The Cake Eaters

2007

Comedy / Drama / Romance

31
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 64%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 6,851

Synopsis


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Cast

Bruce Dern as Easy Kimbrough
Melissa Leo as Mrs. Howard
Talia Balsam as Violet Kaminski
Tom Cavanagh as Lloyd
720p.BLU
786.9 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
86 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Delmare 8 / 10 / 10

Mature, thoughtful drama

In a backwater town in upstate New York, Georgia Kaminski (Kristin Stewart), a teenage girl with a terminal nervous disorder, finds herself torn between the frivolity of her grandmother (Elizabeth Ashley) and overly protective mother who, in the hopes of bringing awareness and humanity to her daughter's disease, takes controversial photos of Georgia in the nude. Several miles away, aspiring musician Guy Kimbrough (Jayce Bartok) returns to the house of estranged father Easy (Bruce Dern) and younger brother Beagle (Aaron Stanford), trying to hide the secret of his failure to make it big. Easy is the town butcher, recently widowed, with secrets of his own, while Beagle, the kid who never left home, has surrendered his life to the care of his father and late mother, and struggles to find an identity of his own. Kaminskis and Kimbroughs conjoin dramatically when Georgia, hoping to find love in her life, and to find it before it's too late, courts the affection of Beagle, whom she meets at an outdoor flea market. The innocent but contentious relationship causes a series of reckonings, as both families are forced to contend with the heaps of emotional baggage that have piled up in their lives. Masterson keeps it real with this one. The drama is understated, the tension is subtle, and the characters are both distinct and believable. Hats off to Kristin Stewart, who manages to be a dozen things at once – tragic but not pitiful, strong, endearing, funny, unconventionally sexy, and none of the clichés we've grown to associate with any of Hollywood's notorious mental illnesses. Remaining hats to Bruce Dern, a long-time favorite of mine, who keeps a lid on things and never fails to command our respect, even as his character slides deeper into dubious behavior. In many ways, the film's strengths almost become its undoing. The sustained, understated quality of the storytelling prevents the movie from having any kind of real climax, and the immaculate tension set up in the first hour of the movie never quite pays off in a way I would like. That said, it's still a beautiful film, a capstone of movie-making maturity, and deserves the widest audience possible.

Reviewed by MadameGeorge 9 / 10 / 10

Kristen Takes the Cake

I watched the Cake Eaters a few weeks ago and flipped through it the other day once more in hopes of finding something that I missed. I was glad that I did, because there are little things in this film that really make the difference. To be honest, what drew me into 'the Cake Eaters' was the fact that Kristen Stewart was in it. I saw 'Twilight' and I was not impressed, but I did not want to be too harsh on the girl, so I gave her another chance and I was not disappointed. Kristen plays her character wonderfully. She is both strong and weak while being a young girl who just wants to grow up and experience life while dealing with a disease that is slowly taking her life. Not to mention a mother who is out to become famous on her daughter's disease, instead of enabling her daughter to experience what life she can, while she can. Thank God, there is her grandmother who brings the necessary heart and often comedic elements needed to keep the film moving. Kristen is believable from the first shot and the last was heartfelt and made me smile. There are flaws here, no doubt, when looking at the individual stories it is your typical small town, cliché plot occurrences and obvious character realizations. Though I feel that I have seen this type of story many times, in different arenas it is still well worth the watch and I enjoyed it for what it was. 'The Cake Eaters' was a good film, with a familiar recipe, but Kristen Stewart makes it sweet.

Reviewed by boehmchadwick 9 / 10 / 10

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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