The Kitchen

2013

The Kitchen

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Jennifer (Laura Prepon) is turning 30 and her best friend, Stan (Matt Bush), is throwing her a party. But she is in no mood to celebrate. She just left her job, as well as her cheating boyfriend, Paul (Bryan Greenberg). Her cynical little sister Penny (Dreama Walker) is threatening to overshadow the whole affair with the most inappropriate party announcement. And she is pretty sure she's too old to still be living with her creepy roommate. What starts out as a well-intentioned day of celebration quickly spirals into a most ill-fated disaster, from an ex-boyfriend who can't "get enough" to the bands dueling in the backyard and from disloyal friends showing their true colors to a manic-depressive party photographer who may have forgotten to take his meds. In this hilarious ensemble comedy set entirely inside a kitchen, turning 30 has never looked this chaotic! (c) Monterey Media

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  • Jul 01, 2018
    Indie films of this nature can be a hit or a miss, but The Kitchen is an underrated gem in my opinion. The cast is vast and varied, you at least have distinctions and can easily relate to them. The biggest issue the film has is the ending and some of the uneasy beats along the way, not everything is smooth sailing for the cast. I wish more films had this fun nature, this film was over and I felt it captured the tone and essence for the duration. House party films are a dime a dozen and this is much different in nature. Does the kitchen setting work? Yes and no. You rob yourself of the movement that a house setting would have provided, being in the crowd for the battle of the bands would have been a riot. Indie films have the risk of disappearing without a trace and sadly the kitchen is one of those films which is unfortunate. This was a fun film and had a great pace, I just wish more films would take a gamble and not follow a set formula. Watch if you have the chance. 01/07/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 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. Lead by Laura Prepon as Jennifer, a somewhat uptight art gallery owner who hates birthdays, the film focuses around her plight to get through the night of her own 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 film with a group of talented yet underutilized young actors.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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