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Movie Review: I Like Killing Flies

Alternate Title: Eggs Over Easy with Sides of Philosophy and Attitude

Story: If you see this very entertaining film I encourage you to go on a full stomach or you will not be able to handle all of the visually exciting food that is displayed before your eyes. Director (and customer) Matt Mahurin creates a glowing tribute to restaurateur, philosopher, genuine New York character, Kenny Shopsin as he is forced to relocate his eatery after 35 years in the West Village.

Kenny runs his business his own way and his philosophy is apparent. The customer is never right. He has rules such as no parties of five - no matter who you are or how you split up the group. He has over 900 items on his fusion menu and his kitchen is put together in a manner that Rube Goldberg would have adored. He and his wife Eve and their five adult kids run the place. The customers are as quirky as the owners.

The film is a delight as he cooks, philosophizes and generally makes magic in cramped quarters. If you are foodie, this film is a must.

Here's an article from the New Yorker that was written by Calvin Trillin, a Shopsin's regular customer. http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?020415fa_FACT

Shopsin's temporarily closed on July 23, 2006. There are rumors galore as to what Kenny is going to do next. Will he go to Brooklyn? Will he reopen somewhere else? Is he just taking time off? Who knows? But you can check out his website which includes a pdf menu, house rules, hours and location at http://www.shopsins.com

Acting: It is a documentary - no acting. But lots of eating

Predilection: I like documentaries

Critters: A beautiful black dog

Food: Food glorious food and then some.

Visual Art: The artwork displayed on the walls of the eatery is priceless. Portraits of Kenny, his wife and various other folk can only be called naive and charming.

Theater Audience: Another blistering hot summer day brought out quite a NY crowd.

Weather: It seems to be 72 and sunny wherever Kenny goes.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 3

Drift Factor: I did not drift for a second. Oh yes, I admit to wondering what I was going to have for dinner tonight.

Oscar Worthy: No

Soap Box: It's always sad to see realtors force family business' out of their long term premises.

Big Screen or Rental: Either will do.

Length: 90 minutes