Better Than Chocolate

July 8, 1999 0 By Fans
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Plot

Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together…

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.0/10 (3,971 voted)

Director:
Anne Wheeler

Stars: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox

Storyline
Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie's well-meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced and decides to move to Vancouver and join the household. Soon after, Lila is befriended by Judy, a transsexual about to undergo a sex-change operation. Complications ensue as the conservative Lila learns the truth about Maggie, Judy, and their diverse group of friends.

Cast:

Wendy Crewson

Lila


Karyn Dwyer

Maggie


Christina Cox

Kim


Ann-Marie MacDonald

Frances


Marya Delver

Carla


Kevin Mundy

Paul


Tony Nappo

Tony


Jay Brazeau

Mr. Marcus


Beatrice Zeilanger

Bernice

(as Beatrice Zeilinger)


Peter Outerbridge

Judy


Gerald Varga

Skin Head 1


Robert Parent

Skin Head 2


Corrine Koslo

Safe Sex Advocate


Veena Sood

Religious Zealot


Tony Marr

Lila's Boss

Taglines:
A Delicious Comedy

Release Date: 8 July 1999

Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Opening Weekend: $84,584
(USA)
(15 August 1999)
(15 Screens)

Gross: $2,011,254
(USA)
(7 November 1999)



Technical Specs

Runtime:


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USA:
(unrated version)

Goofs:

Boom mic visible:
After Judy and Lila have their duet in the condo, the boom mic dips briefly into the top of the frame.

Quotes:

Maggie:
You're not bi-sexual, Carla – you're omni-sexual! You're like that tornado in the Wizard of Oz, sweeping up everything in your path.



User Review

A lesbian midsummer night's dream

Rating: 10/10


Well, what can one say about this film? You could just agree to all the
bad critics that have been written about it – that "Better than
chocolate" is nothing more but a cliché and an unrealistic fairy tale.
Fairy tale's the word: What is cinema supposed to be if not a fairy
tale? It's unrealistic; it helps us forgetting our daily troubles and
allows us to dream and to bathe in romantic feelings. And these are
exactly the reasons I recommend "Better than chocolate" and think that
it's a splendid movie, a hilarious comedy and a love story so sweet you
just get enchanted by it.

It's a classic: The sweet princess, Meggie, just quit university and
preferred becoming part of Vancouver's gay scene, performing in a gay
bar (and she's so great in it!) and working in a lesbian book store.
Things seem to go pretty fine until the day when Maggie's Mum Lila
calls and informs our princess that she just left her current husband
and wants to move in with Maggie, bringing Maggie's teen brother Paul
with her. The problem is: Mum doesn't know (or doesn't want to know)
that her little daughter is gay. Things get even more problematic when
one night, after her performing at the club, Maggie meets her knight,
who does not wear an armour or ride a white horse, but who is an
attractive, tough and cool girl named Kim, rides a funky van and lives
on the road, earning her money with drawing portraits. When all the
characters mentioned above finally find themselves living under the
same roof some days later, things become chaotic and almost grotesque
cause it's so obvious that Kim and Meggie are a couple but Lila is
simply blind for it.

Mind you, the movie also deals with other interesting characters. We
get to know Frances, the neurotic owner of the book shop Maggie works
in. There is also Judy, who once was Jeremy, but now is a woman and
hopelessly in love with Frances. And don't forget Carla, whose
favourite pass of time is sex, who seduces almost every person crossing
her way, is an expert in the newest *toys* and digs on Maggie as well
as her brother Paul.

Of course it's one or two clichés, I mentioned it before. But if you
see how lightly and heart-warmingly the story is told, if you hear the
hilarious jokes and one-liners, follow the soft filming of the camera
you just can't help forgetting about those clichés and falling in love
with this movie. For in the middle of this colourful chaos the love
story between Kim and Maggie is the calm and comforting pole, it's told
in silent pictures and gentle sounds (which become a bit louder when it
comes to … well, the making love part). And this beautiful love story
has highlights of its own, and I don't want to reveal even one of them.
I can only say that much: A lot of colour and … goddesses 😉 (everyone
who's seen the movie of course knows what I'm talking about) There is
also something else I love about this film: Although it's a fairy tale
and most parts of it are simply utopic, "Better than chocolate" can be
inspiring and show possibilities: The possibility of an alternative
life style and that you can be comfortable with it, no matter what
others might think, the possibility to break out of certain
expectations society burdens us with and the possibility to love
differently. For example when Maggie quits her finance studies to live
her dream of being an author. So, besides allowing us to dream, this
film also gives incredible hope and this might be its greatest
strength.

A word on the cast which is simply – brilliant. And before
concentrating on one of the protagonists, who in my opinion stood out,
I'd like to compliment the others. There is this young actor playing
Paul, who up to "Better than chocolate" has had no acting experience
but is very good at what he's doing. There is the sex-ridden but
likable Carla. The neurotic Frances – Canada's currently probably most
famous lesbian actress and author Ann-Marie MacDonald (and according to
director Anne Wheeler the only openly gay actress participating in this
movie). The icing on the cake in this film are two profound Canadian
actors – Wendy Crewson as Lila and Peter Outerbridge as Judy. Wendy
(who is probably most familiar as Harrison Ford's wife in "Air Force
One") is just outstanding as the confused, sweet and clueless Mum with
a weakness for chocolate. Peter Outerbridge is just incredible as Judy
and you really have a hard time to believe that this is his first
transsexual performance – he's so great in this role and just a
beautiful woman. And now let me point out the person who impressed me
most with her performance: Christina Cox as Kim. She's hot, she's sexy,
she's tough and cool but at the same time so soft and feminine. I think
only few actresses can add so many different facets to their role. I
mean, she could have easily played a simple butch, but she adds such
charisma and dignity to her character – it's just amazing. There,
enough said, she's just great.

The movie's soundtrack is a highlight of its own – Sarah McLachlan with
"Ice Cream" for example – and perfectly mirrors the film's young
spirit, it's modern, it's sexy, it's dreamy and it rocks. And with this
I'd like to give "Better than chocolate" three thumbs up – a summer
movie with heart, soul, humour and a lot of love.