurant:...It Ain't Always on the Menu - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-23.

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