What Movie is That? Simply Irresistible (1999)


Cooking movies have always been one of my favorite sub-genres of films. I mean there are some amazing movies out there that involved cooking, such as Ratatouille, Julie & Julia, and Waitress. All of these movies are amazing and semi-well-known, I mean Waitress was recently made into a musical and is doing very well on Broadway!

Anyway, what I love about some movies that include cooking is the romance element that is often included. I mean Waitress alone has a wonderful romantic storyline going on in this film (if you ignore the part where both parties are cheating on their significant other, awkward), but anyways I’m not here to recommend Waitress. However, I am here to recommend a romantic comedy that has cooking called, Simply Irresistible.

Simply Irresistible was released in theaters on February 5, 1999, so definitely a Valentine’s Day movie. This film starred: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Amanda Shelton), Sean Patrick Flanery (Tom Bartlett), Patricia Clarkson (Lois McNally), Larry Gillard Jr. (Nolan Traynor), and Dylan Baker (Jonathan Bendel).

This film was directed by Mark Tarlov and the screenplay was written by Judith Roberts.


After her mother’s death, mediocre chef Amanda Shelton (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is having trouble attracting customers to her family’s restaurant. While shopping for ingredients, she is given a magical crab by mysterious Gene O’Reilly (Christopher Durang). Afterward, Amanda’s dishes suddenly become excellent, inducing strong emotional reactions in everyone who eats them. Tom Bartlett (Sean Patrick Flanery), who is preparing to open his own eatery, tries her cooking and falls in love.

My Thoughts on the Movie

Honestly, I love this movie and all it’s cheesy rom-com-ness. This movie is incredibly cheesy, but in a magical and wonderful way. Sarah Michelle Gellar does a fantastic job and she is just so cute in this movie and the food she make OMG it looks so amazing.

Overall, I really love watching this movie. It has all those adorable cheesy qualities that every rom-com possesses with the added bonus of food and freaking Sarah Michelle Gellar. She made this movie right at the height of her popularity, which was, of course, during Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sean Patrick Flanery also does a great job as the potential love interest of Sarah’s character. Of course, there is plenty of drama, heartbreak, love, and a wee bit of magic to shake things up.

I hope as always that everyone will give this movie a chance. Also here is the link to the recipe for the Caramel Eclairs that Amanda makes in the movie: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/desserts/caramel-eclairs-inspired-by-simply-irresistible/



Katie Penix

Katie is a geek through and through. She's not really into physical fitness, but she is into fitness of the mind. Katie has a Master's in Psychology for the University of Hartford where she studied Customer Service. Katie reads too many books, watches too much TV, and can become obsessed with fictional things very easily. She loves Harry Potter, musicals, Gilmore Girls, musicals, YA fiction novels, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Marvel, Shondaland & so much more. Oh and she can Disney & Supernatural Trivia anyone under the table.

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