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The Cake Eaters Review

The Cake Eaters

The Cake Eater is a wonderfully warm story filled with near perfect performances. One of my favorites this year.

My rating 4.5 Stars

The Cake Eaters is a really nice film that reminded me of a combination of Crash and Junebug. I was surprisingly entertained by it and even more amazed how emotionally involved I became with the characters. Like Junebug, there is no real plot here. The Cake Eaters is a story about two different families in upstate New York that are currently facing some emotional turmoil. The two families are not related, however, their lives come across together in a very unique way in the style of Crash.

Like Crash, there are several stories being told in this film. There is Beagle, the youngest son of Easy, the town’s butcher. And Easy’s older son, Guy who left the town three years ago in order to pursue his dream to become a rock star. Guy has just returned after hearing that his mother was dying of cancer. However, the mother had already died when he got the letters. All attempts to reach him had proved futile because Guy moved around a lot in his chosen profession. This made Beagle very angry at his brother because he never called, visited or contacted them at all during the whole time their mother was sick.

Beagle took care of his dying mother for three years, because Easy couldn’t stand to see his wife suffering and dying slowing. In truth, Easy was seeking conform from another woman. Easy is a good man, perhaps not the best husband. We don’t really know much about Easy, what we do know is that he did love both of the women in his life and he felt a great deal of guilt for being unfaithful to his wife. This might explain why he couldn’t face his wife while she was dying.

The film starts with Easy and Beagle setting up shop at a local flea market. They are trying to sell some of the items that belong to Easy’s wife: clothes, trinkets, whatever, things they didn’t really need. At the flea market we also meet Meg and Georgia. Meg is Easy’s “other woman” and the grandmother of Georgia, a young girl who has Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare disease for which there is currently no cure.

Beagle is also a good man and because of the three years he spent taking care of his mother he learned a knack of caring for the sick without being judgmental or getting emotional about it. He wasn’t a robot, he just knew how to deal with the stress and knew how to comfort the sick. This is probably what attracted Georgia to him.

Georgia’s character, played beautifully by Kristen Stewarts, was a young, otherwise normal girl. She had come to terms with her condition, but wasn’t going to let it or anyone else stop her from doing the things she wanted to do. She knew that she didn’t have much time a live, she knew that eventually her condition would get the better of her, so she lived her life to the fullest as she could and made the best of it. She was a real strong girl one that you feel proud of not sad for.

The story is just fantastic. It is full of good human drama and is beautifully acted by everyone. There are a few hiccups here and there with the script and the editing, but other than that Mary Stuart Masterson did a superb job directing her first film.

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