Dinner Rush 2000 ***


Director Bob Giraldi cut his teeth on pop videos for Michael Jackson and Pat Benetar, and his feature debut is an accomplished comedy-drama about life in a busy New York restaurant. Danny Aiello is Louis Cropa, who struggles to balance out the interests of critics, rivals, patrons, gangsters and policemen over the course of a ‘dinner rush’ Giraldi shot the film in his own Tribeca restaurant, so the knowing feel makes sense. John Corbett, Mike McGlone, Summer Phoenix and Sandra Bernhard are amongst the patrons, but it’s the ensemble cast and Giraldi’s feeling for the nuances of city life that make Dinner Rush such a blast. It’s an upstairs/downstairs story of kitchen vs restaurant that makes for a delicious slice of NYC life.


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