The Cake EatersMarch 13, 2009
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.
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 6.5/10 (3,321 voted)
Critic's Score: 60/100
Mary Stuart Masterson
Stars: Elizabeth Ashley, Jayce Bartok, Bruce Dern
'The Cake Eaters' is a quirky, small town, ensemble drama that explores the lives of two interconnected families coming to terms with love in the face of loss. Living in rural America, The Kimbrough family is a normally odd bunch; Easy, the patriarch and local butcher, is grieving over the recent loss of his wife, Ceci, while hiding a secret ongoing affair for years; Beagle, his youngest son who was left to care for his ailing mother, works in the local high school cafeteria by day but has a burning passion inside that manifests itself through painting street signs; and the eldest son, Guy, has been away from the family for years while pursuing his rock star dream in the big city until the day he learns of his mother's passing and that he's missed the funeral. Upon Guy's return home, relationships between the characters begin to unravel; Beagle's pent up emotions connect with Georgia Kaminski…
Dwight 'Beagle' Kimbrough
Jesse L. Martin
Andrew George Jr.
(as Andrew George)
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Love is the frosting.
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Release Date: 13 March 2009
Filming Locations: Catskill, New York, USA
When the hairdresser Stephanie is kissing Guy, the tattoo encircling her upper arm is faded out towards its ends, an unmistakable sign of a temporary tattoo.
Hey Ease, I want to ask you something. Did you notice anything funny about the way your son was looking at my Georgia today?
Beagle? Oh, no m'am, that's just Beagle. He has absolutely no game in that area, trust me.
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.