Hollywood Reporter - 05/29/2001
"...It's engrossing....Fast pacing, down-to-earth dialogue, well-drawn characters and attention to detail....The film boasts a gorgeous visual style..."
New York Times - 09/28/2001
"...Mr. Giraldi uses all his skills commendably....It's light on its feet..."
Total Film - 04/01/2002
"...An Altmanesque ensemble piece that's packed with strong performances. Aiello has never been better....Mike McGlone is superb..."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2002
"...The food-preparation scenes are vividly depicted....A tasty work film crammed with quotidian virtuosity..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/03/2002
"...Food, crime, comedy, even a little sentiment, with the strands effortlessly interwoven..."
Bob Giraldi, award-winning director of commercials and music videos (Michael Jackson's "Beat It"), uses his own restaurant--Gigino's Trattoria--as the starting point for his debut feature, DINNER RUSH. The film is about one lively night at a trendy restaurant in the TriBeCa area of New York City. Louis (Danny Aiello) is an aging bookie and restauranter who's bemoaning the transformation of Gigino's from a down-to-earth, mom-and-pop Italian eatery to a pretentious, see-and-be-seen establishment. Louis's talented son, Udo (Edoardo Ballerini), is an ambitious star chef who wants to take over the restaurant because he claims his food and his style are responsible for the success of the business. To make matters worse, Louis is confronted by a pair of thugs known as Black and Blue who murdered his partner and now want to take over his place. Mark Margolis is hilarious as the droll art critic and nightmare customer, Fitzgerald. Summer Phoenix plays a smart-talking waitress. And topping off the colorful cast is Sandra Bernhard who plays a snotty food critic.
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This film screened as part of the 2001 New Directors/New Films series organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.