- 1 hr 47 min
Restaurant is a drama that was written by Tom Cudworth, directed by Eric Bross and produced by H.M. Coakley and Shana Stein for Chaiken Films, Giv'en Films, Palisades Pictures and Rockstone Releasing. The movie cast includes Adrien Brody, Elise Neal, Lauryn Hill, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, David Moscow, Simon Baker, Catherine Kellner and Jesse L. Martin. The story follows recovering alcoholic, Chris Calloway (played by Adrien Brody) who has fallen by the wayside. He places a desperate phone call to former flame, Leslie (played by Lauryn Hill), who had broken his heart, having slept with a friend of his named Kenny (played by Simon Baker-Denny). Chris' relationship between he and Leslie is his latest play's subject and Kenny is playing the lead. However, Chris becomes distracted by new arrival Jeanine (played by Elise Neal), who is a waitress who desires to sing. While no one present cares that the couples in the film are inter-racial, Chris is sure that his very bigoted father must be rolling around in his grave. Eventually it is disclosed that Reggae, a cook, is earning more money than the rest of his friends. Despite this, Quincy and Marcus still have a greater bond with him than with Chris, who is a liberal, or Steven (played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner), a new black law student working as a waiter. Because Steven is black, it is apparent that he is not considered good enough for a promotion to bartender, even though he has great qualifications and enthusiasm. His good friend Chris intervenes on his behalf, but Steven is still feeling put upon over the whole incident and embarrassed. Unfortunately, none of them are immune to the violence of the streets. As a result, random violence winds up disturbing the balance they are trying to create and they are reminded that no matter how progressive they are, they cannot change how the outside world views them.