Simply Irresistible (1999)

96 min.
Plot  Amanda Shelton (Sarah Michelle Gellar) inherits her late mother's restaurant, but lacks her mother's ability to cook. The restaurant is failing when Amanda meets a mysterious and possibly magical man at the local market. He introduces himself as Gene O'Reilly and claims to be an old friend of her mother's. He sells her crabs, one of which escapes cooking to become her personal mascot. This special crab is magical and it casts spells, with a wave of its claw. Amanda meets her love interest at the market, Tom Bartlett (Sean Patrick Flanery), a department store manager at Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue, who is opening an ambitious new restaurant inside his store. It is never explicitly explained why, but this eventful day transforms Amanda into a miraculous food witch; people who now eat her impressive new dishes fall under her accidental spells. These are inspired by her emotions and created with the help of her magic crab. Amanda saves her restaurant overnight, and her relationship with T...  



Sarah Michelle Gellar
Amanda Shelton
Sean Patrick Flanery
Tom Bartlett
Patricia Clarkson
Lois McNally
Dylan Baker
Jonathan Bendel
Christopher Durang
Gene O'Reilly
Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
Nolan Traynor
Betty Buckley
Aunt Stella
Amanda Peet


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Simply Irresistible
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United States




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