THE KITCHEN

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JULY 20, 2013

Set more like a stage play, “The Kitchen” focuses on a small group of friends dealing with relationships and life decisions ranging from breaking up with boyfriends to pregnancy. Laura Prepon plays a somewhat uptight art gallery owner who hates birthdays. The film focuses on her plight to get through the night of her birthday party. The gorgeous Dreama Walker plays Penny, Jennifer’s sister, who is always in the mix yet somewhat removed from the entire group of friends.

All of this would be a lot more interesting had it played out more like the classic “Can’t Hardly Wait,” a similar party film with a ranging group of friends. Instead, “The Kitchen” remains stale and stagnant, taking place almost entirely in, you guessed it, the kitchen. With half the story arcs never coming to a conclusion and the other half taking giant leaps to reach their unwarranted climaxes, the film drops the ball at being anything more than just a sub-standard independent cinema with a group of talented yet underutilized young actors.

RELEASE DATE
March 14, 2013

DIRECTOR
Ishai Setton

WRITTEN BY
Jim Beggarly

STUDIO
Monterey Media

R
(for language and some sexual content)

COMEDY
DRAMA

80 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Josh Silfen

COMPOSER
Erik Desiderio

EDITOR
Mark Scovil

CAST
Laura Prepon
Bryan Greenberg
Dreama Walker
Matt Bush
Tate Ellington

PRODUCED BY
Emily Ting

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