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  • Summary: In his feature debut, noted artist, illustrator and video-director Mahurin celebrates one of his favorite restaurants -- Shopins, a Greenwich Village institution. What emerges is a hilarious and heartfelt hymn to individuality, independence and idiosyncrasy -- not just in the kitchen, but inIn his feature debut, noted artist, illustrator and video-director Mahurin celebrates one of his favorite restaurants -- Shopins, a Greenwich Village institution. What emerges is a hilarious and heartfelt hymn to individuality, independence and idiosyncrasy -- not just in the kitchen, but in life. (ThinkFilm) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. The self-taught man behind the griddle, his wife, Eve, and their five seen-it-all kids emerge as the ensemble of the year.
  2. The result is an unabashedly home-cooked homage to New York eccentricity.
  3. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    80
    A rare, hilarious and ultimately touching look at the kind of American iconoclast that barely exists anymore.
  4. Anyone who laments the loss of an older, grittier New York ought to adore this affectionate portrait of Greenwich Village restaurant owner Kenny Shopsin.
  5. This quirky 2004 documentary ends with the Shopsins' forced relocation after 32 years, an uprooting made all the more poignant by Eve's death during filming.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Charming character study.
  7. Mr. Mahurin is obviously enchanted by his subject, but he never gets past his delight to say anything of real, sustaining interest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. SarahC.
    Sep 29, 2007
    8
    This film was engaging, hilarious, and very rich (and I am not just talking about the food!). It was a real slice of life in New York, pretty This film was engaging, hilarious, and very rich (and I am not just talking about the food!). It was a real slice of life in New York, pretty raw and very funny. Expand
  2. MarkT.
    Aug 7, 2006
    7
    The reviews got it right. It is excellent yet unmemborable and uncomfortably strange. All in all its hard to describe and to get the real The reviews got it right. It is excellent yet unmemborable and uncomfortably strange. All in all its hard to describe and to get the real first hand experience you have to see it yourself. Expand
  3. AlisonP.
    Aug 7, 2006
    6
    Disappointing considering some things I heard but still well acted and well directed. Nothing too special.