Short Order (2005)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |  
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As the soothing sounds of Lenny Green on the Radio World Broadcasting Network beam down to earth from satellites orbiting the planet, a series of short order chefs, master chefs, and harried delivery people work out their philosophies about life while savoring the flavor of their favorite dishes. Paulo is the proprietor of The Mediterraneo, and he's eager to get revenge on the man who has almost single handedly destroyed the restaurant business by launching a global trend of dining and dashing. But dispensing with the infamous Bill Dodger isn't this obsessive restaurateur's only goal in life, because before he expires Paulo plans to make a meal of himself as a means of returning his body to the natural food chain. Meanwhile, Paulo's loyal sous chef Pedro could destroy both of their careers by killing a prominent food critic who is currently choking to death on a finger bone found in his Osso Bucco (the house special, featuring a savory secret ingredient taken from Bill Dodging customers). Fiona used to have a passion for cooking, too; at least until she started working as the Short Order Chef at Ishmaels. They say at one point her culinary inventions were so delectable as to prompt orgasms, yet these days she spends most of her days dreaming of lavish musical revues in order to avoid the mundane reality of everyday existence. Ishmaels' delivery girl Catherine longs for bigger things as well, like getting her own talk show, but what she really wants out of life is a kiss from someone near and dear to her. Perhaps if the cigarillo smoking Felix can finally lure Fiona back to work at Shanks, his high profile eatery, her happiness can generate enough positive energy to make everyone's dreams come true no matter how lofty they may be.