Lunch Movie Review
Lunch is about the bi-weekly meals shared by aged group of television and comedy veterans. It is directed by Donna Kantner, whose late father Hal Kantner was part of the group. It is a low-key documentary that can be appreciated by older audiences who wants to reminisce about the golden age of TV comedy.
Some of the personalities that are featured in Lunch are Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar, Matty Simmons (producer of National Lampoon’s Animal House), Arthur Hiller (The Hospital, Silver Streak, and Love Story), Monty Hall (Let’s Make a Deal) and Gary Owens (the voice of Laugh-In).
The group talks about their careers, aging, and death. They have perfected their comic timing that’s expected from seasoned vaudevillians. In between the group scenes are separate interviews with the members. Some are fascinating, such as the late Arthur Marx’s recollections of growing up with his father Groucho. Then there’s the mundane, such as Hiller’s comments about how he was confused with playwright Arthur Miller.
There are snippets into the life of the members of the group in lunch. It includes clips from their works, including Your Show of Shows and Mister Ed. But the most fascinating of all is Reiner’s failed TV pilot Man of the House, which would later become The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Most of Lunch is filmed at Factor’s Famous Deli. The documentary shows the group of octogenarians eating their meals that consists of matzo ball soup, cheeseburgers, brisket, and other food that is not strictly kosher. Their banters have an affectionate fondness among themselves that makes the viewer wish to be part of the group.
Lunch is directed, written and produced by Donna Kantner. Nausheen Dadabhoy is the director of photography. It is edited by Michael Meehan. The documentary is not rated and has a running time of 78 minutes.