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MOVIE REVIEW: Soul Kitchen

A German comedy served lukewarm

Soul Kitchen: Rates a C.
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I recently saw a band in concert perform The Doors song Soul Kitchen. The next day, I saw Soul Kitchen, the German comedy from director Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven).

It goes down easy enough, even with a few too many over-the-top, ridiculous slapstick scenes.

The story is about a restaurant owner who is having problems in the business world, and in his personal life.

His gorgeous girlfriend is flying to Shanghai for reasons that aren’t exactly clear. Tax collectors are after him, and so is a shady friend that wants to buy his business.

Oh, and his brother – who has a bit of a gambling problem – is out of jail and wants a job.

Yes, the movie is predictable in all the paths it goes down, and the humor doesn’t always work; but it’s charming enough to make it a pleasant filmgoing experience. It makes the less original aspects of the movie easier to take.

The soundtrack is flat out wonderful, from the ringtone on the phone of actor Adam Bousdoukos (who reminds me of Jim Morrison) – to the Sam Cooke and Curtis Mayfield playing.

The movie felt longer than its hour and thirty minutes, which isn’t a great sign.

Obviously, when you think comedy – German films aren’t what comes to mind. Although, one of the movies I remember laughing most during, was a German picture called Maybe, Maybe Not (1994).

I think people that aren’t freaked out by subtitles, will enjoy this charming, screwball comedy.

It’s not the most original movie around. It’s kind of like being in a restaurant that has an elaborate menu and ordering the hamburger (perfect analogy, since this takes place in Hamburg).

This is comfort food for the movie going soul.

I’m giving it a C.