SOUL KITCHEN film centers on a likable but hopelessly disorganized restauranteur, Zinos (co–screenwriter Adam Bousdoukos) whose cafe is second home to a motley crew of lovable eccentrics. When his girlfriend Nadine up and moves to Shanghai, a love–sick Zinos decides to fly after her, leaving his restaurant in the hands of his unreliable ex–con brother Illias. Both decisions turn out disastrous: Illias gambles away the restaurant to a shady real estate agent, and Zinos finds Nadine with a new lover. If the brothers can stop arguing and get it together, the Soul Kitchen might still have one last chance at staying in business. The mayhem that follows is a hilariously entertaining story of self–realization, set to an irresistibly soulful soundtrack.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Mr. Akin's vision of interconnectedness in the global village, while similar to that of a movie like Babel, is more casual and lighthearted.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 08.20.2010
Nicely cast ensembler, centered on a hopelessly disorganized eatery owner and peopled by a weird collection of lovable eccentrics, is pacey entertainment that hardly puts a foot wrong.Derek Elley, Variety, 01.03.2011
A lively, easygoing farce filled with high-energy music and amusing complications.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 09.02.2010
There are moments of fun (an aphrodisiac-laced dessert, for example), but generally the humor seems warmed-over.V.A. Musetto, New York Post, 09.16.2010