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The Ramen Girl

A movie directed by Robert Allan Ackerman

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  • Jun 22, 2009
Ramen Girl follows the familiar pattern of somebody in their mid-20s who is lost in life and finds herself in a foreign country. In this case, the finding is odd. Brittany Murphy's character finds her calling in ramen. In particular, she wants to learn how to cook the perfect bowl of Ramen. She asks a Japanese chef who speaks no English to teacher her, an American who speaks no Japanese, how to make Ramen.

The movie was actually pretty funny. It includes frequent scenes of a Ramen master slapping Murphy on the head for being a bad student. It definitely works as a lighthearted date movie. However, overall it did seem a bit chopped up and hasty. It seems as if some key plot developments were skipped over or overlooked. For example, it never is really clear just when Murphy learns how to cook Ramen. Also, throughout the movie, I kept wondering why nobody ever bothered to get a translator who could sort out the mess. Despite this, you'll probably get a few laughs out of their arguments.

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review by . January 17, 2010
The late Brittany Murphy stars in the charming culture-clash romantic comedy of THE RAMEN GIRL (2008). After relocating to Japan and being dumped by her boyfriend, Abby (Murphy) drowns her sorrows at a local Ramen shop. Delighted by the traditional dish of noodles, vegetables and pork, Abby resolves to learn how to cook the meal herself...triggering an hilarious battle of wills with her reluctant "sensei" (Toshiyuki Nishida) in the process!    Beautifully filmed on location in …
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An American slacker (Brittany Murphy,8 Mile;Girl, Interrupted) abandoned by her boyfriend in Tokyo finds her calling in an unlikely place: a local ramen house run by a tyrannical chef who doesn't speak of a word of English. Undaunted by the chef's raging crankiness, Abby convinces him to teach her the art of ramen preparation...and despite hilarious clashes of culture and personality, she learns how to put passion and spirit into her life as well as her cooking.

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Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Becca Topol
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
Runtime: 102 minutes
Studio: Image Entertainment
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