The Cake Eaters (2007)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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Two families are brought together by the return of one family's son -- a reunion that conjures up old ghosts and issues that must be addressed.


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  • Aaron Stanford and Kristen Stewart in The Cake Eaters (2007)
  • Aaron Stanford and Kristen Stewart in The Cake Eaters (2007)
  • Mary Stuart Masterson, Carlin Glynn, Peter Masterson, Peter Masterson, Jane Rosenthal, and Jennifer Tost at an event for The Cake Eaters (2007)
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  • Mary Stuart Masterson, Carlin Glynn, Peter Masterson, Peter Masterson, Jane Rosenthal, and Jennifer Tost at an event for The Cake Eaters (2007)

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20 November 2007 | boehmchadwick
9
| A Cake For All
"The Cake Eaters" is so subtle a story and pleasing a film you won't notice how great it is until it is over. Much credit is due to Jayce Bartok, the screenwriter, as well as, Mary Stuart Masterson, the director, to fulfill the hearts of its characters while filling the souls of the audience. "Eaters" sweet subtleties meet heavy hearts touching on such powerful subjects as love, death, secrecy, adultery, disability, virginity, abandonment, and rebellion. With each character involved in one or more relationships: father/son, mother/daughter, grandmother/granddaughter, brothers; love: new, old, rekindled, exes; they are pulled apart at the seams, some almost to a breaking point, only to be shown how close they are.

At the heart of the story, in between all the eaters of cake, is Georgia, a young woman "living" with a rare genetic disorder that affects her mobility but not her spirit. Georgia is played wonderfully and with grace by Kristen Stewart ("Into the Wild"). Her performance is at the center of this story and is worthy of any if not all accolades (Oscar?). You find yourself so enmeshed in her ability to convince, that she makes "The Cake Eaters" truly magnificent.

As up-state New York sets the tone for the story it throws you back in time, maybe the 70's, while staying in the present. The film opens with footage of old home movies and settles nicely in a gray, rainy, folk art town, where everyone knows your name. And it sure seems nice to have been a part of it.

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