Last night we saw “Dinner Rush” a film from 2000 starring Danny Aiello that I feel compelled to recommend
Ever since I read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, I’ve been really interested about what life is like inside a real working kitchen. I was recommended the film Dinner Rush, rented it and watched it last night. It was surprisingly good. Here is the plot summary for the entry in IMDB:
Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant of proprietor and bookmaker Louis Cropa (Danny Aiello) in New York? Anything but as tonight’s guests include; a local police detective and his wife specially invited by the owner; on the balcony rival bookmaker gangsters from Queens who want to become partners in the restaurant; in the corner renowned food critic ‘the food nymph’ is her usual demanding self; and at the bar, seemingly unnoticed, is Ken (‘John Corbett’ ). As the evening continues enter Duncan (Kirk Acevedo), inveterate gambler and sous-chef on-the-line in the frenetic kitchen downstairs, who acts as the catalyst that causes the evening to draw to its inevitable, explosive, deadly conclusion.
The film itself is wonderfully shot, the cinematography is excellent. Additionally, the film is worth watching for the kitchen scenes alone if you, like I, are interested in that kind of stuff. The acting itself is solid. If you liked films like Big Night, this is definitely worth a rent.