Kettle of Fish (2006)


Kettle of Fish (2006)

Mel is a musician in Manhattan, with plenty of one-night stands but no steady companion, except for his goldfish. He decides to move in with his current girlfriend, so he sublets his flat to Ginger, an English biologist new in town. The day he moves out, he flips for the bride at a wedding where he's playing, breaks up with his girlfriend, and moves back into his flat, negotiating with Ginger to her temporary flatmate. Meanwhile, he pursues Diana, the bride, working as the elevator operator in her building while he and Ginger develop a friendship as she does research on his fish. One of her lab frogs and his fish develop an attraction: is this a harbinger of opposites attracting?
IMDb   5.2 /10
Metacritic   38 %
TheMovieDb    4.6 /10
Director Claudia Myers
Writer Claudia Myers
Release Date2006-04-26
Runtime1h 37min
GenreComedy, Romance
Content RatingR (R)
AwardsAwards1 nomination
CompanyEagle Pictures, Kettle of Fish Productions, Michael Mailer Films
Gingeras Ginger
Freddieas Freddie
Jeanas Jean
Band Leaderas Band Leader
Ingaas Inga
Bruceas Bruce
Doormanas Doorman
Mindyas Mindy
Amy Sacco
Amy Sacco
Ritaas Rita
Walteras Walter
Robert Zarem
Robert Zarem
Research Directoras Research Director
Tarajia Morrell
Tarajia Morrell
Sheilaas Sheila
Tamara Whatley
Tamara Whatley
Bethas Beth

Kettle of Fish (film)

Kettle of Fish is a 2006 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Claudia Myers and starring Matthew Modine and Gina Gershon.


Mel is a saxophonist in his forties who lives alone with a goldfish named Daphne and has not yet decided what to do with his life. After several adventures that usually end in one night, he decides that the Swedish Inga is for him and goes to live with her deciding to sublet her apartment for a month to Ginger, a slightly neurotic English biologist, who studies the love behavior of women. frogs. During a wedding engagement, Mel meets his bride, Diana, a beautiful woman, who is marrying to a yogurt magnate, and is deeply drawn to her.

The story with Inga soon reveals itself as all the others and Mel returns to her house where she has to negotiate with Ginger for the use of the apartment. Meanwhile, he sets out on the trail of the beautiful Diana, who he cannot forget thinking she is the woman of his dreams. After finally finding her, he begins to neglect his job as a player by being hired as an elevator attendant in the condominium where Diana lives, much neglected by her husband.

But even this time, he realizes that the story can't go on, being deeply in love with Ginger. A deep sympathy arises between the two also because of Ginger's experiments involving Mel and her goldfish. The developments of the situation lead to a predictable but not absolutely trivial ending.


  • Matthew Modine as Mel
  • Gina Gershon as Ginger
  • Christy Scott Cashman as Diana
  • Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Freddie
  • Kevin J. O'Connor as Harry
  • Lois Chiles as Jean
  • Stephen Mailer as Band Leader
  • Ewa Da Cruz as Inga
  • Fisher Stevens as Bruce
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas as Sean


The film has an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.